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This is my first novel,which is intended to be a movie.It is the first in the 12 story series called Stars of the Dreamworld Universe.If you have any questions about it,E-mail me.Bon appetit!


Universal Explorers
Dreamstory Saga




Chapter One:The Beginning of It All


(Scene is after school at Jonesboro High School,in Jonesboro,Illinois,at the lockers.)

(R’eylle is at her locker,putting away her books.R’eylle Turat is an Arejan,a race discovered by Earth in the year10344,fifteen years before the present date which is 10359.Using their advanced technology,the Arejans contacted Earth,and traveled to Earth.Earth has negotiated a treaty with the Arejans called the Sydney Accords.Many Arejans have started living on Earth,and continual travel routes have been established between Earth and Arej,the Arejan’s home planet,which is 66 million light years from Earth,orbiting the Star Alpha Centauri.)
(Jonathon walks up to her.Jonathon Braxston is a human,and is a classmate of R’eylle.)

Jonathon:
I am so glad finals are over.

R’eylle:
Me too.I hope we both did well.
(Jonathon pauses and looks around)

Jonathon:
It still amazes me to think that there is life just like human life on other planets,and that those people of that life,have come to live here on Earth.And they are so much like us!

R’eylle:
My people would have never guessed we would meet people like you either.And I’m glad the Earth’s government has made peace with us.I’m just hoping your government is careful.

Jonathon:
Careful?

R’eylle:
There are others like us who aren’t so wonderful.

Jonathon:
What do you mean?

(R’eylle looks around to make sure no one is watching and reaches into her bookbag to pull out a book.She turns to a page,with a picture and some writing below it.In the picture is small orange planet.)

R’eylle(showing the picture to Jonathon):
This is Jervita,a planet twenty light years away from Arej.The inhabitants,the Jervatons,are the Arejans’ worst enemy.If they found put about the Earth,they would attempt to liberate it.They are a dictatorship-based society,and they are extremely power hungry.Their race is savage and spiteful.They’ll take any opportunity to gain more power and dominion,through conquering other planets.

Jonathon:
Have they attacked Arej?

R’eylle:
Once long ago,they occupied Arej.They later left,because they found nothing of worth on our planet.

Jonathon:
I never thought there would be others.But,I guess it only makes sense.

R’eylle:
We can’t tell anyone about this.If the U.S. or other countries find out about this,who knows how they will react…..



(Scene is Jonathon’s home,where he and his mother are sitting down to dinner.)

Jonathon:
Mom,when will Dad be home?

Mrs.Braxston:
He was called in at 3:30,but he said he’d be home around 7 o’clock.He said to go ahead and eat without him.

Jonathon:
I hope they don’t flood him with paperwork.

(In the next scenes,7 o’clock comes and goes,and so does 7:30 and 8 o’clock.Jonathon’s dad never arrives home.)
(At 9:00,Jonathon calls his friends)

Jonathon (talking on the phone):
Okay,I’ll meet you at the park in a few minutes.Thanks so much,I appreciate this.
(He hangs up the phone and puts on his jacket)

Jonathon (to Mrs.Braxston in the next room):
I just called Falcon and R’eylle.We’re going to meet at the park and search the town for Dad.

Mrs.Braxston (uneasily):
Well…okay,but be careful.
(Jonathon rushes out the door)


(Scene is at the park,with Jonathon,R’eylle and Falcon.James ”Falcon” Tribune is another human classmate.)

Falcon:
Okay,where did you last see him?

Jonathon:
I didn’t.He left for a call at 3:30.before I got home.

Falcon:
Where did he go?

Jonathon:
Mom doesn’t know,and I don’t either,so I think we should search the whole town.

R’eylle:
We’ll start looking right away.I’ll check the shopping center.

Falcon:
I’ll take downtown.

Jonathon:
I’ll take uptown.We’ll meet at town square in one hour.

(They all leave in different directions)
(Scenes show each one,talking to people,and looking around stores,buildings and parks.)
(Next scene shows them an hour later,meeting back up at town square.)

Jonathon:
Please tell me you found something,because I didn’t.

Falcon:
Same here I’m afraid.

R’eylle:
Same here too.Sorry Jonathon.

Jonathon:
Our last choice is to check outside of town.We’ll stay together this time.

(They head toward the south side of town.)
(Scene switches to them coming back from the south side of town.)

R’eylle(sleepily):
It’s three in the morning.He still isn’t back home yet?

Jonathon:
I just called Mom on my cell phone.He’s not there.

Falcon:
I think we should go back there and wait until morning to search again.

R’eylle:
I agree.

Jonathon:
Okay.

(Scene is back at Jonathon’s house.R’eylle,Jonathon and Falcon enter through the front door.)

Mrs.Braxston (coming to meet them as they enter):
Jonathon,the hospital just called.Your dad is there.He’s been injured.

Jonathon:
Thank God,at least we know where he is.How badly has he been hurt?

Mrs.Braxston:
He’s conscious and in good condition.The nurse who called me said,that something unusual happened.His left arm seems to have been burned,but area around it has turned blue and red.The doctors are clueless.

R’eylle:
Jonathon,we need to talk.
(Jonathon and R’eylle go into the kitchen)

R’eylle:
Jonathon……that injury……the burn must have been caused by a Jervaton weapon.
Jonathon (shocked):
What?

R’eylle:
When the skin is burned by a Jervaton weapon,the surrounding tissue is contaminated by a chemical called Sytlane,which is transmitted through the pulse emitted by the weapon.

Jonathon:
This couldn’t be just a coincedence then….that his injury matches the injury you described……but how did the Jervatons find Earth?And why are they here?

R’eylle:
I don’t know…..

(Falcon enters)
Falcon:
What’s going on here?

(R’eylle looks at Jonathon)
Jonathon:
We might as well tell him.

Falcon(with a grin on his face):
Ooh,I get it!

R’eylle:
It’s not that you moron!

Jonathon:
Jim,you better sit down for this one.

(They all sit to the counter,on barstools)
(Scene fades to the three,outside walking,early the next morning)

Falcon (to R’eylle):
So,let me get this straight.In a nutshell,your enemies are on our planet attacking humans for no apparent reason.

R’eylle:
They’ve only attacked Jonathon’s father,and there’s a chance it’s not the Jervatons,but it’s a very small chance.

Jonathon:
Falcon,you can’t tell anyone about this.

Falcon:
Trust me,you’ve got no worries there.Anybody that I did tell would think I’m crazy.

Jonathon:
I think the next thing we should do,is go to the police station and see what we can find out about the call my dad was on,when he was shot.The officers there know me,and they trust me,so they’ll tell me what they know.


(Scene fades to a shot of the Jonesboro police station)
(Scene switches to Jonathon,R’eylle and Falcon entering an office with one of the police officers)
Officer Patrick (as they all sit down):
Miss Turat,Jonathon,Mr.Tribune,I am Lieutenant Bruce Patrick.I work with Officer Braxston,and I understand you want to know about his call yesterday,during which his whereabouts were briefly unknown.

Jonathon:
Yes sir.

Officer Patrick:
I’ll tell you what I know.Around 3:20 PM yesterday,we received a call from an individual,regarding a suspicious individual,wearing a trenchcoat and hat,tampering with a traffic light control box.Naturally,concern was warranted,because no one wears a trenchcoat on a sunny day in the middle of May.So,Lieutenant Braxston was sent to the scene.He radioed me when he arrived there,to confirm what had been reported,and that was the last I heard from him.

Jonathon:
Is that all you have?


Officer Patrick:
Well,another mysterious thing just happened a few moments ago. Just before you came in,another individual was admitted to the hospital,with the same strange injuries that your Dad suffered.

Falcon (to Jonathon):
Maybe we should go there.

Officer Patrick:
There would be no point.Both victims are under very tight security,and so is the crime scene.(pauses)Well,I have to get back to work.(He stands up and heads for the door)I’m sorry that I didn’t have more to tell you.
(He stops at where Jonathon is sitting,and puts his hand on Jonathon’s shoulder)
Don’t worry son.We’re working around the clock to determine what happened.

R’eylle(to Officer Patrick as he exits):
Thank you.

(Officer Patrick leaves)

Jonathon:
Where do we go from here?There’s no one else to ask,nowhere else to go.

R’eylle:And it’s most likely,that there are more Jervatons here.They travel in groups,no matter where they go.

Falcon:
Then we should search for them,to make sure this doesn’t happen again.Along the way,we might discover what happened to Lieutenant Braxston.

R’eylle:
Well,that could be hard.The Jervatons are quite advanced in their tactics.They can come and go whenever they please,and wherever they please,without leaving behind even the smallest trace of evidence.The only way to track Jervatons is by means of a device we have on Arej,but any Arejan technology is banned here on Earth,so that won’t help.

(Silence)

Jonathon (quietly):
R’eylle,I hate to ask this of you……but I need you to smuggle that device to Earth.

R’eylle(startled):
You have to be joking!It’s a direct violation of the Sydney Accords!

Jonathon:
R’eylle,if these people are as advanced as you say,then we don’t have much time.They’ve obviously already started sending troops here,and they must have something planned.We don’t have time to be second guessing.If we can get them before they can do anymore damage,they may back off.It’s our only chance.

R’eylle:
If I’m caught,I’d be in serious trouble with both of our governments…..if Jervita gains anymore ground here.they may be unstoppable…..

Jonathon:
We have to stop them before it’s too late.

R’eylle(reluctantly):
I’ll do it.I can have the device in three days.



Chapter 2:The Catalyst


(Scene is at Jonathon house,two days later.Jonathon,R’eylle and Falcon are in Jonathon’s room.)

R’eylle(holding up a device similar to a palm pilot):
This is a Lavenite Detector.Jervatons have a large amount of a substance called Lavenite in their blood.This device is designed to detect lavenite,and determine its source.The internal computer can then make an estimation of how far away the source is,by how faint or strong the signal is.It’s similar to radar.

Jonathon:
Good job.Here,(he hands to each of them a radio,and takes one for himself):take these.We’ll split up,Falcon,you stay here to phone the police station if we find anything.R’eylle,you take the north side of town,I’ll take the south side.

R’eylle:
Got it.

Jonathon:
Be ready Falcon.

Falcon:
Sure thing.

Jonathon (to R’eylle):
Let’s go.
(They exit)

(Scene is near the highway.Jonathon spots a tall man in a trenchcoat and hat,near a traffic control box.)
(He holds up his device in the man’s direction)



Jonathon (speaking into the radio):
I found one.The detector confirms high levels of lavenite,and the source is a tall man in a n overcoat.R’eylle,come to the highway,I’m near the exit to thirty-fifth street.

R’eylle(heard over the radio):
I’m on my way.

Jonathon (speaking into the radio):
Falcon,notify the police.Tell them to report to the corner of thirty-fifth street and Marcus Highway.Report a suspicious man tampering with the traffic control box.

(Scene switches to after R’eylle and the police have arrived,and the police have arrested the man.)

Police Officer:
I’m thankful you spotted him when you did.Who knows what….

(Suddenly,three cars come speeding across the intersection from different directions,and crash.The accident causes a chain reaction crash.)

Police Officer (running toward the cars):
Call for backup!We need an ambulance!Everyone,out of the way!


(Jonathon looks up at the traffic lights.All the lights are stuck on green.)
Jonathon (quietly to R’eylle):
That Jervaton must have adjusted the lights to stay on green and cause an accident.

(Officer Patrick arrives)
Officer Patrick:
What are you kids doing here?

Jonathon:
We were here when the accidents happened.

Officer Patrick:
It’s happening all over town,traffic lights everywhere,stuck on green.There’s been numerous accidents already,some of them major.

Falcon (running from the direction of thirty-fifth street):
Jonathon!R’eylle!I just heard what happened,it’s all over the news.The same thing is happening all over the country.

R’eylle (Taking Jonathon aside):
Jonathon,it’s started.They’re creating a diversion before they invade!They have to be!

(Jonathon is silent,and he looks distressed)



R’eylle:
A war in outer space….an intergalactic conflict…..all of our worst fears are coming true…..

(Scene switches to a military base in Illinois,ten weeks later.The Earth has suffered several terrorist attacks from the Jervatons so far.The Arejan Government has informed the U.S. and several other countries of who the Jervatons are,and the impending danger.Four weeks ago,NASA and the Arejan Armada,which is the military on Arej, completed preparations and training of Earth’s military forces,for an invasion.The fighting began midway between Earth and Jervita,three weeks ago.Most of the population in most countries has been evacuated to shelters and bunkers on military bases,because of the danger. Jonathon and R’eylle are at one of these such shelters.)

Jonathon (Entering the room where R’eylle is):
I just heard on the news that fights have just broken out not too far from Earth.

R’eylle:
They’re getting too close.I hope our technology is enough.

Jonathon:
Don’t worry.God will get us through this some way or another.

R’eylle:
If they take Earth,Arej may be next,to get back at us for forming a treaty with Earth.They’ll oppress,if not kill,all of us.When Arej was occupied by Jervita,it was devastating.They destroyed many of our most honored buildings,they oppressed the civilians… imposed harsh laws on them and made many of them slaves.Anyone who resisted or rebelled was executed.They are a savage people.

(She pauses,looking very scared)

R’eylle:
Jonathon,there’s something I have to tell you.I know secrets about the Jervatons that no one,not even the most Arejans,know.My mother served on a science ship when I was young,and I remember several of their discoveries were kept secret,for fear of that Arejan government would want us to use our knowledge to carry out an invasion,and that we might fail,and lose everything.I think if we can…..(pauses and swallows)if we can,find an Arejan ship here on the base,and access it,with your help,we can assist our troops……but I would seriously need your help.

Jonathon:
Are you out of your mind?You know neither one of us is capable of even operating a starship,much less fighting the Jervatons aboard one!It’s ridiculous!

R’eylle:
I know some things about operating an Arejan ship,from my studies and from living on one for five years,and you know how to pilot an aircraft…

Jonathon:
But it takes more than some random knowledge to fight a war in a starship!And,I can only pilot a jet,my uncle’s private jet!A starship is much more complex!

R’eylle:
It’s not that different!I can help you!

Jonathon:
R’eylle,snap out of it!It’s…..

