Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:28 pm

>STARTING FOURTEENTH ENTRY.

>-24 YEARS. ELEVEN MONTHS. 28 DAYS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


I guess it’s a stalemate for now. No, that’s the wrong way to describe it. It’s a waiting game.

Every so often one of the scientists walks out into the open, half way between us and them and waits. It took me one attempt to work out what they wanted. Some kind of dialogue exchange.

It came out without a suit – along with Yuulaf. Both armed with the Datapad I gave them and big heavy books of alien writing about god only knows what.

We exchanged names again, and then started trying to communicate once more. It was slow. We managed to establish species, we we’re human, they are the “Teth” we came from “Earth” and their homeworld – the world we currently stood on was “MaTeth” and managed to cover the numbers one to ten and then struggled with the alphabet when Sara started to cry out for me.

I could feel every gun in the area tense up when I tried to hurriedly explain to creatures that didn’t speak a goddamn word of English she needed me, and instead turned and half-ran back to the ship and returned with her in my arms as I tried to shush in front of her. Eventually I had managed to settle her back to sleep in front of a small army of guns to try and show them there was no theat when Yuulaf approached with the datapad in hand, a picture of me and Sara on it, and then he took a picture of his own on paper – and drew what appeared to be himself with a smaller version his species. I could only draw conclusions at the time, he was trying to tell me he was a father too.

We struggled through some more attempts to communicate for about half an hour before Sara woke up again, her first reaction to seeing the first aliens of her life? Laughter. Honest to god laughter. She wriggled her way around in my arms until I stood her on the floor next to me and held my hand. I was sweating my nuts off with the fear of an inbound bullet at any time.

All she could do was wave, wave and laugh.

Then Yuulaf waved back.

Then something amazing happened. Sara introduced herself, Yuulaf introduced himself and got down onto one chunky knee. Between the fear and the sweat I lost my grip and her fingers slipped out of mine. I panicked and jolted forward as she ran, guns everywhere raised in alarm, and she hugged Yuulaf with the lack of restraint that only a child could have. Then he hugged back. She said Hello, and he copied her – then he said what I could only assume was hello in their own language and she copied him.

I moved up, dropped to my own knees and brought her back to myself, she pointed me and said “Daddie” and then Yuulaf nodded and piped in “Dahdee” and within those few moments an accord was struck.

Hours later most of the guns disappeared and the scientists moved in closer, and between me, Sara and Yuulaf we struck up something of a basic understanding of each other.

I didn’t know it was going to be the start of a long, long night.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:29 pm

>STARTING FIFTEENTH ENTRY.

>-24 YEARS. SIX MONTHS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Five months almost. Sara is getting closer to being two every day. If or when we ever get home I am never going to doubt another parent vid ever again, kid is like a sponge I swear.

Between me and Yuulaf we at least have an understanding of each others languages – but its hard going, every day we end up encountering another word or term the other doesn’t understand and we end up spending hours or in some cases days trying to understand each other. Sara though? She is picking up both languages like a sponge – I know kids with parents who speak two languages end up becoming bilingual, but between English and an entirely Alien language is absolutely nuts. Its not like she speaks full sentences all the time, but she already knows which words we use most often and which ones to use on the other side, between me and Yuulaf she is almost like a Rosetta stone – eventually she is going to do something even more amazing than when she first met the Teth. I just don’t know what that is yet.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:31 pm

>STARTING SIXTEENTH ENTRY.

>-24 YEARS. FOUR MONTHS. 15 DAYS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Two years old today. I can’t believe it. My little girl is two today.

I did my best, singing happy birthday – a ration pack with a makeshift candle, I had been teaching myself how to sew with what few supplies I had, needles and thread from the medkit surgical supplies, material from what was supposed to be my spare jumpsuits – I made her a summer dress as best I could.

Well, as best as jumpsuit gray and red can suit a blonde haired two year old who looks like a scruff-devil from hades. Her confidence is going up every day, along with her words – I am reading her books now and trying to get her to write. Yuulaf normally hangs around nearby taking as many notes as he can – I think he has given up on trying to form a dialogue directly and is learning by proxy from me teaching her.

They seem to be building us an accommodation of sorts just outside the ship – Yuusaf tried to point things out to me, the mould that is turning up in some corners of the ship, the crampt conditions, the fact Sara is getting bigger. I already knew this ship wasn’t meant to be lived in for a long time, I knew I had to protect her. To be honest – I never figured I’d live this long.

