Alexander meets Alpha
Alexander and Alice entered the archaeology lab with Tunasala. There were tables with computers and simulators analyzing each specimen. Scientists and graduate students wore lab suits and carried tools for examination. The shelves filled with different computers and sets of lab equipment used for many purposes. He was amazed to see how scientists studied about alien artifacts.
The bald headed Professor Oldman came up to greet them, "Hello, I am professor Oldman from Cambridge University."
"It is nice to meet you. I am Alice McAuliffe and this is Alexander," said Alice.
"It seems that he's interested in archeology," Professor Oldman said. "It is a great field!"
"It sure is! What do you know about the artifacts found from the unknown ship?" asked Alexander.
"So far, we think the artifacts were the same kind that we found on Mars," said Professor Oldman.
"Maybe I can figure out why they disappeared," said Alexander.
"They may have moved to another galaxy to establish a better empire," Professor Oldman said.
"Well, can I see what you're examining?" asked Alexander.
"Sure, Tunasala and my other students will show them to you," said Professor Oldman.
Tunasala was cleaning a set of rusted jewelry under the hood. They sprayed them with vinegar and used a sponge for scrubbing. Then they blow dried the artifacts and took them out of the hood. The jewelry came out of the hood clean.
Alexander looked at them and said, "They almost looked like the ones that are on display."
"They do! And they were from that spaceship that we recently discovered," she said.
"Have they discovered some ships on Mars?" he asked.
"Only scraps. This ship is unique because it is well intact," she said.
"That's incredible!" he smiled.
He looked a necklace. It used to be in a shape of two golden hands holding a deep blue diamond. The two golden hands were split in half with the diamond shattered into pieces.
"What is it Alex?" asked Alice.
"That shattered necklace is the same as my amulet," whispered Alexander.
Alice looked at the shattered necklace and whispered with surprise, "No way!"
"What is going to happen now?" asked Alexander.
"Let's find out," said Alice.
Alexander watched as a student used a computer to try recreating a weapon, which crumbled into a pile of scrap metals. The student tried to find out what it may have looked and its function. Alexander knew that weapon used to be a rifle based on the handle.
A couple of students wearing purple gloves put pinches of powder on the artifacts. Then they brushed the powder off and placed them under an electronic scanner. The results appeared on the computer screen and found fingerprints of the Spacers. Each fingerprint had a pattern of two whirlpools swirling next to each other.
Tunasala took out a large metal box. The golden box had gems on each side. A heart-shaped red diamond was on top of the box. She carefully tried to open it, but it wouldn't budge. Alexander looked at it and said, "Maybe you need to push the heart."
Tunasala thought about that for a moment. She pushed it and the box opened. She and Professor Oldman carefully took out the contents. Alexander's eyes froze as he saw the first item, the same type of robe his mother wore. They hung the robe on a hanger and sealed it in a closet.
Tunasala looked in the metal box again and found a strange object. This artifact resembled an old fashion computer monitor. They placed the object under the hood to clean and dry. Then the object was analyzed on the computer.
"This looked like some kind of television," Tunasala said.
"It does look like a monitor of a 1991 Mac computer," added Professor Oldman.
"It does not look like the artifacts they found on Mars," she said. "Maybe it was hooked into the ship's network."
"Last week, I checked with the other scientists and they didn't find more of that particular artifact," said Professor Oldman.
Alexander looked and stepped closer to the artifact. But then his amulet started to glow through his red t-shirt. He looked at his shirt and covered it with his hand. Professor Oldman and Tunasala froze as if a ghost was here.
"What was that?" asked Tunasala with her Tunain eyes wide open.
"Ah, a heart monitor," Alexander lied.
"He was born with a heart condition and Dr. Veelet implanted a special device to keep his heart stable," Alice added.
"Heart monitors and pace makers don't glow through your body," said Professor Oldman.
Alexander took a couple steps back and his amulet stopped glowing. He thought if he gets closer to that artifact, his amulet glows. Why?
"I don't know why it glowed?" said Alexander.
"What are you wearing under your shirt?" asked Tunasala knowing that it couldn't be a heart monitor.
Alexander took a deep breath and revealed his amulet. They froze in shock and surprise. They could not close their eyes shut when they saw the ancient amulet that should had stayed in the museum since it belonged to the Spacers.
"Alexander!" shouted Tunasala. "Put it back on the table!"
"It is mine, my mother gave it to me!" shouted Alexander. "I did not take it!"
Tunasala looked at the checklist to see how many amulets they had found and examined. She looked at the table and saw another amulet and a shattered one. She then looked at Alexander and asked with surprise, "Where did you get it?"
"My mother gave it to me. I don't know how she got it," said Alexander.
"Ms. McAuliffe, do you know he had that amulet?" asked Professor Oldman.
"Yes. It is the only thing that he has that was from his mother," said Alice.
