Generation Ork: Unwanted trouble
A manifested shimmer of the area; like that of glitter in a jar; the eye catching amusement of twinkling lights and swaying grass blades made Miranda realize that she was dreaming. The surroundings were surreal and yet felt authentic. The field where she found herself was alive, it was then she noticed someone whom she was sure was her mother.
"Mama?" she said. Not everything in the dream world was as it seemed, so calling out to her seemed to be the best thing to do to ensure it was her. Nightmares were not her favorite thing and she wasn't going to chance it.
"Yes Miranda." her mother replied as she turned around to greet her daughter.
"Oh mamma!" Miranda said as she ran up to join her. "I miss you. " She hugged her mother tight. Talking to her briefly earlier that day just wasn't enough, she missed her horribly; these dreams were always Miranda's favorites.
" I miss you to." Mindy touched her cheek and smiled with tears straining to escape from her eyes.
" How are you and dad doing?" She paused, "Speaking of dad where is he?" Miranda was curious, usually her father was always with her mother.
Mindy looked around; and shrugged her shoulders. " I'm really not too sure. He's usually not too far." Both of them are confused about why Mork wasn't around, but not too concerned as they knew he'd turn up sooner or later.
Miranda started to walk with her mother. Looking around she noticed that the field was the same as before. " Was I here before when I was a child?" Miranda asked her mother.
" Yes we were here not long after your Grandmother Cora passed away. This field is not too far from our old place in Bolder Colorado. We use the love to come here. Your dad's favorite thing was to fly kites. " Miranda remember the bird like creature her parents would run in front of on the ground while it floated in the air above them. "The memories we made here were something we all treasured. Problem is we had to take yours away." Mindy sighed with a tinge of guilt, she felt she owed her daughter an explanation.
" I'm truly sorry about that. I really didn't want to, but Miele didn't give us much of a choice. I honestly believed he would hurt you if he had of had the chance. There's just so much to worry about, and your father learning about your ability was a huge discovery that the old council wanted to exploit. I wouldn't allow it and your father was terrified they'd take you from us. They tried but we managed to keep them at bay with the agreement to erase your memories."
"Ahh, mamma it's OK; I understand you did your best for me; dad also explained a lot as well." She took her mother's hand, a continued walking with her through the field. Looking around she noticed songbirds, butterflies, and small animals. It was beautiful here. Miranda missed the memories that had been taken from her but appreciated that her mother was trying to return the memories to her in the best way she knew how considering she wasn't with them physically anymore. She decided to keep to positive things and let her mom know about their plans.
"We call Jeanie this afternoon. She agreed to help us out, but she's going to be moving from Toronto not too long after we get there; She's heading to a place called Halifax in a new area called Nova Scotia Canada; for a new job. We will have to go with her when she moves, but it shouldn't be too difficult, the president said he would help us in any way that we required. I believe this includes means to travel to a different country. We only need to keep our true identity on the down low as requested. The President is worried about panic or people trying to cause us harm."
" I sure hope so it would make things much easier for you both. I also understand his concern. Your dad and I agree, It's wonderful to be smart but be careful who you let know just how wonderfully brilliant you are, some will take advantage of that." Her mother said as they walked up onto Mork who was knelt down in the grass.
Mork turned around with big smile on his face. He was holding something in his hands. " I have something for you miputer." His gleeful and child like giggle catching in the air. He opened his hands in front of his daughter and a beautiful shiny blue butterfly walked out onto his fingertips. Miranda gasped, it was as blue as both her and her father's eyes. She stuck out her finger and the butterfly walked onto her finger. She beamed, her dad always had a way to make her smile. She watched as the butterfly fluttered away lazily on the breeze.
" Thank you daddy, that was beautiful." She reached over and gave him a hug. She always enjoyed how excited her father would get at making her smile. It was always a little things that she can do to make his day so much better when she knew he had a battle he was fighting in his head.
" You're welcome miputer." He had a wistful look on his face. "What'd wrong?" Miranda asked him.
