|Aftermath: The Rebellion
Author: Nat'n'Mischa PM
"The last hope for the human race is a hormonal teenage girl looking desperately for her big sister." Nick chuckled. "God have mercy in those aliens." *** SEQUEL TO AFTERMATH*** ***CHAPTER 6 UP***Rated: Fiction T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 11,411 - Reviews: 2 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 02-18-13 - Published: 08-30-12 - id: 3054441
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AN: So I'm finally back with the second part of Aftermath! I'm excited to share this with ya'll and hope it's as well received as Aftermath was Last time we got Chelsea's story with April and Holly as side plots, this time I focused on April and her story that has yet to be told. As the title implies, there will also be a large focus on the human rebellion that has adopted the three earthling kids
I have about three or four chapters worth written right now so the updates will be slower than Aftermath, but I didn't want to wait longer than necessary to share the next chapter of my little universe with ya'll.
May looked over the plans Damon had brought her over an hour ago. She was still unable to focus long enough to go over them thoroughly enough to send her troops, her friends, into Their territory. The arrival of the three kids from Earth had thrown her through a loop. Though Sean and John were older than her in years, she counted them all infants in surviving here. Amy had a fire under her that May believed could be kindled into a determined operative, but that would come with time, which was in short supply since the information had come in that They were able to have children with humans. May recoiled at the idea of that kind of abomination being forced on her sister, or any human for that matter.
A knock on the wall brought her back to the present. She looked up and saw Olive and Kanno waiting just outside the area that served as her private quarters, not that it was easy to get privacy in the abandoned mountain base she'd chosen as the home base for the resistance. Both girls were tiny, Olive a fiery red head straight from Ireland, and Kanno, as perfect as a tiny porcelain doll, hailed from Japan. They'd proven themselves strong team leaders if a bit too trusting, but May trusted their judgment and was proud to call them both friends.
"We were wondering if the new recruits had been assigned to a team yet." Olive spoke hopefully. May knew she'd taken an immediate liking to Amy as well as her brother and friend.
"As a matter of fact, I was just thinking about that." She smiled. "Though I'm not sure where I want them just yet. We're short on males in general so we need to be smart about spreading them."
"Well you could kick Nick off our team and add one of them." Olive rolled her eyes.
"I know you two don't get along, but you keep each other in check in the field. Besides that, he's experienced, and I can't have wild cards on missions."
"Sean and John have both been open about their lack of experience, but they are quick learners and come from military families in America." Kanno spoke quietly as she always did, and even with the translators they'd looted from a few shipments, May had a hard time deciphering her accent.
After a minute of deliberation, May nodded to Kanno. "Then they will be placed on your team for now, and we will see how they work out."
"It's been almost a month and we haven't left this compound." Amy paced the length of the dormitory that was empty save herself, Sean and John.
"Just over three weeks actually. And that's if time is even measured the same way here." John pointed out not opening his eyes. He lay on the hard mattress that he'd been assigned with his hands laced behind his head.
"What do you mean if time is measured the same way?" Amy asked pausing.
"We've been going by the lights going on and off," John shrugged. "For all we know a week on earth is a day here, or three hours or something else."
Amy rolled her eyes and continued pacing. Stopping short as Olive and the tiny Japanese girl who's name she never remembered raced into the room.
"Guess what, guess what, guess what!" Olive practically bounced with excitement.
Sean was the first to ask what after a slightly awkward silence. "You guys are going to be on Kanno's team!" Olive chirped. "I wanted to kick Nick off ours and have you three join, but May said no."
"I still haven't figured her out." Sean frowned.
"Well she started this whole rebellion to find her sister, and I think she'd probably sacrifice the whole thing to save her." Olive looked thoughtful.
"But how did she manage to build this up in under a year?" Sean asked.
"I'm sure she's saving her story for some big inspirational moment, but most of us here know it." Olive sank onto an empty cot. "The way I know it is when she found out her sister had been taken, she freaked out. No one knew what was happening, They hadn't figured out our language yet so we couldn't talk to Them. You all remember that time right?"
Sean, Amy and John all went back in their minds to the first few weeks after the invasion. Each was amazed at how quickly the new terminology had been introduced to the human language. Virtually as soon as it was assured that humanity was losing the battle, it was no longer earthlings vs. aliens, it was Us vs. Them.
"Anyway," Olive continued, "it didn't take long for her to figure out that she needed to get off world to have any hope of finding April, so she stowed away on a transport ship full of kidnapped humans. Once they landed here, she was able to kill one of Them with a pistol she found in cargo, and freed the captive he had, then both of them freed another. May and the two others ran off into the desert and after a few days of stumbling through the dust and rock, came upon this place. She says it was an abandoned military stockpile and she practically fell on the weapons cache. Word spread of the escape, and it inspired several others to make breaks of their own, but only a few made it here alive. May, Laura and Alyssa were the backbone of the revolution until a mission went badly a few months ago, Laura was seriously hurt and Alyssa was captured."
Amy gasped out loud, "That's awful,"
Olive nodded. "I don't know if you've met Damon yet, but he's the first guy who made it out here back when this place was just a hidden refuge. May trusts him with her life, and I personally think she likes him too, but she'll never admit it."
