Colony

A story of vampires, shape-shifters and American Indians

 

©2014

 

 

Charles W. Bird

thehomeplace1@earthlink.net

 

 

This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental. This story may not be copies, transmitted or used in any manner beyond reading for enjoyment without the express, written permission of the author.

 

 

BOOK 6


This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously and any resemblance to actual persons Ming Living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental and may not be broadcast, retransmitted or copied in any form without my express, written permission



Prologue; The Healers have established hospitals and care centers throughout the ancient lands once known as North America. Their offspring, The Great Healers, have evolved into beings of such power as have never been seen before. They remain Human Hybrid Warriors like their ancestors; the limit of their power has yet to be determined. The first Great Healers, Ton and Kal, have returned to the lands of their birth with others of their kind, determined to bring civilization back to the lands lost during the Great Upheaval thousands of years earlier. In this, they have the full support of their fellow Warriors and the rulers of Three Kingdoms. They have established a new COLONY at the ancient site of Charleston Lagoon.





Hybrid; Correct term is Human Hybrid, created by exchange of blood fluids with two hybrids known as makers, progenitors of the race were Roger and Ming Little Bear, somewhat sensitive to strong Ming Light, can change shape in many forms, extremely powerful mind-speakers, can combine with other Hybrids or Turned Vampires to create extremely powerful long range mind-sweeps, cannot tell a falsehood because of mind to mind meld contact, can read minds of humans and turned vampires, beMing Lieved to be able to control human minds or plant false images, vampiric but consider drinking human blood for food to be an abomination, there is a Ming Life-long maker/childe relationship, cannot create or bear young, have an almost fanatic urge to protect humans particularly children, have an intense hatred of those who would harm humans particularly children slavers, can be savage fighters of great ferocity, Ming Life span unknown but beMing Lieved to be greater than 2,000 years, form Ming Life long relationship with their mate, only occur in the male form – no known female Hybrids exist, it is not known how many mated pairs exist in any when, also known as Spirit Warriors, Roger was the first Captain of Hybrids, omnivores
Turned Vampire; Created only by the exchange of blood fluids with a Hybrid (see Hybrid above), Ming Light sensitive, strong sunMing Light is fatal, cannot create other turned vampires, cannot create or bear young, vampiric, however consider drinking human blood for food abominable, Ming Life span less than 2,000 years, mind-speakers, cannot tell a falsehood because of mind to mind meld contact, extremely loyal to their maker, referred to as childe, omnivores, they can be created Hybrid.
Human Sensitive; Many Humans have rudimentary mind-speak abiMing Lities, most are unaware of their abiMing Lity, however, the abiMing Lity is increasing. Humans who have worked with the Human Hybrids have developed their mind-speak abiMing Lities to a greater degree than those who have not been exposed to the Hybrids. Humans, under ideal circumstances, are able to mind-meld with Human Hybrids, however there is considerable risk to the humans doing so. Humans specially trained are able to meld without risk.
This story is a continuation of the tale begun in the “The Healers” Series. To understand parts of this story, you should first read that series, especially the last Book, “The Colony”

From Book 5; The Naval Forces of the NAC became the preeminent MiMing Litary Force and stood guard against pirates, cannibals and criminals that attempted to steal from the good folk who worked the land and were rebuilding civiMing Lization. The Turned Vampire, Sork, became the Major Domo of Fort Warrior, the counterpart to Palo, the Major Domo of Fort Healer. The Malay Islands became a state within the Federation of Free States, along with the two Kingdoms, Mariposa, The Land of the Herders and the North American Colony. Everyone hoped that peace was now possible and that civiMing Lization could flourish on the roots that had been put down. It did for nearly two hundred years, before the first painted terrorists showed up on the Eastern Coast of the NAC.




Chapter 1 – DISAPPEARANCES


NAC Seafarer sent a message to Fort Healer that three of their fishing schooners had not returned and were now four days overdue. The Duty Warrior sent three skimmers out to the last reported position of the three schooners and they found no trace of them.


