A new danger
By: Yamuri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Years went by after the last battle with the outriders. The galaxy
was in peace since five years. The Star Sheriffs get used to it. All
of them went back to their home planets and their old lifes. Fireball
to his racing life, Saber and April still working for the Cavalry
Command and Colt working on his own ranch together with Robin.The war
seemed to be over but not all could forget.
Somewhere a girl was walking through an old outrider base. She didn't
know the planets name she visited and she didn't care about it. While
walking through the empty halls and rooms her thoughts went back when
outriders where still living here.
She didn't feel lucky about what happened. For her peace meant
nothing. Only the death of the one she loves. She couldn't forget
him. The way he looked at her, he talked to her, his laughter
his .... being mad with her. Why? She didn't know. She never tried to
find out. If she had not run away would he have talked to her again?
One time she was lucky but for the time she left the base to live
with her family again happiness left her heart for ever. The Star
Sheriffs destroyed the Outrider planet. They were heroes. April never
cared about her. Betrayed. He would say April betrayed you. But why?
Because she wanted to destroy their friendship. Probably he would say
so. No, April would not do such a thing. Everything was a big
misunderstanding. What did April know about the Outriders? Perhaps
she should search for her and tell her. Tell her all about what she
knew. It's to late. Nobody can bring them back. They are gone away.
She remembers something. Not long ago while watching the news on TV,
Fireball was speaking to a reporter. He said that he don't believe in
the peace, that he has not a good feeling and that all went to easy.
There was something more he said. When we won a battle against the
outriders they always came back and he thinks they will be away for
some time but they will come back again for sure and they should be
prepared. That's why he still trains his reflexes with doing those
murderous car races, as his friend April calls it. April believes in
the peace. She and Saber can talk easy Fireball said. Both of them
still work for the cavalry command and he can't believe April when
she says that she doesn't train sometimes in her freetime. Something
else he told took her attention. After all what happened at the last
battle Fireball felt sorry for Jesse, who lost his life in this
battle. Perhaps he felt a bit sad too. Somehow, although he was far
away from her, he shared the sad feeling about Jesse's death with
her. Fireball was a Star Sheriff and she was nothing. But both of
them had the same feeling when talking or thinking about the time of
peace and those last battles.
The girl was so far away from reality while walking through the base
that she didn't realize the footsteps behind her. Suddenly she felt a
hand on her shoulder and moved fast to see who interrupt her.
Infront of her an young Outrider was standing. She knew him very well
and although she thought this would be a dream she is happy to see
him. Illusion or not. Her heart seemed to need the image of the
Outriders being alive.
„Trista?" he asked.
The girl nodded her head. Slowly she moved towards him. But she
couldn't embrace him, although he was showing his feelings.
„I'm glad to see you Trista. Really. I thought I lost you after all
what happened." he said.
„You still don't believe, right? Ask your heart and you will know the
She looked at him and couldn't move. That was not real. It would be
to dangerous to come here for an Outrider. But she forgot something.
They could vaporize and come to wherever they want. The young man
didn't care about what Outriders should or not and she was lucky when
he hugged her. „Yamuri." She whispered. „Whatever happened between us
you are still my brother. I know that and nobody can take that away
from me. Even our parents can't although they live on their life as
if you would be dead for them."
Yamuri nodded. „I broke the rules. And I found out the truth. They
must too one time. They can't live as humans for all the time. One
time humans will find out or something else will happen. We are
Outriders and not humans Trista. You know that too. Why do you still
live as if you were an human. What makes you feel frightened of
showing what you are? I did too? And I'm still alive as you can see."
„I guess I always knew that you would come back and the rest of the
Outriders too. Perhaps I came here cause I hoped to meet you. But I
can't believe Yamuri. I don't want to believe. Being an human is ...
how shall I explain that to you?„"
Yamuri turned away. „I know what you mean Trista but what I mean is
that you can't deceive yourself. You aren't human. You know that.