"What happened to his mother?" asked Professor Oldman.
"She died when the Helbots took over my planet," said Alexander.
"Where were you from?" asked Professor Oldman.
"I came from Chartorla," said Alexander. "I do not know how my mother and I got there and why."
"You do not know about yourself?" asked Tunasala with confusion.
"That is right. My mother never told me and I do not know why she never told me," said Alexander.
"What about your father?" asked Professor Oldman.
"I never knew my father," said Alexander sadly.
"Dr. Veelet and Dr. Marshall examined him and according to his DNA he is a hybrid," said Alice.
"A hybrid of what?" asked Tunasala.
"That is why I am here to find out," Alexander said.
"What would happen if his amulet gets closer to the artifact?" Tunasala asked her professor.
"Only one way to find out," said Professor Oldman.
Alexander took a couple of little steps closer to the artifact. His amulet glowed again and his heart throbbed as he got closer. He did not know what was going to happen if he touches the artifact. Would it be something like a Jack in the Box?
He took out his amulet and had it face toward the screen of the artifact. He went closer enough for the diamond part of his amulet to touch the screen of the artifact. Then Alice took out her pistol and aimed it at the thing.
"You brought a gun to the lab?!" Professor jumped.
"Hey, I don't want anything about to harm Alex!" shouted Alice.
The thing started to vibrate. Then it swirled around until a couple of mechanical arms popped out from the sides. The thing hovered over the table still shaking like it wanted to destroy something. Alexander ran behind Alice and the others as she aimed at it. The security alarm was at the other side of the room. But they would have to get there to call for help. After it stopped shaking, it banged itself probably to adjust itself.
It saw Alice and spoke, "Please, put down that weapon. I am not here to hurt you."
Alice lowered her pistol down and Professor Oldman asked in fear, "W-W-Who are you?"
"My codename is Alpha," it said trying to move his rusty arms around.
"Do you need oil?" Tunasala asked nervously.
"Anything that would get these arms to move again," said Alpha. He was irritated by the rust and he took that out on everyone. Tunasala grabbed a bottle of oil and slowly handed it to him. Alpha squeezed the oil out of the bottle into the joints of his arms. He moved his arms around and did a little dance of relief.
"Are you a Spacer?" asked Alice.
"No, I am a Spacer monitor," said Alpha. "Now, Where is my master?"
"Your master?" asked Alice.
"No one knows my master? Where is my master? Where am I?" Alpha asked a bunch of questions.
"I don't know your master, but I can tell you where you are," said Professor Oldman. "You are in a museum on a planet called Purelif."
"What am I doing here?! I'm supposed to be on Pandora!" Alpha was surprised. "My master is going to be so mad!"
"Pandora?" asked Alice.
"No one knows where that is?!" asked Alpha in distress. "I am going to be in big trouble!"
Alexander thought maybe Alpha could help him. Alexander stepped toward Alpha and asked, "Who is your master?"
Then Alpha paused and looked at him as if he found his lost dog for so many years. He took a good look at the boy and said, "Hold still." He held the boy's shoulders and a blue ray from his screen scanned his body. After the scanning, he analyzed the results from his digital storage and was stunned.
"No, it can't be!" Alpha gasped with surprised.
"What?" Alexander asked.
"You are my master's eleven year old son!"
"What are you talking about?"
"You were not born yet the last time he put me to sleep for so many years! He had me sleeping for eleven years?!"
"Do you know who I am?!"
"I scanned your body and got all the information about you. Your name is Alexander, just what your parents were going to call you."
"My parents? How do you know them?"
"Your parents never told you about me?! Good grief! Don't they love me? Your parents are here, right?"
Alexander paused and thought about his mother. She never told him of his father or Alpha. He may be eleven years old, but it seemed as if Alpha slept more than that. Alpha had been with his family. The boy's head spun with more confusion as much as the monitor. Many horrible things had happened to his mother and it was best to let Alpha know.
He looked at Alpha and said sadly, "My mother’s dead."
Alpha shook with shock and gasped, "What?! No! That can't be! What about your father?"
"I don't know my father."
"What?! You don't know your father?!"
"I never met my father at all and my mother never told me about him or myself."
"You don't really know what you are?!"
"If you knew my mother, what was her name? Can you remember?"
"Well I course I know your mother's name! Your mother was a Human named Helen."
"Did you know I am a hybrid?"
"You were going to be one when your mother was pregnant with you. All your biological information is now stored in my memory chip."
"I don't understand why she never told me? I have been waiting a long time to figure out what I am."
"Well, now you have! You should be proud of that!"
"What about my dead mother?"
"I don't understand why she would never told you. Haven't you been living with the Spacers?"
"I never met the Spacers!"
"What?! This shocks me!"