"I don't know princess, I just know I need you to be careful. Promise; Ok?"
"I will." She gave his hand a squeeze.
Miranda hugged them both and the field shimmered, wavered and faded like colored paper bleached by the sun. The light left was the only thing she could see, she squinted and realized she was awake in her room with the sunlight streaming right on her face. She raised her hand and blocked the light. Groaning she sat up; rubbed the sleep from her eyes and looked around and remembered where she was. She looked over at the clock. It was eight thirty in the morning. She enjoyed her dream visits with her parents; she however didn't like their endings, there was never enough time to enjoy herself and questions always went unanswered. She tried to stir her dad up with a mental thought but the connection was eerily quiet.
She pattered quietly from her room into the main part of the suite. She walked to the wide window in the sitting area and noticed there was a platform off the window. She pushed back the draping from the window only to see it had handles, so she turned them. The patio doors opened. Miranda had no idea what they were but was greeted with a stunning view of the city before her, overlooking a local park. The fall flowers and leaves showed in yellows, oranges and reds. Brilliant daubs of color across the city like a painters pallet. Dogs were walking with their owners and people were flying kites, and driving on wheeled items she'd never seen before. She heard a noise behind her and looked and saw her brother come out with a towel on his head. He'd been in the shower and smiled when he saw his sister out on the patio.
"Breath taking isn't it?" He asked her.
"Simply amazing." She replied. "This place is getting more and more intriguing as I see more of it."
Mearth walked over to his little sister and threw an arm over her shoulder. "This place is wonderful sis, but always remember as wonderful as it is and can be there are things out there that are very ugly, strange and scary. We just need to pay attention to the tell tale signs that either give away the dangers to come or in your case you keep your mind open and read all you can."
"A splendid idea," She replied. "I had planned on doing that anyway." She chuckled. Then remembered she had to tell him about the most recent break through with their parents.
"I have some exciting news for you."
"Oh? Is Holly coming back?" His eyes lit up, his eagerness to spend more time with her quite obvious and even though she was about to bust his bubble on that aspect he was still none the less happy to hear her news.
"I was able to speak to mom through dad yesterday!" She waited to see what he'd say.
"Seriously?" He grabbed her shoulders. "You really spoke to her? Is she OK?"
"Of course silly. She's fine and yes. Dad figured she could plug into his ear like she did when she spoke to Orson." She smiled at the thought yet again as it was quite amusing to her. "I told her of our plans and she's happy to know Jeanie is helping us, Dad on the other hand gave me some odd, almost ominous advice to just be careful. He even made me promise. I think he's picked up on something I missed and it's got me worried." She turned to walk back into the suite her brother following behind her.
"It just might be dad's former demons making his head a mess. He may be gone but I'm not too sure if his affliction would go with him. If anything I think it would be enhanced in the spiritual world. She watched as her brother pondered the possibilities.
"Who knows for sure. I won't be simple and ignore his request. Too often he predicted things when he was still with us and they'd happen. It was always weird, but no one ever questioned it. I won't this time either." She walked over to the phone to call out for their morning meal but didn't even manage to lay her hand on the receiver when it rang startling her and making her cuss.
"Fokenzitz!" She replied sharply as she jumped and pulled her hand away from the phone.
Mearth laughed and shook his head. He reached past her and picked it up. Miranda in that instance realized she wasn't chastised for her choice of words. This made her worry and put her on edge.
"Hello?" He cradled the receiver onto his shoulder as he slid past his sister and leaned against the table the phone was perched on. She noticed he smiled wider and he had this mischievous twinkle in his eyes.
"We'd LOVE to." He said, "Sure we'll be down in about fifteen minutes, OK?"
"Sure thing. Bye." He laid the phone back into the cradle and took a deep breath.
"Holly is taking us out for breakfast as soon as you're dressed we can go." He held onto the towel that had been forgotten on his shoulders earlier and again rubbed his hair. "We have about fifteen minutes so get a move on." He walked back towards the room he was using and shut the door.
