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“I understand what you're saying, Julius. I do not see a real danger of betrayal. I work with intelligent people who have all been selected because they possess rare human qualities. Every one of them is willing to risk their own well-being and are vehemently opposed to any action that may cause collateral damage, and also any action where the detrimental affects outweigh the benefits. Many people may feel that this is not the right way, but it doesn't matter who or what they are because it is likely to be someone who has already raised the question of whether they could get away with what they have done. I can say that, sooner or later, we'll be there with the response, but if there is any dissent amongst us, it will very soon become apparent and will be dealt with.”

“Very well, Sean. You know what you are doing. I'm pleased.” Julius smiled.

“I am assured that your mind and your heart are both in the right place, even thought it seems that you do things that others do not understand. Your intentions go far beyond the present, and I feel that the day quickly approaches when all will become clear, enlightenment will reign and the world will wake up to a new and better dawn.” As he spoke, the Dalai Lama smiled warmly.

“Thank you for sharing your thought and plans with us, Sean. This insight has been most valuable,” said the Pope.

“The purpose of this meeting has been fulfilled then?” asked Steersman, cautiously.

“To be sure, Sean, yes,” the Dalai Lama assured him. “May good spirits guide you on your way.”

Steersman stood. “It has been an honor to meet you both, thank you,” he said with a smile and turned to follow the guide in the crimson robe, who had appeared silently next to the door through which they had entered.

“Sean!” called the Dalai Lama softly. “Please, tell us something. Where do you come from?”

Steersman turned and paused. He appeared to consider the question for longer than might have been expected, seemingly reluctant to tell them.

“I don't know. I can't remember my first thirty years,” he said with a shrug.

The two old men looked at each other blankly. This hadn't been the answer they had expected.

By the time they'd pondered his answer, Steersman had already disappeared into the narrow corridor.

 

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CHAPTER 1 | EXCOLOPOLIS
CHAPTER 2 | MACHINES
CHAPTER 3 | A NEW TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 4 | ATTACK
CHAPTER 5 | THE SOURCE
CHAPTER 6 | THE SCIENCE CENTER
CHAPTER 7 | UNIVERSITY CITY
CHAPTER 8 | GLIDECRAFT
CHAPTER 9 | SECTOR TWO
CHAPTER 10 | THEY KNOW WE ARE HERE
CHAPTER 11 | GRAVITOR
CHAPTER 12 | INSTALLATION
CHAPTER 13 | ENERGY WAR
CHAPTER 15 | INITIATION
CHAPTER 16 | PREPARATION
CHAPTER 17 | DEFENSE CORPS
CHAPTER 18 | TRUTH
CHAPTER 19 | BEYOND EARTH