The Empire Chronicles: Rise of The Empire

Exiled by his own people for fear of him becoming a dictator (even though he was nothing but kind and essentially created their utopia) as his future self began terrorizing them and his wife nearly killed him all because he spends more time trying to help his people and prove his innocence rather than be with her and their children. Now, begins his revenge.


9. 9

The scenery changed again, this time the sky is bright and clear with a large city in the background with multiple skyscrapers and futuristic structures as Michael stood in a dress uniform with Chloe by his side as they stood on a podium with a middle aged man in a suit standing before a microphone stand (as he held a medal) as he spoke to a large crowd before them, “This award goes to one of Zhargosia’s greatest citizens!  Michael and Chloe Valkyrie have explored nine systems and orchestrated the colonization and the spread of Zhargosia influence on those systems and made first contact with the Altar's and extended our friendship with them as allies!  Also, they have made first contact with The United Star Systems and represented Zhargosia as they signed the Alliance Accords making Zhargosia part of the United Star Systems both as citizens and allies!” The man then looked upon the smiling faces of Michael and Chloe as he smirked and presented them with the medal and continued, “On behalf of The Republic of Zhargosia and Zhargosia Space Command we present both Michael and Chloe Valkyrie The Medal of Peace!” They were claps and cheers as Michael and Chloe bowed, allowing the man to put the medals over their heads and around their necks before they looked up, smiled and waved before the crowd before Michael and Chloe looked upon each other and Michael planted a firm kiss (that took Chloe by surprised at first) that made some people in the crowd laugh.  Chloe pulled back and spoke (as she smiled), “You do like to make a scene.” Michael looked shocked (sarcastically) and replied, “Who, me?” They both laughed and just when they are about to kiss again Chloe put her forefinger to his lips and Michael looked at her and her finger with confusion till she spoke, “I have something to tell you.” Chloe put down her finger as Michael still looked at her confused/worried as she blushed and tried to find words till she spoke, “I’m pregnant.” There is silence between them as Michael looked at her shocked and Chloe looked like she is on the verge of being upset and is about to speak till suddenly Michael smiled and kissed her (as he held her head) and when he pulled back he said happily, “That’s great!” Chloe laughed and they both continued to kiss as the crowd cheered in the background.


    Lord Valkyrie looked on, behind Michael, till the scenery changed to a fog like mist that surrounded Lord Valkyrie and showed him moving images or scenes of Chloe and Michael together (happily) with Chloe’s stomach getting bigger and bigger and even during child birth in the hospital and showed Chloe sweating profusely as she griped Michael’s hand and cried out in pain.  Lord Valkyrie then saw himself and Chloe holding two baby boys as they both smiled and the image changed to the babies in the nursery, as Michael and Chloe looked on happily behind the glass, with the name cards reading, “Uriel and Selaphiel” over the two babies when the nursery changed to various scenes inside a large house or outside on the open grass with the children growing up to be toddlers as Michael and Chloe either watched or played with them, all the while Lord Valkyrie looked and continued to make snake like breathing noises through his helmet.  


    The fog dissipated and Lord Valkyrie is surrounded by skyscrapers as he stood just outside and below the long steps of what appears to be a Conference Building as he saw Michael and Chloe (both dressed in a red military uniform and black pants and boots) descending the steps close to him.  Michael held Chloe in his arms as they both smiled, kissed and Michael asked, “How are the children?” Chloe replied, “Their fine, for now.  They just can’t wait to see....” There is an ear piercing scratch noise as the large monitor on the skyscraper next to the Conference Building fizzled and Michael, Chloe and everyone close to all the large monitors throughout the city, cringed and covered their ears till the noise stopped.  The monitors changed to show the face of what looked like Michael Valkyrie and took everyone by surprise and looked on in shock.  The man that looks like Michael wore knight armor that is almost in a form of a purple and black suit with a black cape and held an unsheathed, black sword in front of him as he spoke in Michael’s voice, “This is Lord Michael Serenity.” Everyone is transfixed to the large view screens in the cities or their own television sets when he spoke as well as Michael and Chloe as they looked at the billboard size screen on a skyscraper (as they waited for a shuttle).  Lord Serenity continued, “I have in my possession The Magnetic Destabilizer.  With this device I have the power to destroy a space station,  a large fleet of starships or an interstellar passenger ship by my will.  You will not resist me for if you shall I will destroy a space colony, station or any type or number of starships of my own choosing to repay for what you have done.  From now on your leaders in both Zhargosia and the United Star Systems will do as I say for if they won’t or try to resist me then there will be consequences.  So let it be written, so let it be done.” The screens changed to show an orbital complex over a red planet with cargo ships moving to and from when suddenly a bolt of yellow energy came from beyond the monitors view and struck the orbital complex.  Everyone either gasped or looked on in shock or horror as the complex exploded from the inside out and many cargo or transport ships tried to escape, only to be caught in a transparent shock wave that emitted from the complex, but they were ripped apart sending debris and bodies flying about either into space or caught in the red planet’s orbit.  Many people cried out in shock while Chloe remained silent as she cringed in both anger and fear as Michael looked on in shock and held her close.