'Well that was short lived.' Miranda thought as she walked back to her room. She had automatically assumed it was Holly just from the look on his face but she didn't expect a morning run with this lady who seemed to have a thing for her big brother. She liked Holly but she still didn't quite trust her or anyone for that matter, not just quite yet.
Her dad's favorite color was always red or blue, so today she chose to dawn a red sweater that use to belong to her mother along with a nice pair of brown dress pants. She found her mother's fall boots and slipped them onto her feet as well and was very happy to see they fit her quite well. 'Thanks Mamma.' She said mentally hoping her dad would pass on the message. The connection was still very quiet.
Holly knocked on the door not too long after she had gotten dressed, she was surprised her brother wasn't already ready considering how smitten he was with this seemingly nice lady.
"Hold on a moment, I'll get my brother to get a move on." She walked to his room and rapped on the door. "Oh Mearth, your date is here." He came out red as a beet and a bit miffed at his sister but he held his cool and walked over to Holly and gave her a tiny kiss on her cheek to greet her. Miranda was stunned at his poise after she teased him but was also very impressed as well.
"Shall we carry on?" Holly asked the siblings.
"Carry?" Mearth inquired. "I thought we were walking, you didn't say anything about carrying anyone."
Holly busted a gut with joyous laughter. "Oh Mearth you doll! I love your sense of humor!" He was a confused but happy and she slipped her arm around his own and let him down the hall from their suite.
Miranda grabbed the key as they left. She shut the door and ensured it was locked and followed her brother and Holly down the hall. They exited the hotel and started to walk up the street; enjoying the scenery as they headed to their destination.
Holly directed them to a small quaint restaurant tucked off the main road. The smells wafting through the air was enough to make everyone's stomach growl. " Oh gosh I'm starving!" Mearth said.
" Me too!" Miranda stated.
" Good, you guys should love the food here." Holly said beaming as she ushered them into the building.
Mearth and Miranda looked around the establishing and rather enjoyed the quaint view. They stood on the top part of the entrances platform which had steps descending on to the main floor. The cozy area had a great deal of small tables decked out with olive colored tablecloths. Each table had a small candle in the center and two or more chairs accompanying each intimate spot. There was soft music playing in the background. A robust rounded man with a bushy mustache and greeted them.
" Ahh, Holly. you are here! Good morning! Good morning!" He bustled them over to a spot with four chairs. "Come! Come! Sit, eat, enjoy!" Said the gentleman with the heavy Italian accent. " what will it be this morning?"
" I'm not too sure Leo, can you guess the menus; this way my friends and I can take a gander at what you have. They are new around here and unfamiliar with some of our meals."
" Ahh, Si! Si!" Leo hurried off to retrieve the menus.
" My; I've never have been to and establish like this before." Said Mearth as he looked around. "Not even when I was younger; we never traveled very far from home when we lived in Bolder Colorado."
Holly listened to what Mearth was saying with intrigue, she knew she would never have this type of opportunity ever again. Miranda did not know how to take this young lady's interest in her brother. She was concerned but she didn't want to interfere either. She figured it was safer to just watch how things panned out and only intercept when the necessary. She only hoped her brother wasn't going to get hurt.
Miranda picked up the menu that Leo brought to her. He smiled at her and he clasped his hands together in anticipation of meeting Holly's new friends.
" Are you ready to order?" He asked, his excitement bubbling over into his shining eyes. Miranda actually felt comfortable around this man; he sort of reminded her of her own father. He had a childlike quality about him. This made her smile.
Holly looked over the menu and pointed to a few things that she felt Miranda would enjoy and suggested that they try some. Miranda nodded and folded the card stocked list and listened to Holly as she placed their order. Once she was done, she started what her father called small talk, trying to learn a few things about her charges.
"So Mearth, does your race really age backwards?" She found the concept not only mind boggling but a tad concerning to.
