had requested Losin to take him back to his temporary home. He had thought he would have no hesitation in wanting to return
to Earth at the point of time he was taken by the Neumites. Now that Meehun and Losin had explained what was involved, he
had his doubts whether that point of time was the ideal one. Losin had requested that he think very carefully before making
to one of the circular windows and looked out. The mushroom shaped houses opposite were unoccupied as were thousands of other
houses. The road below curved away to the right and left. The concentric circles of roads that served little purpose other
than separating the houses were empty. This was just one of many cities that were thriving with millions of people. Now there
were just a few hundred Neumites left. They were the few hundred that were fortunate enough to escape the Scuddar. Will
this city ever be fully populated again? Trevor wondered. He doubted that it would. It would most likely fall into
decay before that happened.
had told him Neumite women carried their unborn for only four months. That would halve the time it would take humans to populate
such a city.
away from the window, Trevor lay down on the couch and stared at the ceiling. In four months he would be the father of a boy.
A boy that would be part Neumite and part human. If Baheen conceives, he would be the father of two such children. Going back
to Earth would mean he probably would never see them. He probably would never know if either child had the powers that he
returned to the point of time when he was abducted, he would never know he had made love to two Neumite women. He would be
with his beautiful Gina again and nothing would need explaining to anyone. He would feel no guilt about being unfaithful to
her. That option suited him fine as his guilt had not left him since he made had love to Losin. He knew Losin sensed that
guilt. But there was a downside.
had their means of space travel. They could go anywhere in the universe. That was something humans had been desperate to achieve.
They needed to find a planet that they could live on. Earth was already overcrowded to the extent that food had to be supplemented
with synthetic substitutes. Married couples were not permitted to have children without the permission of The World Government;
permission that was more often refused than granted. The couples had to undergo tests to ensure that any child they had would
be of the accepted quality. That included intelligence tests, medical tests and background checks as far back as four generations.
A failure in any one of these resulted in a denial. Children that were conceived without permission were taken away. Only
the World Government knew what exactly happened to them once they were taken. Rumours implied they are "humanely put to sleep".
Repeat offenders were sterilised.
per cent of Earth’s population were unemployed which led to a breakdown of proper education for the majority. That was
why there were clones like himself. Clones that had all the skills that other humans did not have to perform certain necessary
jobs for the survival of the human race. Skills that were fed into their brains. The World Government and the World Population
Control Center ensured that nothing was fed into clones brains that would be a danger to them. Clones did not have the same
bad traits as other humans.
went back with full knowledge of his experiences since he left Earth, he could possibly help his fellow humans by being the
negotiator between humans and the Neumites. The World Government would trust him and learn about the way Neumites had saved
the Earth’s population from being consumed by the Scuddar. They would learn new technological ways to advance to space
travel and finding a new home for the human race.
the Neumites had found three Scuddar seeds that were in the infant stage. Meehun, Neegon and others were studying and monitoring
them. But what if there were others far more advanced than the ones they found? Would his offspring be capable of destroying
them? Would they be able to do so in time?
was still deep in thought when Neegon arrived to take him to the dining room for the midday meal. Meehun, Losin and now Baheen
were already there when they arrived. They greeted him with smiles and the usual forehead touching. They selected their meals
and sat down to eat.
you decided yet, Trevor?" he asked. He looked deep into Trevor’s eyes, anxiously trying to see the answer in them. Trevor
glanced at Losin.
you been in my mind? he asked her.
she replied. I didn’t want to know your decision
until you told us yourself.
gave her a smile.
a hard decision," he said. "But I think I should return with all my memories." He was careful to say "should" and not "like".
A wise decision, Trevor," said Meehun. "Just let us know when you wish to leave us."
am glad you made that decision, Trevor. Losin’s
thought came to him. You will remember your son that I carry.
at him with bright and happy eyes. She had wanted him to make that decision and deliberately kept out of his mind in case
she was tempted to try to persuade him. She didn’t like the thought of bearing a child of a man that wouldn’t
even remember her or the child.
mission is finished here I would like to return as soon as possible," Trevor informed them. Although he had grown fond of
these people and especially fond of Losin, he still loved Gina and wanted to be with her without further delay. By now, she
must be frantic with worry.
will be returned when this meal is finished," said Meehun. "But before you leave, please give us permission to enter your
mind so we can contact you again if you are needed."
that is important," said Neegon. "Losin told us you didn’t want us knowing your thoughts and we have respected your
wishes, but when you return we will have no other way to contact you unless we go to you physically."
you begin the negotiations we will need to be able to converse with you," added Meehun.
nodded his head. Obviously communication was essential if he was to be the ambassador for humans and Neumites.
have my permission," he told them.
you," replied Meehun. "We will not enter your mind unless we have the need to."
just have to concentrate on one of us and think your thoughts to contact us," said Neegon. "We have given you that ability."
* * *
slowly opened his eyes and looked around him. He was lying on his bed in his apartment. The room was colder than he liked.