Don't say you are. You can live with humans in peace, you can have
and show feelings because you always lived together with humans and
somehow we can learn from them. But you never can be an human. Why
can't you accept this?" Slowly he went away but this time Trista
tried to stop him.
„Wait. I don't want that it will end like the other time, you know. I
need time to accept Yamuri. I need time to see a way out of this
problem. If I show what I am like you the humans will never be my
friends again. They don't believe in real peace with us. You know
that. And well life with the Outriders didn't change you a lot. But
you have no family anymore. Does that make you happy. I guess not. I
don't want to loose my parents and I feel sorry if they would loose
me the way they loosed you."
Yamuri moved towards her again and looked into her eyes who looked
hopeful again, more lucky then before. „They didn't loose me. They
don't understand me that's why they lie and don't want any contact
with me again. I still love them Trista and I still love you like a
brother should love his sister. We are not like Nemesis. We can show
Nemesis how to feel again. That's why we should not live such a
secret life like mom and dad. They are used to it now and I can
understand they can't change it. But we can."
„Where will you go now? Back in the vapor zone?"
Yamuri nodded. „Back to the people I belong to. But never forget. I
belong to my family too."
„Why can't you stay and talk to mom and dad?"
„You know why Trista. Think about what I said and don't be sad
sometimes things looks worst than they are." he smiles at her and
„What do you mean?"
He turned his head. „Jesse is still alive and he also accept what he
„What? Jesse? What do you know about him?"
But Yamuri vaporized already. Gone into a zone where she couldn't
follow him. He said Jesse would be alive. Really or was this meeting
only a dream. One of such dreams she always had after hearing
something about the Star Sheriffs. Humans could forget one time - she
couldn't. Memory came back to her every night.
While Trista was searching for a way to contact her brother again
rumors started at the edge of the galaxy. Something had survived.
From the planets which were near vapor zone stupid messages were
coming. At first they asked for help. Then they sent out messages
which said that everything would be under control to send out a
message that they were attacked again soon. Always the same. None
knew what was happening out there. Cavalry Command was worried and
arranged a meeting of the Star Sheriffs. There was tension between
the friends who meet on Yuma with Commander Eagle, Commander
Whitehawk and other leading persons from Cavalry Command. Colt had
not arrived yet.
Commander Eagle told the rest of them that they couldn't contact him.
All of them felt worried. That was not a good start. But what could
they do. A new mission waited for them and they had to prepare
themselves very fast for attacks. While Ramrod was prepared for the
flight and Saber had some conversations with Commander Eagle April
went out to Fireball who was sitting alone on the field near the
headquarters. He looked at her surprised when she sit down in front
„It's a long time isn't it?"
Fireball nodded, leaned back on a tree behind him and looked up into
„We had not much time to talk a lot the last month. Everyone was so
busy. It's a pity that we have to meet again under such
„Yeah. You are right. But I always knew that it was not over. It will
never be over." His words were sad and bitter.
„Don't say such a thing Fireball. One time it will be over. Sure."
„We won't be alive when this happens."
„What makes you so sad Fireball. Why can't you believe in peace.
Perhaps nothing bad happened out there. Only some civil wars which we
can end soon."
„They are back April. I know that. Don't ask why. But they are back."
Fireball stood up and walked away towards the place where Ramrod
waited for them. April followed him fast.
„You can't know that! Fireball!"
He turned towards her. His eyes were cold and he frightened her a
„I can know! Let me alone! I don't want to end it in an argue." He
shouted at her and pushed her away. Then while he went to the hall
where Ramrod was standing in and Saber would wait for them he added
„I don't want to end it in such a way because I love you."
April took his arm and hugged him. „I know Fireball. Why can't we
talk to each other in a better way then. I worry for you that's why I
want you to believe in peace. But I know you can't force feelings.
Let's go in and make the best out of the situation. We are still
friends, aren't we?"
