Peace at Last

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Chapter 1

It was a bright and shining day as the young sixteen-year-old Cassandra sat in the middle of the park across the street from the tiny school, leaning up against an apple tree. The tall, slender, dark-haired girl was watching the robins-egg-blue sky and the multi-colored birds flying around in the cold spring morning air. But this brilliant girl’s mind was not on the sight, for it was greatly troubled on the fate of the earth.

Unfortunately, Cassandra lived during a time of war and bloodshed. You see, the tiny Earth got to be too small for the human race, so they built satellites called “colonies” to house those who would not fit on the Earth. Now the earth and the Colonies were fighting a raging war that led to the loss of millions of lives. For the moment, the war was at a standstill because both sides lacked people and ammunitions. Unfortunately, that would not last long. Both sides were quickly regaining ammunitions and soldiers to fight the war.

However, that was still not what was bothering her. Cassandra was thinking of her next mission. During the day, you see, Cassandra was an ordinary girl with many friends, and a brilliant mind. However, at night she was a mysterious soldier who was always found trying to stop the senseless blood shed.

As she just sat there thinking, she failed to hear someone walking up behind her. She was startled out of her daydreaming when she suddenly heard a voice saying, “Do you always stare out into space like this, or is there something else I should know?”

She recognized that voice. It belonged to John, a handsome young man whom Cassandra liked very much. Their relationship was only that of buddy-buddy, though. She looked over to her right to see that John was sitting there right next to her. Looking into his face, she saw deep concern in his beautiful baby-blue eyes.

“I am all right,” she replied, “I do this all the time.”

“Really? Normally I don’t see you doing that much.”

“Hey, how would you know? What, do you watch me all day every day or something?”

With that he blushed and remained silent.

“Sorry,” she apologized, “I did not mean to be so rude. The truth is that there is something wrong, I just cannot tell anyone.”

“Is it the war?”

“Yea, I guess you could say that.”

“So, if it is the war, why can’t you tell me what is wrong?”

“Because--that is why. Let’s just leave it at that.”

John was about to reply, but it was time to go back to school and get some more school work done. Cassandra was so wrapped up in her thoughts on the way in, again, that she did not notice how worried she was making her young friend. John was not her only friend, though, and also not the only one to realize that something was awfully wrong. On the way in, again she was startled when her thoughts were interrupted by Andrea, her closes friend besides John.

“Hey, what’s up girl? You have been acting strangely all day.”

“What makes you say that?”

“Oh, I don’t know. Maybe it is because all you have been doing is staring out into space all day, and you seem startled every time someone talks to you, and you have been wrapped up in thought all day.”

“All right, I get the picture.”

“So, what is it?”

“I am sorry, but I cannot tell you.”

“Well, let’s not worry about it for now. We have a lot of school work to do now, and that is going to require your full attention.”

“You’re right, thank you.”

With that she went right to her desk and got to work on her school work. The sooner I get my work done, she thought to herself, the sooner I can get back to the task at hand—stopping this war. The rest of the day went smoothly and Cassandra managed to get her work done as usual. The rest of her time, before school was out, she used for planning. However, in doing so, she was worrying her friends, especially since she missed the call for dismissal. As she got her things together, she did not notice that John was watching her and was wishing that he knew what was wrong.

Not long after she left school, she heard her watch beeping an alarm. It was a special watch that she had made and gave a few to the people she was working for. She looked down and pressed a hidden button and automatically a hologram appeared with a message on it. She was to go to the shuttle base and meet with her employers there for her next mission. As she headed there, she put on her black knit cape she made—that way no one would know who she really was when she signed on—and her white, featureless mask.

When she finally made it to the humongous shuttle base, she immediately noticed a couple of disguised men standing there that she knew was from the group of radicals that hired her. Without saying a single word, she followed them into the tiny office where they were to discuss her next mission.

Rumors were going around tat there was an ambassador for the colonies in her school, and that there was someone that was going to go and kill the ambassador tomorrow at school. They had dug up all the information they could about it and found that the rumors were true. The ambassador was none other than John, and the would-be assassin would arrive about 12:35pm the next day. Cassandra was to take him out, and save the ambassador’s life. Piece of cake, she thought to herself, and fun, too. I get to save my friend’s life. Then, a few days later she was to take a shuttle to the colonies with the ambassador to ensure his safety and talk with the colony leaders.