"Well Orkians do. I am; however; half of both races. Earkin as we're called. Our aging processes vary and we can either age like a human or an Orkian." He had to ensure she understood the distinction. "I personally age like an Orkan; my sister however ages like a human."
"Doesn't that bother you?" She asked, genuinely concerned for his well being. "I mean when you're young you're appearance is of an older person, if you had of wandered off as a child someone could have mistaken you as senile and put you into a home right?" Mearth nodded confirming her concerns. "So what happens when you age to say eighty and look like a ten year old. Aren't you concerned someone may call child protection and have you placed into a protective home?"
Mearth chuckled. "By all means!" He shook his head. "If I was taken into a earth facility that places a child into a new home, it would be a blessing in disguise and amusingly confusing for the parents who'd end up with me as they would see me regress." He placed his hand under his chin and leaned on it. "Can you imagine something like this happening, how perplexing it would be for the family."
"I suppose you have a point. I assume they'd take you to a doctor to find out what was going on." Mearth nodded in agreement yet again.
"It would be then they'd learn I wasn't human as I have three hearts. "
"Wow." Holly said "Three? really?"
He smiled at her amazement and picked up her hand and placed it to his right side. She felt the strong thump of his heart where his lung should be.
"But how do you breath?" She asked confused and impressed at the same time. "And where are the other two?"
"Our lungs are smaller but can process oxygen and other compounds found in the air much better than most humans. I can breathe any atmosphere with a higher amount of nitrogen, sulfur or carbon dioxide; and of course oxygen, as for my other hearts, one is located closer to my back and the other one is in a spot I won't place your hand because we'll be both embarrassed if I do." He chuckled as she playfully slapped his arm.
" Well what about your sister?" Holly asked.
" Sissy's physiology is similar to my own, only different is she only has one heart; she ages differently and she has differed abilities than my own. We're still learning about our own genetic makeup. This is why we have to be close to Jeanie and she is the only Dr. who has vast knowledge of our genetic makeup."
"What about your parents?" She asked, "I know they are both gone now, but tell me some things about them; you must miss them terribly." She reached over and placed her hand on Mearth's.
"Yeah we do, Miranda was always really close to dad. She even looks like him a bit." He looked at his sister and smiled. Miranda thought he looked like their father more than she did and chuckled and interjected.
"My brother joshes, He looks very much like dad! I look a bit like both my parents." She smiled yet again as Leo approached their table and placed down a few mugs with steaming dark liquid in it.
"Mom was a journalist for many years and then a writer. She became an activist on Ork and helped with the removal of the "Emotional wall." Mearth reached over and picked up a small container and shook white powder into his black liquid and then added some milk. He stirred his concoction and took a sip.
"Mmmm, just how I remember it." He said. His sister wasn't too sure what this dark stuff was but it smelled good. She did what she watched her brother do and then took a sip and was greeted with a warm yet sweetly bitter taste that made her taste buds dance.
"Oh! How delightful!" She said after she swallowed. "What is this?" She asked Holly. Her brother jumped in before she could answer and replied with "Magic." his face as straight as a board.
"Magic?" She asked Holly didn't respond she wanted to hear what he was going to say, she'd never heard if it being called magic before.
"Yes, Magic. It turns zombified people into functioning adults." He said with a smirk.
"Oh Mearth!" Holly said with a groan. She looked at Miranda and said, "It's called coffee and it comes in a bunch of different flavors."
"Oh! Well it's very good. I like it." Miranda lifted her mug again, mocked a cheers and took another drink. She finished her first mug just as their food arrived. Waffles and syrup with an assortment of fruit were their morning treat. Miranda devoured her meal with gusto, never in her life could she imagine that earth food, as disgusting as much of it looked could taste so divine. She had finished when she got the buzzing noise in her head.
"Orwell calling Miranda! Come in Sergeant!" She heard him loud and clear so connected as required.
"I'm here sir!" She waited for him to state why he was contacting her, but she assumed it was for the decent they'd make to purchase the items they needed to build more computers so Reach could continue with the project he was taking on.