He nodded and for a second he smiled at her. Then he walked in
without saying something. April still felt sad. Since she had spoken
to him about peace and especially about living together he acted in
such a strange way. Sometimes when she called him he even ignored
her. Why? What was his problem? He had no girlfriends she knew.
And what happened to Colt? While his friends prepared for the flight
Colt had his own problems. Much worse problems then the rest of the
Star Sheriffs. They all went back to a life on or near Yuma. The only
one of them who lived on a planet near vapor zone was Colt. And that
meant danger and big problems. Whatever attacked the ranch was not
human Colt realized. But he didn't knew what it was. He couldn't see
it. And how should he fight against someone who didn't show himself.
It was crazy. All had started so strange. Robin had told him that the
people in town were acting in a strange way. As if they would become
crazy or something. She could not tell exactly. But it was like
everyone was against everyone. People argued a lot and in the next
minutes they acted as if nothing had happened to argue again within
the next minutes. Colt tried to keep it cool and went into town with
her to see what was going on. When he realized that he couldn't do
anything to end the chaos which had started there he went back to his
ranch. He had an own space ship there. The best would be he took
Robin and went to Cavalry Command as fast as he could. But then Robin
started to become crazy too. Perhaps the reason was that their horses
and cattle were dead when they came home. He prepared the space ship
when suddenly Robin was standing in the room.
„What have you done? Traitor! Bastard! I ...I hate you." She shouted.
Her face was white and her eyes had a strange red color. Slowly she
moved towards him. In her hands she had a gun.
„Robin? What happened? I haven't...."
„Shut up!" she cried and started to shot at him.
As fast as he could Colt hid himself behind the Space Ship. What was
with Robin? Why was she so mad with him? What was happening here?
Would it happen to him to? He had to survive. Would he have to kill
Robin? Hopefully not.
„Come out!" Robin cried and Colt could hear her feet on the floor.
She came nearer and nearer.
„Robin please be calm. There is no reason to act like this. We can
talk about it like adults. Don't act like a kid."
Suddenly it was over. He heard the gun falling down and Robin sitting
down on the floor. Carefully he came out of his hideaway.
„Everything okay with you?" he asked while coming towards her.
She nodded and looked up to him. „What did I with the gun. Why did I
come here. Are you finish? Can we go?"
Colt looked at her surprised. She acted like the people in town. Was
it a good idea to take her with him. But he couldn't let her alone
here. No, he had to take her with him. Everything would become okay
if he would not leave her alone somewhere. He sat down and embraced
her softly. The same time he felt a terrible pain in his heart. Robin
pushed him back and stood up. Colt looked down his body and up to
Robin. His shirt was full with blood and Robin was holding a bloody
knife in her hands. Tears were running down her face and in the same
moment her eyes started to glow red again. Before Robin reached Colt
again he lost consciousness. The next he could remember was waking up
in a room that remembered him to the rooms in the outrider bases he
had seen already. For some time he lost awareness again. Hours later
a known voice woke him up. Near his bed an outrider was standing he
knew very well. „Jean Claude."
Jean smiled coldly at him as always. „So you seem to be all right
„Where is Robin? If you have done something to here..."
„Calm down. Nobody would do her something. We had to lock her up in a
special room so that she can't hurt anybody or herself."
Colt starred at him surprised. „So this wasn't your plan? But why did
you save me then?"
Jean took a chair and sat down near Colt. „Why I saved you? Hm.
Perhaps I like you Cowboy or why do you think I took my freetime to
make a skirace with you?"
„What? Are you crazy or something?"
Jean laughed and for a second Colt had the feeling as if Jean's eyes
would have changed from cold to warm. Was he as crazy as Robin? No,
if he would be he would not saved him.
„You never understood. I knew that you would never use your freetime
to go skiing with me or just having fun. I'm an Outrider and you are
an human. If Nemesis would have found out he would be mad at me too.
So I thought of a trick. It looked like a battle against you and your
friends. But for me it was only fun. I was sure that Saber and
Fireball would save April and Pierre. So I could do it."
