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Old 08-18-2008, 01:12 PM
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New Fanfiction: DarkStar Chronicles Ch.1-4

DarkStar Chronicles Chapter 1: Genesis

"...I, VICTOR AUGUSTUS STELLIUS, Mayor of the City of Stella, hereby authorize the usage of the DarkStars, to be administered by the Department of Defence and Homeland Security, to any one individual who can successfully discover a way to use the unforeseen power of the DarkStars for the good of all of the people throughout these Stellian Planets. This agreement is cosigned by Joseph Gusta, President of the Stellian Nation, and under the agreement, all persons who can awaken the power of the DarkStars shall be granted a DDHS contract for the MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF SUCH DISCOVERY..."

I was afraid to send that proclamation away, for I knew very well the consequences it would bring. The next morning, I would probably receive calls from about tens of thousands of eager companies and groups who would want to enter the Golden Chamber and do whatever they would see fit with the DarkStars. If they were used in the wrong way, It could have effects that could bring the nation to war. On the other hand, the discoveries that can come out of this order would keep our ten planets prosperous, and I would never have to sleep at night worrying about possible war again. I had in my hands a advancement or a declaration of war. I just had to play my cards. Let me wait and see how strong my hand is...

I returned to my manor on the foothills outside of the city. This is my own personal sanctuary, where I could have some time to myself. I went immediately to my study and read some books. These were books that were written about the DarkStars, and of their counterparts, the LightStars. I had discovered the DarkStars one afternoon as I was about to leave for lunch. A large meteor fell from the sky and separated into 12 pieces. Each fell, one by one, in the backyard. I had noticed when I touched them I felt like I could lift a mountain and walk 100 miles without stopping. I wanted to know what was I feeling. To do this, I had to go see my good friend Joseph Gusta, Stellian National President. He had two sons that were senators. The oldest, Udak, was a respected man with a keen eye and a sharp mouth. Gudak, the youngest, was also respected by his peers, but his views on how to run the Nation rival that of his brother's, and both use the Senate floor as their own personal battlefield. Sometimes their father had to calm down both before the quarrels got out of hand. When I visited Joseph that afternoon, both Udak and Gudak were away on business, and I immediately was granted an audience.
"Victor, my good friend," he said as he hugged me. "What is the matter? You look kind of pale today."
"Well, friend, the reason I am here is because of a discovery I had found in my backyard."
Joseph laughed all of a sudden. I couldn't blame him. I was known for my wild notions and crazy discoveries. I became the laughingstock of the Nation when at least one word got out. But this time I wasn't joking.
"What is it this time, Victor?" he finally said as he calmed himself down. "Another bowl of waxed money?"
"No, it is not," I said firmly. I then told him all that I saw leading to that point. And Joseph would not let me omit one word. After I was done, he was speechless. After a long period of silence, he said, "Where are these meteor pieces now?"
"At my basement, Joseph, kept under glass."
Joseph looked at me briefly, stared into the ceiling for a few minutes and then said, "Well, Victor, you better go back and fetch the pieces and get them ready. Tomorrow morning I will present the pieces to my cabinet."
I looked sternly and said, "I can't do that, Joseph. You know perfectly well I can't be in the same room as Mary for 30 minutes without her crying false at my face."
"Mary, my wife, is no longer here," Joseph reassured me. "Two weeks ago she received a letter from my sister Quanisha, which informed of the passing of Vice President Sivad. She has gone to the funeral at Lunia, and she won't return for another two years." Joseph looked at me very compassionately and then said, "Victor, if these pieces are what you say they are, then I think we have stumbled upon an amazing power source. I can't wait to see these pieces myself."

