(Several Days Later)
I open my eye to the bright light of the outside. It was Iuilus, he was carrying Evergreen in his arms. He set her in his bed and tucked her in, he kissed her on the fore head and put something next to her. It looked like he was rubbing something out of his face. He then walked over and stood at the door, he hung his head and closed the door. I then stumbled out of the bed and grabbed a flashlight. I then shined the light on Evergreen, without waking her. I looked down and saw Evergreen's doll and to the right of it was a note. I scanned the note and and was shocked to read it's contents. I quickly and silently got dressed. I started to look for Iuilus at the bridge,
"Officer on deck" a crewman said as I walked in, was he talking about me?
"Where's the Captain?" I quickly asked.
"You missed him he left the hangar about thirty minutes ago," Stev said from behind.
"Where's he going?" I asked again
"Don't be so oblivious," Stev pointed out the viewing port. I turned around to see a gigantic Beastile carrier that was damaged and floating next to... The ring.
"How do I get to him?!" I panicked.
"Iuilus ordered me that no one can leave the ship," she paused, "But if you can promise me one thing,"
"What?" I hastened
"Promise you'll bring him back safe, Iuilus means a lot to some people-"
"He means a lot to me to Stev!" I snapped.
"Alright then, follow me." Stev led me to a part of the ship that I wasn't familiar with. She pushed an under suit to me.
"Put that on." I didn't argue with her and I put it on. It was a little awkward, it was almost like I wasn't wearing any clothes at all. Stev then pushed me into another chamber where mechanical arms attached metal components the under suit. When the chamber opened back up I walked out with the armor attached.
"Talia this is only light armor so you should be able to move easier. All of the suits functions are operated by thought. Jet boots, flaps, helmet, pressurization to move." I activated the flaps on my shoulder, wiggling them to move. I then thought for a second,
"What about air?" I asked, "I don't think there's enough air for me to get from here to there. She nodded and led me to the side of the ship that was paralleled with The Forerunner.
"So um are we gonna pilot a ship there or..." Stev set me down in a big metal chair.
"Whatever you need to help you honey. Now put on your helmet."
"What helmet?" I questioned her
"Think about it..." Stev reminded me. I thought for a second, then I involuntarily made my back erect, and the helmet formed over my head and around my ponytail.
"Good now hold on." Stev said
"What do you mean?" I asked. Then a pair of bracers came down on my shoulders, and the arm rests locked my hands into place. "What's happening?" My voice echoed through the helmet. The chair raised and drew closer to a hatch. I wasn't sure what was happening, but my heart was racing.
"Good luck," Stev waved. And then the chair was launched out of the hatch along with me. About a second after it launched me, thrusters on the chair activated and made the chair feel like it was going near the speed of light. I then heard a voice that said,
"Fuel depleted." the chair then released the bracers and the flaps extended on it. This caused the chair to stall and sent me flying out of it.
"Quick Talia activate your jump boots!" Stev said over the comms. I obeyed Stev and activated the boots, but it wasn't helping my throbbing heart. My oxygen was half depleted as I was entering a debris field around the ship. The shield door was within my sights, when a power core came flying at me. It slammed into me knocking me of course, I flailed around trying to regain control. I was grunting trying to extend my flaps, I hit another piece of debris and lose control again. The next thing I knew I flew through a window, the windows shutters closed and the room pressurized. I groaned and cracked my back. I slowly rose to my feet, retracted my helmet, and lit my whip, hoping to be ready for anything. The blue glow of the whip lit the way of through the darkened halls of the ship. I turned the corner and fell backwards looking at the hanging wires, flowing with electricity. I crawled under the wires and entered the bridge. When I entered the bridge I saw a dark figure sitting in the Captains chair, I cracked the whip, and the chair quickly turned around. It was Iuilus,
"Iuilus what are you doing here?" I asked him.
"I think the better question is what are you doing here?" Iuilus said in a rather calm voice.
"Look that's not important, what is it with you and your chivalry? Huh? Why were you going to come here by yourself! Just so you could die and leave Evergreen alone?" I scolded him.
