As Steven approached the Colonel, a soldier called the colonel over to see his monitor.
"Sir, the targets appear to be learning. They are decimating our aircraft!"
"Tell all remaining aircraft to fall back!"
Suddenly, the attack ceased.
"Mommy is it over?"
"I don't know, Sweetie, but I hope so."
"I feel funny again."
A few days after his birthday, Jadan had told his parents that he felt funny. Nia had asked him if it was funny in a good way or in a bad way. He'd told her that he didn't know yet. Steven had asked him if he felt any pain. Jadan had said that he didn't feel any pain, but he couldn't explain what he meant by "funny."
So they had jokingly told him that it was probably just his body adjusting to being a big boy now! They had told him to let them know if something happened that bothered him. They weren't really concerned then, but Nia was a bit concerned now that Jadan mentioned it again. However, she hoped that this time it was because he hadn't eaten dinner. They had been told to help themselves to anything that they would like in the breakroom.
"I'll make you a sandwich."
Nia made him a sandwich, and Jadan ate it hungrily. She smiled seeing how much he was enjoying it. Hopefully, he would be okay now.
A soldier came over to Steven and introduced herself.
"I'm Major Amanda Simpson. I'm glad to see that you and your family made it here safely."
Amanda looked at Steven curiously. He and his family seemed to be very important to Agent Roberts. Agent Roberts was a part of the government task force trying to find a solution to the mutant problem. Amanda was an astrophysicist and had been reassigned to lend her expertise to the task force. She was supposed to begin her new assignment the following week, but the events of today had changed all of that.
"Thank you, Major. I'm Steven Romano."
Colonel Reagan called her over. "We have the images you requested." She quickly excused herself from Steven.
Amanda sat down and studied the images on her monitor. They were images of the alien's downed crafts.
Colonel Reagan went over to Steven.
"I'm sorry, Mr. Romano, but I don't have time for pleasantries. I have orders to ensure the safety of you and your family."
He called to an airman.
"Airman Roberts take Mr. Romano and his family to some quarters in the bunker."
"Colonel, I appreciate your efforts, but I need to know what is going on!"
Before the Colonel could answer, the communications officer requested that he come over to his station. They had received a message from NORAD, and then all of their communications systems had gone out. He started reading the last messages received to the Colonel.
"Sir, all of the mutants worldwide have disappeared. It is believed that the alien aircraft have taken them."
The communication's officer paled.
"Out with it airman!"
"Sir, the enemy decapitated us worldwide in one blow. Even our secondary systems of communication have been wiped out. I don't know if there are any other survivors."
"Are our communication systems here at the base still intact?"
"No sir. The radio system has also been interrupted. I'm working to restore it and the satellite system now. I do have another message that I received internally before the interruption. It is from Airman Briggs stating that our families have made it safely into the bunker and the entrance is sealed."
The Colonel relayed the message to the others in the room and those who had families breathed a collective sigh of relief. The relief was only momentary. Just as the airman got the hookup to the satellite re-established, the large tactical screen lit up! It showed many aircraft converging on their location. The lights blinked off for a few moments and then came back on again.
An airman rushed into the room!
"Colonel! The entrance has been breached!"
A few hours after the airman's announcement, the battle was still raging! The colonel had ordered that the weapons locker be opened, and now even Steven and Nia were armed. The base had suffered heavy casualties and human lives were still being lost.
Amanda found the Colonel. "Sir, the adiabatic conductor in the absorptance system of the extraterrestrial crafts could be changed with an afocal lense if I can get through the crafts acoustic shielding."
"Once again and in English this time, Major!"
"Sorry Sir! I found a weakness in the crafts. Jenkins and I have rigged together an afocal lense to use as a weapon. Permission to take a team to the surface to test it, Sir?"
"Permission granted! And Amanda, be careful!"
The Romanos were still in Central Command because it was still one of the most heavily fortified areas in the bunker. The part of the bunker where the families of the base personnel were being housed had been sealed and blocked as soon as the bunker had been breached by the enemy. So the Romanos had remained in the safety of the Command Center.
Steven volunteered to join the group going to test the weapon. He felt that he had to do something to ensure his family's longterm safety.
He hugged and kissed his family quickly. Nia didn't want him to go, but she understood why he felt the need to do so.
However, there were still aliens inside the bunker engaged in a vicious battle with the military troops who were struggling to survive and protect their families.
They fought their way back inside the bunker and back to Command. Nia and Jadan were relieved that Steven had made it back to them safely. The communication's officer broadcasted a message about the weapon and how to build it. They had no idea if there were any other survivors to hear it.
The fighting reached the Communication's Center.
They were low on ammo and many of the base personnel were dead or seriously injured.
Nia and Steven placed their children between the two of them. Jadan called urgently to Nia, and she knelt down to him. Nia's eyes widened in shock!
Jadan's eyes had changed into that of the aliens who had abducted them! Whether the aliens had intended it or not, he was acting as an Empath between Nia and the aliens.
Alien images and thoughts raced through her mind. It finally became clear to her that the aliens had come to the base specifically to take her and Jadan.
She saw a war between the two dying species that shared the alien planet. One of the species were warmongers intent on taking what they wanted by force. They were called the Voc.
The other group were intellectuals, scientists and doctors intent on finding a way to preserve their species. They were called the Zapotec.