Prime Directive – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – We Didn’t Start the Fire

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Hunger has caught up with all of us.

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Joe has never cooked before, and neither have I.  On our planet, meals were prepared for us by the Watchers.

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Elana just grabs a bowl of cold cereal and makes her way to the eating nook. “Civilized beings eat hot food,” I murmur. I start counting intelligence points: Aliens: 1, Humans, 0.

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Gerard is the first to actually try cooking. Perhaps I can learn more about the human’s preparation rituals.

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He viciously beats 2 eggs with a fork. I take notes. “Theory: the human must be certain the eggs are dead and not merely sleeping,” I write.  He then heats the eggs to a deadly temperature. This confirms my theory.

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But perhaps Gerard is not the master chef I thought. In less than a minute, he sets himself on fire.

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“HAASBET HAA,” I hear him scream.  Why is he not putting out the fire?

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I close my eyes and teleport into the room. I am allowed to interfere “within limits,” and I if interference is ever called for, it is now.

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I dutifully put out the flames, starting with Gerard and then moving on to the stove. Gerard just continues to do the “fire dance”.  Aliens: 2, Humans, 0.

09-11-16_1-36-08-pm Gerard sheepishly walks away.  “There will be no scrambled eggs for you!” I whisper under my breath.

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The fire has made Elana “tense.”  She runs through the building with her hands in the “claw” position.

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But instead of running away from the fire, she runs right into it. “Human stupidity never ends,” I sigh. Aliens: 3, Humans, 0.

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Gerard continues running away from the kitchen as smoke trails off his body.

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But on the way to the bathroom to clean up, his bladder gives out.

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Now he has grey AND green odors drifting off his body. Aliens: 4, Humans, 0.

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Hi gets in the bathtub and for a brief moment, a sense of relief sweeps over him.

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But he doesn’t stay in long enough to clean up. Gerard is sleepy.

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And hungry.

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But mostly sleepy.

Chareth’s personal log: I used to theorize that humans need a higher intelligence to survive.  Now I am certain.  Humans have nothing to offer the universe. My report to the Watchers will not be favorable.

“Joe’s” personal log: Fires make me tense.  I am locked up in a little room.  IF only I could pick these locks…

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