The Missing Plane, part 3
“We had always suspected their was other life in the multiverse, we didn’t expect that it would find us like this. Sorry for all the trouble we have out you through but it was necessary to make sure if the safety of our planet and avoid any outbreak. But we have some questions for you that need answers”, the probe finished. Horror struk Jensen tried to hide his expressions but in vain, fortunate for him, the Ubashi understood not the human body language and facial expressions. He was counting on the language barrier to hide their identity but it seemed impossible now. Gathering his thoughts and using his wits he spoke to the Ubashi chief commander, “thank you kind beings for welcoming us to your planet”, choosing his word carefully, “We will answer any questions you have but we have some of questions of our own regarding this wonderful planet and it’s inhabitants”.
They looked at the commander while the message was translated and sent to him by the probe.
The probe spoke again, “very well, we shall meet in the evening for meal and we will ask and answer each others questions. Till then you are free to go outside and see our planet in company of this probe”.
“thank you for your kindness and hospitality”, Jensen replied, extending his hand out. The Ubashi looked at him and then to each other, not knowing what he expected. Jensen withdrew his hand, “sorry, this custom of my people. We shake hands when we arrive to a deal or when we conclude a meeting”. The commander noted his head after the probe sent him the translation and without another word, turned and left the room along with the two officers.
“He didn’t tell his name and I forgot to ask it!”, he turned to face his companions, Jane, Mac, Eugene, Ahmed, Faiza, Claire, Marco, Svetlana, Dilema, Xiao, Eva, Ana, Beth, Lin, Lee, Lisa, Sarah, Ali, Jerry, Farah, Jamal, Magdalene, Monica, Anna and Sara.
But before speaking he looked once more at the flying probe. He couldn’t communicate openly with his companions with the probe hovering right next to them. This translating probe created a big problem for their plan and so did this easy communication with the Ubashi. They seemed very nice but his gut gave a different feeling, he could not trust them, he cannot trust them, they must not trust them. He rubbed his hand on his head and began to think.
“So what is your name, probe?”, Sara asked.
“I am called Jaheshid Khik and may I enquire your name?”, probe replied.
“I am Sara, nice meeting you Jaheshid Khik”
“Pleasure is mine, Sara, I had never thought I would ever get to learn a new language and speak with aliens”
Sara smiled as Jensen looked at her.
“I bet you never thought you would ever be called an alien”, he said.
“I had never thought I would land on an alien planet either, but life is not always what we expect it to be”, she replied.
Jensen had to find a way to talk to his companions alone, but with this probe hovering about, it made it impossible. “So can we go outside?”, he asked the probe.
“You certainly can”, Jaheshid Khik answered.
It was bright outside and it took their eyes some minutes before they could see well, the the white sky, the two suns, the flying probes of different sizes. They looked in amazement at the endless shinning spread as far as the eye could see. They realized that they were in an isolated environment, away from the general population, if there was any, of this planet, like a military scientific complex of some sort.
“What are those below on the ground reflecting the light?”, Sara asked.
“Those are panels to harvest the energy of our two stars. Below them is the sector of mathi-22, where families of our officers live. Do you have such pannels on your planet?”
“No we do not”, answered Jensen, before Sara could reply.
He looked at her and she understood. They had to protect the information they had about their home planet. Despite their hospitality, Jensen had a bad feeling about the Ubashi.
“How many suns does your planet have?”, asked Jeheshid.
“Its a binary star system”, lied Jensen.
“So can we go meet the people of your planet?”, Jensen asked before the probe could ask him more questions about his home planet.
“Soon! Tonight our leader would make the annoucement to the general population about the alien visit. It will be a huge moment in the history of our planet.”
“You all have one leader?”, asked Sara. Jensen gave her a look of disapproval on her question but she ignored him. She was curious to learn about this planet and its inhabitants.
“Yes! His name is Kakhanuk Ghunsah and he is from the First Tribe. How many leaders do you have on your planet?”, Jaheshid asked.
Jensen gave her an uncomfortable look but she still ignored him and answered, “Our planet is divided into different countries and every country has a different leader.”