For some moment both of them were silent. „That was not funny. You
could have send a secret message to me if your story is true."
„No I could not. Who would believe an Outrider. And why should I
believe you Cowboy? Perhaps you would create a trap. No this was the
„You saved me to become my friend? What happened the last days could
be a trap from you to. Why should I believe you now?"
„I don't want you to believe me. And you can't buy friendship. I
thought you would knew that with April being your friend." Jean stood
up and went to the door.
„What are you doing now? How many Outriders came back with you Jean?"
Colt asked and tried to hide how much he was worried.
Jean turned back to him and looked at him without saying something
for some minutes.
„Find out Cowboy. You are free. But be careful with Robin. You should
not enter her room. She is not healed yet." With those words he left
Colt alone. Colt didn't trust in Jean. Okay, he saved his life and he
let him free but that didn't mean that he was his friend. Perhaps
everything was a plan and the outriders prepared a new trap for them.
A new hope for peace which they could break at the right time. He
would never trust an Outrider. Never.
Saber, April and Fireball were ready to start their mission when a
girl entered the hangar. They didn't recognize her at first. Her hair
was shorter and well she didn't look very human. Saber and Fireball
were surprised when April run out and called her Trista. The last
time they had seen Trista it was at the outrider base where they had
a battle against Jesse Blue.
„I'm so glad to see you again. It's you Trista? I know. But what have
you done to your skin."
Trista looked at her sad. „I had to accept April. To accept what I
am. And now I'm here to talk to you. To tell you the truth and to be
your friend again. After all I was very mad with you. Because of
Jesse, you know. But we are not kids anymore and we shouldn't act
April was surprised to but didn't show it. Trista was an Outrider? An
Outrider girl who wanted to be her friend? Impossible? But the time
they met first they were somehow friends to. She didn't know about
Trista being an Outrider. Why should the truth change the friendship.
For her Trista had always been a friend and she was very happy about
the fact she had come back.
„You are right. We can still be friends. It's hard, yes. The truth. I
can't believe it although I see. This isn't only a mask?"
„No. This is reality. Sad but true. I lived my whole together with
humans. My family and me we lived in peace with humans. We know what
feelings are and did I tell you I have a brother?"
„A brother? Is Jesse...?"
Trista laughed. „No, not Jesse. You don't know him. He went away when
I was very young but a few days ago I met him again and he told me
„So the Outriders are back?" Fireball had heard Trista's last
sentence when coming out of Ramrod.
„They were always among you. I came here to go with you. I heard you
have problems. I want to help."
„You? An Outrider? Impossible!" Fireball said.
„Why not? Did I betray you one time? No! I don't want you to trust me
but to give me the chance to show you the other side of my people."
Suddenly a voice interrupt their conversation. It was Saber talking
to them by the mike of Ramrod. „Fireball, April come in. We have an
important mission. Trista can come with us if she want. There is
really no reason why not. She never was our enemy and we should not
change this. We don't know what's out there but we shouldn't ever
make the Outriders responsible for our faults. Let's go."
When they went in Fireball was still suspicious. Why didn't she come
earlier. Okay she was mad with April. But for such a long time. And
why did she come back now? Why did she want to help them? There was
no reason? Didn't she know that Jesse was dead? She loved Jesse.
April told him once. Or was the reason why she came with them that
she hoped to find Jesse out there or her brother who visited her?
Perhaps. He would be careful and watch her. It was better he wasn't
During the flight Trista didn't speak anything. When they arrived at
the planet from which the cry for help came they found all towns
empty. Noone was here anymore. Where had all the people gone?
„What happened here?" Fireball asked thoughtful.
„We have to find trails of them, perhaps we can find out where they
have gone to then."
Quiet almost not possible to hear Trista whispered. „They are still
here. If you are quiet you can hear them."
„What did you say?" Trista's words took Fireball's attention.
