Galaxie, Guardian of the Milky Way, glanced at her sister, Tesla,
Guardian of the Andromeda galaxy, as they stood in the massive crystal
common room of the Council building. “Another Gathering ends and the
Council didn’t choose anyone to bear a child. We know of at least two
new galaxies ready to be born so why haven’t they chosen someone?”
The Universal Gathering, occurring once every five hundred thousand
years, allowed the Guardians to share with the Sesheta Council their
galaxies progress. The solitary Sesheta looked forward to visiting with
family and friends during this time. At the conclusion of each
gathering, the Council would choose a guardian who would bear a daughter
to oversee a new galaxy.
While the Sesheta attended the Universal Gathering, their partners,
beings called Lathevains, continued to record their galaxy's history.
Galaxie and her partner, Solana, carried the responsibility for
overseeing and recording the Milky Way from its birth to its death.
Galaxie looked around at all her fellow Sesheta. “Interesting, those
who have become corporeal and returned to their energy form are
interacting in groups, while those who have not taken on corporeal form
yet, are standing by themselves.”
Flicking tiny bolts of lightning at the floor, Tesla ignored Galaxies’
chatter. “You and I are not standing alone.”
“True. However, you would prefer I left you alone, wouldn’t you?”
Galaxie shook her head. “When the Council chose you to become
corporeal and bear a daughter at the last gathering, why did you turn
Tesla shrugged her flaming shoulders, throwing sparks all around her.
“None of the males in my galaxy interested me. They never have.
Becoming corporeal would not change anything.”
“No one has ever turned the Council down before. Until you, I did not
know we could.”
The Perth galaxy Guardian floated by the two sisters. “Hi,
Galaxie…Tesla.” She continued on, joining an ongoing conversation in
the middle of the circular room.
“Hello, Charm.” Galaxie chimed back.
Tesla did not respond, instead she looked around the massive crystal
room at the other Guardians. She watched as a young Sesheta, who had
been born without a galaxy, handed each Guardian a tiny diamond. They
placed the diamond in the flames surrounding their heads, then
disappeared one by one.
Galaxie’s thoughts whirled. How could no one have interested her? I
see someone or something that interests me all the time.
Before Galaxie could ask her sister any more questions, the young
Sesheta appeared and handed them each a small diamond. She placed her
diamond into the flames crowning her head. “Report to the Council
chambers at once,” the diamond chimed.
All of the questions she had wanted to ask her sister fled from her
mind. With a burst of lightning, Galaxie touched Tesla’s hand, “I
believe I may have finally been chosen! I have to leave.” She
Tesla looked down at her now empty hand, surprised by Galaxies’
Charm, talking with her friends, glanced in surprise at Galaxies’
energy burst; she turned back to the group. “Galaxies’ been chosen.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say she had taken on corporeal form
“True enough. To my knowledge, she is unique among us. Maybe her
Lathevain, Solana has rubbed off on her,” Deign from the Boll galaxy
“Perhaps her Trichinas father is the reason?” Charm suggested.
“You speak true. She has emotions, small though they are. However,
does it matter where they came from? I am more concerned with
Galaxies’ sister, Tesla. Who ever heard of one of our kind refusing
the change?” Vidia of the Golgotha galaxy chimed.
“Tesla is the Councils problem.” Charm chirped.
Deign took a diamond from the young Sesheta. “In my opinion,
Galaxie’s behavior has to do with her Lathevain. Solana has always
been unusual. Her emotions are more heightened compared to others of her
kind. Most Lathevain have emotions, but they are minor and serene,
similar to the way Galaxie is now. That is until the change affects
their Guardian.” All three friends nodded in agreement, remembering
their own change.
The three received their diamonds, listened to its message and vanished
from the room with fond farewells.
Tesla looked around the room again as more and more guardians winked
out. Looking down at the diamond in her hand, she thought, I wanted to
talk to Galaxie about a Trichinas living in her galaxy. Oh well. Placing
the diamond into the energy surrounding her head she heard, “The
Universal Gathering is over. Thank you for attending.” Tesla vanished,
returning to her home.
Flaring bright, dimming, only to flare again, Galaxie’s female form,
comprised of electric energy and lightning, shimmered in blinding
intensity. She floated above the emerald-sharing platform within the
Sesheta Council Chambers, casting a brilliant hue of yellow and blue on
the diamond floor around her. Where are they? Great bolts of lightning
shot from her and exploded against the platform and floor of the massive
chamber, as she waited for the council members to appear.
The members of the Council stood just outside the door. “This is a
horrible day.” Pearlfire fretted; causing sparks to whirl around her
in a dizzying spiral.