Thus was the reason for the proclamation. After the cabinet minus Mary Gusta, who was Secretary of Commerce and Industry, looked at the pieces, they moved that Joseph saw to the protection of them. So he cosigned the proclamation, which he gave me exclusive powers to approve or decline the requests I see fit. The Cabinet knew that a lot of shady business would come out and use the pieces to further corporate goals, not the greater good of the people. When Udak and Gudak returned, they came to my downtown office and asked to see the pieces. I told them that they were kept safe in my office vault and I was told by their father not to see them. They were persistent, so I showed them the proof, in their father's handwriting. The brothers then asked if I had made photographs of the pieces. I said now that I can show them. I tried to find the negatives that Joseph made during the showing of the pieces to the Cabinet. After I found them, I gave it to them. They were amazed, to say the least. Next, Udak asked, "Mr. Stellius, has the pieces been examined yet?"
I thought that was a typical question. "No, Udak," I answered. "Your father asked someone to try to examine the pieces, but when he touched one, it exploded. The examiner was left with third-degree burns on his right hand, but he was alive."
"So, it must have had some kind of protection devise installed in them," Gudak observed. "But why does it act that way, Mr. Stellius? Have you been able to figure it out?"
"I am afraid not, Gudak. The pieces seem to have a mind of own."
After the brothers' assurance that they would not disclose what have been said to the Senate, they left, not before Udak saying that he and Gudak will hope for the best. As soon as they left, I have received a call from my secretary, informing me that the first request has been delivered and that two gentlemen wanted to see me. Of course, I was a little worried about the fear about business using the pieces to further corporate goals, but I told her to let them in. As they opened the door, I was amazed. They wore suits of the finest caliber, and in both of their hands held a lengthy presentation.
"Good morning, gentlemen," I said.
The man on the left spoke first. "Mayor Stellius, we represent Sasusaku Robotics, which is located in Stellviasia. We have heard from our Stellia office that you found pieces, which are probably a great power source. Our request is that we would like to use these pieces to power a new series of fighting robots we are in the process of testing."
I was intrigued. "Tell me more."
"These robots, Mayor Stellius," the man on my right said, "were designed to take on the shape of humans, but that is their outside appearance. Once in combat mode, they assume the bodies of dragons. We had designed them to be superior in fighting skills. The only thing missing is a source needed to convert the robots from humans to dragons, and so on. That is why we came to you, Mayor Stellius."
The conversation continued for at least two more hours or so, as the men talked about why they chose robots as the recipients of the pieces. I told them that was all I needed to know, and that I should call them within a week or so...
I explained it all in a letter to the Gustas:

This company, Sasusaku Robotics, is hoping to use the pieces to power a series of humanoids that are in the testing stages. Two Sasusaku representatives paid me a visit yesterday. I got to see the blueprints, what the robots would do for the betterment of all of the people. It was truly a remarkable presentation...
Still, I can't get off of my mind the emotions I am feeling as I am writing this letter. Should I or shouldn't I? I realize that if I let them use the pieces for their robots, I would feel like I would bring a royal flush to the rest of the Stellian people. Still something distresses me. I have yet to see how these robots would change our lives...

The next day I received a reply from Udak and Gudak. They instructed me to refer Sasusaku Robotics to the Senate Committee on Corporate Interests in Government, which they co-chaired. I called the president of Sasusaku, a man named Paul Fieldbrook, that they are to be present before the committee at the Capitol Building, 1200 Hayate Ave.

I was present at the Light Room during the hearings. Fieldbrook gave a wonderful presentation. He stated that there was twelve humanoids currently in experimentation and waiting the word to use the pieces. Fieldbrook explained to play it safe, 6 of the humanoids will have a lower dose of the radiation from the pieces, and the other 6 will get higher doses. He explained that by doing it this way, it would eliminate the probability of all of them being too arrogant in their newfound powers. Fieldbrook named the models who will be getting the weaker doses: M-153, codenamed Shii; J-85, codenamed Vicka; R-87, codenamed Shiambi; T-350, codenamed Vistania; and A-182, codenamed Evonus. When Gudak asked which models will get the higher doses, Fieldbrook declined, saying that the test results must determine if they are worthy candidates. Udak arranged for another hearing before rendering their decision. The second hearing will take place in two weeks, he told Fieldbrook, so be prepared for then.
After the Sasusaku people left, the Gusta brothers invited me to their office.
"Can you belive this?" Udak complained.
"I smell something fishy here, Mr. Stellius," Gudak said. "These people don't want to get all of the humanoids arrogant, so why tell us the names of the more powerful models?"
"Gudak, I think that Mr. Fieldbrook has something to hide. He must have a superior that pulling all the strings."
"Mr. Stellius, I think you're right here," Udak said. "Gudak, remember that lengthy report Mom made about Sasusaku Robotics?"
"Yeah, why didn't we bring it to the hearing? I'll go get it." Gudak rummaged through his desk and pulled out a brown vanilla envelope. "Here it is. the DCI report on Sasusaku Robotics, Inc."
Gudak emptied the contents. "Sasusaku is a relatively new company, founded less that two and a half years ago. Its parent, Martin Technology, is one the most successful companies in the Nation. But MartTech's founder, Julius A. Martin, is a puppet master, and a damn good one. He doesn't care about the physical and emotional well-being of all who work for him; he mearly sees all his employees as tools, lackeys."
"Did we know that Martin's behind all this?"
Suddenly a knock on the door. "Senators Gusta?" It was their assistant, Victoria Darki, a beautiful woman with black hair.
"Yes, Vicki, what is it?" Udak said.
"Here is the probe report from the SBI on MarkTech." She handed Udak another vanilla envelope.
"Thank you, Vicki." She left with all her grace.
"Mr. Stellius, you can stop making sheep's eyes now," Gudak said.
"Sheep's eyes? Come on, Gudak-"
"Just admit it, Mr. Stellius! You have a crush on Vicki!" Udak persisted.
I shrugged them off, telling them that I don't have a crush on Vicki. I lied. Udak returned to his desk with the manilla envelope. He opened it and out came a CD.
"Pop this in the boom box for me, Mr. Stellius," he asked. I did and hit play. What I heard I will never forget:

"Paul, it's Julius."
"Yes, sir, what can I do for you?"
"I heard you approached Stellius with a request to use that new power source he discovered. Good work, Paul. Couldn't have done it better myself."
"Thank you, sir."
"By the way, Paul, how is the status of the new humanoids?"
"One of them seems to act rebellious, sir. We've tried to reform him, but to no avail, we have to cut him off."
"Well, that's 1 down, and 12 to go. How are those?"
"Well, sir, the 12 we got are operating under full parameters, and should be as powerful as they are in three years, provided we get the nod from Mr. Stellius to use the pieces."
"Need I remind you, Paul, that I've got a lot riding under this venture?"
"Yes, I do, sir."
"And that what happens to people who fail me?"
"Yes, I do, sir."
"Then please don't let me down, Paul. I mean, when you have to see the Gustas tomorrow."
"I won't, sir."
"Good, Paul. I'm counting on you."

"Hardly a smoking gun," I commented.
"But that's it!" Gudak shouted. "This wasn't the first time Martin tried to play the system. Three years ago he set up a phony company to win a DCI contract for business loan regulation. Mom got fishy when she noticed that only Martin's friends got preferential treatment when everyone else complained of quick and speedy denials for no apparent reason. She got digging, but before she can blow the whistle, Martin sold the company and the contact. He kept all of the profits he gained through his crazy scheme. I am not going to let Marting pull the wool over our eyes this time!" Furious, Gudak reached for his office phone. "Get Ross in our office, NOW!" he screamed before slamming the receiver.

DarkStar Chronicles Chapter 2: Discovery

In a few minutes, Carl D. Ross, director of the Stellian Bureau of Investivgation was before Udak and Gudak in their legislative offices. Udak told him right off the bat, "Did you gather any dirt on Martin that we should know about?"
Ross shook his head and said simply, "No, Senator Gusta."
"Well then, you have to ask your men to step it up," said Gudak sternly, "Because we have a conversation between Martin and Fieldbrook talking some kind of top-secret plan!"
I hit play on the boom box, and Ross listened what I listened to just a few moments ago. Ross looked at me and said, "Mr. Stellius, when did Fieldbrook last spoke with you?"
"Last week, at my office," I recalled. "But he was with another man."
"Then that second man could tell us what in the blue heck Martin's got up his sleeve. Ain't nothing that a little supoena woudn't fix."
"Just a moment, Carl," said Udak. "Martin might be on to us right now. His manipulation runs deep. Even the purest of hearts can believe his lies. I'm very certain that he may have planted a bug to listen in right now. We just don't know where it is."
I noticed a small red light blinking in the wall where Gudak was standing. I got Udak's attention. "Do you see the red light that's blinking above your brother's head?"
Udak soon saw it. He told Gudak to take cover, smashed his fist into the wall, and reached into the hole. Soon he found what appeared to be reminants of a mini camera. "Like I said, Carl," he said as he tossed the battered camera away, "Martin would do anything, and darn it, I MEAN EVERYTHING to make sure we issue a blank check for the pieces. But if me, Gudak, and Mr. Stellius have our way, Martin would lose this breadwinning contract. Now, Carl, I want to keep looking at the tax returns, financial statements, balance sheets, everything that proves that Martin's really dishing out robots."
"Robots? What robots?"
Gudak handed Ross the blueprints of the weaker models given to me by Fieldbrook. "These robots!" he said.
"I have seen these blueprints before. I was digging around some files, until I have a CD-ROM. When I loaded it, it had the same blueprints along with the schematics. The ones you gave me, Gudak, these are six robots. The file I read shows a series of tweve robots. Did Fieldbrook said anything about that?"
"No, he didn't reveal the names of the more stronger models," I said. "All Fieldbrook can tell us is that he will reveal the stronger models during the hearing in two weeks."
"Which means, Carl," said Udak, "You have to step it up a little bit. Martin's been throwing his weight around for too long. We need to stop his free ride."
"I will try, Senator Gusta. Good day to you both, and to you also, Mr. Stellius." and he left with a smile on his face.
"Nice guy," I said.
"Yeah. A little too nice," Gudak concurred.