(A loud siren sounds,and a voice sounds over the intercom)
Voice:
This is an emergency situation.This is not a drill.The battles are nearing the planet.Evacuate to emergency bunkers immediately.This is not a drill.
(Voice continues to repeat in the background.)



R’eylle(frantically):
It’s our only chance!I can’t do this alone!You see what’s happening!We have no other choice!

Jonathon:
But…

R’eylle (interrupting):
Listen,I did a crazy thing for you by smuggling that scanner here.You owe me!

Jonathon (uneasily):
All right….all right!But you had better know what you’re doing!

(Scene switches to the command center of an Arejan ship.)
Jonathon (sitting down to a computer console):
Is this the pilot’s station?

R’eylle(standing at a different console):
Yes.

(Jonathon carefully looks over the system)
Jonathon (letting out a heavy sigh):
I think I understand the system.

R’eylle:
Perfect.Tactical systems are online,and armed.Ready when you are.

Jonathon:
Course laid in,to exit the planet.Engaging thrusters.

(The ship quakes)

Jonathon:
Engines operating at full power.We’ll clear the atmosphere in forty seconds,

(The ship is seen exiting the atmosphere,and several ships engaged in battle are seen in the distance.)

R’eylle:
When we get the battle zone,be ready to do some intense piloting.

Jonathon (uneasily):
Yes mam.

(They arrive at the battlezone)
Jonathon:
The sensors say there’s only nine ships.They certain made this one seem worse than it is.

R’eylle:
I wish that was true,but you can’t underestimate a Jervaton Warbird.
(The ship shakes violently for a moment)



R’eylle:
We’ve been hit,but our defenses are stable.

Jonathon:
We should get in there and fight now.

R’eylle:
Let’s do it!
(The Arejan ship darts in and out between enemy ships,firing on each Warbird,and dodging enemy fire.The Arejan ship is hit once,but keeps going.The Arejan ship gets very close to an enemy ship,but darts out of the way,just in time.
(They clear the battle zone,and turn around.They stop.)

R’eylle:
That was amazing piloting!If I didn’t know better,I’d say you already know how to do this!

Jonathon:
I do know!Again?

R’eylle:
I know the weak points on these ships.Let’s finish this!

(They re-enter the battle zone.Each weapons fire from the Arejan ship,at times in combination with the fire from another Arejan ship,either disables or severly damages each enemy ship.One ship is destroyed,and the force from the explosion pushes their ship to the side.)

R’eylle:
We’re okay.The left side of the ship has taken minor damage.

Jonathon:
How did you damage them so badly?

R’eylle:
The knowledge from my childhood life on that science ship has paid off I guess.

Jonathon:
Incredible!

(The Jervaton ships begin to retreat.Soon,all that remains is the Arejan/Earth ships.)
(Jonathon and R’eylle look at each other speechless)

(The intercom activates)
Voice:
This is Major General Garmer.Who are you?

R’eylle:
My name is R’eylle Turat,from the planet Arej.

Jonathon:
I’m Jonathon Braxston,from Illinois.


Voice:
That was an incredible display back there.Please,do accompany us,we’re returning to the Washington D.C. base.
(Jonathon looks at R’eylle)
(She smiles)

R’eylle:
Let’s go.



Chapter 3:Earth and the Universe


(Three years later, in the year 10362 several governments on the Earth,and the Arejan Government have formed a space agency called The Earthforce.The purpose of the Earthforce is to explore and combat in outer space.The Jervatons have not attacked the Earth since that day three years ago.Jonathon,R’eylle,Falcon and several others were admitted into the Earthforce Academy two years ago,to train them for service in this agency.)

(Scene is a conference room,on the Baltimore Base.Jonathon,R’eylle and Falcon are sitting at a long table.Robert Garmer,now an admiral,enters the room,with four other individuals.These five sit down to the same table,with Admiral Garmer at the head of the table.)
Admiral Garmer:
Thank you all for coming this evening.We are meeting here to discuss an important matter regarding the Earthforce.We are finally prepared to launch the first starship built by the Earthforce.The ship is called the Utopia,and will be launched a month from today.Its first mission will be to travel to the planet Arej to begin experiments with a new type of engine power called TriWarp,that the Arejans have been in the process of developing for about 8 months.You are all here today,because you will be serving aboard this ship.I will begin with introductions.
(As he introduces each person,scene switches briefly to that person,then returns to Admiral Garmer.)

(He gestures to the first person to his left)Mr.Ricardo Tesro is the American Ambassador to Great Britain.He has been a part of the Earthforce since it was first founded,and knows a great deal about its technology.He will be serving as Operations Commander.(he gestures to the second person to his left)Mr.Cecil Ralston is a Senator from New York.He is an expert a battlefield strategies,and tactics.He will be serving as First Officer.(He gestures to the third person to his left.)Mr.Mike Yost is a technician from NASA.He has worked there for four years and is very knowledgeable in the field of piloting,repair and technical skills.He is your Chief Engineer and Chief Pilot.Miss Katrina Ogens is a Class B Field Agent of the FBI.She has compiled vast amounts of tactical information about the Jervatons,and has helped design many of the tactical and defensive systems of the Utopia.She was be serving as Tactical Commander.Jonathon Braxston,you have been appointed as Captain.R’eylle Turat,you will serve as Lieutenant Tactical Commander.James Tribune,you will serve as Assisstant Pilot.You are all represnting the population of Earth and Arej.It is your duty to uphold the principals and morals of the Earthforce,when in other races’ territories.It is also your duty to defend the Earth and its allies,against all enemies.Any questions?(pauses)
(silence,as a few shake their heads)
The Utopia will be launched a month from today.You will be trained in its operation until then.Dismissed.
(All exit the room)

(Scene is The Royal Stallion Restaurant,in a private dining room.Everyone from the previous scene are present,except for Admiral Garmer.They have met for dinner to become acquainted.)

Ricardo (standing up):
I would like to propose a toast.
(All raise their glasses)

Ricardo:
First of all,to Jonathon Braxston,R’eylle Turat,and James Tribune.It is because of them that we are,where we are now.To Jonathon,R’eylle and….Falcon,is it?

(Falcon smiles and nods,all laugh joyfully and toast)

Ricardo:
Secondly,to the journey at hand.May we always carry with us,the pride of the Earthforce and the blessing of our God.
(All toast,and Ricardo sits down.)

Cecil:
So,Jonathon,tell us about yourself.We all would like to know a little about our Captain.

Jonathon:
Well,I was born in Jonesboro,Illinois and I graduated from high school there.It was because of the attempted Jervaton invasion three years ago,that R’eylle,Falcon and I were invited to attend the Earthforce Academy for two years.

Katrina:
R’eylle,I’m curious to know what compelled you convince Jonathon,to risk his life and yours,not knowing what would happen.
R’eylle:
Well,convince is an understatement(she gives Jonathon the evil eye)
(All laugh)

R’eylle:
But when I made the decision,I felt that God would protect us,no matter what happened.

Katrina:
From the accounts I’ve read of the battle you fought in,the tactical skills you displayed were incredible,especially since you were working from childhood teachings.Your piloting skills were incredible as well,Jonathon.You both have a very special gift….it seems you were born to do this.Many people have to study for years before they learn even half the level of skill you displayed.

(Scene is outside of the restaurant,after dinner,with R’eylle and Jonathon,as the others are leaving.)
Jonathon (to Ricardo):
Have a good evening Commander.

(Scene shows everyone walking into the distance,except for R’eylle and Jonathon,who are still standing outside the restaurant. )

Jonathon (sighs):
Ah,R’eylle…..it’s amazing you know.There we were three years ago,looking at a picture of Jervita,the home of an enemy we thought we might never meet.Now….here we are,three years later,having met,fought and defeated the Jervatons….and proving ourselves worthy of quite a responsibility.

R’eylle:
It’s incredible.And there are even better things in store.I can feel it.

(Jonathon smiles)
Jonathon:
Good night R’eylle.
(He leaves)



Chapter 4:Challenges


(Scene is the Utopia’s Command Center,as it is ready to launch.All are present,at their respective posts.)
Ricardo:
All main systems are ready Captain.

Katrina:
Defenses and weapons are at full power.

Mike:
Navigation and Pilot Controls are ready to launch the ship,on your mark Captain.

R’eylle:
Ready Captain?

Jonathon:
Yes.
(He pauses and stands to speak)

Jonathon (speaking nervously,but confident):
Before we start this journey,I have this to say to all of you.You are all very noble and brave people.The Earthforce is looking to us now,to defend them and uphold their standards.I have much faith in all of you to do that.
(He sits down)
(All the other crew members applaud.)

Cecil (leans over to Jonathon:
Very good Captain.

Jonathon:
Thank you.

R’eylle(quietly to Jonathon):
Did you write that speech?

Jonathon:
No,and I have no idea what I just said,but I think they liked it.

(The ship lifts off the ground,and points toward the atmosphere.It enters the atmosphere.)

Jonathon:
Jim,keep the same speed as until we clear the atmosphere.

Falcon:
Yes sir.

(Scene shows a shot of the viewscreen,which is displaying the inside of the atmosphere.After a few seconds,all of the clouds and haze fade away,and space is seen on the viewscreen.)
Mike:
We have successfully cleared Earth’s atmosphere.

Jonathon:
Go to Mach 5 please,and maintain the same speed until we near Arej.

Jonathon (To Cecil):
Well,here we go.The first human visitors to another planet.

Cecil:
Never thought you’d see the day?

Jonathon:
I never thought I’d see the day I would be one of the human visitors.



Cecil (chuckling):
You’ll be fine.Just keep an open mind and remember,God is watching over you.

Jonathon (nodding):
Will do.(pauses)Ricardo,how long until we reach Arej?

Ricardo:
2 hours.

Jonathon:
Very good.I will be in the Cafeteria.Cecil,you have command.

Cecil:
Yes sir.
(Jonathon gets up and exits.)

(Scene is in the Cafeteria.Jonathon is sitting at a table,eating a sandwich.)
(Ricardo enters)

Ricardo:
Mind if I join you?

Jonathon:
Not at all!

(He sits down across from Jonathon)
Jonathon:
Can I get you anything?

Ricardo:
No thank you.I came to ask you a question.

Jonathon:
Go right ahead.

Ricardo:
How are you holding up?I mean,you left the Command Center alone,and you seem somewhat nervous.

Jonathon:
Well,I have to admit,I’m a little overwhelmed by the thought of what’s ahead of me.A future of representing the entire world,and another people’s world,before an entire universe of strangers.

Ricardo:
I know how you feel.I’ve been an Ambassador for eight years.Every time I am called to meet a foreign official,I get that same feeling.But I get through it by remembering this:I don’t have to say or do anything really special to make my country proud.They chose me because my true personality reflects the values of America.And for the same reason,the Earthforce chose you,because you reflect the values and standards of the Earthforce and its people.So just follow the advice that people have given for centuries:be yourself.(pauses and puts his hand on Jonathon’s shoulder)Because that’s who the universe wants to see.

Jonathon:
Thank you Ricardo.I needed that.

Ricardo:
Anytime Jonathon.


(Scene shows the Utopia approaching Arej.)
(Scene switches to the Command Center.)
(Jonathon and Ricardo enter.)

Falcon:
Captain,we are approaching the planet Arej.

Jonathon:
Contact them please Ricardo.

Jonathon (To R’eylle):
Are you ready?

R’eylle:
If you are.

Ricardo:
They are answering.
(An Arejan officer appears on the viewscreen.)




Jonathon:
This is Jonathon Braxston,Captain of the Earthforce starship Utopia,requesting permission to land at the Corcosa Base.

Arejan Officer:
Ah,yes.We’ve been expecting you.Permission granted.

Jonathon:
Thank you.

Arejan Officer:Enjoy your visit to the Corcosa Base.
(Viewscreen returns to view of Arej.)

Jonathon:
Mike,prepare to land at the Corcosa Base.

Mike:
Yes sir.
(Scene shows the Utopia entering the atmosphere.)

(Next scene is at the Corcosa Base,in a conference room.Present are the Utopia crew and three Arejan Officers,sitting to a long table.)

Princess Solan(the officer sitting at the head of the table):
Officers of the Earthforce,I am Princess Myral Solan,Leader of the Arej Principality.(She gestures to the officer to her left)This is the commander of the Arejan Armada,Kurina Turmen,(She gestures to the officer on her right)and this is the head scientist on Arej,Seera Turat.I welcome you all here today.You are here to assist us in beginning experiments on a new method of engineering called TriWarp.It uses particles of an element called Azanium.In theory,when these particles are released in a contained chamber,they will be attracted to each other and collide.The energy released from these collisions is contained by the chamber.When the particles collide,they combine,until three large spheres are remaining.Those three spheres do not combine,but rather absorb the energy and create a power matrix.An engine powered by this method can reach speeds close to Mach 30,in Earth terms.

Jonathon:
This method would require an engine capable of handling intense amounts of energy at one time.Our engines aren’t capable of that.

Princess Solan:
That is taken care of.The Earthforce provided us with specifications of your engine.We will be able to make the appropriate adjustments.

Jonathon:
When can you begin?

Seera:
We will begin the adjustments tomorrow.

Jonathon:
That will be fine.Dismissed.

(All exit,except for R’eylle and Seera)

Seera:
So,I see you’ve come quite a long ways since you left Arej.

R’eylle:
Yes,but I missed you Mom.

(They embrace)

Seera(sitting down):
I hope we’ll get to spend some time together while your crew is here.

R’eylle:
I hope so too.How have things been at home?

Seera:
Well,your sister is serving in the Arejan Armada,and I’m still serving in the Arejan Science Program.How have you been dear?

R’eylle:
I’ve been great.Busy,but great.


Seera(taking R’eylle’s hands into hers):
I am very proud of you.The leap of faith you took to save Earth was very heroic.You have earned the admiration and respect of the entire Arejan race.(pauses)But,you must remember,the secrets that you know about Jervita are to stay that way.It is fine,if you use your knowledge of them in combat,but you still must not reveal our advantages over them.

R’eylle:
I understand Mother.

Seera:
It pleases me greatly,to see you so successful in life.
(Scene fades out)

(Scene is a week later,at the Corcosa Base.)
(Jonathon,Mike,R’eylle and Seera are in Utopia’s Engine Center.)