Glancing out of the window, he saw the sun was setting.
a dream! He thought. But was it a dream? It was too vivid
to be a dream. His mind was a little confused and he felt a bit giddy. I’d better get a glass of water. He thought.
20 degrees." He commanded. The air conditioner began blowing warm air into the apartment.
and date" said Trevor as he walked into the dining area.
time eighteen hundred hours and twenty-two minutes. The date is March 15 two thousand and forty one." The speaking clock answered.
stopped dead. Two weeks had passed since he last knew the date. It hadn’t been a dream.
Trevor’s one thought now was to call Gina. He hurried to the communicator in the lounge and spoke the code for Gina’s
home. Gina’s mother appeared on the screen.
Where have you been? We have been worried," she exclaimed.
story, Maria. Is Gina there?" Even as he asked, Gina appeared behind her mother. Her face was full of concern and Trevor thought
she looked a bit haggard.
what happened to you? I have been trying to find you," she said. "Why didn’t you call me?"
to talk," Trevor said. "Can you come here right away?"
don’t you come here?" Maria asked. Trevor knew she would want to hear any explanation Trevor might have.
to talk to Gina alone, Maria." Maria’s expression changed and he knew she was not pleased. Although he got on well with
his future in-laws, the old jokes about in-laws still had an element of truth in them.
well if that is what you want," Maria said tersely and moved away from the screen. Trevor, knowing her as he did, knew she
would not move out of earshot.
are you being so secretive, Trevor?" asked Gina. "Where have you been?"
I’ll tell you everything when you get here," promised Trevor.
right! But this is ridiculous," said Gina. "I will be there right away." She cut the connection and Trevor closed the communicator
down with a sigh of relief.
had to think how to tell his story about the experiences he had been through. Being abducted by aliens, taken to another planet,
perhaps even another galaxy for all he knew and having super powers was not going to go down too well. He was sure of that.
* * *
greeted Gina at the door when she arrived fifteen minutes later. He could tell by her expression that she was not pleased
at having to come to him to hear his explanation. He embraced her and kissed her.
missed you so much," he said as he invited her into his apartment.
you? Then why didn’t you call me?" Trevor knew her mood was not going to make things any easier for him.
call you, Gina. If I could have done, I would have." How could he begin to explain? He took her hands into his and led her
to the couch.
down, Gina." he asked her. "This is going to be hard to believe but I swear it is the truth."
her how he had heard the voice in his head and how he had been taken against his will by the Neumites. The more he told her,
the more incredulous became her expression. Gina continually interrupted him throughout his story with negative remarks and
he could tell she did not believe a word of what he said. He deliberately avoided mentioning Losin and Baheen.
it," he said. "I will have to see the World Government and tell them."
Why are you doing this?" Gina looked at him as if he was mad. "They are not going to believe this ridiculous story anymore
than I do." She stood up and walked away. Trevor followed her and tried to put his arms around her but she pushed him away.
Then she swung around and faced him.
clone! If you try to make them believe this story they will erase your mind." She looked pleadingly at him.
me it was a dream, Trevor. Anything but stop lying to me. I don’t care where you’ve been but just don’t
lie to me." Her face changed as something dawned on her.
been to the drug dens, haven’t you?" she accused him. Her face changed again, this time to one of disgust. Drug dens
were illegal and very difficult to find. Those that ran the dens constantly moved from place to place to avoid discovery by
the World Police Organisation. Usually only those that had given up all hope went to them to escape reality. The synthetic
drugs they could obtain were said to make people live their dreams but at the same time shortened their lives drastically.
Most only lived a few months, a year at most, once hooked on the drugs.
No, no, no!" said Trevor, vehemently. "I have not had any drugs! I wouldn’t even know where to get them. I have told
you the truth."
the drugs make you believe it was reality, Trevor," Gina insisted. "Don’t you see? You need help."
ran his hands through his hair in exasperation. He had known it was going to be difficult but not as hard as it was turning
out. How could he make her believe? What could he say without pushing her further from him? The more he denied he was lying,
the more she believed he was. She was almost making him believe he had dreamed the whole thing. He thought about Losin, Baheen,
Neegon and Meehun and the spires. If only he had pictures of these people and the planet Neum. If only he could show Gina.
He looked up suddenly.
it! Show her! he thought. He turned back to Gina. She
was now sitting with her head in her hands and crying.
What if I took you there? I think I can arrange it." He smiled, excited at the idea.
me to a drug den?" she looked at him in disbelief. "Are you mad? I don’t think so. I would rather die than go
to one of them."
not a drug den. To Neum, the planet! So you can see for yourself that I am telling you the truth."
So now we can just fly off to another planet for an hour or so!" Gina said, sarcastically. She stood up and going to the communicator,
she called a hovercab.
began to explain that the Neumites method of space travel was not by spacecraft but she interrupted him.
I love you. I want to marry you. Now I’m not sure if that is a good thing. I need time to think." A beep indicated the
hovercab had arrived. "I’ll call you tomorrow after my work shift."
brushed aside Trevor’s attempts to persuade her to stay and left.