    Lord Valkyrie looked on as the lenses on his mask grew a shade dark red when all of a sudden the scenery before him changed into a large room with two rows of seats connected to two long desks on elevated platforms as older men and women in suits sat behind them as Michael (still dressed in the same red uniform) stood before them with a look of both shock and anger as he spoke aloud, “You’re telling me you are not going to hunt down this terrorist!” One of the seated men looked at him and spoke aloud, “I’m sorry but this council cannot take a chance of you destroying a space colony or a starship filled with innocent civilians!” Michael looked at him as he pointed to himself and yelled, “That’s not me!  It’s no doubt one of those machines of Cervello I told you about and made one of them to look like me!” A council member stood up before Michael (as if he is the leader of the council) and spoke, “We have received a follow-up message from Lord Serenity, before you arrived, that he is indeed you, but from the future.” Michael looked at him confused and asked, “Wait, how is that possible?” The same council member replied, “He said he was able to repair a time portal device that he recovered from what’s left of Cervello, in his time, and was just able to use it just to get here.” Michael pointed at them and asked, “Did he show you this device?” One of the female council members spoke, “He transported some of the remains to our science division and they confirmed his story.  This gives us more of a reason that we must do as he wishes.” Michael looked at her as if she’s crazy and yelped, “ARE YOU NUTS!  Listen you yourselves!” He pointed at all of them as he still looked shocked and continued, “From the way you are speaking you are giving in to terrorism!  You can’t just let this maniac do whatever he tells you and allow him to get away with it!” The lead council member spoke aloud, “This is not open for discussion!  From now on Mr. Valkyrie, you and your wife are hereby discharged from Zhargosia Space Command and you and your family will be monitored by the Zharg Advanced Security Bureau at all times till further notice!” Michael looked angry and yelled, “WHY ARE YOU TREATING US LIKE CRIMINALS?  HE IS THE ENEMY, NOT US!  AND I SURE AS HELL WILL NEVER BE LIKE HIM!” One of the council members jumped up and yelped, “WE CANNOT TAKE A CHANCE!  Even though he is your future self and know you will not turn out like him we cannot take a chance!” The lead council member raised his hand to calm him and the others down before he spoke calmly, “That is what we agreed on.  As I said before, the decision has been made and will not be altered.” Michael spoke angrily, “So you decided because he is my demented future self and threatens to destroy any space station or ship you are going to let him run the republic, ruin me and my families reputation and lives?” The lead council member spoke confidently, “Yes Mr. Valkyrie, that is our decision.” Michael then yelled as his face turned with anger (as well as a hint of red in his eyes), “THEN YOUR COWARDS!  Any other planet or government will take the risk and do anything to stop this madman and not be a bunch of cowards like you!” The council gasped in shock and the lead council member spoke aloud, “Mr. Valkyrie, normal people do not take risks unless they are terrorists, criminals or war mongers!” He then pointed at Michael and yelled, “Based on the way you talk you and your family are a threat to our society and criminals!  If anyone speaks about you or your family in a positive light will be considered terrorists as well and must be killed on site!  Including those that considered giving you aid!”  Michael screamed, “LISTEN TO YOURSELVES!  YOU ARE NOT MAKING ANY SENSE!” The same council member yelled in both fear and anger, “GUARDS ARREST THE TERRORIST!  ARREST HIM AND HIS FAMILY NOW!” Four men and women in orange body armor bursted through the two tall, large doors into the room and stepped right through Lord Valkyrie and approached Michael, only as they grabbed him they grasped thin air as the image of Michael fluxed before them.  The guards and the council looked on in shock as Michael continued to look at them angrily and spoke, “Fools.” And his image disappeared.  Lord Valkyrie looked on as the red lenses of his mask grew dark red and clinched his fists so tight that his gloves squeaked in his grip as the lead council member yelled out, “FIND THEM!  He, his wife and his children must be arrested at once!  They cannot be far!” Lord Valkyrie continued to watch on as the guards charged past him and out of the room till the scenery changed again.


    Lord Valkyrie stood tense as the scenery changed to show the bridge of the same ship Michael and Chloe used to escape Cervello and Michael looked furious as he sat in the pilot seat while Chloe remained as the co-pilot, all the while she looked at him with an intense expression, and she asked, “Are they going to do anything?” Michael slammed his right fist on the console (creating a small dent) as he yelled, “IDIOTS!” Chloe sarcastically cringed back and minded her own console and said, “Guess not.” Michael breathed heavily for a moment (as he tried to calm himself down) and asked, “Are the children safe?” Chloe turned back and caressed his clinched right hand and replied, “They are my love.  I have them in our room and they are taking a nap.” She then kissed him on the cheek and his right fist unclinched and relaxed and Chloe asked, “What are we going to do now?” Michael replied somberly, “First we need to leave Zhargosia space, then purchase food and water for our journey.” Chloe looked confused and asked, “Journey for what?” Michael gazed firmly at the forward viewer, showing the star filled space before them, and replied, “Lord Serenity.” Chloe looked at him confidently and asked, “And what are we going to do about him?” Michael looked at her with growing anger and replied firmly, “Track him, find him and kill him......badly.” Lord Valkyrie stood at the back entrance of the small bridge as he looked on at the conversation and made an acknowledging grunt before the bridge around him turned into a swirling mist.  In the mist he saw moving images of the ship he and his family was on, traveling to a makeshift trade port station and himself moving about from store to store on the station gathering food, clothing and accessing various computer terminals before seeing his ship again flying from station and station repeating the same method but at various looking shops while also showing Chloe playing or being around with his children more often than he as Chloe looked up at Michael (as he either leaves abruptly or as if something grabs his immediate attention) either hurt or encouraging.  Lord Valkyrie reached out slowly with his right gloved hand to Chloe’s sweet smiling face (as she was looking up to Michael’s direction as he left abruptly again) and is about to touch it when all of a sudden her face disappeared into the mist and the mist dissipated to show the inside of a large, dark, ballroom size room with a black throne in the middle, an overhead glass ceiling showing space above and a large circle viewing window in front showing a desert planet before it.

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