My logs are getting further apart now, but I guess that’s life. Whatever path it takes.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:31 pm

>STARTING SEVENTEENTH ENTRY.

>-24 YEARS. ONE DAY FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.

Its now been a year since we landed on MaTeth, our new home is almost finished and we now have a dialogue of sorts between us, a lot more words and meanings than when we first arrived and growing daily. Sara is now reading with me, and I am working towards getting her writing her own name. Potty training as well. I suppose I should count myself lucky that she has always slept through the night and never needed a pacifier. I am trying to plan out some kind of schooling for her – but I was never any good at school myself. I suppose I have managed to fumble my way through being “Dahdee” so far, so there isn’t much I can go wrong in.

I think this place may become our home now. The Teth definitely don’t have anywhere near the tech level we do – WW2 is definitely the best way to describe it. If Yuulaf is going to stick around the entire time then they are going to have one hell of an eye opener when I start teaching History.

He is telling me that he looks forward to learning more about each other. Part of me thinks this might be harder to survive than first contact.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:32 pm

>STARTING EIGHTEENTH ENTRY.

>-22 YEARS. FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


I have to admit I had forgotten this was here, day to day life slips away from us as time goes on I guess. Sara is now four – forget everything that every parent has ever said to you about toddlers, bloody gruesome two-somes, the fearful threes and the even worse fours. The little terror has learned every single place to hide in the old ship and the house – as well as every place to slip through the guards patrols and climb the guard towers. Lucky for me I don’t have to worry about the soldiers taking a potshot at her any more as the entire group is now like a family to her – she knows the name of every guard, scientist and soldier on the bloody site. She know speaks fairly fluent English and MaTeth, reads and writes and goes in leaps and bounds across whatever I throw at her – Yuulaf and I now understand each other fairly well and he is providing the other side of a MaTeth education which I then work my way through and then we combine the two to teach her – every so often the children of the Scientists are given clearance to come and play. They at least know we are peaceful, but access to the world beyond is restricted for our own safety.

I have met with leaders of the various nations on this world – it looks like our arrival stopped a world war from kicking off, but I don’t know the specifics. They pooled their scientific knowledge together to offer more towards us once we arrived. Since Sara became the child that linked us to them and opened a dialogue they have been learning without putting pressure on us, they know the “This Side Up” is in orbit and want to learn technology from us. I have offered mostly peaceful stuff so far. I don’t have an encylopedia or anything like that on me, but most datapads come with things like installed apps for learning languages on earth, maths, science, history, anything I could offer them without frightening the hell out of them or destroying their planet.

They seem to be interested in the obvious stuff so far – power generators, they hadn’t even considered solar power yet, they still used fossil fuels. Fusion generators and FTL drives where utterly beyond them, but I have offered to teach them what I know from being taught how to operate the ‘Side up along with history files from things like the Apollo program and the ISS museum. They seem as eager to learn as Sara is. So the only way from here is . . . up.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:32 pm

>STARTING NINETEENTH ENTRY.

>- 20 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Sara is now six years old, we have now been here for over four years by my guess. I am now fairly fluent in MaTeth, and Yuulaf is now reasonably fluent in English and Sara continues to be the bridge between us.

Along with her education – I have been teaching the Teth as much as I know about Solar Panels and renewable energy tech, with me to bridge the gap between theory and application they have now built their first factory production floor for photovoltaic cells and are rolling out their first generations of the tech – its like combining something out of an alternate history book with something out of the here and now. 23rd century power generation from 20th century level tech. I have to admit I am impressed. They have put together an organisation akin to NASA, or at least what NASA used to be in order to trawl through everything I have given them. In the end I chose to disclose everything I had on me with the exception of weapons tech – its not like I had schematics to military grade equipment, It’s a civilian ship, but even a recording of a cruiser based railgun firing on pirates would be enough to give their generals a MaTeth wet dream. That’s not even bringing ideas like nuclear weapons or plasma cannons into the mix. No – I have introduced this world to energy tech that should help them to avoid global warming as a gift of good faith. They want to know how to get to the stars? I am going to help them get up there in peace.

Who knows, maybe one day they could take us back home.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:33 pm

>STARTING TWENTIETH ENTRY.

>- 16 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Good god, each one of these entries is getting further and further apart, if I get too careless then I might end up skipping too much of this. I have to be more vigilant to get all of this recorded. This is my legacy for Sara.