Two days later the Cape Hat Marine Life Saving Station reported that two local fishing boats had failed to return. When that day’s Duty Warrior saw the notice about the three schooners, he notified Palo.


The busy Major Domo of the Fort came up to the watch station immediately and started asking questions. When he determined that both disappearances had taken place in the same general area, he hit the “All Station Alarm”.


All the Marine Life Saving Stations along the coast responded, they were informed of the disappearances and they were to report anything unusual over the Emergency Channel.


In a very few days, a pattern began to develop and he stepped over to the Naval Office for a chat with Admiral Bledsoe and General Forbes.


Both officers were at a loss to explain the losses and Admiral Bledsoe sent the two new Destroyers, the Prince Tal and the Moboli Island to investigate, placing Commander Turned Vampire Ming Lu in command of the small task force.


In view of the number of lives at stake, both the ships practically flew out of Charleston Lagoon, both were nuclear powered ships and each had an enhanced reactor. The energy demands of the beam projectors during the recent war with the pirates off the coast of Africa had shown them that more power was needed to supply the emitters than the old reactors could generate.


Commander Turned Vampire Ming Lu was one of the new generation of Turned Vampires, he had mental capacities as great or greater than Human Hybrid Warriors, in fact, he approached that of the Warriors Great Healers themselves and he was sun light tolerant! Like humans, he could sun burn, but the strong rays of the sun would not hurt him further.


To make matters worse, were that possible, the Captain of one of the schooners that were missing was his own nephew and his fishing schooner!


The small fleet churned up the sea in search of the missing craft, but they found nothing, not even wreckage. Commander Ming Lu was sitting in his bridge chair, letting his powerful mind range far out, much further than their most powerful radar.


There was SOMETHING, something very faint tickled Ming Lu’s his mind out at the furthest reach he could detect. He could not determine what it was, but he was sure it was not natural. It felt violent, but not necessarily evil.


He mind called back to Palo and asked him to look at the Vessel Position Report to see if any of their own ships had reported being at that position. Palo told him there was nothing reported to be there.


Commander Ming Lu jumped up and shouted, “SOUND GENERAL QUARTERS!” As the clanging alarm sounded all over the ship,


He contacted the Mobo Island and spoke to Lt. Commander Mor, the Captain, and ordered him to follow, also at GQ. He wanted backup from the Mobo Island’s rocket launchers and her new electron emitters.


The two warships raced across the sea at better than 260 knots. After crashing through the heavy seas for four hours, the Bridge Lookout spotted a smoke haze on the horizon, the closer they got, the more bizarre the oncoming ship looked.


They finally determined that it was an old fashioned fuel burning steam ship from the time of the Before People! They came alongside and matched speed with the strange vessel. There appeared to be nobody on the ship!


Commander Ming Li did not believe in ghosts, so he called for the Marine Detachment Officer and instructed him to lead a boarding party over to the strange ship and have a “look-see”. The steam ship was traveling at a steady 21 knots and its course never varied. They could see shadowy figures moving around in the wheelhouse of the strange vessel and was damned sure they were flesh and blood.


Marine First Lieutenant Jerry Shafter gathered his platoon of Marines and they crossed over to the strange ship on overhead lines shot across by the Deck Crew. The lines had a grappling hook on the far end. He did not want to involve the Warriors Great Healers just yet.


They began to explore the ship, the next thing the ship crew heard was, “WE ARE UNDER ATTACK BY PAINTED CREATURES. WE REQUIRE ASSISTANCE!”


Commander Ming Lu sent the Mobo Island alongside the ship and the Marine Detachment was sent to assist. Even armed with portable beam weapons, the two platoons were nearly overrun, there seemed to be hundreds of these painted devils who attacked berserker style.


Finally, the last attacker was beamed down, none would surrender. Upon inspection, the attackers seemed to be human, dressed in crude woolens and animal skins.


They had metal helmets adorned with what looked like the horns of various animals and many of the attackers were heavily tattooed with blue symbols.


Deep in the bowels of the ship, the Marines discovered prisoners, chained to the bulkhead. After questioning, they were determined to be some of their missing fishermen and included Commander Ming Lu’s nephew, Pan Lu.