“She’s so young.” Jadefire trilled.
The sound of sticks on drums reverberated up and down the expansive
hallway. “Alright ladies, let’s keep this short and just deliver the
good news. When Galaxie gets home she will discover soon enough what has
happened and come to her own conclusions. She has a great deal to face
and to do. However, Creator believes she is up to the task, and we are
to let her handle this situation herself.” Mistress Jasperfire, leader
of the Sesheta Council blinked out of the hallway.
The crystal room Galaxie occupied spanned an infinite amount of space
and held a massive holographic library containing all the knowledge of
Each time Galaxie came before the Sesheta Council to present her
observations, she hoped they would choose her to bear the new guardian.
The chosen guardian would separate a piece of herself from the whole,
and take on corporeal form to find a mate. All those chosen had returned
to their energy form after bearing a new guardian, except for Galaxie's
Galaxie considered herself different from her Sesheta sisters, as she
looked forward to becoming corporeal and did not intend to
re-incorporate into her energy state. To actually touch, feel, taste and
smell, instead of just observe had her energy burning bright.
The massive crystal chamber filled with the sound of crashing thunder as
the twelve Council members appeared on the ruby platforms forming a half
circle before Galaxie. She fought to restrain her energy flares and show
respect. Lightning arced off each member of the Council, exploding
against the floor of the chamber.
Mistress Jasperfire, communicating with the sound of drums, announced,
"Galaxie, you have waited a long time for this day, so I will not draw
this out. You may now become corporeal and take a mate.”
Galaxies’ energy flared bright and lightning crashed off her at the
news. She barely registered her and the Council were the only ones in
the council chambers, as her thoughts raced. Finally! What will I do
first? What form will I take? Which race will I choose? Will I find a
mate? Maybe I will take a mate from among the Dolphins of earth, or
perhaps a Grail from the planet Diniti?
Silverfire's haunting flute interrupted her thoughts, “A guardian is
required for a new galaxy.”
“As you well know, young one,” Opalfire chimed in, bells ringing,
“this is a great honor.”
Galaxie forced her energy to dim in respect, though only managing to
maintain the dimness for a moment before flaring bright again.
“As a rule, everyone would have joined us and we would have a ceremony
for you, to celebrate this special time,” Mistress Jasperfire added,
seriousness coloring her drum beat, “however, you are needed at home,
so we have ended the Gathering early. You must leave now.” With that
decree, the Council disappeared with a great crash of thunder.
Galaxie, puzzled by the Council’s cryptic words, vanished from the
chambers and reappeared home.
Upon her return to the center of the Milky Way, she noticed her
co-guardian Solana’s absence and wanting to share her good news with
her partner, she called for her. Hearing a pained roar from near the
Deneb system, Galaxie sliced through time and space and found her
partner in great distress. Solana's color, usually a deep iridescent
purple, now appeared pale lavender. Galaxie knew Solana had seen many
disasters occur, stars burn out, entire species die off, and war wreak
havoc, yet never had she shown such distress.
Solana saw Galaxie and roared again. Her multi-colored eyes swirled with
pain and fear. Galaxie reached out with soothing energy, wrapping
herself around Solana's great muzzle.
“What? What has happened?" Galaxie’s voice chimed in a series of
soft musical notes.
Solana shuddered down the length of her long lean body as her tail
lashed in agitation. Galaxie enveloped her in energy, until the great
beast grew calm and some of her strength returned.
Solana's voice boomed from within the giant, glowing orb resting between
her spiral horns, "The Trident race is destroyed!"
Galaxie shrank away in shock. Releasing her friend, her energy dimmed.
“No! I have not been gone long and I left everything in order."
Solana hung her head, her voice so soft Galaxie had to strain to catch
the words. "Just after you left for the Universal Gathering, I noticed a
strange ripple in space in the Deneb star system. Once I figured out the
ripple originated near the moon Toad, I went to investigate. Using a
wormhole to reach Deneb space, I encountered a strange energy field
within the wormhole near Toad.” Solana's voice became stronger and she
looked Galaxie in the eye. “Despite my concern, I entered the field."
Solana trembled, hanging her head once more. Her voice softened, “The
energy surrounded and trapped me, pulling from every direction. I
struggled with all my strength, and after what seemed forever, I managed
to throw myself from the wormhole. I landed in the Andromeda galaxy.
But, a tiny piece of my body stayed in the wormhole due to the force I
exerted to get free."