Tunasala and Professor just stood in shock as they witnessed the awakening of an ancient artificial intelligent. Alice bravely joined into the conversation, "No one has seen the Spacers before."
Alpha turned to Alice and said, "What?! This galaxy is home to billions of Spacers. How can you not have met them?"
"We never seen them alive before, but we have their remains," said Professor Oldman.
"Remains?" asked Alpha.
"We discovered ruins of these cities and ships that belonged to those people," said Professor Oldman.
"Where are the Spacers?" Alpha asked with desperation.
"We don't know," said Alice.
"How can they not be here?! What going on?" Alpha kept asking.
Alpha stopped and took a moment to relax. Then Alexander came up to Alpha and said, "I am more confused as you are. I needed to know why I am a hybrid and what happened to the Spacers. First off, what can you tell me about my mother's amulet?"
Alpha explained, "That is the Spacer's index. Every wealthy Spacer wears that so that they could enter special facilities in Spacer cities. Each index has information about a specific person. Also, they can use it to activate any machinery and vehicle," said Alpha.
"It also had a defensive mechanism," added Alexander.
"Very good, how did you about that?" Alpha asked.
"I just discovered it when Alice and I were being attacked by the choppers on Mount Kobe," said Alexander.
"Now, you learned more about the index," said Alpha.
"Alright then, what do the Spacers look like?" Alexander asked.
Alpha projected from his blue screen a holographic image of a Spacer. He explained, "The Spacers had pale skin and really long white hair; the colors of their eyes were blue; had very muscular and athletic bodies; had blue blood in their circulatory system; their anatomy was more complex than any other race."
"Incredible!" Tunasala smiled. "But, do you know how long you were asleep?"
"I have no idea," said Alpha.
Professor Oldman went to the carbon simulator and said, "I just got the radiometric dating results from the carbon simulator. It turned out the Paradise ship was shut down for Two thousand eight hundred and forty four years."
"Two thousand eight hundred and forty four years? There is no way that I was sleeping that long!" Alpha spun.
"Why were you put to sleep?" Alexander asked.
"Well, your father put me to sleep so I could be recharged," said Alpha.
"There must have been something terrible you had slept through," said Alice.
Alexander hesitated for moment. Alpha slept two thousand eight hundred and forty four years ago. Alexander was born eleven years ago. This didn't make sense to him. How's that possible?
"I was born eleven years ago! How can he know my mother two thousand eight hundred and forty four years ago and before I was born?" Alexander was very confused.
"I am confused too! This seems very impossible," said Alpha.
"How are we going to figure this out?" asked Alexander.
"I have no idea! But as least you know what you really are," Alpha tried to look at the bright side.
Alpha could be the key to understanding his mother better and find out why she never told him he was a hybrid. He now wanted to know why be born on the Cobains' home world instead of the Spacer's.
"We want you to stay here and teach us more about the Spacers," said Professor Oldman.
"I would provide you with information about the Spacers and other topics relating to the Universe," said Alpha. "I also would like to know everything what had happened throughout these two thousand eight hundred and forty four years. You and other primitive beings have evolve technology wise. You seem to be living peacefully as well. Once, we provide each other with information, I would love to accompany Alexander and his guardian."
"Thank you so much," Professor Oldman smiled as his heart pounds with excitement. "Let me get my computer pad ready for the downloads. Tunasala, you must join me for note taking."
"When will we see you again?" Alexander asked before he and Alice headed out of the lab.
"Oh don't worry," said Alpha. "Copying and downloading my data library would take 12 hours, 45 minutes, and 30 seconds. Processing recent data would only take an estimate of 2 hours give or take."
"So we may see you tomorrow afternoon?" asked Alice.
"Pretty much," said Alpha.
Alice took Alexander home after meeting that strange floating Spacer monitor. Alexander thought it would be interesting having a floating Spacer monitor around. He'll sure keep the boy company since he didn't had any siblings. And be a good source for understanding Alexander's family and the Spacers.
Later that night, Alexander began writing his diary:
Today was the most exciting moment of my life! I went back to the museum to see if I am a Martian/Human hybrid. Based on my ability to read their language, they were called Spacers. Tunasala and Professor Oldman let me into the archaeology lab and they were examining artifacts found from a Spacer ship. One of those artifacts became my new best friend! I touched this strange artifact with my mother's amulet and it came to life. It turned out about to be a monitor named Alpha. Alpha knew about my family two thousand eight hundred and forty four years and I was born eleven years ago. To me, it makes no sense at all! He even told me that I am a Human/Spacer hybrid. I really did not understand why my mother never told me about me being a hybrid or the Spacers. I don't understand why the Spacers are gone and/or why I was born as a hybrid. I need to know about my family so I can find out about my future. He can help me find about my family. Once I find about my family's past and the Spacers, I need to know what will happen to me later on the future. To me, learning about what I am was only the beginning!"