Hot blooded, confident and sharp as a goddamn knife that girl – 10 years old and she scares the crap out of me.

She keeps blazing her way through everything me and Yuulaf have to teach her – so I finally started teaching her the same thing I have been trying to pass on to Yuulaf and the fellow scientists. Orbital mechanics, rocketry, phased pulse engines, Fusion generators and FTL mechanics. They are all absorbing what I have to pass on and applying it at a terrifying rate. The MaTeth have put a mission together – they want to get a mission up to the ‘Side up and repair and man the ship again so they can learn from the devices in action first hand. I told them how dangerous it would be but they only seem to be more determined to do so, their technology is jumping ahead with each stage I teach them.

So I decided it was finally time to teach Sara the other parts of our history. I sat down Yuulaf and a select group of Teth dignitaries and generals for this and began showing them the hard road we had to fight through to get to where we where. World Wars One, Two and Three – Vietnam, both the Gulf wars, the Mars rebellions – Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Armstrong colony – as many of the bloody conflicts I could cram together and the reasons why. To show them the darker sides of where we came from. To be honest I think I scared the crap out of them.

So far I have not had one of them ask for our weapons tech, what few documents and videos I have of it anyway.

Maybe they have seen the best side of us through me and Sara, and the worst side of us from our history and decided what they would rather stick with. I don’t know.

That’s what I would like to think anyway. It helps me sleep at night
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:33 pm

>STARTING TWENTY FIRST ENTRY.

>- 15 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Its only been a year this time, but with good reason – I have no become the emissary of our people, so to speak, to put together the mission to the ‘Side up.

The mission goals they have put together are lofty but they have been bloody smart, working out all the variables and working out all the mistakes by looking at the ones we made before them.

I guess we make good teachers, if only for our failings as a people.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:34 pm

>STARTING TWENTY SECOND ENTRY.

>- 14 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Its been another year again, Sara is now 12 and coming into her own – she has taken everything I have to possibly teach her and then some, its now getting to the point where Yuulaf has more to teach her than I do.

I guess every parent reaches a point when their child starts to surpass them, I just hoped it wouldn’t come so soon. I guess she inherited more of her mother than I even thought possible.

It’s odd that I should think about Rosaline at a time like this, its been years since the last time I had thought about her.

I guess its nerves kicking in.

In my last few logs I has said the Teth where putting together a mission to rebuild and man the ‘Side up – Yesterday they revealed the ship that they where going to do it with. Impressed was an understatement. They took everything I had showed and taught them and rebuilt it – into something that was actually a little more advanced than even I was expecting. It looked like a wider, flatter version of the cargo transport we landed in with space for a crew of twenty Teth and myself and an autorepair facility to rebuild the damage to the ships backbone as well as supplies to bring the ship back to operational status.

Sara is going to stay on the surface with Yuulaf while I help advise the mission, he can continue her education while I bring everything back online.

I love you Sara, Daddie will see you again soon.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

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>STARTING TWENTY THIRD ENTRY.

>- 13 YEARS 11 MONTHS. SIX DAYS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Well, it’s a strange thing to be back up here again – we are repairing the fractures to the hull before we bring everything back online and make entry to the ‘Side up but even this is enough to start me off down uncanny valley and bring me back down memory lane.

I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if we had jumped a minute earlier, or a minute later – what lives would we have lead if we had missed the flare.
Oh well, no use focusing on all the “What ifs” and “Could have beens”. We have a job to do, hopefully my next report should be from onboard the “This Side Up” for the first time in over a decade.
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>STARTING TWENTY FOURTH ENTRY.

>- 13 YEARS. 11 MONTHS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.

Well, the fractures to the ships backbone and superstructure have been repaired and the gravity ring is back online, life support is active again and we are aboard. Amazingly enough the Fusion generator was still active on lowest output for all this time so it didn’t take long to bring it back up to operational status and not the Teth are making their way all the way around the ship, picking apart everything and working out the tech all the way throughout the ship.

It’s a sight to behold, like a colony of worker ants going through the old girls hull and figuring everything out and putting it back together. We have another two weeks of the entire crew aboard before we split into two teams and leave the permanent crew aboard and the rest return to MaTeth to put their findings to good use – just before we left I was shown their next project, a fully capable FTL equipped starship to explore beyond their solar system to explore and research the galaxy.