They put six of the savage’s bodies in the coldest room they could find on the ship and dumped the remainder over the side.


Rather than waste time learning how to run the strange vessel, they shut down the old fashioned steam boilers and ran a tow cable to the Prince Tal.


Neither of the NAC Ships had a Warrior Healer or a Great Healer on board, but all Warriors had some healing abilities, so those Warriors onboard did what they could for their wounded shipmates. They went at the fastest speed they dared back towards Charleston Lagoon.


Four days later, they were approaching the entrance to Charleston Lagoon. While they were engaged in towing the strange ship, Commander Ming Lu had been able to contact Fort Healer and transmitted all that he knew and had seen of the berserker sailors.


The released captives could not add any more, they had been dragged on board and chained up immediately. Sometimes they would be fed and watered, but most of the time they had gone hungry and thirsty.


Those from the Fort inspected the bodies of the painted savages and they determined they were human, probably descended from northern European peoples.


They had light complexions, and many had blond or red hair. Beyond that, nothing could be determined of their origin or reason for being in the NAC waters.


They found no charts or maps, and only crude symbols drawn in blue pigment on animal skins. The only weapons they found were spears, a few crude swords and stone hatchets.


Chapter 2 – HUNTING EXPEDITION


They carefully examined the strange ship and determined that it was a pre-destruction vessel. They found a nameplate on the boiler dated 2006, that was certainly a pre-destruction date!


Admiral Bledsoe assigned the Heavy Cruiser NACS Roger, both destroyers and 10 heavy skimmers to the Task Force that would be commanded by Commander Ming Lu.


The NACS McGinty would be held in Charleston Lagoon for protection of the Capitol and its folk. They embarked three full battalions of Marines and five mated pair Warriors Great Healers.


The Marine Cadets were determined to be part of this force and they stood in front of General Forbes’ quarters until he agreed. . He smiled to himself, he admired these young boys and their determination to protect their friends and families. He figured they would be full-blooded Marines in a short time.


The Cadets were under the command of Cadet Colonel Gor, the son of a Northman, who had emigrated away from the ice and snow of the far north. The young man was a powerful human telepath as well as having been gifted with commanding physique! At 18, he stood nearly 7 feet tall and had hands as big as dinner plates. He was as fierce in battle as he was gentle to the two boys he had accumulated and tucked away in his Mother’s house. He did not know that his superior officers knew about the two boys or that they all approved.


Because of his huge feet, his close friends often kidded him about being able to go snow shoeing barefooted! There was not a single cadet not in awe of him as well as many Marines. However, he was universally liked and well respected, Gor’s personal integrity had won him friends and admirers that he did not even know about.


Commander Ming Lu obtained copies of the old, pre-destruction charts and marked off grids to be searched. The fleet departed and the McGinty took up station at the entrance to Charleston Lagoon, ammunition had been hoisted to the ready lockers and the accumulators on the beam emitters were kept charged. That wasted steam, but it was better than explaining dead colonists!


The fleet spread out, each ship was assigned a search quadrant, they ranged as far east as the coast of Old France and north to the now abandoned island of England.


All was uninhabited, they did spot several crude villages in the lowlands of what had once been Germany and Poland, but there were no ships.


They swung north into the Norway Peninsula and spotted a few small sailing vessels, but, again no large ships or villages that contained more than a few crude huts.


They had to turn back south, the ice blocked any further exploration to the north.


As they passed the German coast, they spotted a smaller steamship running ahead of them. Commander Ming Lu ordered two of the Heavy Skimmers into the chase, it was no chase at all, the Heavy Skimmers could travel at close to 300 knots if they lifted onto their hydrofoils.


It took but one shot from Heavy Skimmer Number 30’s emitter to stop the fleeing ship. The beam emitter had blown the bridge of the small steam powered ship completely to splinters and wreckage.


Most of the crew had jumped over the side into the sea rather than be captured, but they did immobilize several seamen and some youngsters.


Ming Lu surveyed the bodies of the men they had recovered, they all were heavily tattooed with blue marking and their filthy red or blond hair was tied bag with strips of animal skins.