Seera (sitting to the engine controls):
All systems are in place to attempt TriWarp.What is the status of the Energy Regulator?

Mike:
Energy regulator is at full power,and standing by.

(Scene switches to the Command Center.)

Jonathon (heard over the Intercom):
Bridge,this is the Engine Center.Proceed with the Launching Sequence.

Falcon:
Confirmed.Launch in progress.Two minutes until we reach outer space.

(Scene switches back to Engine Center.)
Jonathon:
Stand by.

Seera:
Mr.Yost,be prepared to cut off the Energy Regulator’s connections immediately,should there be an energy overload.

Mike:
Yes mam.

Cecil (heard over the Intercom):
We’ve cleared the atmosphere.

Jonathon:
Begin TriWarp sequence.

Seera:
Activating TriWarp module.Power level at 35%.

Mike:
Power flow is stable,engines are stable.

Jonathon:
Increase to 50%.

Seera:
Power level at 50%.

Mike:
Everything is still normal.

Jonathon:
75% please.

Mike:
As soon as you hit 75%,a slight fluctuation arose in engine stability,but the engine is still at normal function.

Jonathon (To Seera):
Do you think it’s safe for full power?

Seera:
I’m pretty confident.

Jonathon (takes a deep breath):
Full power.

Seera:
TriWarp module at full power.We’ve reached Mach 25.

Mike:
I’m detecting a stronger flucuation.

(Ship begins to quake)
Mike:
There’s a rupture in the containment field!Engine overload is eminent!

Jonathon:
Abort!

Seera:
TriWarp module is offline.

Mike:
The rupture is increasing in size.

(An explosion occurs in the engine.)
Jonathon:
Mike,report!

Mike:
We lost five engine conduits in the explosion.Engines are now offline,but otherwise,we’re fine.

Cecil (heard over Intercom):
Captain,this is the Command Center,what happened?


Jonathon:
We had a minor explosion in the engine.Where are we?


Cecil (heard over Intercom):
We’re near to a planet,close to the size of Earth.I don’t recognize it.

Seera (monitoring the planet from her station):
That’s Tekar.It’s inhabited by a race called Tekarians.They are very generous people.I recommend we land there,and request assistance in repairs.

Jonathon:
Agreed.How long should this take?

Seera:
Shouldn’t take more than a week.

Jonathon:
Will do.

Seera:
Do you wish to continue experiments afterward?

Jonathon (looking somewhat distressed):
I do not wish to,now if you’ll excuse me,I’ll be in my office.

(He exits,walking briskly)
(R’eylle follows him.)
(Scene switches to R’eylle and Jonathon entering Jonathon’s office.)

R’eylle:
Jonathon,what do you mean?

Jonathon (sitting down):
Just what I said.

R’eylle:
You’re just going to give up that quickly?Jonathon,that’s not like you,and……

Jonathon (interrupting,with a serious look):
R’eylle,my heart was in my throat when that engine exploded.I’m a newcomer to this captain business,and things like this are way too much for me to handle.(sighs,and sits back)They’ll just have to find another ship.

R’eylle:
I’ll inform Princess Solan…..

Jonathon:
Tell her…..I’m sorry.

R’eylle(smiling):
It’s fine Jonathon.If I were in your place,I would probably end up doing the same thing.See you at the Command Center.

(She exits)
(Jonathon stands up,and looks out the window,at the large blue planet,Tekar.)


Jonathon:
Lord,if you can do something…or send someone…..to help me here…….
(Scene fades out)




























Universal Explorers
II
Tekar Saga







Chapter 1:A Legend is Born



(Scene is aboard Tekar Central Command,a space station orbiting Tekar.Tekar C.C. is the center of all operations and commerce in Tekarian territory.Jonathon and Ricardo are in conference with Tekar’s ambassador,Vestara Sulo,and two of the station’s crew members,Nehero K’ye and Ravoc K’ye.)

Vestara(as all are sitting down):
Officers of the Earthforce,welcome to Tekar C.C.I understand you want assistance in the repairs of your ship.

Jonathon:
Yes,and we are willing to repay you.


Vestara:
Oh,Captain,that will not be necessary.We will be glad to help you,as well as accommodate you and your crew,during your stay.

Jonathon:
Thank you Ambassador.

Nehero:
I understand you are from a planet called Earth.

Jonathon:
Yes,Earth is approxiamately 50 million light years from here,and is populated by humans.The human race is much like your race.

Nehero:
And Earth has space exploration capabilities as well?

Jonathon:
Yes,we just recently acquired the technology from the Arej,another race which lives on a planet nearby to ours.

Vestara:
I would like to hear much more about these races.Will you and your crew join us for dinner this evening?


Jonathon:
It would be an honor,Ambassador.

Vestara:
We will dismiss until then.

(All rise and exit the room.)
(As they are walking,Ravoc sees a Jervaton ship fly very quickly past one of the station’s windows.)

Ravoc(to Nehero):
Nehero,did you see that?

Nehero:
See what?

Ravoc(pointing at the window):
That ship!

(Nehero looks)
Nehero:
There’s nothing there.

Ravoc:
I could have sworn I saw a Jervaton Warbird.Maybe it was just my imagination.

Nehero:
Well,we should still contact the bridge,just to be sure.

(They both walk over to an Intercom panel)
Nehero:
Bridge,scan for any ships in the vicinity.

(Silence)

Officer (heard over the Intercom):
Sensors show only a few Tekarian trade ships.but no other ships.

Ravoc:
I guess it was an illusion.


(Scene is the Command Center of the Utopia,three weeks later,after all repairs have been completed.Jonathon is alone,speaking with Admiral Garmer over the VideoCom.)

Jonathon:
They seem to have a lot in common with Earth,and they are very hospitable and generous.They also have a strong army.I think it would be worthwhile to add them to our Alliance.

Garmer:
It’s your call Jonathon.Do whatever you feel is best.I trust you to make the right decision.

Jonathon:
Thank you sir.Over and out.
(He types a few commands into the computer.)
Jonathon:
Tekar C.C. this is the Utopia.
(The Commander of the Station,Kilan K’ye,appears on the viewscreen.)

Kilan:
This is Tekar C.C.

Jonathon:
Inform Ambassador Sulo that I wish to begin Alliance talks with the Tekarian Empire.

Kilan:
I will contact him immediately.

(Scene switches to four days later,on the planet Tekar.All are present,and several hundred others,in a huge ceremonial hall.On the platform,at the far end of the hall,are Jonathon,Ambassador Sulo,and Seera Turat.)

(The Ambassador stands to speak.)
Vestara:
Friends,fellow countrymen:we are here today to declare an alliance with a very noble organization,the Earthforce,to form an organization known as The Alliance Federation.Included in this Federation,are the people of the planet Earth,the people of the planet Arej,and our own planet,Tekar.I am looking to all of you,to uphold the principals and pride of our great planet,as well as show respect and friendship,toward the Earth and the Arejan people.Together,we will march forward,into the future of space campaigns and exploration.It is my pleasure,to sign the Sydney-Veagan Accords,with the Earth and Arej.

(All stand and applaud,as each person on the platform signs the Accords.)

(Suddenly,the building shakes.)
Voice (over the Intercom):
Warning,invasion in progress.

(Voice loops same message in background as alarms sound.)

(All scramble to escape from the building.)
(Scene switches to outside,as several Jervaton Warriors are seen fighting Tekarian soldiers,while civilians run for cover.)

Jonathon (seen running,with Cecil and Ricardo):
We have to get back to the ship!

(Scene switches to Tekar Central Command’s bridge.)
Teklhar K’ye (an officer):
They came from nowhere sir.



Ravoc:
Sources on the planet are reporting major casualties.

Kilan:
Send additional forces to the planet and have the Jotocon Guard ready for conflict in space,if it arises.
(An alarm sounds)

Nehero:
Commander,a Jervaton Warbird,Class A,is on a collision course with the station.

Ravoc(scanning the Warbird):
We can’t stop it!It’s too powerful for our forces to disable!

Kilan(into the Intercom):
All hands,this is the bridge.Abandon the station!This is not a drill!Abandon the station!

Kilan:
Nehero!You,Ravoc,Teklhar and Averan leave.I’m staying behind.Maybe I can contain the explosion,so it doesn’t harm anyone on the planet.

Nehero:
Dad,it’s too dangerous!You have to come!

Kilan (shouting):
Go,before it’s too late!
(Scene switches to outside the station,as several ships are seen exiting the station.)
(The Warbird collides with the station,causing a chain reaction explosion,which consumes the station.)

(Scene goes to aboard the ship which the Nehero and his brothers escaped in.)

Averan:
Reports are coming in of thirty-five officers lost.

Nehero(over the Intercom):
Kilan,this is Nehero!Respond!
(Silence)

Officer (heard over the Intercom):
He’s gone Nehero…..

(Nehero,shocked,stares out the ship’s viewscreen,at the view of Tekar.Several fragments of the ship are remaining.)

Nehero(quietly,choked up):
Curse you…..Syr Skarhawk….







Chapter 2:First Attack

(Scene is aboard the Utopia,just as the crew is boarding the ship,which is on a base,on the planet’s surface.)

Jonathon (entering the Command Center):
Where’s R’eylle?

Cecil:
I saw her exit the ceremony,but I haven’t seen her since.

(An evil laugh sounds over the Intercom)

Voice (heard over the Intercom):
I have what I want.A very valuable hostage.

Jonathon:
A hostage?Who is this?

Voice:
You will see,someday.A day where you will be tested and will suffer for you failure.

Jonathon:
Where is R’eylle?

Voice:
Your valuable crew member and I have some things to discuss.For now,I declare war on the Alliance Federation.I am the Emperor of the Jervaton Empire,and your attempts at resisting us will fail.

Ricardo:
Captain,three Jervaton ships are entering the area around the remains of Tekar C.C.They are attacking the ships in the area.

Jonathon:
Set course for the battle zone.

(Scene switches to the ship exiting the atmosphere of Tekar.The Utopia begins to engage the enemy.)

(Scene switches back to the Utopia Command Center.)
(The ship shakes.)
Jonathon:
Status?

Ricardo:
Damage to the engines and to starboard defenses.

Mike:
Another hit and the engines will overload.

Katrina:
The Jervaton ships are gaining ground over the Tekarian ships.


Jonathon:
Continue fighting them.

(The ship is hit again and huge explosions occur at the front of the ship.Fires erupt and the center fills with smoke.)

Katrina:
Vent the smoke out!

(No answer)
(Falcon rushes to the Operations station and vents out the smoke.Katrina grabs a fire extinguisher,and puts out the fires.)

(The center clears of the smoke,revealing,in various places,Ricardo,Jonathon,Mike and Cecil,unconscious.)

Falcon (checking Ricardo’s pulse):
He’s barely alive.

Katrina (checking the others):
The same with everyone else.

Falcon:
I suggest we evacuate to the Secondary Control Center.All systems here in the Command Center are offline.

Katrina:
Agreed.(looks down at Cecil):I’m afraid they may not survive.Earthforce conduct says we have to leave them until the battle is over.We have to hurry.
(Falcon and Katrina make their way through the wreckage,and exit.)

(Scene switches to the ship with the K’ye brothers)

(Ship shakes)

Averan:
We’re under attack by a Jervaton ship.

Nehero:
Fire back!

(The Tekarian ship fires,hitting the Jervaton ship and disabling it.It retreats.)

Averan:
The first ship has retreated,but a second is approaching.

(The ship shakes again,harder this time.)

Ravoc:
They’ve disabled our weapons.I don’t know how much more the ship can take.

Nehero:
There’s an Earthforce ship nearby.We’ll evacuate to there.Ravoc,activate emergency transporters.
(Ravoc types the command into the computer,and red beam of light surrounds each of them,just as the ship explodes.)

(Scene switches to the Utopia Command Center,where the red beam surrounds each of the unconscious crew members there;Jonathon,Cecil,Mike and Ricardo.)

(Scene switches to the Secondary Control Room,where Falcon and Katrina are.)

Falcon:
Another Tekarian ship was just destroyed,but the explosion consumed the second Jervaton ship.There’s one remaining.

Katrina:
Let’s engage it.

(TheUtopia and five other Tekaran ships converge on the last one remaining Jervaton ship,and begin firing upon it.)

(The Jervaton ship retreats.)

Katrina:
We’re safe.

Falcon (puzzled):
I’m detecting four intense life signs in the Command Center.

(They look at each other,then rush out of the Command Center.)


Chapter 3:Who I Am


(Scene is an empty room,dimly lit.Jonathon is standing in the middle of it.)

(A shadowed figure comes into view.)

Voice:
I am Avana Ptola.

(Silence)

Avana:
What is the last thing you remember?

Jonathon:
I……I remember,we were engaged in battle with the Jervatons.The panel in front of me exploded,and I remember this intense pain in my face…….then everything blacked out.

(Pauses)
Jonathon:
Am I dead?

Avana:
You are in a place,where few people have been.This place is the line,between reality and dreams,or in this sense,in between the real world and the Dreamworld.

Jonathon:
The Dreamworld?

Avana:
I am a Conscious Protectorate,a prophet and an angel,in a sense.I can have existence in both the real world and the Dreamworld.I am assigned to watch over certain people when they enter the Dreamworld……
(Pause)

Avana:
The time has come to tell you the truth about your existence.The Dream World is the place where all people go when they sleep,when they are in comas,even those who are missing from the real world are here.Those who are asleep arrive here only for brief periods of time,only to disappear from here when they awake.Those who are in comas,however,appear here until they awaken or die.Missing people spend the rest of their existence here.

Jonathon:
How am I here?

Avana:
You are quite different.You see,dreams exist in the subconscious.The same goes for the Dreamworld.Just like dreams,the Dreamworld has to exist in the subconscious of many people,since it’s such a vast place.However,things have changed.The Dreamworld once existed in the subconscious of millions of people.After many centuries of this,evil began to rise into power.The Dreamworld became absolute chaos,with wars and plagues everywhere.The only solution,was to make it possible for the Dreamworld to exist in the subconscious of one person.You are that individual.At least,your counterpart in the real world is.The real you is in a coma,but he will never awaken,unless a disaster occurs here in the Dreamworld.As your Protectorate,it is my obligation to do everything I can,to prevent that.I can tell you no more,for it is the Lord’s will that everything else unfolds during the course of your life here.What I have told you will remain in your memory,but you will never get the chance to tell anyone,unless the Lord wills.You will soon awaken,aboard the Utopia.