The thing is, I still have no idea where in the hell we are in the galaxy – I know we are somewhere in the milky way, but there are next to no recognisable star formations anywhere in the observable sky. So as far as I can tell, there is next to no way in hell that we are going to find another human ship in the near future, so its just me, Sara and the Teth.

At least I know we have done some good to the galaxy.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:35 pm

>STARTING TWENTY FIFTH ENTRY.

>- 10 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.

It was Sara’s 16th Birthday today, I have never been so proud of her. If we where on Earth or any of the colonies right now then she would be finishing school and moving onto college. Here on MaTeth she already has a college level eductation with chunks of university level and advanced modules beyond that – Everything I have given to her and the Teth, and the Teth have given to her she has picked up like a sponge. She is now getting ready to help the Teth with the development of their first FTL capable starship, its still in the production phase at the moment, years away from completion.

But I have never been so proud of my little girl.

I looked out the window today – when I arrived on this world, it was on the edge of a world war. The similarities to our own world in the 20th century where apparent everywhere you looked, all the evidence of a world about to shoot itself in the foot.

Then we arrived, and changed everything. They skipped a world war that would kill millions to jump into clean power and fusion technology, had a massive step into the space race that lead to a unified planetary space agency that formed their coalition of nations. I look out onto solar farms, green transport – a pristine world on the verge of a golden age because a Dad and his little girl got lost on the edge of nowhere.

She is about to make her own in the world. I now feel like I am being left behind. My shoulders and neck hurt, and I keep getting headaches. Really bad headaches. My sinuses feel like they are throbbing. Between the supplies I brought down with me and those from the ‘Side I have enough Immunopacks and meds to make do for a while.

Hopefully it is just a phase.
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Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:35 pm

>STARTING TWENTY SIXTH ENTRY.

>- 8 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Sara came to see me today, the Teth FTL ship is finished – she brought me the design specs to go over.

To be honest, most of what she has adapted is beyond me – advancements on tech I didn’t even fully understand myself. She has adapted their original design into a 100 man cruiser that would be on par with one of our old patrol frigates. An Explorer and research vessel to be the first of a series of dozens from an orbital shipyard design she has put forward to the Teth governments, which they then approved.

She just jumps from strength to strength.

Apparently she is going on the first jump trip out to the edge of the system, its going to take a few months to get that far out before they test the drive and then come back again, by the time she comes back she will be 20 years old. Its bad enough she only turned 18 a little while back, but I can’t hold her back any more – it would be hypocritical of me to hold her back here when I’ve let her go so far ahead with everything else.

She hugged me before she left, for a moment I was reminded of the little girl she was when she arrived. I guess this is one of the few gifts of getting old.

She left a short while after that. I didn’t have the heart to tell her how much it hurt, not just her leaving – the pain is getting worse. It feels like my spine and kidneys are on fire.

I need to speak to Yaaluf again soon.
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Re: Dahdee and Sara. A short story.

Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:35 pm

>STARTING TWENTY SEVENTH ENTRY.

>- 7 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Well, we finally know what is going on. I am glad Sara isn’t here for the bad news.

Apparently my immune system is being suppressed by a local virus I don’t have any defence against – but Sara seems to due to how young she was when we arrived. My pain is being caused by the virus literally eating its way through my nervous system and there doesn’t seem to be a cure.

The Teth have a few compatible drugs that should at least buy me some time and kill some pain, but eventually this thing is going to kill me.

I have years, at least that is an upside – maybe a few more if I keep my exercise and activity levels up.

I have enough time to see Sara come home.
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Post by The Shadowscythe » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:36 pm

>STARTING TWENTY EIGTH ENTRY.

>- 6 YEARS FROM OPENING ENTRY.

>AUDIO RECORDING FROM SHIP CAPTAINS LOG.


Sara landed today – the FTL drive test worked perfectly, the Teth are now a truly space fearing race. Her brain child is what gave it to them.

I hugged her the moment she arrived, I still cannot help but be reminded of the babe in arms when she arrived – holding her in one arm while I had a pistol in the other as the transport doors opened.

Now, she is a grown woman – in her element and forging her own destiny.

We talked, we laughed – and then she left, she has responsibilities now. Yaaluf said I should tell her the truth, I said I would when the time is right.

For the first time in a long time, I am scared.

Scared I won’t be there for her any more.
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