Galaxie gasped. "What? A Lathevain has never been injured. You cannot
Solana twisted her long neck around and licked her tail. Galaxie saw a
ragged tear oozing black blood. "The cut won't stop bleeding," Solana
Galaxie understood Solana’s pain wasn’t physical. She leaned against
her friend once more; sending ripples of energy across her muzzle and
down her neck to sooth her.
"Thank you, Galaxie. You should know, when I flew from the wormhole, I
left a long trail of blood from the Andromeda galaxy all the way back
here. I didn't want to return via a wormhole, just in case the danger
"I will take care of the blood trail; do not worry.” Galaxie’s
energy gently stroked Solana's long, slender neck. “Please, continue
with your story."
Solana took a deep, shuddering breath. “I returned to the Deneb
system, where I found the majority of the Trident people dead." Opening
her jaws wide, she threw back her head and roared with grief. “Almost
an entire race, gone in an instant!"
Galaxie shook her fiery head, causing a shower of sparks to fall over
Solana. This just cannot happen. Could I have done something? Anything I
should have done? She thought.
Solana continued, “When I went to the capital planet, I discovered a
strange, alien species. Everything else in the system had been laid to
Galaxie found herself disturbed for the first time in her existence. She
only just took in what Solana had said. "How could an alien race
infiltrate my galaxy without our knowledge?”
A giant tear rolled down Solana’s face and into her shimmering white
beard as she hung her head in grief.
Realizing her friend needed time to recover; Galaxie wrapped her arms of
energy around Solana’s neck and hugged her, pretending a bravery she
didn't feel. "You rest while I clean up the blood trail. When I finish,
I will take a look at the Deneb system of today and then travel into the
past and see what has happened."
Solana followed Galaxie to the Deneb system and stood forlornly beside
her. “I wish you didn’t have to see this. The devastation is
“Thank you for your concern my friend, but as you know, my
responsibility is to share this information with the Council. Therefore,
I need to see for myself everything that has happened.” She
systematically searched for life among the many planets and moons;
surprised to find each one empty.
She discovered all the space stations and satellites gone and the once
beautiful cultivated planets reduced to dirt and rubble. Every planet is
barren, completely void of plants, animals and people. “Where are the
starships and gleaming crystal cities reaching to the sky? Where is the
bustle of activity making everything so exciting to watch?” Now,
everywhere she looked, Galaxie saw charred ruins and destruction.
Solana’s head hung down in shame. “I am so sorry I could not stop
Galaxie embraced Solana with her energy. “Please, do not blame
yourself. This is not your fault.”
Galaxie released her friend and turned to the capital planet, Acropolis,
where the Trident government had resided. “Solana, you told me an
alien life form lived here? I do not see anything alien…She looked
again and gasped. “They have no spark! No wonder I could not see them.
How can something exist Creator did not touch?”
The life form she looked upon had an offensive and strange appearance,
not resembling any particular species known within the Trident system.
Over half a billion of the alien beings now inhabited the capital city,
Atlas. However, the number increased daily through cloning, a process,
which continued around the clock. “From their appearance they did not
come from outside our galaxy.”
“No. they came from right in this system.”
Galaxie noted, some Tridents still lived on Atlas, in large prison
complexes. The once beautiful city was completely devastated. She
counted a little over five hundred million men, women, and children
sitting listless and silent in their cells. She became disquieted and
puzzled as she realized all the people had limbs missing.
Galaxie looked across the planet. “Why have they shuttled the animals
to Acropolis from all over the star system?”
The world of once luxuriant, cultivated gardens now lay choked beneath
dust and weeds. As though its beauty hid in grief.
Spaceships of all sizes lay strewn across one hundred square miles of
the desolate landscape. Galaxie gazed at the activity. “Why are they
modifying the Tridents ships. They have won the war so what could be the
point in making more ships?
“They are not even using their prisoners to help them,” Solana
Galaxie watched for a long time as the clones worked to transform the
Trident ships. Her eyes widened, “They are near interstellar flight!
They could break away from this planetary system, and travel to another
Solana, turning to Galaxie, shuddered in revulsion. “We cannot allow
that to happen.”
Galaxie nodded in agreement, as she observed a giant, black crystal,
space station in orbit above the planet. How strange, she thought.
Realizing she would not find the necessary answers in the present,
Galaxie turned to the past with a heavy heart.
Solana nudged Galaxie with her head. "May I watch?"
"Of course, my friend." Using the Deneb system of the present as their
anchor, Galaxie opened a portal to the river of time. “We must use
caution, so as not to cause a ripple.” She enveloped Solana in a
blanket of energy, holding her close. Moving into the river, they became
shadowy observers of the past, hoping to find the truth about what
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