Before she could say more, Jensen lost his patience and interupted, “What are you doing, Sara?”
“What do you mean? I am trying to have a conversation with our hosts.”
Jensen didnt want the Ubashi to doubt him so he tried to change the argument.
“Can we go back inside, I feel tired.”
“Certainly! Follow me”, Jahedhis told them and they all followed it back inside. As they approached the door, it disappeared again to let them in. As they were entering, Jensen grabed Sara by the arm and pulled her closer, “what do you think you are doing? I thought I told you to not tell them anything about our planet and lie if they ask anything”
“Oh yeah? and who gave you the right to tell me what to do?”, she replied.
“You are not understanding! We do not know what their intentions are! Or what they want to do with the information they collect! They already figured out our languages! These are highly inteligent beings and I will not risk the fate of our planet for your stupid childish curiosities, so stop it!”
Sara freed her arm, “Ok! I will be more careful, happy?”
Jensen didnt say anything. They came in last and took seats around the table while Jaheshid hovered in the middle, telling Jamal something in Arabic.
“What are you talking about, Jamal?”, Jensen asked.
“Jaheshid was just asking me why are there so many languages on our home planet.”
“Oh what did you tell it?”
“I told it thats what God intended to happen. He willed that human beings have different languages and cultures.”
“Oh great! so you are one of those people?”, Jensen couldnt help himself.
But before Jamal could reply, Sara asked angrily, “What people, Jensen?”
“No, nothing. If thats who you believe in. Its all good.” Seeling the look on some of the faces in the room, he added, “Meant no offence”.
Jaheshid observed it all in silence and understood. These aliens have different beliefs it seemed to him. That is why they have different countries and languages and leaders. They are a divided planet. But maybe not for long.
They busied themselves with different things. Sara really wanted to learn about this planet so Jaheshid had some history books translated for her in English while Jamal was interested in sight seeing and beautiful areas of the planet so Jaheshid displayed the live videos of some breathtaking areas on the wall. They all sat and looked in amazement at the beauty of this planet.
It was meal time again and food was set on the table for them, vegetables and fruits and leaves of different colours and sizes, some sweet as honey and others sour. After they were done eating, Jaheshid informed them that they should get ready for the announcement of the leader and the formal welcome.
They washed themselves with the jelly like substance and sat on the chairs in front of a camera probe. Sara got excited that she would be meeting the leader of the Unaghi, thats what they call themselves in their history books, but she was sad to find out that he wasnt going to visit them in person but it would rather be an annoucement on the live video stream, which will be broadcast everywhere on the plannet. Jensen on the other hand was content about not meeting the leader.
Jaheshid told them that the speech of the leader would be translated in Engilsh for them.
The leader of Karaqh from the First Tribe appeared on the screen in front of them, he had the same features as rest of the Ubashi but was much more evolved and muscular. He started his speech in his native language while Jensen and the others heard it in English.
“Hello people of Karaqh! Our multiverse is full of amazing phenomenon and amazing creatures. Our elders had always told us that we are not alone in the verses and we should go beyond our solarsystem and beyond our galaxy and beyond our cluster to look for other worlds, other beings. So we began our search and sent our space crafts with AI to different regions of our universe, maping and trying to find sign of life. But as luck would have it, instead of finding other life, other life found us. An alien space craft appeared near our planets surface and was escorted to our military base near Mathi-22. It had 26 aliens, our scientists quarantined them and checked them for any virus or any other danger that they might present to us. We found them to be harmless and they came in peace. We first thought that they had come to find us but we soon learned that they ended up here by accident through a wormhole that briefly openned near our plannet. I welcome you all to our planet as a quest, as a rappresentative of your people. You may live here in peace for however long you desire. We are glad to have you amongt us, so that we can learn from you and teach you about us and have a cultural exchange between our people.”
Sara smiled. He continued.
“Despite some misinformation, we are pleased to inform you that through our research we have pin pointed the location of your home planet and we will be sending our space ships to give the happy news and we would appreciate if some of you can accompany us.”
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