The captives were fierce, even bound. One crewman got too close to a child and he tried to bite a chunk out of the crewman’s leg!


They took the captured vessel under tow and the only way they could protect themselves from the captured crew was to put them in chains and weld them to the bulkhead.


Commander Ming Lu ordered the Mobo Island to tow the captured ship and carry the captives back to Creek Village. He hoped the Warriors Great Healers might have an idea how, at least the children, maybe could be reached.


The fleet patrolled as far as the Spanish Coast and circled the English Island several times, but they never encountered another vessel. They even went north as far as the great ice shelf and came down the east coast of North America without encountering another ship of the painted savages.


Their presence encouraged the fishing fleets to come out and harvest the fisheries, so Commander Ming Lu dispatched the Prince Tal to protect the fishermen and he transferred his Flag to the NACS Roger.


On their way back home, they took a swing through the old tropical islands of Cuba, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.


They found no painted savages or their ships, but the natives of those islands asked that envoys be carried back to Creek Village as they wished to be included in the NAC.


After a voyage of seven months, the fleet returned home. The first to march off the ships were the proud Marine Cadets, they had met the enemy and had not been found wanting.


Many of the boys were becoming men and wanted to be Marines. They marched off the ships under the Command of Cadet Colonel Gor, their heads held high and proud, they had spent the previous night polishing their brass buttons, and cleaning their Battle Dress uniforms.


The Cadet Drum and Bugle Squad set the march as they and all the troops marched off the ships. They made a grand entrance and the next morning, boys from the surrounding town were all lined up a hundred deep at the door to the Cadet Amory, wanting to sign up.


Cadet Colonel Gor and 60 of his Cadet Troopers were taken into the Marines, Gor and several of his staff were commissioned Lieutenants of Colony Marines.


It was, in fact, one of the cadets becoming a Marine, who made the first breakthrough in reaching the savage children. He was standing guard duty so that a regular Marine could visit his family. He heard someone crying and he followed the sound to the ship’s compartment that held the savage children.


Two boys, who looked like twins, were holding each other and crying. Without thinking, Cadet Bon knelt down and held the two frightened boys, instead of attacking him, they clung to him and cried their hearts out.


Bon was not a strong telepath, but he was able to contact his Cadet Sergeant of the Guard, who came immediately with the Colony Marine Duty Officer.


Lieutenant Fable was a strong telepath and he reached out to the two boys’ minds. They were in fact, twins and were 8 years old, very frightened and hungry.


Lt. Fable sent two cadets to the galley to bring back whatever food they could scrounge up. They returned with huge roast beef sandwiches, glasses of cold milk and a small dish of ice cream.


The two boys wolfed the food down and looked for some more.


Lt. Fable took a chance and unlocked their chains; that was all those boys needed, they climbed up on Cadet Bon, hugging him and clinging to him like leeches.


None could understand their words, but all those who had any telepathic abilities could “hear” the hope and gratitude being radiated by the twin boys.


Lt. Fable mind-called for the Warriors Great Healers, the two boys cringed when two adults came into the compartment, clinging to Cadet Bon for dear life.


Cadet Bon sent them calming and safe thoughts that were picked up by the pair of Warriors Great Healers. They understood and sent their own calm and healing thoughts to the two children.


With sniffles and dripping noses, the two boys tentatively approached the Warriors Great Healers, who immediately spread out their arms and gathered them up.


There were six other children in that compartment and when they saw that the first two were not harmed and had received food, they made motions with their arms and hands that they wanted to be treated as the first two.


Within a few minutes, a whole beef roast was reduced to sandwiches and a gallon tub of ice cream disappeared into the children.


The Marines kept the townspeople back as the boys were carried from the ship. They did not want them to become frightened.


They were brought to Fort Healer and placed in special wards. Rather than lock them in a room, Cadet Marines sat in a chair in the doorway.


The next morning, there were six Cadets with children asleep in their laps. Those six Cadets may not have been ready to be fathers, but the children choose them and it was to be a lifetime bond, Fathers and their Sons. It was a bond that resolved the problem with the painted savages.