(Pauses)

Avana:
There is one more thing I must tell you.During your time here,the Tekarian named Nehero K’ye,was killed by an explosion.However,by a malfunction of the transporter that he and his brothers used,to try to escape,the consciousnesses of the brothers,were transported,to their target destination,which was your ship.Having no body to contain them,the consciousnesses of the brothers,transferred to the unconscious bodies of you,and three of your crew members.Now,the souls of the K’ye brothers,and the souls of you and your three crew members,exist in one body.Only one consciousness can dominate the body at a time.If the Lord wills,the souls of the Tekarians will rise to the surface.

Jonathon:
And all of this is a dream?

Avana:
Yes.

Jonathon:
It must be.Nothing like this could happen for real.

Avana:
And yet,in its own way,it is reality to those involved.(Pauses) Now,I must go,and so must you.

Jonathon:
Will I ever see you again?

Avana:
That is a part of destiny that even I do not know……perhaps,if necessary.
(She slowly walks away and fades.)
(Scene fades out)

(Scene returns to the Command Center of the Utopia,as the four crew members are waking up.)

(Katrina and Falcon enter.)
Jonathon (Slowly sitting up):
Is everybody alright?

Falcon:
We’re fine,what about you Captain?

Jonathon (standing up):
I think I’ll live.

(The crew members begin to return to their stations.)

Jonathon:
Let’s try to get this ship back home.
(Scene switches to outside,as the ship flies into the distance.)



Chapter 4:The Time Frontier


(The year is now 10365.Scene is aboard the Utopia Command Center,which has been upgraded by Earthforce scientists and engineers.Sitting at one of the new stations,is Jelian Duran,studying time charts.Jelian is a Tekarian graduate of Earthforce Academy.She is the first person to hold the Earthforce position of ChronoMarshall,a position reserved for experts on chronology,the study of time-travel.)

(Jonathon and Cecil enter and walk over to Jelian’s station.)

Jonathon:
Are we ready to test the chronological systems?

Jelian:
Yes sir.

Criscinia(another new officer,an expert at astronomy):
We will arrive at Earth in the year 6700 when we clear the time portal.

Jelian:
Captain,may I speak with you privately for a moment?

Jonathon (looking puzzled):
Yes you may.

(Scene switches to both entering The Captain’s office.)

Jonathon:
Please,sit down.

(They both sit down)
Jelian:
This may come as a surprise to you,but I know about your present situation.

Jonathon:
And that is….

Jelian:
I am a sister to Nehero K’ye.
(A look of curiosity comes over Jonathon’s face)

Jelian:
Avana Ptola is my Protectorate as well.

Jonathon:
So…..she has told you that I am Nehero K’ye.

Jelian:
Yes.

Jonathon:
So,we are siblings….well,that changes things up a bit.

Jelian:
There was also something else that she told Nehero,long ago,that he only shared with me,and Avana has informed me that I must be the one to re-tell this message to you.

Jonathon:
Go on.

Jelian:
You must fulfill my brother’s destiny,which was to lead his brothers,which are now your four crewmates,to retrieve an ancient treasure of Tekar.

(As Jelian tells the story,scenes illustrate it.)
Jelian:
The treasure is called the Crystal of Takor.Its origin,is in the year 3795,when the people of a planet called Ocana resolved to escape the oppression of Ocana’s dictator and start a new empire.They left the planet,after much fighting,and came upon a planet which is now Tekar.The two leaders of the refugees,Zoar the II and Leven,started a new empire there.They named it Jotocon,after the legendary planet where it is said that the Lord dwells.As a symbol of their freedom,they raised a pillar in the capital city,called the Pillar of Jotocon.Atop it,they set the crystal.It was declared that whatever planet possessed the crystal,would be considered greatest among the Jotocon Empire.The empire flourished for many years.Then,the unthinkable happened.Zoar and Leven came upon a dispute.Both became very arrogant and turned the dispute into a rivalry.Leven finally declared himself independent and those who sided with him on the issue,separated from the Jotocon Empire along with him.Not too long after,his group of rebels launched an attack on the capital city,and destroyed the Pillar of Jotocon.Leven then stole the crystal,and left the planet.Neither him nor his followers were ever seen again.

(Scene switches back to Jonathon’s office.)

Jelian:
It is now up to you,Jonathon,to retrieve the crystal.

Jonathon:
Where is it?

Jelian:
I was told that it is on a faraway planet named Dioras 9.Avana didn’t tell me how it ended up there,but to go there and get it.

Jonathon (quietly):
No….no,I have a better idea…..

(He exits and Jelian follows.)





Chapter 5:Lost Soul of the Fourth Dimension


(Jonathon enters the command center,walks over to the Captain’s chair and sits down,as all other officers take their posts)
Jonathon:
Mike,Falcon,prepare to go to full speed at my mark.Jelian,activate the Chronological Systems,and prepare to travel to the year 3795.

Jelian:
Jonathon,we…..

Jonathon (interrupting):
You have your orders Ensign.

(He pauses and takes a deep breath)

Jonathon:
Proceed with Chronolaunch Sequence.

(The ship fires a neon-blue beam of light and a tear forms in the space before them.The tear morphs into a large whirlpool.)

(The ship slowly enters the hole.)

Jonathon:
Maintain same speed.


Jelian:
Captain,we have a fluctuation in the Time Matrix,conduit six.

Jonathon:
Will it affect the time-jump?

Jelian:
It might…..I’ll go adjust the Matrix to compensate.

(She rises and heads for the exit)

Jonathon:
Be careful.

(She looks back with a blank look,then exits.)

Jonathon:
How long until we reach the other side?

Ricardo:
Two minutes.

Jonathon (into the Intercom):
Jelian,status.

Jelian:
I’m having a little trouble adjusting the alignment.Stand by.

Ricardo:
One minute,thirty seconds.
Criscinia:
All systems normal.

Jelian(heard over the Intercom):
I need more power.The TimeMatrix isn’t getting enough energy.

Ricardo:
Transferring all available power.

Jelian:
The Matrix is at 97%.

(Suddenly the communicator fills with static)

Jonathon:
Jelian?

(Silence)
(Ship quakes)

Katrina:
Sir,there’s an energy overload on the port side of the ship.Defenses are weakening.

Mike:
The main engine is experiencing a power backup.It could overlaod also.

Jonathon:
Abort!Abort!

(The ship exits the portal,which disappears.)
Jonathon:
Report!

Criscinia:
According to the ChronoComputer,we’re still in the same year.

(Jonathon runs out of the Command Center)

(He arrives where the TimeMatrix is,only to find the room on fire,with no sign of Jelian)

Jonathon (into the Intercom):
Ricardo,locate Ensign Duran.

Ricardo (heard over the Intercom):
No sign of her sir.

(Scene fades out)
(Scene switches to Jelian,who has found herself in a room,filled with books and paintings)

Jelian (in amazement):
Where am I?

(She walks around the room,gazing at her surroundings.)

(She sees a door.She walks over and opens it.Outside the door,she finds a grand hallway.At the end of the hallway,is a set of large doors.)
(She walks down the hallway,slowly at first,then briskly,and opens the doors.When she opens them,she sees that they lead to a front yard.)

Jelian:
I must be on a planet,but a very underdeveloped one…..everything looks so old…..

(She notices a newspaper on the sidewalk,and walks down the steps to pick it up)

Jelian (as she picks up the paper):
The New York Times.Saturday,January 12,2002…

(Suddenly,a voice sounds from behind her.)

A lady (who appears to be the housekeeper):
You out there!Get back inside!It’s to early to be out and about.

A Girl (calling down to Jelian from a second story window):
You ought to listen to her.Come on up here!

(Jelian hesitates at first,then walks inside to the stairwell.)

(She finds the girl from the upstairs window,standing at the top of the stairs.)

The Girl (motioning for Jelian to come up):
I’ll show you the way to my room.

(Jelian follows her to a large bedroom,wjere they both sit down.)

The Girl:
You’re new here,aren’t you?

Jelian:
Um…yes.

The Girl:
I’m Jennifer. (Stretches out her hand)Nice to meet you.

Jelian (who reaches out and shakes hands with her):
I’m Jelian…..nice to meet you too.

Jennifer:
When did you get here?

Jelian:
Um,not long ago.

Jennifer:
What do you think so far?

Jelian:
It’s nice.Very big.


Jennifer (giggling):
Yes,I’d say so.This is the richest orphanage in New York!

(Jelian is startled at the word orphanage,but recovers quickly.)


Jennifer:
You and I are lucky to be here.It’s really nice here:the people,the food,the rooms….it’s all really cool!

Jelian:
Why are you here?

Jennifer:
My parents died when I was 2.I never found out why.

Jelian:
I see. (pauses)Well,what do we do here?

Jennifer:
Well,since it’s summer,there’s no school,so pretty much anything…within reason.I think we should have breakfast first,though.I’m hungry!

Jelian:
Me too.

Jennifer:
Let’s go see if it’s ready yet.
(They exit the room)

(Scene switches to later that morning,in the backyard.)

(Jennifer and Jelian and sitting on the patio)

Jennifer:
So tell me….if I may ask….why are you here?

Jelian:
Um,I….(hesitates to think of what to say)….I don’t really know.My grandmother picked me up from my house and brought me here,and that’s it.


Jennifer:
I see.That’s different.Well,I know you’ll like it here.

(Silence)

Jennifer:
You’re lucky.You got to meet your parents.I don’t even remember mine.I haven’t even seen any pictures.

Jelian:
I’m sure they were nice.

(Jennifer looks sad)

Jelian:
Have you ever asked the person in charge here about your parents?

Jennifer:
Miss Anthony?Oh,no I haven’t.I never had courage enough.

Jelian:
Why not?

Jennifer:
She’s always been so nice to me….she’s sort of become like a mom to me.I’m afraid if I ask her,I’ll hurt her feelings….

Jelian:
But,don’t you want to know about your real parents?

Jennifer:
Well,yes.

Jelian:
Well,if Miss Anthony is as nice as you say she is,she’ll understand.

Jennifer:
I guess so.Maybe it’s worth a try.

Jelian:
Come on. (She stands up) We’ll go together.

(Scene fades out as they go back into the house.)

(Next scene is aboard the Utopia,where Jonathon is sitting in the command center.He is very solemn-looking,and silent.)

Criscinia (to Cecil):
He’s been like this for weeks.Ever since Jelian disappeared.And the only time he speaks is when he asks if we’ve found her yet.

Cecil:
I’ll talk to him.

(Cecil sits down in the Assisstant Commander’s seat,next to Jonathon’s seat.)

Cecil:
Jonathon,there was nothing you could have done.

(Silence)
Cecil:
It was an accident.

Jonathon (quietly):
This was no accident.I should’ve listened from the start…..and I never should’ve let her go alone.



Cecil:
It wasn’t your fault.If you had been there with her,you would’ve disappeared too.

Jonathon:
At least I’d be there with her…she
must be scared.I mean….I love her….and let this happen.

Cecil (surprised):
Love her?

Jonathon:
Of course I love her.The child is my sister,or our sister,for that matter.

Cecil (even more surprised):
Our sister?She’s a Tekarian….oh,I get it.Our Tekarian sides of our existences.

Jonathon:
I should’ve never tried to pull this stupid stunt off.

Cecil:
Don’t worry Jonathon.We’ll find her.

(Scene switches back to the orphanage in New York.)

(Jennifer and Jelian are in the living room,with Miss Anthony.)

Miss Anthony:
Well,Jennifer,I’m glad you gathered up the courage to ask this.However,I’m afraid I don’t have anything I can tell you.All that your brother left here with you,when he brought you here,was your clothes and a couple of other things,but no pictures or anything else having to do with your parents.
(Jennifer lowers her head.)

Miss Anthony:
I’m sorry dear.I wish I could do something.
(Pause)


Jelian:
Miss Anthony,maybe there is something you can do.

Miss Anthony:
What would that be dear?

Jelian:
Where are public records kept?

Miss Anthony:
The Courthouse.

Jelian:
Maybe you could let us go there.We might be able to find something there.

(Jennifer raises her head)
Miss Anthony:
Well,I guess so.Just be careful and be back before dinnertime.

(Jennifer looks a bit happier)

Jelian:
Yes mam.Come on Jennifer,let’s go!

(Jennifer and Jelian get up and leave,as the scene fades out.)


(Scene switches back to the Utopia Command Center.)
Ricardo:
Captain,we’ve found something.

(Jonathon rushes over to the station where Ricardo is.)

Ricardo:
The ChronoMatrix sensors have detected a TimePortal that is identical to the one we were in when Jelian disappeared.It’s quite a ways away though sir,and the sensors position it either inside,or on the other side of Jervaton territory.Its polarity is reversed also.

Jonathon:
It’s a risk we’re going to have to take.Jim,set course for the vicinity of the portal.
Falcon:
Yes sir.

(Jonathon returns to his seat in the Captain’s chair.)

Cecil:
Captain,what if we run into the Jervatons?They aren’t exactly going to be happy to see us.

Jonathon:
I know.Especially since we’re at war with them.(sighs)I’ll need you and Ricardo to begin formulating a battle plan with Katrina,if a conflict arises.

Cecil:
Yes sir.

Jonathon:
I don’t care who’s out there,we’re going to find Jelian and get her back.

(Scene switches to the Courthouse,in the city where Jelian and Jennifer are.)
(Jelian and Jennifer are standing at the secretary’s desk.)

A Secretary (as she walks toward Jennifer and Jelian,carrying books):
This is all I could find girls.

(She hands some to Jennifer and some to Jelian.)

Secretary:
In these books are public records pertaining to John and Mary Preston.

Jennifer:
Thank you mam.

Secretary (motioning to a table):
You can take them to that table over there and study them over.

Jelian:
Thank you very much.

(The girls walk over to the table and sit down.)