I returned to Stellius Manor around 6:00 that night. I saw a note taped to my door. I took the note and then went inside. Afer I had sat in my chair, I read the note.

Want to know the real truth about Julius A. Martin? Come to the Seka Dragosian Arts School at dawn. Bring two with you, but no one else.

Genoas Samus

I immediately called Gudak's private line and left a message. Around 8:57 he and Udak came to the Manor to speak with me. I showed them the note. Gudak said right now he needed all the dirt on Martin he can get. So he and Udak agreed to accompany me to the Seka School. That night I recieved a call from Joseph. He told me that my former assistant and good friend John Hikaru wanted to see me when I returned. I wrote a note about the appointment and sticked it to my desk. I then went to bed.

The Seka School is located in the foothills outside of Stellia, in the Galational Mountains. It took a lot of manpower to actally get to the school. Gudak, Udak, and myself started at the foothills, where my house is located. We then went through three major stages to reach the Seka School, which is on the third stage. The font door was right in front of us. I knocked on the door. A young student opened. I introduced myself, and said that I had an appointment with Genoas-sensei. She directed us to the main study room, and told us to wait for a few minutes while she lets him know we're here. We talked to each other until a old man appeared before us. He is in an yellow robe, with a walking stick in his right hand, and a file folder clutched in his left hand.
"Genoas Samus, I presume?" I asked.
"You are right. I am Genoas."
"Please me my two associates, Senator Udak Gusta of the Ninetieth District, and his elder brother Gudak, Senator of the One Hundred Seventh District. They have come seeking the truth as well."
"I know why they have come with you, Mayor Stellius," Genoas said. "The question is, can you handle what I am about to tell you?"
"We are prepared," Gudak said. "Please begin, Genoas-sensei."
Genoas sat down and told his tale:

This is the story of Julius A. Martin, and how he became the cold and heartless creature that he is today. I know, because I trained him 10 years ago. When Julius came to Seka seeking the Dragosian Arts, He was a gentler, kinder sprit. He got accostomed to the Seka way very quickly. He became friends with most of the other students. One day, he came to me with an curious question. "Genoas-sensei," he asked, "Why is that that most of the friends I left back at Stellia, rich people like me, call you a liar and radical?"
It was truly odd, because no student ever asked that question. As I was looking for a way to explain, I remembered another student, John D. Hikaru, who asked me a similar question. So I explained it to Julius the way I told John: "My student, you may have had a priviliged life, but as for me and the rest of the student body, times were tough. Your friends shrug me off, saying behind my back, 'How can a poor man teach me how to live my life? That is nonsense!' so they view me as a radical because they had not heard me speak. Their souls are willing, but their minds are not." Julius has a sense of renewal and calmness. He told me that his parents will send him to business school once he was back in Stellia. But he told me he would not forget what I had just taught him. Julius continued to be a model student. He also met a young woman, Patti Persias, while he was here. Patti soon confided to me that it was love at first sight. The two would soon be all around campus, and everybody wished them well. It was then time for Julius to leave the School. He gave Patti his house address and his phone number, and told her to call if she had the chance. She called during classes, and at night, when everybody was asleep. Soon Patti graduated and the first she did on the outside was see Julius. He loved her even more. But because of her family's backgorund, Julius's family wouldn't want anything to do with her.

DarkStar Chronicles Chapter 3 - Lunch With a Puppet Master

Genoas continued with his story:

