The Whisper of Damkina Part Twenty Eight

July 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  6 Comments

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Amanpreet was enquiring after the bioforming supplies the Ishtari on Talis had asked her to obtain when Umi called.

“I thought Kayla would like to know the results of the Council of Planet’s deliberations on Vaia,” she said without preamble.

“Yes, I imag–” Amanpreet broke off as Kayla rushed over. “Yes, she definitely does.”

“Have they come to a decision?” Kayla asked. “What are they going to do?”

“A blockade,” Umi said. “As my people suggested. But the Humans and Ishtari insisted that vital food supplies be permitted past the blockade, since Vaia is not yet self-sufficient.”

“I can see why,” Kayla said. “But it’s going to be a pain to enforce, isn’t it..”

“Yes, and that’s assuming the Vaians don’t declare war. They are threatening to.” Her slug-like body rippled with contempt. “That wouldn’t be much of a war. Even given how tough you people are, it would be more like digesting a–” She spoke the next word aloud in her own language. Amanpreet looked over at Niobe who glanced up from the book she was reading before she could ask.

“It’s a small amphibious creature from the Mez homeworld,” she said. “About the size of your thumb. The Mez eat them sometimes because they are easy to engulf but they are neither tasty nor satisfying as I understand it.” She shrugged and looked back at her book.

“So she means they don’t stand a chance?” Amanpreet asked.

“Pretty much,” Niobe said.

“I’m sorry,” Umi said. “The idiom doesn’t translate well. But, yes, we may be out of practice but our numbers are so superior they can’t win.”

“That probably won’t stop them,” Kayla said. “The Vaian military drill a lot and have a great deal of faith in themselves.” She pulled a face. “Actually there’s a pattern of hubris in Vaian institutions.”

“And the pattern still holds true,” Umi said. “Having seen their ambassador charged with conspiracy to murder and been informed of the blockade, they still tried to have you charged with piracy and demand your ship back.”

Kayla hit her forehead with the heel of hand. “They what? After they tried to kill me? That’s dumb even for them.”

“Indeed,” Umi said. “They were told no, in no uncertain terms. The human head of security apparently told the Vaian deputy ambassador to do something with her warrant that sounds like it would be painful. But they have withdrawn your passport and the Dreamsong’s registration. Nothing we could do about that. So I took the liberty of contacting a human friend who’s high up in the Northern Cels’ government and asking if he’d arrange asylum for you and an emergency Celish registration for your ship. He agreed. I’m sending you the documents now but you’ll need to go to Cels in the next Earth month to confirm your status and get permanent registry for your ship.”

“Month…” Kayla hummed to herself. “We need to talk to Oni again then, because we need to make a slight detour on our way to Talis. No other way I’ll make it Cels in time and we need the Dreamsong for this job. I hope he doesn’t mind.” She turned back to the screen and inclined her head to Umi. “Thank you for your help, Administrator Umi.”

“You’re welcome,” Umi said. “It is the least we can do having heard your story earlier.”

***

“Yes, we can handle a diversion to Cels,” Oni said when Amanpreet asked. “It’ll only add a few days to the journey anyway, as it’s very much on route, and everyone on Aletheia knows about Kayla’s situation and it will be a good place to obtain the bioforming supplies for the Ishtari.”

“Everyone?” Kayla exclaimed. “Why…”

“There were journalists viewing the Council session when you gave your evidence,” he replied. “And your testimony was pretty lurid. They lap that up.”

“I’m glad I haven’t checked the press then,” Kayla said.

“I’ve seen it,” Amanpreet said. “You really don’t want to. I’m amazed they haven’t been trying to get interviews.”

“Security are keeping them away,” Oni said. “And your contact details are private. They can’t reach you. They did get an interview with Promise apparently but that’s a different matter.”

“Oooh, now that I do want to see,” Amanpreet said.

Oni laughed. “Don’t we all. But more seriously, how are The Whisper’s repairs coming along?”

“They’re nearly done,” Amanpreet said. “The technicians say she’ll be hyperspace worthy tomorrow.”

“Excellent,” he said. “Because we need to leave as soon as we can.”

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6 Responses to “The Whisper of Damkina Part Twenty Eight”

  1. mjkj says:

    Great update
    😀
    *looking forward to the coming action*
    🙂

  2. Francisco says:

    Now I wish I could see the interview with the Promise!

  3. torvawk says:

    Wow, that was a lot to incorporate my prompt. Was that planned? You made it seemed planned.

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