Distant Reflections 8

Distant Reflections

G: Did you enjoy Odyssey Affair?

S: It was amazing!

D: I liked it.

S: There was so much BAM BAM and then waaaazing and then BOOM! It was the best ever!

G: ::chuckles:: It certainly sounds fun.

S: Grandma, is it true that you piloted an exo-armor!?

G: Oh, even I was in it? Well yes, I did for a couple of years.

S: It was so cool! How you shot down Sergeant Khaos in a one-on-one!

G: Really now? Well I suppose I was pretty amazing.

S: Can you buy me a Prometheus model! Please grandma, pleasepleasepleaseplease?

G: You should talk to your mother about that.

S: Okay! ::exits::

G: You’re quiet dear.

D: I was just thinking. Everything just ended very quickly. I was wondering what happened next.

G: Well, I suppose you’d learn more about that in school. When you’re older. Don’t let it bother you too much. Your brother seems to have enjoyed it.

D: It DOES bother me. Parts of it just didn’t seem…right. And I don’t want to wait for a sequel to explain it for me, or until I go to high school to watch the holos.

G: You’re just like your grandfather. Alright, come and sit down. What did you want to know?

D: At the end, it says that there was a hundred years of peace. Has it really been that long? And don’t people still fight?

G: A hundred years? Well, not quite that but we’re getting there. And things are different now than they were back then. Of course there is still some conflict but it’s different from what you hear on the news.

D: What do you mean?

G: Everyone was afraid back then, that the fighting would involve a lot of people. A fight that could threaten everything we love about this world.

D: You mean Volkov, right? She wanted to destroy everything.

G: I don’t know what you saw, but that much is definitely not true. Volkov was afraid of the same things everyone else was: that violence would destroy the world that she herself worked hard to protect.

D: That’s…but didn’t she do all of those evil things?

G: It’s true she did, but Volkov only saw the big picture. She was afraid of stagnation of progress, was afraid that left alone humans would resort to a primitive tribal mentality and make enemies of each other.

D: But she wanted a war!

G: Yes, but not between people. She wanted to expose a new enemy to unite all of humanity as one “tribe”, to make a war where we could have our progress but still protect the things we loved.

D: A new enemy…do you mean the Vryndrin?

G: Yes.

D: But the Vryndrin aren’t our enemies.

G: Of course you and I know that now. But back then, no one even knew that they existed. Volkov wanted the first sighting of alien life for humanity to be of a Vryndrin war ship. So we would see them as monsters.

D: The Vryndrin are peaceful though. Azeria didn’t want to fight.

G: Yet at the time, Volkov was right: humans weren’t peaceful. She accepted that aspect of human nature because it was all that she knew. The Vryndrin had a reason for those weapons, but they won their war a long time ago.

D: Did Volkov know?

G: She didn’t know much, but she may have suspected it. It didn’t make a difference to her though. Azeria had been floating in our solar system for thousands of years, invisible, trying to heal from a battle from the birth of our sun.

But Volkov didn’t get what she wanted. Instead of a Vryndrin war vessel materializing as its automated defense systems activated, people heard a song.

A song of the stars.

The voice of Aoi Trinity that echoed into Azeria, who lay half-asleep within Father Jupiter. And that song would vibrate throughout Jupiter, resound from the Great Giant’s celestial orbit and engulf us all. Everyone would hear Aoi’s song. Humans did not see Azeria, they felt her instead.

They felt her pain, her sadness, but also her love. The Vryndrin are more than those metals and crystals they surround themselves with. At their core, the Vryndrin are feelings.

And with those feelings came the greatest change humanity could have wished for. All of Volkov’s dreams would come true, but not the way she expected it. Saint Verstal would show people how the universe was connected and give everyone a voice to add to the song of the stars. Your grandfather would build the machines of the future so we could travel to them.

D: What about the others? Like Yanagi Tatsuo? What did he do after he married Anya-chan?

G: The lieutenant married Anya?

D: Yeah, after grandpa made an android body for Anya-chan. And he wasn’t a lieutenant, he was a general by the end.

G: Real life was a little different. Yanagi was promoted to captain post-humously: he didn’t survive the final encounter.

D: What!? But the Prometheus wasn’t shot down, I saw it in the museum for our field trip last summer!

G: Most of the Prometheus did survive intact, and Yanagi’s body was recovered but his mind had…moved on. And you should know that your grandfather didn’t build androids.

D: So…they never got to be together?

G: Well now, I wouldn’t say that. I believe Yanagi got to be with Anya in the end, but not quite how you’d expect.

D: What about Suzu-chan? Did she never get to marry Taka-kun? They kiss in the end so I thought…

G: I’m afraid I don’t know much about that one, or what happened afterwards. I never spoke to Suzume again. But I can tell you that Suzume never gave up fighting for what was right.

D: Even though she didn’t want to fight at all?

G: Yes, even so. But the fact that she didn’t want to fight was why we needed her so much. You see, it took time for your grandfather and Saint Verstal to develop new technology, and it took time for things to spread. People were scared after they heard the song, confused. There were also those who wanted to profit on new technology that should have been made free. Peace didn’t come overnight.

D: But it did come. And Suzume got to stop fighting some day?

G: I’d hope so. The Scylla, her ship, hasn’t been seen in over fifty years. No one may ever know what happened to her, but I hope she found it in her to forgive herself. To move on.

D: And what about that other girl that grandpa liked?

G: Your grandfather made the right decision. I heard she was able to move on and be happy.

D: What about Aoi Trinity? What happened to her?

G: ::smiles:: Don’t be silly, you know what happened to her. You hear her voice every night when you sleep, don’t you? She still sings, and her song will never die or fade away.

It’s Aoi’s song that binds people together, reminds us of our shared purpose in life. It’s humanity’s spirituality, it’s our progress, it’s our past and it is our future.

Even as we’ve reached across space for the interstellar community that song has come with us. It travels faster than the fastest space ship, it penetrates deeper than the sharpest bullet. It is the soul of the universe that binds us all together.

Aoi’s song is her legacy, and it will be with us until the end of time.

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