Patti loved Julius with all of his heart, but Julius's family deemed her unworthy of marrying him. Julius was angry with his family, and against their wishes, married Patti anyway. He and Patti lived happily for a time, even brought a daughter, Carmen, into the world. At this time, he was in his basement working on a top-secret robotic project. Soon he lacked the funds needed to proceed, so he asked his friend, Paul Fieldbrook, to advance him the money. But Paul was persistent. So he made a deal: if the robot succeeded, then Paul would get the position of president in Sasusaku Robotics, Inc. Paul accepted, and the robots was successful. Paul got the president job, and he was making money hand over fist. But all of that came crashing down. Paul's son Cecil soon fell in love with Carmen. Carmen rejected his advances, so Cecil told his father. When Julius heard about it, he asked Carmen to at least bring Cecil in for a date. Carmen agreed, and the date was slated for the following week. Carmen then called Paul, told him that she loved him, and for the next three days, begun to hatch a plan to embarrass her father. When the night of the date came, Julius thought this would be a way to calm both Paul and Cecil down and make Carmen love Cecil at the same time. But Carmen announced that she was pregnant with Cecil's baby. That sent Julius to a rage, cursing father and son outright. Paul and Cecil struck back, and a fight ensured. Carmen and Cecil left after the end of it all, laughing all the way to the car. Julius was more than ticked, so he put Carmen off his will and even said to the press, "She's no daughter of mine. I have no girl." This got Carmen very angry, and this led to a bitter father-daughter relationship that lasts to this day. Because of this, Julius felt that he can trust nobody, thus led to a dramatic change in him. He is now the opposite of what he didn't want to become - a cold, ruthless, heartless human being who only purpose is destroy happiness, anyone's happiness.

As soon as Genoas was finished, Gudak, Udak, and myself were shocked. How can one woman, I though, turn a man's colors from green to gray? How can she do a thing like that to her father? If Carmen can break his heart, then surely she has the power to make amends. I asked Genoas if he knew where Carmen was. Genoas told me that Carmen is currently a student, and she just about to head to her next class. That was the opportunity I was hoping. I instructed Genoas to inform Carmen that three very important men wanted to see her, and I gave him the address to the Harunus Legislative Building, where the Gustas have their office at. Before we left Genoas asked us, "The girl has been through a lot, Mayor Stellius. I must ask that you go easy on her."
I gave my word. But I warned him that if she can't give me straight answers, I have no choice but become a ruthless interrogator. Genoas understood, and called for two students to escort us to the exit.

I returned to the Manor a hour later after discussing a battle plan on how to deal with Carmen with the Gustas. I suddenly noticed that there was a envelope taped to the door. It had Sasusaku Robotics' return address on the front, and inside was a letter from Paul Fieldbrook, the president. it read,

Mayor Stellius,

I do not know when you have recieved this letter, but I have some a confession to make. The explanation that I gave to the Gustas was not the entire truth. There are actually 13 robots in the series, the thirteenth made at Mr. Martin's request. The model is S-703, and bears the codename of "Imperium." Mr. Martin wanted Imperium to have more radiation than all of the other humanoids. When I asked Mr. Martin of the purpose of Imperium, he told me that it was just a precautionary measure, in case all go insane and drunk on power. He does not offer an explanation as to why Imperium will be more powerful than all twelve. Mr. Martin originally wanted me to send this letter to inform you of a lunch arrangement on the coming Friday, but I wanted to tell you all I know about Imperium. Only you and the Gustas know this information, and for right now, that's how I want it to stay.
I shall be in touch.

Paul Fieldbrook

I quickly stuffed the letter into my vault and went into an influx of emotion. Was Fieldbrook really telling the truth, or was this another one of Martin's bold-faced lies?

The next day John Hikaru came to see me. He said that Carmen G. Martin had started a robotics business of her own, appropriately named Narusaku. The business was started by a large cash donation by Paul Fieldbrook, which supports his story that he has distanced himself from his boss. Carmen had made plans to buy the Robots from her father, yet the negotiations are going nowhere at this moment. But Carmen wants to show her father that she can do business by herself, which greatly impressed me. Before he left, John left me a hand-written note from Carmen, informing me to come to the Narusaku headquarters at 1261 Harunus Court at my earliest convenience. She also told me to bring two members of the Legislature with me. I called the Gustas, telling them to come to the Manor immediately.