„Somewhere in the town someone is still alive.„
„She is right. Be quiet. Do you hear it? There is someone." Saber
said while he went slowly towards an big building which could be a
„Perhaps it's just the movie in there we hear."
Saber shook his head. „There is no music. Just voices. Come with me
and stay together. We don't know what's waiting for us."
Carefully the four went in the building. Indoors there was a big hall
and what they saw in the hall was like in an horror movie. The room
was almost full with dead people and animals. Humans and animals were
lieing about each other. April cried and left the room. Fireball
followed her. Saber and Trista were still standing in the hall. On
the other side of the hall a group of people was standing. They saw
them when April left the room. At first noone moved. Both groups
watched each other silent. Then Saber decided to go to the survivors
of that to talk to them but one of them started to speak.
„Don't come nearer. Leave us alone. It's better. We don't know what
happened and if it's over. It could start again the next minute.
Don't come to near. Leave this place as fast as you can. You must
tell Cavalry Command of that. All people became crazy suddenly.
Everyone was against everyone. Noone knows what made us crazy. At the
moment we seem normal but please go. Go and try to find help. Try to
protect Cavalry Command and Yuma. You can't help us anymore."
Saber wanted to ignore the warning but Trista hold him. „Believe
them. You can't help. I know how you must feel but it's better we
leave this place before we get infected. Perhaps they mean this is
some sort of virus, of illness. If we don't leave them and get
infected we could import the illness to Yuma. You see that we can't
help them so we must help us and go. That's something we can do."
At first Saber wanted to tell her that he had to help but when
looking in Trista's face he knew that she was right. They couldn't
help anyone here and they told that they couldn't tell what happened
When they came out Fireball and April were sitting infront of Ramrod.
April was very pale. Fireball was surprised that it was so easy for
Trista to look at this without getting sick. Perhaps the reason was
that she was an outrider.
„Who killed them?" April asked more to herself then to her friends.
„They killed themselves." Saber answered. „I haven't seen something
like this. It's like a mass murder. What could have made all those
Suddenly Fireball got pale to. „Colt!" he said. „Wasn't Colt on
Texas. What if this illness broke out on other planets too. Colt
didn't come. Perhaps he is in danger. We should fly to Texas to look
if he needs help fast. Come on." He took Aprils arm and went with her
into Ramrod followed by Saber and Trista.
„I wonder what strange illness this is that breaks out on different
planets. It seems to be infectious. But how. Without being in contact
with the person who is ill. Then we could be infected already." Saber
said while starting Ramrod.
„It's not infectious for outriders." Trista said.
„How do you know?" Fireball asked suspicious.
„My brother told me."
„Who is your brother? Why does he know? And what do you know about
„He didn't tell me a lot. That's why I search for him. He met me to
talk to me. He wanted me to accept what I am and before I went to
meet you he sent me a message in which he told me that humans go
crazy because of something. He told me that it is your fault. But I
don't know what he meant."
„How should it be our fault? We didn't do anything."
„If we find Yamuri he could help us."
„Why should he? There is no need for him to do."
„He is my brother and both of us grew up with humans. We understand
you better then other outriders do."
Fireball was still suspicious and didn't trust in Trista's words but
perhaps it was a good idea to find her brother. If Yamuri could
really help them they had to find him. Although he was an outrider.
He didn't like the idea but if it was the last possibility. But where
should they find Yamuri? But if the outriders were back, perhaps
Yamuri would find them. Trista was with them and that could be a
reason why he would contact them. Just to contact her. Besides what
if Trista was a traitor and if everything was just a trick? Why did
she come now? Why now? He didn't understand. Was her story a trap, a
trap for them? What should they do? Their mission was to find out
more about the problems here and to solve them if possible. Perhaps
the outriders were the reason again and then he was sure they should
not trust in Trista. It was a fault if April did. Probably she didn't
believe that Trista's skin was real.