Chapter 3 – RESCUE OF THE NORTHERN TRIBES


The telepaths learned much from the children and, with the children’s help, they made contact with the adults that had been captured.


They were tribes of Norse, surviving in the cold and bitter north lands. They had found some ships embedded in the ice and had freed them. They discovered how to start them up, but they did not understand when the fuel ran out, why the ships stopped.


They had come upon the fishermen and had taken their catch to feed their people and the men became slaves. They were not cannibals and those among them who did such, were turned out of the tribe and sent away. Life was so harsh in the Norse Lands, that was the equivalent of a death sentence.


Admiral Bledsoe ordered the Hospital Ship Great Herder to come to Creek Village, they were going to rescue the starving folk of the Norse.


They loaded the cargo spaces with food and clothing and ten pair Warriors Great Healers volunteered to come along. The Marine Cadets argued that they were younger and be able to relate with the Northern Tribesmen in the same way as they had with their children.


Marine Lance Corporal Bon, now firmly bonded with his two “sons” and a regular Marine, also offered to come, he was sure that, with his two boys, rapport could be found with the tribal folk.

With the Prince Tal and now Captain, Ming Lu, in escort, the huge Hospital ship, The Great Herder, departed Charleston Lagoon on a mission of mercy. They cranked The Great Herder’s reactors up to 240 knots and they headed for the North Atlantic.


Two days later, the stately ship glided into the small harbor, known to the natives as Brem. Bon and his family of boys were standing in the bridge with Captain Dorn, the skipper of NACS Hospital Ship, The Great Herder.


The tiny village looked deserted, but the two boys, Dus and Ger said they were all hiding.


Captain Dorn handed the boys the microphone for the loud hailer and, with Bon’s help, they understood that they were to call out to their folk and invite them to the beach to be fed and taken care of.


They launched the ship’s small boats and Bon and the boys went to the gritty beach, carrying a small loud hailer. The boys kept pleading with their people to come and be helped.


A man and woman came from the trees, walking hesitantly, in obvious fear. They were carrying two small children, a boy and a girl. There were bloody bandages on both children, Dus ran up to them and pulled them towards the boats, screaming, “Ber, Ber, et May un Cor!” Bon called as best he could for he was not the strongest mind speaker, asking The Warriors Great Healers to come quick, two children were dying!


The two youngest Great Healers, Nal and Lem leaped from the stern rail of The Great Herder and launched as Sea Eagles, racing for the shore. They were driving their bodies as fast as their powerful could push them. The head of their passage left smoking feathers to mark their path.


Two frightened parents watched as the two Giant Sea Eagles raced in their direction, at such a speed, their feathers were leaving a trail of smoke.


As they landed, they changed to their human, the mother of the children fainted in fear and their father put his arms around his babies to protect them.


Nal sent images of the two children healed and playing with other children, the frightened father stepped back, but stood close enough to grab his children and run from these strange folk if he felt they would harm his young children.


The Marines had rushed cots and blankets to the beach and Lem gathered up Cor, while Nal took May and they lay the stricken children on the cots Lem began first, he laid his hands on the child and began to heal him, he shouted, “I need more, someone back me!” Bon had seen the Warriors Great Healers and their Cadets work before, he jumped behind Lem and pressed his own life energy into the Warrior Great Healer.


Slowly, the small boy’s terrible wounds closed and healed, the great gaping wound on his side closed and healed over.


Nal was busy with May, she had not been so terribly hurt as her brother. Nal’s arms and hand glowed red and he applied his own Life Force into the child so that she could heal herself.


When finally both children had been healed, Bon gathered them up and placed them in their father’s arms. The man’s eyes were flooded with tears and he knelt before the two Warriors Great Healer and p;edged, “Mi lif mi gif yud fer mi chils”


Lem and Nal raised the weeping father to his feet, they had absorbed enough of his language they could speak to him, “Gud min,yus chils es gud no. Kom, et fud wi us.”


They led the man to the tables the Marines had set up, the Marine Cadets were standing there, ready to serve the starving folk.