Sean whistled. "That's quite a story." He agreed. "I still don't really know what I think of her just yet though. Give it a few weeks, we'll see."
"I feel like a blimp." Chelsea mumbled as she tried to stand from her seat on the couch and failed.
Ryone took her arm and placed a supporting hand on her back, easily accomplishing what she could not. "You look beautiful." He reminded her. "Soon enough we Sean have an heir of our own and you'll be just like April, consumed by little ones and blissfully happy.
"I hope she decides to come soon, I can't take much more of this." Chelsea smiled in spite of herself and laid a hand on her abdomen where she felt a tiny kick and after a few seconds a much sharper pain.
'Speak of the devil.' She thought to herself.
'What is a devil?' Ryone asked.
"Never mind that! I'm going to have a baby!" She replied.
"Well naturally, given the condition you're in." Ryone said clearly confused.
"No, your royal dumb ass, I'm going to have a baby, NOW!" the last word snapped him to his senses and he nearly jumped.
"Right, I, um, I've never done this before." He looked like he wanted to go in a million directions at once.
"Get a doctor! And April and Holly!" Chelsea shrieked as the second contraction swept over her.
"You're next you know." Surino prodded Kolle as Ryone paced the length of the hall outside his and Chelsea's bed chambers.
"Next for what?" Kolle asked.
They all paused and flinched as a scream tore through the walls.
"I've killed her, I swear, I did." Ryone muttered to himself.
"That's nothing," Surino smiled. "April nearly drove me deaf when the twins were born."
"Next for what?" Kolle asked again.
"This, it's only a matter of time before its Holly in there shrieking fit to raise the dead." Surino smiled.
Another scream, and then a different sound, the tiny wails of a new baby.
'It's a girl, and I'm not dead you know.' Chelsea mentally chided Ryone.
"It's a girl." Ryone turned to his comrades. "I have a daughter," it seemed like saying the words aloud broke the spell over him. "Ah hell, she was right." He stormed up to the door and opened it without a knock.
"I told you it was a girl." A very tired and proud Chelsea said as she cuddled the child wrapped in an old blanket. Ryone walked over and looked spell bound into the eyes of his daughter, and heir.
"She has blue eyes." He said smiling.
"All babies have blue eyes," April said from the corner, but Holly elbowed her in the ribs and they quietly snuck out to their mates.
"What should we call her?" Ryone asked looking from mother to daughter.
"I was thinking Diana. On Earth she was a goddess of beauty to an ancient culture." Chelsea explained running a finger over her daughters soft cheek.
"If it is good enough for a goddess, it is good enough for a princess." Ryone nodded.
He reached out asking permission to hold her and Chelsea carefully transferred the tiny precious package to his arms.
"Hello Diana," He spoke somewhat awkwardly. "I'm not sure what to say to you, other than I'm your father, and I love you very much."
At that Diana opened her mouth and gurgled, then hiccupped and began crying.
Ryone's eyes widened and he looked helplessly at Chelsea. "I did not do anything to her, why is she crying?"
Chelsea fought back hysterical laughter and held out her arms. "She's hungry silly."
Once she'd been placed back in Chelsea's arms Diana quieted a bit and when Chelsea maneuvered her shirt to allow the baby to feed, she quieted altogether.
"We're a real family now." Chelsea sighed happily. "For the first time in a while, I have a family."
Maggie and Eric were crawling. In the few short weeks since Violet's demise they'd entered a growth spurt the Surino assured April was completely normal. And it had taken some convincing given that in the space of a few days they'd learned to roll over and scoot around the house on their diaper padded bottoms.
As she watched them with pride in her eyes, April couldn't help drifting back to what Violet had said before she died. 'We are the same, both outsiders.' For all her problems and flaws, Violet had been a half breed too. She'd grown up rejected by both sides for being different. Her position had been much the same as Eric and Maggie's, caught between two warring races, and look how she'd ended up.
"I'm worried." She said aloud to herself, "I love my children. And so does their father, but the rest of the world isn't so forgiving."
Surino prodded her gently in her mind. 'Listen to me, they will not end up like her. The situations couldn't be more different.'
'I don't think you understand how cruel humans can be.' She let every stereotype she could think of wash over her.
Blondes are dumb. Girls are weak. Boys can't like pink. Different is bad. Rich kids are snobs. Canadians say eh after every sentence. British people have bad teeth. French people think they're better than the rest of the world. Americans are fat.
The lists went on and on until Surino had to mentally shake her out of it. 'I do not believe that humans are all so cruel.' He said sagely.
'But you don't know.' April shook her head.
'I believe I do. You are human, Chelsea is human, and Holly is human too. There is no way you can all be that bad.' He reminded her.
'I still worry Surino. I want the best for them, and I know it will be hard.' Her thoughts drifted to her sister, a place they hadn't gone in a while. She'd had it hard fitting in too when they were little.
'You miss her?' Surino asked.
'Every day. I love you, but I'd give anything to see her again.' She looked back to Eric and Maggie who had both managed to pull themselves to her feet. 'At least they'll have each other and Diana too.'