Like Fireball Trista didn't understand exactly why Yamuri told her
about the fact that people became crazy and why he wanted her to go
with the Star Sheriffs. At first this strange meeting then because
she was somehow curious in finding out the acceptance what she was
and the meeting with the Sheriffs. Her life got a sense. She wasn't
only someone anymore. Now she could become a part of something again,
could have the chance to find Jesse again and to bring her family
together. There was hope for peace and she new with Yamuri coming
back they could really have a fair chance. It was him who belonged to
the few outriders who found the group who were for peace although he
let them alone for a long time then. Without him, Snake and Lilith,
Jeans older sister, the group would not exist. They were the first
who followed the ideas of the human commander who was living with
them for a some time. Some said he was a traitor, others said he
learned to understand and love the outriders. Nobody knew what his
reasons were to stop fighting against them and to hide himself by
them so that his race thought he would be dead and Nemesis would not
Far away from Ramrod somewhere in the dark of the vapor zone an young
outrider suddenly felt the presence of something else in his head. He
started to fight against it but couldn't. Its force overwhelmed him.
The voice in his head started to talk to him much louder from day to
day. At first he was frightened and wanted to fight against the other
one but after a few time he learned that doing what the unknown
wanted took his pain away. The pain which the other created in his
head. Pictures came up in his mind. War. There was so much war
outside and whatever overtook him seemed to become crazy because of
the war in his memory. Time went by slowly and the young outrider
realized that his friends heard the voices too. Sad voices, mad
voices, voices that wanted peace, voices that wanted war, crazy
voices, and those who gave them back what they lost somewhere in
their past - their feelings. But their new knowledge and those voices
made them crazy, not like the humans but in another way. Outrider
weren't as weak as humans. They knew about parapsychologic forces and
they tried to fight against whatever tried to give them not very
logic orders. The consequences for their fight against the unknown or
their search for a way to build a new cyborg body for the unknown
were fatal. Most of them started to work or fight day and night and
stopped sleeping. Noone, even outriders can live long without sleep
and so the illness which had cost many human lifes already started to
kill the outriders too. Slowly and quiet but in a very effective way.
Yamuri who had met his sister after coming back from his trip found
out soon what was happening with his race when he tried to contact
others in the vapor zone. After getting no messages he decided to
visit those to whom he sent a message that he was back no. But when
he visited them he found them all asleep - dead. Why he asked himself
and for what reason? Not long ago he had discovered an illness among
humans when he got some crazy messages from humans. The messages were
not exactly sent to him but his space ship catched them and so he got
to know more. To make the Sheriffs the earnest of the situation clear
he sent his sister to them. Finally she believed. He knew that
although he had not seen her again after their first meeting. In his
heart he could feel it. Not long after he had discovered the first
human space ships whose passengers seemed to have killed themselves a
terrible image grew in his mind. What if Nemesis was still alive.
Most of the outriders didn't believe that and formed small groups of
fighters who wanted to end Nemesis projects. But the Star Sheriffs
only killed Nemesis body and the machine in which he had been, but
not his soul. Could it be that they set his soul free? The best would
be to search for Jesse after sending Trista a message that the whole
problem could be the fault of the Sheriffs. So she would know that he
had real interests in meeting her again and could probably help the
Star Sheriffs. While Trista of whom he thought that she would believe
now could help the Sheriffs he would try to find Jesse or Jean.
Perhaps they could tell him more. He didn't want to frighten his
sister so he sent her a message that outriders could not get
infected, but now he knew that that was wrong. He didn't find Jesse,
Jean of whom he heard that he had his own troop now or even the human
commander but he found a survivor. She sat in one of the rooms where
Outriders had worked to build a new cyborg body for the unknown until
When he came in he thought she was one of the dead ones too. But when
he came nearer she opened her eyes and looked up to him.
„I beat it." she said. „Whatever it was it's no longer in my head."
For a second she smiled at him and he realized what she meant.
„What happened here?" he asked carefully, cause he didn't want to
hurt her with being so direct.