1261 Harunus Court was a relatively old building with the smell of renovation. Gudak and Udak advised me that they still don't know what we are getting ourselves into, but I assured them there would be no surprises, at least for now.
"Ms. Martin is currently busy right now," said the secretary as we stated our business. "If you can wait here, I will inform her that you are here." She vanished between golden-painted double doors, which I assumed was the entrance to Carmen's spacious office. I had noticed that the office was very beautiful. According to Udak, their office was done the same way.
"Ms. Martin will see you now."
We entered pass the double doors. We walked into a narrow hall and another set of double doors. We opened them, and the most beautiful office I had ever seen was behind me. And I saw her.
She was lovely, with red hair and sapphire-blue eyes. She has a shapely figure. and her grace and charm is normal of a young woman at the age of 23.
"Mayor Stellius, Senators Gusta, please come in and sit down." Her voice complements here beauty.
As we sat down Carmen began to look at us suspisiously. Finally she said, "I am sure you have plenty questions. I cannot promise you I will have a logical answer for all, but please ask them."
"This is my question," Gudak said. "Why did you deceive your father like this?"
"I was hoping you would ask that first," she said. "I understand you know all too well about my father's attempts to use the DarkStars for some humanoids he has built. But I am sure that the robots are just a cover."
"What are you-"
"You see, Senator Gusta, my father, Julius A. Martin, is a power-hungry businessman. He will do anything short of murder to accomplish his goals. I am well aware of the use to which my father put Sasusaku Robotics. He pays his friends and cronies by that name, and by some way Paul let this little fact slip when he wrote to you two days ago."
"How power-hungry?" Gudak asked.
"He tried to eliminate his closest business opponent to gain a foothold on the government's new contracts for robotic work."
Who is the closest competitor?"
"Me, Mayor Stellius."
I was shocked.
"The reason that most of Sasusaku's products never make to the assembly plant," Carmen went on, "is that my father always wants something that can give him the leg up on his business ventures. Such as the case with these humanoid robots he is claiming to test right now. I am not a very good businesswoman with a sharp intellect, but all I know is that Dad is hiding something with the production of the robots."
"You think so, huh?" said Gudak.
"I do not think so, Senator Gusta, but I know," said Carmen. "Which is why I have summoned you here. I want you to know that I have just acquired the humanoids from my father, and I intend to give you free access to the robots for you approval."

DarkStar Chronicles Chapter 4: Anger?

Carmen Martin, in control of the DarkStar Humanoids?
It was hard to believe. Still, I regret to be her father right now. He must be pretty angry. But for the moment, I didn't care. Neither did the Gustas. Carmen owns the robots now, and knowing that the production will come from Narusaku Robotics instead of Sasusaku Robotics was a game-changer and a blessing for the whole Stellian Nation. Gudak went into the hall to call Joseph and tell him the good news, while Udak and I continued to listen.
"You see, Mayor Stellius," Carmen said, "I don't like my father very well. I have always suspected that he will be using these robots to gain further control of the Stellian Government. I will not have it. Angry he will, but I really don't care. The good of the people is far greater than the good of one person. I will give you the blueprints to all six robots, including Imperium. If you want any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am at your disposal."

"Today, I am here to make a major announcement," I said at the podium at the Mayor's Office Building the next day. "I have decided to award the DarkStar contract to Ms. Carmen Martin of Narusaku Robotics. I am positive that Ms. Martin will provide something that will make the Stellian People very happy."
I was very excited about the acquisition, but I had to wonder what is her father feeling right now. I must be pretty worried that what her father is spitting venom right now. He must be heading to the media room, ready to report that nitwit of a Mayor of Stellia by the name of Victor Stellius...
"Oh, Mayor Stellius."
Oh, great. "Hello, Jane."
A lovely but slightly madcap girl of nineteen, Jane Yanders is my secretary. She is efficient, prompt, and kind, but I have heard that she lives a double life. Jane had just been with me for about two months now. She rarely talks about her life with me, even though how many times I try I ask her. I know that her mother and father are two of the most successful bakers in the region. Jane does not want to be associated with her wealthy parents, but she depends on them every so often. Today I had assigned Jane to write the press release announcing the awarding of the DarkStar Contract to Carmen Martin. She has finished that, and now she is talking to me.
"It was so dreadfully hot today, isn't it? I had nearly sweated getting here."
"Well, Jane," I said, "Sometimes the heat has a different effect on people. For some, it can be refreshing, like they experience it every day. For some, it can be difficult to even do the simplest things. So, for an definite answer, Jane, then you should consult your mind."
"Thanks, Mayor Stellius." She often praises me for my intelligence.
"I have a lot of things to do, Jane. Please excuse me."
I went out of my office and out the door. I had barely walked three feet when Julius A. Martin pulled up in his white limousine and dragged me inside.
"WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?!?" I can tell that he was pretty angry.
I tried to be as calm about it as possible. "Mr. Martin, I feel your pain, but the deal is done-"
"Mr. Martin, that woman is your daughter!"
"I HAVE NO DAUGHTER, MAYOR STELLIUS!" he roared. "My daughter died in a ship crash two years ago!"
"I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER WORD!" I shouted back. I told the driver to stop. Then I said, "You may believe that all you want, Mr. Martin. But that dose not sit with me. That is your daughter you are bringing down, my friend. And I suggest that if you don't want to lose your business license here, then you will find some way to work together. She's got the contract, you don't, SO PLEASE GET THAT INTO YOUR THICK HEAD!!!"
As I was about to leave, Martin said, "Your secretary, she's a nice girl, right?"
I approached him again and said sternly, "You leave Jane alone, you hear me?"
"I am not going to do anything with Ms. Yanders," he said. "But there are a few men who will if you're not careful."