Well, that’s even better. I finally get to talk to some of the higher-ups and try to convince them to get along with earth. Good thing, this war is really getting out of hand.

After getting all the orders, she turned and left without a word.

“I wonder who that person is,” one of them said, ”I wish that that person would tell us. So mysterious…”

Chapter 7

It had been a week now and Cassandra had not come back yet. Each day that she was gone, John got more and more worried about her. He started to think that she had not made it in time, and now he could no longer do his school work.

Man, is this how she felt when I was out there? He thought to himself, Poor Cassandra. Working so hard to stop the war, and then practically getting killed, and to add on, worrying about me. I hope she made it in time…

Soon his thoughts were interrupted when he, and the rest of the school, heard a terrible crash outside that sounded like a bomb had just exploded, and they felt the earth shake violently as though they had been hit by a major earthquake. When they all went outside, they found a huge crater in the middle of the park across the street. The supervisors would not allow anyone to go near it, so after everyone else left, John lagged behind and hid so that no one would find him. He walked up to the crater and cautiously looked over the edge. There he found the sleeping girl, still encased in her crystal coffin, laying there. Soon the crystal started to melt, and in no time all that was left was Cassandra. John could wait no longer. He slid down the edge and to the unconscious girl. He laid her head in his lap like a pillow, carefully examining her to make sure she was alright. He found no wounds, so he waited for her to wake up.

Looking up, Cassandra saw what seemed to be an angel staring down at her. As her eyes adjusted, she saw something even better than any angel—she saw John. He immediately enveloped her in a tight hug. “Oh, Cassandra, I am so glad you are alright! For a while there I thought that you had not made it into space in enough time.”

“Well,” she said, ”I almost didn’t. My injuries were worse than I had though, so that is why I had stayed so long. I’m glad to be back.”

“So am I. That madman leader of ours is put away for a long time now. When the other colonies heard what was going on, they were so disgusted that they signed a treaty and talked with the earth leaders, just to find out that they were not as bad as they had thought them to be. Vice versa with the earth to colony people.”

“Speaking of which, what about all those people? They have no where to live now.”

“Not quite. Some of them are making up with families here and are staying with them for a while. The rest that would like to stay in space are going to stay in the other colonies and make new lives there. Meanwhile, a new colony is in the works to make up the difference.”

“I am so glad. Now I don’t have to worry about any more war or missions. I can just be a normal girl.”

“Me, too, minus the girl part. We need to get to class now. Well, I do, but you need to get home. Your employers are looking for you and so are your parents. You have one last mission after you talk to your parents. Don’t worry, it’s a good one this time.”

“Alright, thank you. See you tomorrow.” She said as she finally stood up, hugged John, and left.

After explaining what had happened to her parents, she talked with her employers to see what her new mission was. When she met with them, she finally revealed who she was, and recounted the whole affair. They informed her that her last mission was to talk with the now-allied powers. She happily agreed, and left to complete her final mission.

“What a wonderful person that girl is. Whoever has her for a companion is a lucky man. I sure am glad that we hired her, even if she was a mystery from the beginning.” One of them said of Cassandra as she left.

About an hour later, she met up with the Allied Forces to find that they were now finally acting like adults, and getting along with each other.

“We want to thank you,” said one of the men from earth, “For talking some sense into us. You were right, we all acted immaturely, and you proved us wrong in showing that even one person alone can make all the difference in the world.”

“I was not alone, though. The ambassador from one of the colonies, the colony that was destroyed, my friend John, helped me.”

“We know. We already talked to him.” Said one from the colonies, “By the way, how are you feeling? He said you had been nearly killed and that you disappeared.”

“I am feeling good right now. I am all better.” She said as her words were met with astonishment. “Don’t ask me to explain how quickly I healed please. Let’s just put it as me being fast to heal.”

“Alright, but the other reason why we wanted to talk to you is because we wanted to offer you a position as a Peace Coordinator, and a seat in the senate.”

]”I am sorry, but I will have to decline. I already promised John that after this, I am going to be a normal girl, and I am going to stick to that.”

“Okay, but if at any time in the future you would like to accept, we will always remember you and keep the offer up.”

“Thank you just the same, but what I meant is more…permanent. I think I do know someone who is better suited for such a position than I am. Her name is Andrea…”

The meeting continued on for an hour more before Cassandra went home.

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