Jennifer:
Let’s see (opens the first book)…..here we go.(reading the article aloud) John Preston was born in 1956 in Albany,New York.His parents were Alexander and Joan Preston.He graduated from Albany High School in 1973 and married Mary Woodsman in 1978.They had two children:Alex in 1982 and Jennifer in 1992.They were tragically killed(a look of sadness comes over her face) in 1994.(closes book)That’s all.


Jelian:
I’m sorry Jennifer.

Jennifer (sighing):
Well,at least I know a little about them.

Jelian:
Here’s a yearbook from 1972 yearbook from Albany High.

Jennifer (taking the book,and leafing through it):
I finally get to see what my Dad looked like!
(She stops at a page.)

Jennifer:
Found it! Wow,he looks just like me!

(Jelian looks at the picture)

Jelian:
He sure does. (Pointing at a picture) Look,here’s your mom.

Jennifer:
Cool!She was pretty!

(The secretary walks over to them.)
Secretary:
Girls,it’s 4:50.We’ll be closing soon.You best be getting home.


Jelian:
Yes mam.
(They gather up the books and take them to the counter.)

Jennifer:
Thank you so much Jelian.
(Scene fades out as they leave)



Chapter 6:Dangerous Territory


(Scene is back aboard the Utopia.)

Mike:
We are approaching Jervaton territory.

Jonathon:
Suggestions Cecil?

Cecil:
Well,we could attempt a temporary truce..assurance of safe passage.

Jonathon:
It’s worth a try.Contact the nearest outpost.

(Ricardo types the command into the computer.)


Jonathon (to Cecil):
The last thing we need today is a conflict.

Ricardo:
A border outpost is responding.

(A Jervaton appears on the viewscreen.)

Jonathon:
I am Jonathon Braxston,Captain of the Earthforce flagship Utopia.We wish to pass through your territory,but peacefully and without conflict.

Jervaton:
For what reason?

Jonathon:
Our destination lies beyond your space.

(Silence)
Jervaton:
Very well.You may pass through our space.You may also keep your weapons and defenses offline.That way we can be sure that you won’t attack us.In return,we will not attack you either.

Jonathon:
Agreed.


Jervaton:
Violation of this temporary truce will warrant immediate retaliation.
(Viewscreen returns to view of space.)

Cecil:
This is a risky move Captain,traveling through enemy territory,defenseless.

Jonathon:
It’s our only way of getting to Jelian.I have a feeling this will work. (Takes a deep breath)Mike,full power to engines.Set course for the portal.

Mike:
Yes sir.

Jonathon:
Katrina,deactivate all weapons and defenses,but be ready to re-activate them at a moment’s notice.

Katrina:
Understood.

Jonathon:
Proceed Mike.

(Pause)
Jonathon:
Notify me when we approach Jervita.I want to see this place for myself. (to Cecil) Cecil,I want to speak with you in my office.Criscinia,you have command.

(Cecil and Jonathon exit the Command Center.)

(Scene switches to the orphanage in New York.)

(Jelian and Miss Anthony are in the upstairs hallway.)

Miss Anthony (Opening the door to Jelian’s room):
This is your room.I’ll leave you to getting your things unpacked.

Jelian:
Thank you.

(Miss Anthony exits,closing the door behind her)

(Jelian looks around.)

Jelian:
Is the life I’m now destined to live?

(A figure appears in the shadows.)

Voice:
My child,you will return home soon.

Jelian (turning to see who spoke):
Avana!Why am I here?

Avana(stepping into full view):
The accident that placed you here was not caused by fate.It was by an unwise decision.

Jelian:
Jonathon’s decision……

Avana:
I only hope that you can forgive him.

Jelian:
I must say though,it felt great to help Jennifer find her past.

Avana:
I’m glad.You certainly made that girl’s life happier.

(Pauses)

Avana:
You will soon return home my child.

(Scene switches back to Jonathon’s office aboard the Utopia.)

Cecil:
So far,so good.


Jonathon:
Yes,but I’m beginning to wonder for how long.The Jervatons have been known to pull off some crazy stunts,just to fight.They’ll jump for joy at the chance to fight a defenseless Earthforce ship.All they need is a reason.We have to be careful,taking every move they make as a threat.

Cecil:
You’re right.

Jonathon:
Do you have a strategy ready,in case we’re forced to engage them?

Cecil:
Yes sir.

Jonathon:
Let’s hear it.

(An alarm sounds.)

(Cecil and Jonathon rush into the Command Center.)

Jonathon:
Report!




Katrina:
There are three Jervaton warbirds straight ahead of us,on an intercept course.They have weapons charged.

Cecil:
Could this be a threat?

Jonathon:
We can’t know for certain.

Katrina (alarmed):
One of the ships is firing!

Jonathon:
Brace for impact!

(A laser cannon hits the east wing of the ship,causing severe damage)

Jonathon:
Activate defenses!

Cecil:
Jonathon!

Ricardo:
Captain,we’ve reached the TimePortal.

Jonathon:
Cecil,I’m afraid we’re going to have to put those strategies on hold.

(Turns to Mike.)

Jonathon:
I want all of you to listen carefully.We’ll only have one shot at this.At my mark,Katrina will activate defenses.Mike,at that moment,go to Mach 6,heading straight into the portal.Finally,when we reach the portal,Criscinia,activate the TimeMatrix.
Is everyone clear on their orders?

(Some nod,others say “Yes sir.”)

Jonathon:
Let’s do this. (pauses and sits in the Captain’s chair)Activate defenses.

(Scene switches to the ship entering the portal.)

(Scene switches back to the Command Center)

Criscinia:
TimeMatrix activated.

Jonathon:
Steady as she goes Mike.

(Scene switches to the ship clearing the portal.)


Jonathon (into the Intercom):
Jelian,this is the Captain,respond please.

Jelian (heard over the Intercom):
I’m here Captain.

Cecil (puzzled):
How did you….?

Jonathon:
When Ricardo told me that the portal’s polarity was reversed,I devised from my knowledge of Chronology,that if we entered the portal a second time,it would reverse the events from our first entry.

(Jelian enters the command center.)

Ricardo:
Captain,we’re receiving a transmission from Jervita.

(All is silent)
(Jonathon looks at Cecil)

Cecil:
We violated the truce.

Jonathon (confidently):
Answer them.



(A different Jervaton appears on the screen.)
Jervaton:
I am Chancellor Calis Tora of the Jervaton Empire.You have directly violated your treaty with us!

Jonathon:
Two of your ships attempted to attack us,we had no choice.

Calis:
They were unaware of the treaty!It is no excuse!(pauses)You will pay dearly for this.Lest you forget,we’re at war.

(Transmission ends)

Jonathon:
Ricardo,contact headquarters.I get the feeling we’re going to need reinforcements.

(Jonathon pauses and looks at the viewscreen at the Jervaton ships leaving.)

Jonathon:
So this is war…..

(Scene switches to the cafeteria,where Jonathon is sitting,staring blankly into a glass of water)

(Jelian enters)

Jelian:
Jonathon?

Jonathon:
Jelian….

Jelian:
Are you okay?

Jonathon (quietly):
What have I done?I told myself I’d never become a part of this war…..


Jelian (sitting across from him):
They’ve had this coming to them for a long time.After all they’ve done to Arej,Earth and Tekar,it’s about time they pay.
(She reaches across the table and holds his hand.)
Jelian:
We’ll be fine.We’ve got each other.We can do this.

Jonathon:
We have to.


Chapter 7:The Last Campaign


(Scene is aboard the Utopia,in the command center,five weeks later,just before the Earthforce’s third and final attempt to launch an attack on Jervita.)

Jonathon (into the Intercom):
All ships,this is the Utopia.Prepare to attack the Vestina Base.Proceed into the atmosphere.

(Several ships,of Arejan,Tekarian and Earthforce origin,descend into the atmosphere.)



Cecil (addressing the entire crew):
Our plan in this attack is to bring down the Vestina Base’s defenses and shields.We will then land on the base and combat the soldiers inside,face to face.This base will give us a considerable strategic advantage over Jervita,since it is the only major base protecting the capital.We will then be clear to invade the headquarters of Syr Skarhawk.

Katrina:
All troops are reporting,ready to file into the base as soon as we land.

Mike:
Captain,we are clearing the atmosphere.

(Scene switches to a ground view of the skies over Jervita.In just moments,hundreds of ships appear,descending on the planet.The ships fire upon the Vestina Base,damaging its defenses.The base’s cannons fire back,hitting several ships.)
(After many intense scenes of intense exchange of fire between the Alliance ships and the base,a huge flash eminates from the base)

Katrina:
The base’s shields are down.

Jonathon (into the Intercom):
All ships,begin invasion!
(Turns to Criscinia)
Jonathon:
Criscinia,you have command.Mike,Ricardo,Cecil,Katrina,Falcon, let’s go.
(The six exit the command center)

(Scene switches to inside the Vestna Base.The troops,including the six Utopia crewmen,are searching the base for Jervaton troops.)
(They arrive at a large door.Jonathon presses a button on a nearby panel,and the door opens.)
(As soon as it opens,laser fire shoots out of the room.)
(The Alliance troops dodge the fire,and find cover.)

Jonathon (quietly):
On my mark,all of us will converge at once.
(Silence)

Jonathon (loudly):
Go!

(The troops pile into the large room,firing at and downing several of the Jervaton officers inside.Only three of the Alliance troops are hit,but aren’t severely injured.After much exchange of fire,the few remaining Jervaton troops retreat from the room.)

(Jonathon sits down to a computer.)
Jonathon:
Prepare for the final stage of the assault.

Katrina (sitting to another computer):
Troops are in place and ready to invade the capital.

Jonathon (into the Intercom):
This is Captain Braxston.All units proceed to invade the headquarters.

(Scene changes to several troops storming a large building,protected by several Jervaton officers.After much fighting,the Jervatons are overcome and the Alliance soldiers enter the building.)

(Scene changes back to the Vestina Base)
(A red light flashes on the screen in front of Katrina.)

Katrina:
Captain,we’re receiving a transmission from the capital.

Jonathon:
Answer it.

(A Jervaton in royal military uniform appears on the screen in front of Jonathon.)


Jervaton:
I am Syr Skarhawk,dictatorial leader of the Jervaton Empire.

Jonathon:
I am Captain Jonathon Braxston,Captain of the Earthforce flagship Utopia.

Syr Skarhawk:
I am very impressed in your skill and courage in this retaliation.

Jonathon:
Meaning?

Syr Skarhawk:
I am no longer in any position to resist.I admit defeat,and I am willing to negotiate a surrender to the Alliance Federation.
(Scene fades to a large conference room,in the headquarters of Syr Skarhawk.The room is large,with a long table in the middle of the room.Sitting at one end of the table is Captain Braxston and Commander Ralston.Sitting at the other end,are Syr Skarhawk and Chancellor Calis Tora.)

Jonathon:
So,you are willing to negotiate a surrender….why the change of heart?



Syr Skarhawk:
As you can see,our people are unable to match your forces in any area.I have reason to believe that you will utterly destroy our civilization if we continue to resist.

Jonathon:
The thought had crossed my mind.(Jonathon leans across the table)What your people have done to our people in the last few years is horrendous.You have terrorized our homes,killed many of our people,and even destroyed several of our greatest symbols of prosperity,such as Tekar Central Command.You should have to pay the retribution price of destruction that you deserve.(He sits back and sighs)However,our people have morals and principals….we don’t do business that way.We try to avoid revenge if possible.We will accept your surrender.What are your terms?

Syr Skarhawk:
You just defeated us,and you’re asking what my wishes are?

Jonathon:
I am a fair person,in all situations.We have caused you destruction as well,so you will require some assistance.

Syr Skarhawk:
We now wish to attempt to live in peace with your people.We also wish to discuss joining your Alliance.Our hostilities have caused you,as well us,much loss.We offer our sincerest apologies.

Jonathon:
Your terms are reasonable.Our people will have to discuss amongst themselves,your request for alliance.I admit,it may be worthwhile.

Syr Skarhawk:
Then I believe we have a truce.You may continue through our space with no further conflict.

Jonathon:
I thank you.Now,if you will excuse me,I have a journey to complete.(He stands up)Good day.
(Jonathon and Cecil exit.)
(Scene fades out)

(Scene is the Utopia Command Center)
(All are at their posts)

Cecil:
Do you think they’ll hold up their end of the treaty?
Jonathon:
That remains to be seen.It will take quite a while before we can know for sure if we can trust them.At least now we can finish our journey without anymore problems.

Mike:
What is the point of this journey anyway?

Jonathon:
I’ll explain later.Right now,set course for Dioras 9.

Mike:
Yes sir.



Chapter 9:Final Destination


(Scene is two weeks later,as the Utopia is approaching Dioras 9.In the command center,all are their posts.)

Jonathon:
All this time…..all this struggle…..all comes down to this:the grandest prize of all.The symbol of all that Tekar stands for.

Cecil (humorously):
It’s quite exciting.

Jonathon (humorously,but nervously):
Yes it is!



Cecil:
I just received word from Earth yesterday.They wish for us to take a new mission when we return to Earth.A band of Arejan rebels has taken the Curenso Base,and are threating terrorist attacks on Arej,if the Arejan government does not submit to their demands.

Jonathon:
Sounds interesting.Contact them when we arrive,tell them we accept.

Cecil:
Yes sir.

Mike:
We are ready to land on the planet Dioras 9.

(The view of the planet Dioras 9 appears on the viewscreen.It is a large red planet with many orange streaks in the atmosphere.)

Jelian (awestruck):
It’s beautiful!

Jonathon:
Ricardo,scan for the crystal.

(Ricardo types in the command,then watches the screen for a second.The computer beeps.)

Ricardo:
Found it.It’s in a cave,on the northwest continent.

Jonathon:
Mike,proceed to descend on the planet.

Mike:
Yes sir.

(Scene switched to the ship entering the atmosphere.)
Ricardo:
The planet’s air consists of all oxygen,so be prepared for a slight feeling of light-headedness because of the excess oxygen.

(The ship appears in the skies over the surface,and lands in a field.)

(The crew,minus Katrina,Criscinia and Mike,steps out of the ship.The planet is covered with mountains and valleys,all covered with grass and trees.There are entrances to caves in the sides of several of the mountains.)

