At last the boy's crying ceased, he lay on her lap for a few more minutes until the dusk warned that it was time to take refuge. Almost without speaking, he and the girl left the bunker and walked through the ruins of the city until arriving at the research center. Before entering, Dan took one last look at the darkness that hung over them. That dirty sky, always hidden, without stars made him feel lost.
–I shouldn’t be here.
–Do not say that, I know it is hard, but if it had not been for everything that happened, I would not have known you.
–No, you would have met him.
Having said this, Dan continued his way and both entered their refuge, where Msi’ questioned him.
–And what do you think David would have done in your place?
He looked at her and smiled.
–I guess the same thing.
Derian still choleric when the supreme general was announced, a man of age, imposing, with a killing look and a gentleman appearance.
–General Carter, we have a huge problem, that inept you recommended me, has betrayed us.
–Landon? That is impossible, he is my best man, he is smart, strong, but above all, obedient.
–Whatever, but the damn bastard won’t bring the light. He found out about the Earth of Tomorrow’s project and now he doesn’t want to come back.
–How is it possible?
–Somehow, he came to Terraria and discovered it.
–I want you to bring it to me, I want him alive here, we will judge him and condemn him before the whole world.
–Well, if he became an obstacle, we'll find his exact location, send a squadron and…
–No, send a complete fleet, if we have to spend the reserve power, at least make sure not to fail.
–We won’t sir.
–When will your men be ready?
–Tomorrow. It's a shame, I had a lot of faith in that boy, he would have been an excellent successor –He said looking thru the window.
–That moron didn’t understand the privileges that would be gained by his work and now puts us all in risk.
–Don’t worry, sir, no one will stop the new project, not even the boy, and if we think about it, the less we are the better.
The next day, Daniel got up very early to review the functioning of the portals. When Msi’ awakened, she found him totally focused on his work.
–Dani, what are you doing? –She asked, rubbing her eyes.
–Oh, you're awake, good, come here.
The girl approached him still sleepy.
–What is the matter?
–I was reviewing the portal program, it requires entering the coordinates of the transfer planets, I mean the departure and destination, I've already schedule it, to take you home, you just have to click here –He said pointing to the "Enter" key on his keyboard.
–And you? You will come with me, right?
–I hope so. Anyway, the portal will last open fifteen minutes, enough for me to arrive and in case I don’t do it on time, you shouldn’t worry because I can open another if is necessary, the important thing is that you be okay.
–Dani, What are you planning?
–Look, I'm sure they'll send some squad to search me soon, they'll probably try to kill me, so you'll stay here, I already calibrated the whole system so you can see the city through the cameras, what you see on the screens is what happens right now, that way you'll know when it's time to open the portal, I'll just be a distraction, I'll focus on destroying their research center, so they can’t look for you later, from that way you'll can go home and live your life in peace.
–We will –She said, but he remain silent–. Dani?
–Msi’ I don’t like to assume that everything will always be perfect, although I don’t think that they send more than a simple squad, everything is possible, therefore, I need you to promise me that no matter what happens, you will return home.
She was somewhat annoyed by the man's words, didn’t conceive the idea of returning alone.
–I will do it, with one condition.
–You must promise me that no matter what happens, you will always be with me.
Daniel looked at her and smiled, approached the girl and for the first time since the death of David, he took off the necklace, to put it to her.
After explaining her specifically what to do, both returned to the bunker to recharge the weapons and the jet that Dan would use, then they took it out, moved it to the center of the city and hid it between a pair of buildings, where he thought, would be easier to move it.
At the LIFE, the entire fleet was given orders on what to do, while the attendants prepared the opening of the portal and traced the traitor.
Daniel, who knew the ships of his world well, was confident of bringing down anyone.
–Unlike this one, that is only a ship of exploration, the jets that will be sended, that surely will be of battle, have the main system right in the middle in the low zone, reason why with a good shot it is possible to leave them totally dysfunctional.
–Is that good?
–That is very good.
Derian waited impatiently for the onset of the attack and Miguel seemed lost in all the tasks he had to do, his mind couldn’t take it anymore, he was totally overwhelmed.
Finally the moment came, everyone tuned in the transmission of the riders that were meeting in the entrance hall to the LIFE, when Derian stood in front and gave them a motivational message.
–I know that, like me, everyone trusted Landon, I know that you considered him, a boss, a colleague, a friend, and I know how difficult it is to make a decision like this one, but now we must forget all that. Daniel Landon, has betrayed all his people for ambitious! He only wanted to use the light to gain power, but no one turns his back on his people and lives to tell it! Today more than ever I am sure of something! You will defend your world, your families, your children, your wives! Today you will demonstrate, that is yet possible to trust and have faith in our society! Today you will bring back the traitor and save the Earth of Tomorrow!
All men cheered him, exalted, full of confidence that they would triumph, because they had a good purpose, and that they would die for it, if it was necessary.
Derian turned around smiling and spoke to the general.
He gave them the necessary orders, and they all dispersed to their respective ships, only waiting for the portal to open before them.
The hours passed and everything was ready for the showdown.