Although I have not taken Martin's warning seriously, I did feel concerned for Jane's safety. I contacted Mr. Yanders at the Stellian National Bank. I informed him that I have reason to believe that Jane may be in danger and had advised him to exercise extreme caution. Mr. Yanders was a little skeptical at first, but he never doubted me. He told me that He will be keeping an eye on Jane henceforth.

Jane continued to come to work, now she is surrounded by a swarm of Stellia Police. I had told her the truth - that Julius Martin resorted to his usual dirty business tactics and used intimidation to get what he desires. Carmen soon found out about her father's latest scheme, so she had her take residence at her townhouse until further notice. It seemed that everything was under control and that Julius's threats will never come to fruition. One night I paid a call to Carmen's townhouse to watch over Jane. She was playing a challenging game of poker with one of Carmen's executives, who was also there. I joined the game and lost about half of my salary in the process to Jane. I seem to have taken a back seat to Jane, because she was happy to see me, all the while reminding me that I have a job to do, and that was to protect her. That was all the motivation I ever needed. We went to bed around midnight; Carmen and I took shifts to stand guard in the guest room, where Jane slept.
Suddenly during Carmen's shift, I noticed a faint noise coming from outside of the house. I paid no attention to it, assuming that it was the cool summer breeze. My shift came 15 minutes later. While I was on a chair facing the guest room, I heard the same weird noise. I immediately took my Dragosian Sword, which I called Ichikaga, and went outside to investigate. I noticed that there was two red rods tied to some wire. I did not know what this means, but my instinct was going off. But I saw no real threat that two sticks and some wire can cause. That was until I touched them. Then I heard five distant beeps. The last beep signaled like a stopwatch. Before I knew it, an explosion occurred right in front of me. I was hurled fifty feet to a balcony of the house. I had burns on my face and hands. But then I heard screams from the guest room. Jane must be in danger! I grabbed Ichikaga and busted through the door. It was then I saw a figure in a black suit and wielding a sword with a serrated edge, and the shield he was defending himself with must have been made of iron. I confronted the man. "Stop! What do you want?"
The man looked at me and said, "Do not stop me, Mayor Victor Stellius. I am here to perform my mission."
"And just what exactly is that mission, sir?" I said through clenched teeth.
There was silence for a moment, then, "The execution of Jane Yanders."
"WHO SENT YOU?!?" I yelled.
"That is confidential. I cannot disclose that information, Mayor Stellius."
"Nobody attacks a citizen of Stellia without a fight!" I charged at him with Ichikaga and began the sword fight. The unknown man was the better swordsman, but I was putting a fight. I slashed at him. I cut his right arm deep. But I never saw blood. instead I saw circuitry. I knew right away. This was one of the DarkStar Humanoids. But which model? As I was still fighting him, I began to look for a model number. While I was, he had slashed my arms and my chest. I was losing blood fast. I had to find that model number! But I was quickly losing strength. I cannot fight him forever!
And there on the right hand of his black coat, stood the numbers S-703 in gold letters. I could not believe it. I was fighting the strongest of all the humanoids - IMPERIUM!
Now I know I had to keep my post. Gathering the strength I can muster, I aimed Ichikaga at his heart. He went to the floor. I checked him, then Imperium jumped a slashed my neck. At this point I was about to faint from a massive loss of blood. As Imperium was fighting, I noticed a crown on his head. This was one of the tools manufactured by Sasusaku Robotics. Now I know what had occurred, but now wasn't the time to think about it, As Imperium was about to finish me off. He had slashed my back as I thought, and defeat was imminent. As I tried to attack, Imperium gave three critical blows blows, and I was on the floor. Imperum came to me and said, "How do you think of my Super Imperium Sword V2, Mayor Stellius? Julius had it custom-made, just for me."
I has choking on my own blood as Imperium went on. "You thought that you can defeat me? Well, Mayor Stellius, You were incorrect. No man on this Nation can stand twelve minutes with me, let alone 5. Julius knew that you are conspiring with his daughter to steal me away and the others. Now I have proven, beyond all reasonable doubt, THAT NO MAN OWNS IMPERIUM!!"
"Julius Martin does own you, my friend," I said while still coughing up blood. " If he does not, like you so claim, then can you tell me why did he sent you here? Because he wanted Jane dead to send a message to me. That's who owns you - nothing more but a desperate man!"
"SILENCE!" Imperium roared. "Yes, my mission is to kill Ms. Yanders, but I had decided to kill you instead." Imperium took SIS V2 and placed the tip at my throat. "Say goodbye, Mayor Stellius."
Then I heard a gun fire. Imperium clutched his heart. He just smiled at me, then he lost his grip on his own sword and fell to the floor.
"It is over, Mayor Stellius." The shapely figure of Jane Yanders looked at me, holding a Asasuki-1 disruptor and looking passionately at me. "I am sorry that this had to be the end of it all."
This is a wrong way to present myself to a woman, I thought. Here I am, with cuts all around my body, and there was Jane, fully clothed. Why was I thinking this right now?
Jane must have sensed it. She came right to me, grabbed my hands, and helped me up. I leaned on her chest the whole time. She helped me into the guest room, where she put me on the bed and then attended to my wounds. It must have took about three hours. I had lost about 2 pints of blood, so I couldn't keep track of the time. But I knew I was in safe hands. Jane went to fetch more water for my wounds. She saw the pool of my blood on the floor and she noticed something astonishing - the body of Imperium was gone.