Ricardo (holding a scanner):
The cave containing the Takor Crystal is straight ahead.

(They walk to a cave a few yards ahead of them,and enter it.)
(Scene switches to deep inside the cave.)

Jonathon:
The crystal…….
(Right before them is an apple-sized,purple crystal,lying on a rock.Jonathon carefully picks it up and holds it in his hands.)

Ricardo:
It’s been missing for years!

Jonathon:
And now here it is,right before our very eyes.

Jelian:
It’s incredible!

(Jonathon kneels before Jelian)
Jonathon:
Would you like to hold it?

(A look of wonder comes over Jelian’s face.)
(She takes it very carefully into her hands.)

Jonathon:
Let’s get it back to the ship.

(Scene switches to the crew exiting the cave)

Cecil (pointing to a valley a few miles from the ship):
Look over there,

(The view switches to a huge ship,ten times bigger than the Utopia,in the middle of the valley.)

Jonathon:
Looks like we have company.

Ricardo (holding his scanner towards it):
There’s no one on board,and no one else on the planet.It looks like it’s been abandoned.

Jonathon:
Let’s go have a look. (to Jelian) Take the crystal back to the ship.

Jelian:
Yes sir.

(The others head for the ship)

(Scene switches to inside the peculiarly designed ship.The crew enters a large room,filled with extremely advanced computers and several large monitors.)

Jonathon:
This must be the Command Center.

(Ricardo walks over to a computer.He fiddles with it for a couple of seconds.It comes online.He presses a few keys,and the entire bridge comes online.)

Ricardo (examining the ship’s records on the computer):
The ship’s name appears to be “Hexilon”.According to this profile,it’s from the year 4512,but I don’t recognize any of the rest of the schematics whatsoever.It’s not from any planet we’ve ever encountered.

Cecil:
It appears to have been abandoned for a long time,but it’s in perfect condition.

Jonathon:
Should we attempt to take it to Earth?

Ricardo:
I don’t see why not,all systems appear to be functioning normally,and the engines are in excellent shape.The docking bay on this thing is big enough to fit three Utopias.

Jonathon:
Can you contact the Utopia from here?

Ricardo (examining the computer):I believe so……(he presses a button,and it beeps)Yes,communication line open.

Jonathon:
Utopia,this is Jonathon.You’re never going to believe this……
(Scene fades out)

















Universal Explorers
III
Majestic Saga




Chapter 1:The BlueStar Apprentice


(Scene is a large room,in a home,on the Planet Arej.The room is filled with Arejan paintings and furniture.R’eylle has arrived here,and is standing in the middle of the room.)

R’eylle (distantly):
Maybe here,I can find the answers to all this madness…..

(Avana Ptola enters the room.)
Avana:
The answers may not be here,but your future lies here.

R’eylle:
Who are you?
Avana: I am Avana Ptola.I am a Conscious Protectorate.

R’eylle:
So the legends are true….the stories of the people of light….appearing in times of trouble…..

Avana:
I watch over people in the Dreamworld……And I’ve watched over Jonathon Braxston all of these years.

R’eylle:
Jonathon!Where is he?

Avana:
You will see him soon.Right now,there is an important matter at hand.The empire of Tekar is becoming corrupted.You must appeal to Kurina Turmen and persuade her to invade Tekar and liberate the government,so the people must not suffer any longer.

R’eylle (shocked):
But,why?Can’t we just reason with them?

Avana:
They have passed the point of reason.They are quickly becoming a military dictatorship.The consequences of letting the current government continue on,will be devastating.The Alliance Federation could collapse,and send the galaxy into intergalactic war…..
(Pauses)
Avana:
Time is running out.You must hurry.
(She exits the room)

(R’eylle stands there for a moment,stunned)
(She makes her way over to a window,and looks up to the stars above.)

R’eylle:
Jonathon……if you only you were here to tell me the meaning of all of this…..

(Scene fades to the Hexilon,five months after the Jervaton government’s surrender.The Hexilon has been officially commissioned as an Earthforce starship.The new crew,consisting of Commodore Jonathon Braxston,Captain Falcon Tribune,Tactical Marshall Mackenzie Allensis,Chief Pilot Ajellia Tals,Operations Officer Akindra Tals and Commander Jelian Duran,is present in a room designated as the conference room.The crew also consists of several unnamed officers,who are not present at this meeting,but will appear later.)

Jonathon:
The crew of the Hexilon has been commissioned to a new Alliance Federation fleet called The BlueStar Fleet.This fleet is trained to fight terrorism in Alliance territory,and to investigate nearby astronomical discoveries.Our division of the fleet,the 17th Division,has been assigned to resolve the situation at the Curenso Base,which orbits Arej,involving a group of Arejan rebels.When we reach the base,we will board it and seek to negotiate.If that doesn’t work,evasive action may be necessary.We have all been named BlueStar Apprentices,and we are to not only study the material provided by Alliance Headquarters,but we are also obligated to master the operation of this ship.I am counting all of you,and I know you won’t let me down.Dismissed.
(All leave the conference room.)

(Scene switches to the bridge of a starship,belonging to Calis Tora.)
(Calis is sitting in front of a computer screen.The screen itself isn’t seen,only the light reflecting off of Calis’ face.)

Calis (speaking as he stares at the screen):
Syr Skarhawk was foolish to reconcile with the Alliance Federation.With my position as the supreme leader of his military,all of my men will do as I say,in a moment’s notice.I need not do as Syr Skarhawk says any longer…..I have power of my own.(Pauses) I like this little game the Alliance has come up with..the BlueStar Fleet…(chuckles) I have a little joke of my own.My men and I will form our own fleet,to punish Earth and Jervita for this madness…..and here’s the punch-line…..we’ll call it The RedStar Fleet.Our first mission will be a little game of surprise for Mr. Braxston and his crew……
(Scene fades out)

(Scene is the Command Center of the Hexilon.)
(The Hexilon uses a voice recognition system,which Jonathon and Falcon are testing,while on route to Arej.)
(Both are sitting in the Command Circle.)

Jonathon (sighs):
Let’s try this again.Hexilon,give me full power to engines please.
(Computer makes a buzzer noise.)

Jonathon:
Hexilon,full engine power.

(All lights in the Command Center fade off.)
(Jonathon lets out a tired chuckle)

Akindra:
I’ll have the lights back in a few seconds sir.

(Lights come back on in about three seconds.)

Falcon:
Let’s worry about this later.

Jonathon:
Agreed.
Ajellia:
Captain,we have arrived at the Curenso Base.

Jonathon (getting up from his seat):
Let’s go.

(Scene switches to inside the base,where three teams have sneaked aboard.)

Jonathon (into a radio):
Falcon,report.

Falcon (into a radio):
We have found the engine room.

Jonathon (into a radio):All teams,you know what to do.

(Falcon and his team enter the Engine room.Two stand guard at the door,while Falcon and two others begin working on deactivating the engines.)
(Falcon types a few commands into a computer.)
(The engine powers down.)
Falcon (into a radio):
Engines are powered down Captain.

(Scene switches to the Base’s Command Center,where Calis and his men are.The alarm is sounding.)

Calis:
Report!

A Jervaton Officer:
Engines are down.

Calis:
How?…he’s here already……(he evily chuckles) He fell right into my trap.
(He quickly changes moods.)

Calis(to two officers):
Braxston is here sooner than I thought,and so is his crew!Asind,Micray,go get them!

(Micray and Asind exit.)

(Scene changes to Jelian and her team moving at a low profile along the dark corridors of the base.)

Jelian:
Keep a watchful eye.You never know what could appear out of the shadows.
(They turn a corner,to find Micray pointing a laser rifle at them.)
(Jelian and her team drop their weapons and raise their hands.)

(Scene changes to Jonathon and his team in a corridor.)

Jonathon:
I think we should head for the docking bay next,and make sure no one tries to escape.

Voice:
No one’s going anywhere.

(The voice belongs to Asind,who is standing in the doorway pointing a laser rifle at them.)

Jonathon:
A Jervaton…..

Asind (laughing):
What were you expecting…an Arej?They are gone,and you will be too…when we’re done with you.
(He motions with the rifle for them to exit the room.)

(Scene switches to a room,where the crew is taken by several armed Jervaton Officers.The room is filled with several smaller rooms.Each room is sealed with an electromagnetic field,after each crew member is forced into it.)
(Calis enters the room.)

Jonathon (quietly):
Calis Tora…..

Calis (enthusiastically):
Commodore! Captain! Earthforce Officers…..or should I say,BlueStar Officers!Welcome to my new base!Please,make yourselves at home!

(He pauses,changes his mood to prideful and arrogant,and walks along the rows of rooms.)
Calis:
I wish I could say I’m happy to see you,but….(he stops and looks at Jonathon)…I’m not.(He begins waking again)You see,I drove the Arejan rebels out of the base,knowing that eventually,you were going to show up here,seeking to reconcile with the rebels….seeing as you’re the superhero of the universe (becomes more enthusiastic) Mr. Jonathon Braxston,here always,to save the day….

Jonathon (interrupting,in a very angry tone,and yelling):
Cut out the antics Calis! What do you want from us?

Calis (continuing on as if he hadn’t been interrupted):
I was hoping we would never cross paths again.When I first met you,because of your arrogance and idiocracies,I vowed that when I next saw you….it would be the end of you.

Jonathon (shouting):
What do you want?You demon,we had a treaty!


Calis (angered):
You have caused great pain amongst my people!When you agreed to spare Syr Skarhawk,he made the foolish choice of making alliance with you!You’re the fool!You should have killed him!He has oppressed us for years!Now the Jervatons have nothing to stand for,nothing to gain,nothing to be proud of….all because of your ignorant Alliance!Before,at least we could liberate other races,and gain strength through it: Now Syr Skarhawk has imposed on us,new rules and regulations!We have absolutely no freedom now!

Jonathon:
You have no corruption now.

Calis:
Corruption was brought on by your interference,not by our freedoms!

Jonathon:
Your freedoms were the right to liberate,the right to kill,the right to dictatorship…those are not freedoms.

Calis:
They were to my people,and that’s all we had!That’s why I rebelled!And now,you will pay the retribution price that you spoke of at the surrender,for all of this.You will be executed in the morning!

(He storms out)

Akindra:
What do we do now?

Jonathon:
We wait….and we pray.

(Scene switches to the engine room,where Asind and Micray are attempting to repair the engine.)
(Asind slams his tool onto the console.)

Asind (angered):
Curse them!They’ve ruined this engine!It’ll take weeks to repair!

Micray:
Yes…they are clever.
(Silence)

Micray:
This seems wrong….

Asind:
What does?

Micray:
Our retaliation.

Asind:
How so?

Micray:
We’re free to do what we want,but at what cost?And if we do anything out here that his majesty dislikes,he’ll kill us…..I despise Calis’ decision.

Asind:
Don’t let his majesty hear this!

Micray:
What is freedom,when we accomplish it by stealing other peoples’ freedoms…and lives….

Asind:
It does seem worthless,when you mention it….but we have no choice now.

Micray:
That man…Braxston…he really opened Syr Skarhawk’s eyes to the truth.(Pauses and stands up)I’m going to release them.

Asind:
Are you crazy?Calis will kill you for even trying!

Micray:
It’s a small price to pay for what is right.
(He exits)
(Scene changes to the room,where all of the crew members are being held.All of them are asleep.Micray enters,and keeps a low profile.)
(He deactivates all of the fields.He then walks over to Jonathon.)

Micray(trying to wake up Jonathon):
Mr.Braxston!Help me wake up the others.

Jonathon (half awake):
What?

Micray:
Help me wake up the others!I’m getting all of you out of here!

Jonathon:
Why are you helping us?

Micray:
Because the alliance you’ve made is to save innocent people like you and me,from dictators like Calis.You helped Syr Skarhawk to see the truth.The least I can do in return,is to save you.

Jonathon:
I am eternally grateful.God bless you.

Micray (smiling):
We must hurry.




Chapter 2:United By Divinity


(Scene is a week later,at the Baltimore Base,where Jonathon and Falcon are in conference with Admiral Garmer.)

Jonathon:
I apologize for our failure sir.

Garmer:
They are stronger than we calculated.If you couldn’t handle them,no one can.We’ll have to let them go for now.It just kills me to let terrorists run rampant….in any event,you are dismissed.Captain Acriloin wishes to see you in the cafeteria.

Jonathon:
Yes sir.
(Jonathon and Falcon exit the room,and walk the corridor to the cafeteria.)

Falcon:
Since when did Criscinia become a Captain?

Jonathon (distantly):
While we were gone,I guess.

Falcon:
Something wrong John?

Jonathon (sighs):
I just keep thinking of that Jervaton…and what he did for us.It’s a sign of peace rising among the Jervaton people….but he’ll most likely be killed for releasing us.

Falcon:
Nevertheless,he will always be greatly admired among the Alliance Federation.

Jonathon:
Indeed.

(They arrive at the cafeteria and enter.They walk over to Criscinia,who is sitting with two children,slightly younger than Jelian.)

Criscinia (standing):
Jonathon,how great to see you again!

Jonathon:
Same here! So,a captain now eh?

Criscinia:
Well,what can I say?

(They all three laugh,then sit down.)

Jonathon:
So,what did you wish to see me about?

Criscinia:
I want you to meet these two children!
Jonathon:
Oh…(reaches out his hand and shakes hands with each of them) it’s a pleasure.

Criscinia:
You don’t recognize them?

Jonathon (looking a little puzzled):
Not really…

Criscinia:
I guess it’s been awhile.Rachel and Mark Braxston are their names.

Jonathon (looking even more puzzled):
Braxston?

Criscinia:
Jonathon! You don’t recognize your own children?

Jonathon (standing up,shouting,alarmed):
What?

(Everything becomes quiet,everyone in the cafeteria looks at Jonathon,Rachel giggles at him.)
(Silence)

Criscinia (to Jonathon):
I think we need to talk alone for a moment.
(Criscinia heads for the door,Jonathon follows.)
(Scene switches to outside of the cafeteria)

Jonathon (unsettled):
Children? I never had any children!I was never even married or involved with anyone!