"Listen Talia, there's something you need to see." He led me to an upper command center of the bridge. In the center was a cybernetics core with tendrils extending from it, and in the middle was something or someone familiar. It was my sister, Ranka she was apart of the machine. I slowly walked up to her and she yelled at Iuilus in a cybernetic voice,
"Never wound what you can't kill Iuilus!" she then laid her head down and said in a voice that is only all to familiar to me. "Tali," she moaned with her hand reached out for me, "I'm sorry for what I did to you, you know I love you Tali, right?" she goes limp, and I get closer to her to touch her face. "I'm so scared Tali, I've had no control," she cried. I looked back at Iuilus confused.
"What do I do?" I asked. Iuilus handed me a gun and said,
"There's only one thing you can do, make it quick."
Iuilus walked back into the other room. I held Ranka in my arms and said,
"Ranka? Do you remember the lullaby mom and dad use to tell us?" she painfully nodded. I began to sing to her sweetly and softly. I raised the gun to her head and just before the final verse, I pulled the trigger. The entire machine that she was connected to died along with her. With a tears in my eyes, I cracked my whip at full blast, and cut my sister free from the core. She fell on the ground still with her eyes open, I just gently closed them and wiped my tears away. I kneeled before her and said a prayer for her soul. I then picked myself up and returned to Iuilus. He quietly whispered,
"No..." I looked at him scared about what was worrying him.
"Iuilus, what is that ring?" I asked him.
"It's a warp gate, the spawn (monsters) are planning to use it to flood in from dark space. There are billions of them... more than that... The galaxy can't afford to let them invade." he then stood up and walked up to me and hugged me, I was confused. He then reached into his shirt and ripped off his dog tags. He put them in one of my hands.
"Iuilus wha-" he picked me up by my hands, and said.
"Make this count." he punched a button to activate my helmet. It closed overt head and I said,
"Iuilus! What are you doing?" he walked over to a shield door.
"Tell Evergreen I love her," he then tossed me out of the shield.
"No!" I screamed trying to activate the suit... but it was no use, he froze it. I looked at Iuilus as I floated away, I started kicking and thrashing around trying to gain back control. The jump boots activated, but it was not in my intention it was carrying me back to the dawn. I clanked against the ships hull and started looking for the nearest hatch. I found one and entered it, the cabin pressurized and let me into the hall. Stev quickly ran up to me and asked,
"Are you okay? Where's Iuilus?" I ignored her and ran towards the bridge. She looked confused and followed me.
The heavy foot steps of my boots awoke Evergreen, I ran ahead leaving Stev to tend to her. Stev carried the confused Evergreen to the bridge with us. I ran into the bridge and before the crew could say "officer on the bridge" I commanded
"Hail the forerunner with a priority one hail (you can't not answer the phone) Iuilus appeared on the screen.
"Iuilus stop this please!" I said to him desperately.
"I'm sorry Tali-" he looked behind me and saw the awakened Evergreen.
"Evergreen?" he said to her.
"I.I.?" she replied "What are you doing? Why are you not here?" Iuilus rubbed a tear from his eye.
"I'm sorry honey, but I'm not coming back."
"What? No!" Evergreen cried. She touched the screen.
"Everything will be better this way... Your aunt Killy will take care of you." Iuilus said calmly.
"No! I want you father!" Evergreen cried.
"It's better this way, I love you sweetie." he put his hand on the screen. "Goodbye." the screen turned off. The warp gate turned blue and the portal was open. The back of The Forerunner glowed from the warp drive.
"He's going to ram the ring..." Stev watched. The Forerunner then warped into the ring causing such a bright light everyone had to shield their eyes even Heiwa had to cover the visor to protect her eyes. When the light ceased I looked back to see the front half of the ship gone, and the ring destroyed. Evergreen was on her knees crying. Stev looked down and said a few things in the Beastile language. I put the dog tags around Evergreens neck. Stev then told me
"Well Talia... You're the captain now."
"What?" I asked her.
"Iuilus filed paperwork to make you the Commondant, and when the Captain is k.I.a. you're supposed to take over." I didn't know how to react, all I just did was sit down in the Captains chair and rubbed my head...