„I can't tell you. I don't know how it started. They are dead. All of
them. Hopefully....Nikodemus? My brother." her eyes were wide and she
stared at him for a moment then she looked like a normal outrider
„Nikodemus is your brother? I heard about him. So you must be his
younger sister Isis, right? You are known by most of the warriors."
Yamuri smiled and came up to her to shake her hand.
„Good to meet you. I'm Yamuri. Perhaps you've heard from me. I'm a
good friend of Jesse Blue."
She nodded her head. „I've heard about Jesse. He is very famous. So
you belong to Nemesis best warriors I guess."
„If you want to say so, yes. We should find other survivors and find
out what to do against the illness."
Isis shook her head. „It's no illness. Someone tries to overtake us
and he or she made them crazy. They worked themselves to death or
died because they couldn't beat this unknown force."
„But what did they work?"
„They wanted to build a new cyborg body for Nemesis I heard."
Yamuri nodded and looked at her thoughtful. „As I thought. The Star
Sheriffs only killed his body and destroyed the central computer.
They didn't kill his soul. Nemesis is still alive and the only person
who can stop him with becoming crazy is Jesse."
„Why Jesse?" Isis asked surprised. „Isn't he a human?" „Not exactly.
Most of us think so but he is half outrider half human. His father is
a human and his mother an outrider. He doesn't know his parents. We
were his family."
„Who is we? Nemesis and you? He grew up with humans. I heard he was
the pride of Cavalry Command and he became almost a Star Sheriff and
one of our worst enemies."
Yamuri laughed and for Isis it was difficult to hide her feelings.
But could she trust in Yamuri? Perhaps he would understand her
although he seemed to have been one of Nemesis' friends.
„Jesse grew up with humans, yes, but only until an age of seven
years. Then he lived together with us, Jean and me. Later on he was
sent to Cavalry Command to become a Star Sheriff. We wanted to find
out more about our enemies. That's why he went to the academy. He is
an outrider fighter as me and you. Me and him has a similar past. I
grew up with humans too but later on I discovered the truth about
myself and when I was still a boy I came here to join my own race."
„So your parents belong to those who left vapor zone to start a
secret life among humans?" Isis wondered.
Yamuri nodded. „Each month I had to take a special bath which gave me
this skin which humans have. My ears were hidden under my hair and
well I know that some humans have strange ears too."
„You know a lot about humans, right."
„Yeah, like Jesse. But he knows a bit more I would say. You have not
to hide your thoughts Isis. I'm on your side. Some of your thoughts
and ideas are pretty good I think. When I heard about you and the
problems you were in because of telling others what you think I
always hoped that you would survive. For our future we need people
„Really." She was still suspicious although she had some sort of
feeling which said that he was her friend and that she found someone
with similar opinions. Finally.
„You can believe me. But at the moment we have no time for such
conversations. We should better find out more about our problem and
how we can solve it. Therefore we should find Jesse."
They stood up and walked outside to Yamuris space ship together.
„The last time I heard from him is three years ago. Since that time
we have no leader. Nikodemus, Calibos and him were searching for a
commander whose name I don't know. Jesse wanted Jean to become the
new leader. But noone knows where he is. Since five years we haven't
heard much about him. Hey why don't you know about all of that and
where have you been all the time?"
While they flew way from this place of death Yamuri didn't answer her
question. When they flew through the vapor zone, in the direction
where Jesse could have gone to, he decided to tell her more about
what experiences he made the last seven years. She was somehow
similar to him and perhaps he could learn her something of the old
forces. Those abilities which Nemesis seemed to use now. She must
have some sort of talent. If not she wouldn't have beaten up Nemesis
and would be under his control. But she had beaten him. So she was
strong and that was their only chance to win. Nemesis soul was set
free and nobody of them new which consequences this would have. It
could mean their death but if they found a possibility to help
Nemesis it could mean a hope for peace too.
„I'm not as famous as Jesse, Jean, Calibos, Nikodemus and you. I
don't care a lot about being a warrior. For almost my whole life I
was interested in our history and the abilities our ancestors had.