The Gustas and Jane's parents arrived the next morning. Jane told the story over and over again - the night of happiness, the disturbance on my shift, the fight with Imperium, omitting only Imperium's tragic demise. Udak and Gudak were making calls to the National Police when Udak came to me and said, "Mr. Stellius, you have a job to do. But the doctors say you can't perform that job for the next three months."
"We all know he can't do the job," Mr. Yanders said in the background.
"But where are we going to find an acting mayor? That dedicated, this tough."
"Hey, Sentor Gusta, I have an idea," Mrs. Yanders said. "The perfect acting mayor is right here."
"Mom, what are talking-"
"I mean you, Jane," she said.
Jane was kind of shocked. "ME? Filling in for Victor Stellius?"
"Why not?" Udak said."
"Now, come on, Senator Gusta. I can't be mayor for three months, let alone two weeks!"
"He has a point, Jane," Gudak explained. "Under the City Constitution, the Administrative Assistant to the Mayor must assume the position of Acting Mayor if the current Mayor is deemed medically impossible to perform his duties. You are the Administrative Assistant, Jane, so you automatically became Acting Mayor last night, when Mr. Stellius fought Imperium and lost a lot of blood in the process."
"I can't do it, Senator Gusta," persisted Jane. "Go find someone-"
"Jane, why must you run away from all of this?" her father asked. "You are a Yanders. But you are also a Stellian Citizen. You must perform your civic duty."
Jane sat down and tried to absorb all of this. I was still in bed, unable to find the words that can encourage her. But suddenly I called out Jane. She responded immediately. I was still trying to find words. Success! I found the words: "Jane, you were the target of the attack by Imperium."
Everybody gasped. "Julius Martin ordered Imperium to finish you off. But he spared you, and decided on killing me instead. That is why you must take my job. To make Julius Martin pay dearly." Jane was about to say something, but I put my bloody hand to her mouth. "No, please don't argue anymore, Jane. Take the oath. Make Martin sorry."
That was all she needed. She was administered the oath by Udak, while her father held the City Code. It was truly an amazing experience.

Jane left a few hours later with 50 National Police Officers. She followed them to the office of Sasusaku Robotics and told 25 of the troops to wait outside. She took the remaining troops inside where Martin was in a business meeting. I wished I was there to see the look on his face.
"Ms. Yanders," He said. "What can I do for you today?"
"As the Acting Mayor of the City of Stellia," Jane said through her angry face, "It is my duty to inform you, Julius A. Martin, that you are under arrest for the attempted murder of Mayor Victor C. Stellius."
"Officers, please do your job!"
Martin reached for his gun, but too late. He was cornered. He cannot run. I would truly love to see him rot in jail. I would really love to. He tried to end my life. Now he is getting what he deserves.
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Thanks for posting

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Hello joe2008

First of all, welcome to I hope you have fun posting here If you have any difficulties or issues, don't hesitate to contact one of us.

Secondly, wow! That story is long I haven't read it, yet, but it is on my list.
Is it an original story? Or which fandom is it from? Which are the characters? Can you outline the story a bit?

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I was wondering that too, Lynn. I'm not familiar with the fandom if it is from one. Or is it original?
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