"Miele escaped." The two words Miranda didn't want to hear. She gasped and then she heard both her parents "WHAT!?" All three of them were now in her head talking to Orwell who was confused to say the least.
"Who else is here?" He asked.
"Sorry sir. My parents Mork and Mindy." She made the introductions and waited to see what he'd say.
"Well this is an engaging situation if I do say so myself. Good Day Chief McConnell, I hope the afterlife sees you well." He spoke to her father like he was on a long term vacation.
"Commander." Mork replied. "What is this about Miele escaping? How the hell was this even possible?" Miranda could hear the venom in her father's calm voice and she was scared and he wasn't even alive to DO anything.
"Security isn't too sure how he managed to get out, there's a possibility he had help but again we're not sure and have no proof at this time. " Orwell then focused on Miranda. "He landed on earth about four hours ago. His last known trajectory gives us a plausible landing point, but it could be off as much as thirty miles. Miranda you need to be careful. If you come into contact with him you have the open orders to eliminate him if you deem it necessary." She waited to see what else was going to be said.
"The President mustn't know of this. It would just cause mass panic and it's not something that is necessary as Miele isn't a threat to anyone but you and I believe you're capable of dealing with him."
Orwell had more faith in her than she felt.
"You're not going to do anything to protect her?" Mork and Mindy both asked at the same time.
'Great, surround sound parents!' She thought out loud. "I can protect myself." She stated with indignation, her parents needed to believe in that more now than anything since neither of them could really do anything about it. They realized she was getting upset with them and quieted down.
"Sir I will do my duty as I am required, I will continue on with the mission I took on and if I come across Miele I will deal with that situation when it arises. I must return to my company before they miss me."
She bowed and tweaked her ears.
"Nanu-Nanu!" she signed off and returned to her table. She realized she had two sets of eyes staring at her.
'You OK sis?" Mearth asked his sister.
"Oh! Yes, I'm fine" She replied
"Ok, it's just you were staring off into outer space for a moment." Mearth was a bit worried but all she needed to do was clear up her brothers concerns and that was easy enough.
"I was talking to Orwell, he paged me."
"Oh OK! I was wondering what was going on I thought you might be going through another one of your fainting spells."
"I do not faint. I passed out from exhaustion." She clarified. She looked around and realized she needed to get back to her room she wanted to get more precise information on where Miele landed and just where about he'd be heading.
"We need to return to our room, Orwell and Reach will be joining us shortly for their purchase trip and I must escort them. You can either join us or stay with Holly if you wish." She needed to return to the room and this was the quickest way she could do it and she hated to exclude information from her brother but she needed to get to work quickly before Miele caused any problems.
"We'll head back now if you're commanding officer needs you." Holly said raising her hand and making Leo rush over to them.
"The food was divine Leo, excellent job as usual. My friends loved every bite" The siblings both nodded in agreement and she got the check from him and he walked away beaming. "All he needs is a compliment and he's happy for the day." She said chuckling as she walked to the cash register to pay for their order.
"Do you have enough mazuma?" Mearth asked Holly. Holly looked at him confused and asked, "What's that?" as she passed her card to Leo and he pressed buttons on a small box.
"Currency." He stated.
"OH! Yes, I do thanks for asking." She was learning something new all the time. "Here it's called Money, and we don't carry it on us, we keep it in a bank. We can take it out with a special card." She showed him hers once she was done.
Miranda noticed and said, "I watched this on a video mom had done. I know how those work Mearth if you want to learn about them later."
"Sure." He was quite pleased his sister learned so much even though he'd been here way more often then she had, things had changed and he too had much to learn and catch up on.
They left the restaurant and headed back to their hotel.
Meanwhile: Miele stepped out of his egg pod he'd hijacked and looked around the area he landed. He had aimed for Colorado City hoping to make it to Boulder; the place he knew Mindy and Mork use to live not realizing he had aimed too far to the left of the map and landed a full state away from his intended target.