“Systems have been restored, regeneration systems coming back online.” The voice woke me, I felt the hole in my stomach close, and the pain faded. I opened my eyes, and there in front of me was Coco. “Hey Mister sleepy, did you have a good nap. They said you save us, but I don’t think so because I was there and you were just sleeping like always.” She said with a smile on her face, I just laughed and patted her on the head. Then I pushed myself up to see that I was in a room surrounded by the people of the city, all carrying gifts in their hands.
“Hello I’m Coco’s mother Neil, I can’t thank you enough for keeping my daughter safe.” A tall woman said to me, grabbing me and hugging me, with tears in her eyes. “Hey, come on, it’s ok, it’s what I do, but I do have a question for you. What is so important about Coco that your enemy would send such a large army after her?” I asked her mother, she just looked at me as if I was making a joke with a lost smile. “They didn’t tell you, Coco is the future ruler of this entire system, once she is married, she will have controlling power over five-star systems.” I knew it! This wasn’t simple at all, they always do this to me. I thought as I looked over at coco then back at her mom, who seemed to have a look of fear in her eyes that she was desperately trying to hide from everyone.
Now I could just leave seeing that my job was done, but I remember that look from many years ago. The look in her eyes was just like the look in her eyes that day I had to leave, the last look I ever saw on her face. Never again will I let anyone feel that fear when I’m around, never again.
“Tell me, why is your daughter getting married at such a young age, she can’t be older than six.” I looked at her, and I could see she didn’t want to say anything in front of everyone. I smiled and fell over. “Ahh, my stomach, the wounds didn’t finish healing, can you get me something for it.” Neil jumped up, I grabbed onto her hand and looked at her with a quick smile. “Ahhh get something for my stomach please, make it warm to.” I said. She figured it out. “Everyone out, quick go and get some hot water and find the doctor.” Neil yelled to the others in the room. Sending everyone out in a hurry.
“So, tell me what’s really going on here, it doesn’t look like this is peaceful marriage.” I said to her, she jumped forward, hugging me and crying. Not all that shocking to me from the way she looked earlier, but she eventually explained what was going on. It wasn’t so much a marriage between kingdoms that would leave Coco the ruler of the systems. Instead, it would make her a figurehead for the king who would be ruling in her place. But it gets worse if the wedding didn’t happen the king would go to war with the other systems. Seeing that the king had a large army, this would be one filled with bloodshed and could destroy one, if not all of the systems. Knowing this the king had killed Coco’s father when she was born and decided she would be his bride when she was still only a year old.
After the death of Coco’s father, much of the kingdom had split apart due to the only heir to the kingdom being a one-year-old girl. That was the reason we were contacted, Neil had agreed to allow Coco to marry to save the people that helped them and to keep Coco safe. If she didn’t, the attacks would keep coming until Coco was dead and all the people that protected her. It seemed the king had a plan that forced everyone to do as he wished without having to start an all-out war. What made it more cunning was he knew the Brothers Will would not interfere unless a war broke out between systems. Planetary conflicts were the only wars that we intervened in, anything else was up to the people of that world to fix on their own.
I sat deep in thought, wondering what I could do. Because of the rules of the alliance, I could do nothing until a war started, and preventing Coco from marring would start a war, so I couldn’t prevent it. Beep Beep. The sound of my nannies called me. “What is it 24?” I said. “24 is not available at the moment, your systems have been damaged beyond expected levels, nannies will now undergo complete system rebuild all nannies will be purged and reset. You will not have access to any of the functions for 48 hours. Star core will be activated to 1% for this time to power the rebuild.” Great, I was stuck here with no powers, even if I thought of something to do, I wouldn’t be able to do anything. My thoughts of despair were interrupted by the system once again. “Correction access to assisted construction will be available during rebuild.”
Well, this must be a joke, I can get help making stuff, but I would still have to do most of the building myself a lot of good that does me. “Come on, what am I supposed to do, build a big gun or something?” I said in frustration. However, it seemed as though that wasn’t such a bad idea. Well, at least Neil thought it wasn’t from the look on her face. “You can do that? You can build us a weapon to protect us?” She said, holding onto my hand and looking at me with excitement. “Well, yeah I can if I have what I need to build it, but what good will that do.” I replayed to her a bit confused. “We don’t have any weapons that can keep us safe, and if we tried to get one, he would just declare war using the weapons we acquired as the justification for the war. He knows that no one knows how to build weapons in the systems that supported my late husband. We have a small population on the planets, so there is no reason for large weapons, and the population on each planning is far too small to actually go to war with each other.” She said then waited for my answer, hoping for a yes.
I thought about what she had said and remembered something from my travels years ago as she showed me the plants in the system on a star map. Two of the planets in this system were mining world that supplied resources to many other worlds in exchange for technology. It explains why the city was so advance with such familiar technology, but at the same time, the people lived so simply. It was because they didn’t tell most of the technology, instead they were just using what other races had made for them.
This was just what I needed to help them. Their hold society depended on borrowed technology that they had no way of making. The best part about this was they got it by proving the rescores required to create that technology on a scale much larger than their population could ever use. This meant any technology and weapons I gave them, even if it tipped the balance of power, would not mean I interfered with the system’s balance of power because they do not have any original technology of the own. Using the technology of other races is what their whole society is built on in the first place. Anything I gave them would only have to be built on the planet with their resources like everything thing else on this world. After all, it was the way of the Brothers Will to live as the people of the world they were on lived even if they were only on the planet for a few days.
“So, are you going to help us sir?” Neil asked, waking me from my thoughts. “Yes, I’m going to help you, but I’m going to need a few things.” I replied to her looking around for something I can write on. I had an idea for a new weapon a while back, and even though it was very powerful, it used a large amount of ammunition, but considering that these people had the resources to supply as much ammo as it would need this would be a perfect weapon for them.
I gave her the list of parts I needed for the weapon, and within an hour I had everything neatly organized in an area for me to work, talk about being able to get anything I wanted in no time at all. But I had no time to marvel at the speed at which they worked, I had a lot of work I needed to get them fast myself. “Hey mister, what are you doing with all of this.” Coco asked me as she picked up random things that lay around where I was working. “I’m going to make something to protect you little one.” I answered her picking her up and putting her on my shoulders. “Really? But you do a good job of that so why do you need to make something else to do it, do you not want to keep me safe anymore?” She replied, leaning over to look at my face. I laughed a little. “Well, I will come and protect you whenever you need me, but I can’t stay here all the time. I have other people to protect to, so I’m going to leave something to keep you and your mommy safe till I can come stop all the bad guys.” I said to her with a smile walking over to a pile of parts I had already made. “Oh, I understand now your making something so you can be lazy aren’t you.” I couldn’t help but burst out laughing, I keep forgetting that she is still a child.