Criscinia:
Well,we brought them here from the Trenton Base.Their profile said they were the son and daughter of Jonathon Braxston.Unless someone is a master of forgery,they are for sure,your children.All of the records support it.

Jonathon:
Wow…..
(Silence)

Jonathon(still unsettled):
Well,I guess I have no choice,I had better make the best of this.But it’ll have to wait.I have a new assignment.Can you be their guardian for the time being?

Criscinia:
I am off duty for seven months,while my ship is prepared for myself and my crew.

Jonathon:
That is plenty of time.I leave in three weeks.

Criscinia:
You will have to be the one to explain to them why you are leaving,though.They were so enthused about finally meeting their father.

Jonathon:
I guess so.

(They re-enter the cafeteria,scene fades out)



Chapter 3: Destiny’s Sacrifice


(Scene is three weeks later,on board the Hexilon,in the command center.Rachel,Mark,Criscinia and the Hexilon’s crew are present.)

Jonathon (carrying Rachel):
…..and this is where I will be spending the next few months,exploring the universe,traveling amongst the stars.

Rachel (as Jonathon sets her down):
Daddy,when will you come back?

(Jonathon kneels in front of her.)

Jonathon:
I will be gone for a few months,but I promise it’ll seem like no time before I’m back.Now,I want you to take good care of your brother and Miss Criscinia while I’m gone,okay?
Rachel:
I will

Jonathon:
You promise?

Rachel:
I promise.

(Jonathon hugs her,and sheds a small tear.)

Jonathon (taking a deep breath):
I love you.

Rachel:
I love you too Daddy.

(Jonathon stands up)

Jonathon (turning to Mark):
So long,son.

Mark (reaching out to shake hands with Jonathon):
Have a good journey Dad.
(They shake hands)

Criscinia:
Have a good journey Commodore.

Jonathon:
Thank you.

(Criscinia and the Braxston kids exit the command center.)
(Jonathon walks over to the Command Circle and sits in his chair.)

Jonathon:
Ajellia,set course for Sector 26A,full speed.

Ajellia:
Yes sir.We will arrive there in 3 hours.

Jonathon (to Falcon):
Okay Jim,brief me on this assignment.

Falcon:
As part of our truce with the Jervatons,the Jervaton Government has requested that we investigate Sector 26A,an area where a dangerous race is believed to live.About 7 months ago,a fleet of very powerful ships entered Jervaton Territory and began a series of terrorist attacks on Jervita.The Jervatons tried to retaliate,but they were unsuccessful,being mercilessly defeated at each attempt.Further study of the region of space where the fleet came from,has turned up nothing but an immense planet in the northwest corner of the area.

Jonathon:
What do we know about their ships?

Falcon:
They use a form of weapondry,which is unfamiliar to the Jervatons,as well as our scientists.The weapon seems to vaporize any form of matter or energy upon contact,then proceeds to absorb the matter or energy into its power stream.The target literally becomes a part of the weapon.

Jonathon:
They sound deadly….have Mackenzie take all possible measures to ensure safety and security aboard the ship,as well as to secure our defenses.

Falcon:
Yes sir.

Jonathon:
This could be it…..the ultimate enemy….

(Out of nowhere,an intense light flashes twice,throughout the ship.A very tall and rough-looking Tekarian appears.He is wearing a Tekarian Military uniform.)

Tekarian:
I am Attalah Knersita,a Protectorate.

Jonathon:
The great Knerista….

Attalah:
Yes,it is I.I have come with an urgent message for you Jonathon.It involves your place here in the Dreamworld,and your link to Nehero K’ye.

Ajellia:
Dreamworld?What does he mean?

Jonathon:
I’ll explain later.

Attalah:
The region of space that you are about to enter,houses a dangerous entity.A power beyond your imagination.In just a few hours,you will be forced to engage in a fatal face-off.Only one man can negotiate the end of this face-off however,and his dialogue with the leader of this extreme force,will prevent the deaths of many innocents during the course of this war.That man is Nehero K’ye.(Pauses)Now,Jonathon Braxston,I must ask you to make a sacrifice.I must ask you to allow the soul of Nehero K’ye,to rise to the surface.Only then,can your people be saved.

Jonathon:
This can easily be avoided.Ajellia,turn back.We can’t risk…

Atallah (interrupting):
There is no turning back.

(The alarm sounds)

Mackenzie:
Commodore,three unidentified ships are closing on us from the north,south and west.They match the description of the ships in the terrorist fleet.

Atallah:
Destiny dictates that this must happen.

(Jonathon looks dismayed)
Attalah:
Give in Jonathon.You must.

Jonathon:
So be it.

(Slowly,Jonathon’s face transforms to that Nehero K’ye.)

Nehero:
I am ready,Lord Atallah.

Atallah:
Call for reinforcements.Through this,your brothers,and the bodies that they exist in now, will join you.They will be transfigured as well.When you meet up with your brothers,you and your sister,Jelian,as well as your brothers,will take the starship Utopia to orbit of the home planet of this enemy.When the battles begin,that is when your role in this,shall rise to the surface.
(Pauses)

Atallah:
I must leave you now,so that the rest may be revealed through this experience.Farewell,Lord Nehero.
(He fades away.)

Nehero:
This is my fate.This is my life.Lord in Heaven,use me,Your servant,in this,Your will for me.

(Scene fades out.)

(Scene switches to the Utopia,where the four K’ye Brothers,Nehero,Ravoc,Teklhar and Averan,and their sister,Jelian,are in the Command Center.)

Ravoc:
Lord Nehero,we are approaching a planet,one hundred times the size of Tekar.

(Lord Nehero rises from his seat.His face is filled with wonder.)

Lord Nehero (whispering,loudly):
Jotocon…..


Voice of Atallah:
Because you recovered the Lord God’s chosen gift to the people of Ocana,the Takor Crystal,you are now blessed with the reward…..

Nehero:
To behold the glory of Jotocon…..

Ravoc:
The readings I’m getting are incredible.There is an unexplainable energy eminating from the planet;powerful,yet subtile.

Averan:
Lord Nehero,two unidentified vessels are entering the region.They do not match any known specifications.

Nehero:
Visual please.

(The viewscreen shows two immense and ominous vessels.)

Teklhar:
They are contacting us.

(A figure,small yet ominous appears on the screen,sitting at a distance from the screen,in a chair.The background behind her is red,transcending into black as it nears the bottom of the screen.Her figure and her chair are completely black,shadowed by an unknown source.)

(There is a long silence.)

Voice (a young girl’s voice):
Why are you here?

Nehero:
We are here because we are the chosen people of the Lord,to see Jotocon.

Voice:
Jotocon is ours.Leave at once.And as for your allies,who have come to “investigate” my forces……let them see our forces….ah yes,let them see my forces,ruthlessly punishing them for coming here.You should have never come here.

Nehero:
By the will of God,Jotocon is not yours,neither ours…it is the Lord’s.

Voice:
If you are so certain of that,look at the status of your allies.

Averan:
Sir,the Alliance troops have entered the region of another nearby planet,and have been intercepted by an unknown swarm of vessels.Our troops are struggling.Several have been killed,and several ships have been either destroyed or completely disabled.

Voice:
You should have never come here.
(Scene fades out with view of Nehero.)



Chapter 4: A Cold War


(Scene is the planet Reido,the home planet of this mysterious enemy.Several thousand Arej,Jervaton,Earthforce and Tekarian ships are seen fighting against several of the enemy ships.)
(Scene switches to aboard the Utopia,in the Command Center.)

Nehero:
Report.

Averan:
Esimates indicate….26,000 casualties,3400 ships destroyed,10,200 forced to retreat.

Nehero:
How many ships are left?

Averan:
Approximately 9400.

Nehero:
Hold position as far from sight as possible.We’re here to mediate,not to fight.
(Pauses and sighs)

Nehero (to Teklhar):
Try to re-establish contact.

(Nehero turns to the viewscreen.After a few moments,the figure from before appears.)

Voice (same as before):
Why did you disobey me?I told you to leave here.

Nehero:
I will not leave until you agree to conceed to my attempt to settle this.

(Silence)

Nehero:
Who are you?

Voice:
We are the Quanum Delta.We live in a strict monarchy,where no crime is allowed,nor is ever seen,whatsoever.We have a powerful military,and we cannot be defeated,when defending what is rightfully ours.

Nehero:
Jotocon is not rightfully yours.Nor will we tolerate your attempts at staking claim to it.

Voice:
If it is not rightfully yours either,than what puts you in the position to dictate to me whos it is?

Nehero:
We were chosen by the Lord,the rightful owner of Jotocon,to restake his claim.

Voice:
How do I know you are not lying?Who is this lord of yours,and how can you know he’s calling you?

(Silence)

Voice:
I didn’t think so.Please leave at once,or the fighting will continue.
(Viewscreen returns to the view of Reido.)

(Scene switches to Nehero and Ravoc in conference.)


Nehero:
She strikes a certain fear into my heart….as if she knows something we don’t,and that because of it,we can’t break through to her.Worst of all,she questioned my calling,and I knew not how to respond….



Ravoc:
She certainly has a considerable amount of confidence.

Voice of Atallah:
I am reminded of the legendary warrior Majisu Kala’t.He was also led in his crusades by the will of God.And whenever his calling was questioned,he always referred to past experiences,as proof that he was guided by the Lord.His bravery and his confidence often struck submission into the hearts of all his adversaries.Contact them again Nehero,and keeps these lessons in mind.
(Scene shows Nehero then fades out)

(Scene switches to the Utopia Command Center.)

(Viewscreen shows the figure.)

Voice (same as before):
Your race seems to be very ignorant to orders.

Nehero:
We remain because we have confidence in our campaign.

Voice:
Once again,that raises the question:what could possibly make me believe your claim?And why should I go out of my way,for the claim of just one individual?What will happen to me?It pains me to see a person suffer for one person’s ignorance.

Nehero:
My last crusade,on my home planet,led to a great discovery by my people.Many had begun to rebel,simply because they felt the government could not adequately defend its possessions.I was not the leader of this crusade,but a dignitary known as Vestara Sulo was.Led by God’s calling,he campaigned against the rebellion,reclaiming Tekar’s pride and security.And so it is today,as we stand here.I am present,to reclaim the rightful ownership of a possession,which will shape the future forever.That is why Sulo’s adversaries surrendered.They saw the danger of tampering with fate,and submitted,to avoid further danger.
(Silence)

Voice:
Your statement is legitimate.However,how can a battle from long ago,over a mortal possession,relate to our conflict in the present state,over an immortal device,which may even be rightfully mine by the so-called “will” of your so-called “God”?
(Pauses)
(Nehero lowers his head)


Voice:
I advise you to withdraw before you make anymore foolish statements,and pay for them with your lives.
(Nehero looks up,blankly.)
(Viewscreen goes blank)






Chapter 5:The Last Great Explorer



(Nehero is alone,in his quarters.)

Nehero:
Where to go from here?She’s right.That was then,this is now.But,I just know,deep inside,that Jotocon is rightfully my Lord’s,and that it’s my place to reclaim it.

Voice of Atallah:
And right,you still are.Do not give up hope,Nehero.
(Pause)
Many have said,that the past revelations of our ancestors,were of that time,and are no longer applicable.That is not true.We are blessed with a Lord who never changes.The same promises that were made to your ancestors,are yours today.No mortal can decide how,when,or where our Lord will direct our lives,but we can know this:he will never change nor deny his word.The Lord has given you a calling,and so shall it be that you will follow that calling.Just remember……the result when Jonathon disregarded his calling…..

Nehero:
Of course…..the answer,is right here…..

(Nehero exits the room)
(Scene switches to the Command Center)

Nehero:
Ravoc,turn us around.

Ravoc:
Sir?

Nehero:
Forget about all of this,and let’s go home.

Ravoc (puzzled):
Yes sir…..

Averan:
Course set for Tekar.

Nehero:
Proceed.

Teklhar:
Pardon my questioning of your decision Lord Nehero,but have you thought of the consequences of this?

Nehero (confidently):
Yes I have.Thank you Teklhar.You may return to your station.
(Teklhar does so)

Ravoc:
Lord Nehero,I’m detecting a distortion straight ahead of us.

Nehero:
Attempt to avoid it.

(Ravoc types the command into the computer.Computer buzzes.)

Ravoc:
Unsuccessful.It is pulling us in.

(Ship begins to quake)

Nehero:
Time to impact?

Ravoc:
Four minutes.

Nehero:
Averan,contact the Quanum Delta.

(The figure appears on the viewscreen.)

Nehero:
Check your long-range readings of my ship.

Voice (same as before):
What’s happening?

Nehero:
This is your doing.

Voice:
That’s impossible!

Nehero:
This is the result of disobeying my Lord’s calling.Punishment.

Voice (alarmed):
What?

Nehero:
You have left me no choice but to leave,as you have ordered.This is the result.How does iit feel,to know that one person is suffering….for your ignorance?

Voice (more alarmed):
No!Turn around!You’re crazy!

Ravoc:
One minute to impact!

Nehero (intensely):
Now do you understand?With our Lord,nothing changes!

Voice (almost screaming):
Yes I understand!Now please!Come back!

Ravoc:
Thirty seconds!

Nehero:
Reverse course Averan!

(The Utopia turns around,and escapes the vortex,which disappears into space.)

Nehero (out of breath):
I assume that you’re ready to negotiate about now.

Voice (nervously):
Yes….yes..indeed.

(Scene switches to the Utopia returning to the vicinity of the Quanum Delta’s home planet,where the fighting has subsided.)

(Scene fades out as Nehero’s face slowly transfigures back into Jonathon’s)



Universal Explorers
IV
World Saga



Chapter 1: Amazing Grace


(Scene is a conference,aboard the Wyvern Base,a base just inside the border of Arejan Territory.Present are Jonathon Braxston,Admiral Garmer and Syr Skarhawk.)

Syr Skarhawk:
I am deeply sorry for the incident involving the RedStar Fleet.It seems that Calis Tora has begun a rebellion.

Garmer:
What your soldiers did to the Arejan Rebels and to the BlueStar officers,is far from pardonable,especially after we were convinced that you were at peace with us..It has caused much distrust of the Jervatons among the Alliance Federation.