The father shouted to his people, “Kom, fud gots!” The Marines had to bring more food from the ship before everyone had eaten their fill.


More Warriors Great Healers came, the villagers did not run in fear as the Great Birds of War landed, but they stood back, away from them.


Not so their children, somehow, the village children somehow knew they were safe in the arms of these strange beings who flew in the sky like the seagulls of their own land.


The children who were deformed, injured, even those who had limbs missing, the Warriors Great Healers restored them. More and more folk came out from hiding in the trees. With the infinite patience of their kind, the Warriors Great Healers treated all who were in need. It had grown dark and the ship’s crew had set up portable lights on the beach so that the Warriors Great Healers could continue their work.


Food was continuing to be eaten, small children had full, rounded tummies for the first time in their young lives.


Just when the Warriors Great Healers thought they were done, villagers from the next village began to arrive. The small boats made continuous trips to The Great Herder, bringing food and clothing for the folk who had existed on nothing. The Warriors Great Healers were consuming massive amounts of food to replace the energy they were expending. They feared to drain their Cadets too far in the terrible cold of this land.


By morning all the folk of the three remaining villages of the Norse had been healed, fed and clothed. With food in their tummies and warm clothing on their bodies, the children of the Norse were up to playing. Some of the Cadets had balls in their kits and the boys got up ball games while the girls were taught hop-scotch and soccer for the older girls.


Their parents were still in a state of shock, these strangers were not Norse, nor were they family. Why should they share their precious food and talents in healing and feeding them?


Captain Ming Lu came ashore and sat with the parents, he was a powerful Turned Vampire Sensitive and he was able to make the adults understand there was no cost to this, the Norse had no payment to make and they were all invited to come aboard their ships and travel to a new land, where living was easier, food was abundant and the weather warmer.


It was Bon and the Cadets that influenced the villagers the most, he was a kind hearted, honest young man who had already adopted two of the Norse boys from the first ship, as his own sons.


They saw how the two boys adored their new Father and how he totally and absolutely loved those boys in return. In dribs and drabs, Norse families agreed to go with these strangers to the new lands.


When it was all said and done, the Norse villages were completely abandoned. There were no humans living in all of the lands of the Norse.


The fleet traveled at a much slower pace on the return trip, winter was approaching and storms had whipped up the seas to a frothing fury of waves. Inside the ships, however, it was warm and lighted. The cooks kept a buffet table well stocked for anyone who felt hunger.


It took them fifteen days to make the return trip, but in that time, the Norse villagers and their children had lost their gaunt, haunted appearance and had begun to fill their bodies, losing the starvation look.


The Hospital ship and her escorts proudly made landfall at Charleston Lagoon, all the ships’ sirens and horns were blowing in triumph, the folk of Creek Village were out on the piers waiting to greet the newcomers.


As the great ship slowly glided up to the pier and the sailors threw over the Mooring Lines, a great cheer went up. As the folk of the Norse timidly walked down the gangway, those of the Creek Village invited them to stay in their homes until they could get settled.


The adults of the Norse could not believe the generosity of these people, but their children were already fitting in. Small boys were grabbed by other small boys and were last seen walking arm in arm, whispering boy secrets to each other. The language barrier was no barrier at all.


The girls were trading dolls and favorite hats as they giggled and walked to their benefactors’ homes for tea and biscuits.


They had rescued nearly 500 men, women and children of the Norse and, in less than an hour, every one of them had been invited into a home to stay for so long as they needed. The men and boys who had been captured on the first ship, found their families in joyful reunion and there were conversations in many houses that went far into the night.


Dus and Ger thrived as sons to Bon and, as they developed, they became powerful mind speakers. But, they wanted more and they became Red Cape Cadets to The Warriors Great Healers and eventually became Warriors Great Healers themselves.


Their proud Daddy stayed in the Marine Corps and eventually became the Command Master Sergeant of the Marine Corps. He retired in great honor and lived with his two Warriors Great Healers sons for the rest of his life.


TBC

Next we shall see the North American Colony again expand with a rail road and transportation throughout the Colony.

 

 

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