Chapter 30

Guardis was sitting on a bench, staring at her memorial. It was something he did every day. He knew the kids thought he was at meetings, but he had to come here, even though it was painful.

She had been everything to him, and her job as an explorer for Alliyeus often took them to wonderful places, and sometimes not so wonderful places, which was where Guardis learned that Cahaya wasn't such a great place.

When Drianna had crashed all those years ago, at first Guardis had thought Alliyeus had something to do with it. Overtime though, his suspicions faded, but never quite left him. And now he had that note saying not to trust the president of Cahaya.

He was so confused, especially with the younglings to take care of. They were definitely a pain, but somehow he had become attached to them.

Guardis didn't want to leave Drianna's memorial, but he knew he had to, so he did, and went back to his house.

When he got home, the house was quiet. Guardis looked out the back door and found Keel sitting on a bench, looking off into the distance. He then turned around and saw Guardis. "Hi."

"Hello. How was school?"

"Interesting." The boy admitted. "It was a lot different than any other school I've ever been in. Well, Earth schools anyways." He turned back to what he was looking at, which was Drianna's rare flower plant.

"They are a lot different, but I think you'll get used to them."

"Well I kind of have to anyways, don't I? I don't really have any choice." Guardis knew he was still angry and resentful towards him.

"Where's your sister?"

"I think she's in her room reading a book from school. And before you ask: I didn't have any homework."

"How did you know I was going to ask that?"

Keel shrugged. "That's just how you people are."

Confused, Guardis went back inside and into the kitchen to make dinner. What was he supposed to make? He didn't make food for kids every day, and they had never really eaten Cahayan food. He didn't have any food in the house anyways.

Then, somebody started knocking on the door really loudly, like it was urgent. Guardis went and opened the door, and saw some of the president's guards. "We have been informed to take you to the President immediately. Direct orders."

"What for exactly?" Guardis asked.

A second guard answered. "We are not given any more information except to take you to the Capitol building. We will use force if necessary."

Just then, Keel walked up behind Guardis. "What's going on?"

"I'll be right back." Guardis said tightly, and stepped out the door, and was escorted to a presidential ship.