Syr Skarhawk:
I assure you,I did not warrant nor support the actions of the RedStar Fleet.They were acting of their own will.I still want to pursue joining the Alliance Federation.

(Silence)

Garmer (to Jonathon):May I speak to you in private for a moment?

(Jonathon and Admiral Garmer step outside of the conference room.)

Garmer:
What’s your opinion here?

Jonathon:
Well…(sighs) I don’t think Syr Skahawk wanted this to happen,much less did he make it happen.

Garmer:
How can we be sure?For all we know,he could’ve planned this all along.

Jonathon:
On the other hand,I believe that if he is willing to denounce the actions of Calis Tora and join with us,we’ll have an advantage over the RedStar Fleet.

Garmer:
Very true.(sighs) We’ll accept them into the Alliance,if they agree to help us silence the RedStar Fleet.It’s our only choice.

(They re-enter the conference room and sit down.)

Garmer (to Syr Sarhawk):
We have decided to begin the process of integrating your government into the Alliance Federation.Please understand that the terms will be very strict at first,and that not everyone in the Alliance Federation will accept this integration at first.

Syr Skarhawk:
I understand and I thank you.

Garmer:
One of those terms,I wish to put into action immediately.We will require for you to denounce the actions of the RedStar Fleet….and join with us in bringing it down.

(All is silent for a moment.)

Syr Skarhawk:
So be it.I’ll do whatever is necessary to acquire peace between our peoples.

Garmer:
Very good.Dismissed.
Chapter 2:Future Generations Endangered


(Scene is the Hexilon Command Center.The only person present is Jonathon,who is seated in the Command Circle.)

Braxston (to himself):
This is the beginning of a long and dangerous road.It could lead to triumph or it could lead to destruction.Either way,after all that has happened,I am convinced that God will lead us in the right direction,towards the ultimate destiny of our people.

(Suddenly,a blue sphere of light appears across the room from Jonathon.The image of R’eylle Turat comes into focus within the sphere.The blue sphere disintegrates when R’eylle is in clear view.)

(Jonathon doesn’t recognize her.)

R’eylle:
Greetings.I am Chief Chronologist Turat,of the Arejan Principality of Tekar.

Jonathon:
The Arejan Principality?

R’eylle:
I am from the future.I came here to tell you of a disaster in the future that you must help me to avert.

Jonathon:
What kind of a disaster?

R’eylle:
In a few days from today,the Arejan Empire will declare war on Tekar,in order to liberate it.This is to save Tekar from a corruption that has been brewing there for some time.However,things will not go as planned,and most of the population of Tekar will either desert Tekar,or be killed.A few will remain.In the future,one of those people,Rachel Braxston,will resolve to form a rebellion against the Arejan rule of Tekar.She and her crew will be killed.This will result in disaster for the Dreamworld,seeing as her consciousness is the future heir to the Dreamworld consciousness.In other words,she will house the Dreamworld in the future,just as you do now.And if she dies,so does the Dreamworld.

Jonathon:
Why should I believe you?

R’eylle (surprised):
What reason do I have to lie?



Jonathon (skeptically):
I don’t know,but what you just told me is quite ridiculous.

R’eylle:
It’s the truth and if you don’t come with me,the Dreamworld will end.

Jonathon (still skeptical):
I’ll think about it.

R’eylle:
I’m not leaving this time period until you agree to help me.

Jonathon (curiously):
How long do I have to decide?

R’eylle:
Based on the way things are going now,the disaster will occur in 4 days.By then,the Arej will have full control of Tekar.In 7 years,Rachel will resolve to begin the rebellion.

Jonathon:
I’ll consider it.
(Scene fades out as Jonathon exits the Command Center.)







Chapter 3: Foolish Pride


(Scene is two days later,aboard a base orbiting Tekar,on the Bridge.)

Officer #1:
There’s an Arejan ship approaching.They are contacting us.

Tekarian Commander:
Answer.

(Kurina Turmen appears on the viewscreen.)

Kurina:
This is Marshall Kurina Turmen of the Arejan Armada.Please stand down your defenses,and surrender your bases,or we will have to use force.

Tekarian Commander (shocked):
What?

Kurina:
Your government has become too corrupt,and has wronged the people of Tekar for too long.We are forced to overthrow your regime.

Commander:
Ludicrous!Never! (to one of the officers) Notify the Jotocon Guard!

Officer #2:
Yes sir.

(Several more Arejan ships enter the vicinity as several Tekarian ships emerge from Tekar’s atmosphere and begin to fire upon the Arejan ships.)

(Major fighting breaks out.)

(Scene switches to the Hexilon Command Center,where the ship is en route to the battlezone.All are present,including R’eylle Turat.)

Jonathon:
Keep a safe distance when we arrive.

Falcon:
What are they trying to do?

Jonathon:
I have no idea.There was no indication of this happening.

Mackenzie:
Reports from the front lines indicate that the Tekarians are beginning to lose ships rapidly.

Jonathon (trance-like):
The fall of Tekar…at the hands of allies…..

Ajellia:
We’ve arrived at the battlezone.

Jonathon:
Visual please.

(Viewscreen shows a view of the battlezone.)

Akindra:
Reports indicate that the Jotocon Guard can no longer hold back the Arejan ships.They’ll break through to the planet in no time.

Mackenzie:
Should we fight along with them?

Falcon:
On whose side though?

Jonathon (distantly):
No one’s…..

(He exits the command center,and R’eylle follows him.)

Jonathon (turning to R’eylle):
Alright,I believe you now.Let’s do this before it’s too late.





Chapter 4: At the Hands of Wisdom



(Scene is 4 years later.Jonathon and R’eylle have traveled forward in time,and are now at the Chronolaboratory of R’eylle Turat.)

R’eylle:
I am Chief Chronologist of the Jetleear Empire,the new empire of Tekar.I was commissioned by Avana Ptola,who told me of the danger that lies ahead.My first thought was to contact you.

Jonathon:
But why did Arej liberate Tekar in the first place?

R’eylle (sitting down):
The Tekarian Empire was becoming corrupted because of the liberal officers who were gaining control of it.Tekar’s honor was slowly forgotten,bribery was going on within the government;even the people were beginning to suffer from the unjust laws that the government was beginning to promote.In a sense,the Tekarian Empire was beginning to look like the past Jervaton Empire.Avana Ptola informed me of this and I convinced the Arejan government to liberate Tekar for the sake of the Tekarian people.

Jonathon:
And what does all of this have to do with me?

R’eylle:
Your daughter,Rachel,has decided to rebel against the Jetleear Empire.She is convinced that she is capable of ruling Tekar justly,but unfortunately,she has become just like the previous rulers:manipulative and deceitful.I concluded that as her father,you may be able to talk her out of this.It’s our last choice.I’ve tried every other option already,and you’re the only person who can stop her.(Pauses)Will you do it?

Jonathon:
By all means I’ll do it.Where can we find her?

R’eylle:
I’ll take you to her right away.

(Scene fades out)








Chapter 5: The Truth of Fate


(Scene is the Command Center of a rebel starship.A teenage version of Rachel Braxston is seen in the commander’s seat.)

Rebel Officer #1:
Leader Braxston,there is someone here to see you.

Rachel:
Is it that snob,R’eylle Turat again?

Rebel Officer #1:
No mam,this man says it’s urgent.He’s in your office.

Rachel (sighs):
Very well.
(She gets up and walks into a room just off the Command Center.)

(She is shocked when she sees Jonathon.)

Rachel:
Who….who are you?

Jonathon:
Rachel….it’s me,I’m here from the past.



Rachel (backing away):
You can’t be…my father?My father died 3 years ago.

Jonathon:
I was sent by Avana Ptola.

Rachel (even more shocked):
Then it is you!!!Why are you here?

Jonathon:
Rachel,what you are about to do is a mistake.The Arejan rule of Tekar is by fate and is for the good of Tekar.If you try to interfere with fate,you will be harmed.

Rachel:
How do you know about this,when it hasn’t even happened yet?

Jonathon:
A person named Commander Turat came from the future and told me.She knows the outcome of this and it’s not good.
(Silence)



Jonathon:
Rachel,you must trust me.Your fate and the lives of many people depend on it.

Rachel:
But the future of the people of Tekar is now gone!And I want to bring it back!

Jonathon:
The future of Tekar died when its corrupt rulers came into power.And now Arej is offering Tekar a new future.You just have to accept what has happened and learn to co-exist peacefully with the Arej.Peace is what Tekar stands for,and if you want to revive Tekar,you must uphold that peace.

(A look of sadness comes over Rachel’s face.)

Jonathon:
You of all people should know this.You’re the daughter of the one who fought to preserve that peace.

(Rachel begins to weep)

Rachel:
I just….did what I thought you would’ve wanted me to do….

(She runs to him and hugs him tight,still crying.)

Rachel:
Oh dad….what have I done?

Jonathon:
The only thing I want is for Tekar to remain peaceful…..and for you to live life to the fullest.Rebellion is not the formula for either of those things.
(They stand there for a few seconds.)

(Rachel draws back slowly,and Jonathon puts his hands on her shoulders.)

Jonathon:
You know what you have to do.

(Rachel nods)

(They both enter the Command Center)

Rachel:
My fellow citizens,I have decided to stand down,for the better of this situation.Our rebellion is over.I ask you all to return home to your families and try to co-exist peacefully with our new rulers.
(The rebels begin to exit the Command Center.)

Jonathon (to Rachel):
I am very proud of you.

(Rachel looks up and smiles)

Jonathon (to himself):
Thank you my Lord.





Chapter 6:The Price of Peace


(Scene is the bridge of a RedStar Fleet ship.Calis Tora,as well as Asind Konton and two other officers are aboard.)

Calis:
He’s back….I can sense him….

Asind:
Who?

Calis:
Jonathon Braxston….

Asind:
But he’s dead!

Calis:
He’s here from the past.

Officer #1:
Chancellor,word has arrived that the Jaguar Rebellion,against the Jetleear Empire,has stood down.

Calis:
So they gave up….no doubt Jonathon is responsible.
(Pauses)
(His face turns from normal to angry)

Calis (angered):
Curse him!We were counting on that rebellion to weaken Tekar,and give us the chance to liberate it…….(calming down,slightly enthused)however,we could play Mr. Braxston’s little game of time travel.

Asind:
Sir?

Calis:
If we travel back in time and kill him before he travels here,the rebellion will have never been halted,and we’ll have our chance….This is it…true power is finally in my grasp!…..and Jonathon Braxston will finally be defeated!

(Scene switches to the Chronolab,where Jonathon,R’eylle and Rachel are preparing a ship,to return Jonathon to his rightful time period.)

R’eylle:
Thank you so much.Now the Jetleear Empire is one step closer to being fully established.

Jonathon:
It was my pleasure.

(An alarm sounds.R’eylle rushes over to a Chronological Computer.)


R’eylle:
A RedStar vessel is entering a time portal,without authorization.

Jonathon:
The RedStar Fleet is here?

R’eylle:
Yes,even by now,they still haven’t been defeated……they’re traveling to the time period that you originated from Jonathon.

Jonathon:
They must be up to something.I’ll go check it out.
(He starts to enter the ship.)

R’eylle:
Jonathon,wait!

(Jonathon pauses,and turns to look at her.)

R’eylle:
Be careful.

(Jonathon nods and gets into the ship.)







Chapter 7:Evil Dictates Ending



(Scene is aboard the the ship which Jonathon is using to investigate the unauthorized time-jump.Scene switches to the RedStar ship,as it is about to enter the portal.)

Jonathon (into the Intercom):
RedStar ship,this is Captain Braxston,stand down.

(Scene switches to Calis,as he turns to see Jonathon on the viewscreen.)

Calis (loudly whispering):
Braxston!

Jonathon:
What do you want Calis?

Calis:
I want you…..dead!

Jonathon:
Stand down,or I will be forced to take aggressive action.
(Scene switches to Jonathon’s view of Calis on the viewscreen.)

Calis:
What’s stopping you?
(The viewscreen switches to a view of the RedStar ship entering the portal.)

(Jonathon’s ship hits the RedStar ship with a laser pulse,knocking it away from the portal,and severely damaging it.)
(Scene switches to Calis’ ship,where the panel in front of him explodes.)

(Scene returns to Jonathon’s ship)

Jonathon (into the Intercom):
Commander Turat,this is Jonathon.I’m going to use this portal to return to my time period before anything else goes wrong.

(Scene shows Jonathon’s ship heading towards the portal.)

(Scene switches to the bridge of Calis’ ship,which is on fire.All other crew members are dead.Calis slowly pulls himself up,by holding onto a panel in front of him.His face is covered with burns and cuts.He looks at the viewscreen,which shows Jonathon’s ship entering the portal.)


Calis (struggling to breathe and struggling to speak):
Not…..quite……Braxston……

(He slams his hand down on a button on the panel.Scene switches to a view of Jonathon’s ship halfway inside the portal.The RedStar ship hits Jonathon’s ship with a laser pulse,causing it to implode inside the portal.The implosion causes a chain reaction explosion.The time portal explodes and creates a shock wave.The shock wave shreds the RedStar ship.The following scenes show the planets Arej,Earth,Tekar and Jervita being shredded by the same shock wave.All blacks out.)


(Scene fades into after school at Jonesboro High School,in Jonesboro Illinois,at the lockers.Megan is at her locker,putting away her books.Megan is the real-life R’eylle Turat.)
(Justin walks up to her.Justin is the real-life counterpart of Jonathon Braxston.)

Justin:
I am so glad finals are over.

Megan:
Me too.I hope we both did well.

Justin:
Yep.(Pauses) Well,I guess I’ll see you next week at the basketball tournament.

Megan:
You can count on it!


Justin (walking away):
Have a good day!

Megan:
You too!
(She waves)

(Justin walks to the door.He reaches for the handle,then stops and looks back at her for a moment.He then turns,pushes the handle and exits.)

(Scene fades out)

The End





Copyright 2003 Benjamin Brunner
















Comments

The following comments are for "Universal Explorers"
by Justin B.

awesome
This is such an awesome story! The lines could use a bit of work, but it's an awesome idea! Keep it up!

( Posted by: tissue [Member] On: June 16, 2003 )





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