Nemesis is the only one who still has those abilities. He is the one
who has the permission to have them cause he is our leader. Those
abilities are dangerous. Our ancestors were involved in terrible wars
because of them. Everyone wanted to be the leader and they used their
abilities to get control over each other."
„You mean that one time because of the wars those abilities were
forbidden except for our leader."
Yamuri nodded. „But I discovered old books about those abilities when
I searched for informations about our past. Well and I was to curious
and tried to learn those abilities out of the books. Some of them,
especially those healing abilities, aren't as bad as our ancestors
thought. It always depends on the person who learns it. Some become
bad and can't get enough force and others ..."
„...are like you and use it only for to help, right?"
„Yeah. Our ancestors didn't learn those abilities just to have them.
They had special ritual where they had to proof that they knew what
those abilities were for and that they would only use them to help or
defend theirselves. Those ideas weren't bad. That's why I went away.
I searched for our home planet, which is very far away from here.
Nobody is living there. I went to other dimensions where I met aliens
and had several interesting experiences. One time I was in danger to
become like Nemesis became one day. But then I realized what was
happening and confront me with myself. So I know for myself that it
will never happen again to me that I would use it for to kill others
or something like that."
„It's a pity we have not much time to talk about that. What you told
me sounds interesting. And you learned that all by yourself?"
„By myself. It wasn't to difficult to learn. Perhaps I have talent.
You have too. If you want I can teach you."
Isis nodded. „And you can tell me more about humans. I guess you know
about them a lot too."
„Humans? Hmm. Jesse can tell you more. He knows them better than me.
My whole live I tried to learn a lot about my race and I could almost
tell you all about our hidden secrets but humans. Let's say that's
Jesses special subject." Yamuri laughed and this time Isis joined
For the first time she met an outrider who showed his feelings who
seemed to be similar to her.
She was sure if they got to know each other better they could become
good friends. He would understand her and perhaps he could make her
brother understand too. Somehow that would be great.
The strange illness costed more and more victims from both races.
While Yamuri and Isis searched for Jesse in whom they saw hope and
the Star Sheriffs discovered more places of horror Colt was still in
Jean's secret base. Jean told him the best doctors he knew would help
Robin. But when hours went by he gave up hope that they could heal
her. By the way he was suspicious if outriders could really heal
humans. What did they know about their bodies? Almost nothing. He was
sure Jean didn't tell him all about Robin's illness but what could he
do. It didn't matter what Jean told. The fact was that in reality he
was a prisoner not Jean's guest, even if Jean said so. Jean didn't
believe that he would go without Robin. That was the reason why he
could say "you are free". What if he really tried to leave the base?
Then he would act in another way. So he went to talk to Jean. If he
wanted to be his friend really then he would let him go and search
for his friends and more important for help. Colt found Jean outside
the base and realized that he had been here once. They met a blue
haired girl called Snowcone here. The outrider base was in use again.
Nobody told them. Why?
"For which time do you use this base again, Jean?"
"Since five or more years. For the time you've been away from here."
Colt starred at him. "What?"
"You tried to stop the experiment, but you didn't. You're not very
clever. Jesse was right."
"Jesse Blue? Is this bastard still alive?"
"I don't know. I haven't heard much about him for a long time."
"You and your friends were only interested in killing Nemesis in
pushing the outriders back into vapor zone. Nobody cared about this
planet after you destroyed peace here. While the people here needed
you again nobody came. Cavalry command didn't hear their cries for
help so people here decided to become independent. But we heard and
we came back to become friends again."
"Pah." Colt shouted at him. "You came back to betray them again. They
shall work for you! You lie!"
Jean laughed and walked away. "You are hopeless Cowboy. Humans and
outriders work together here and both of us work in the base.
Everything is possible. Now and then we built the Renegades to
protect the planet or to use them to transport several things."
"Why should I believe you?"
"And what do you want to do? The people don't need your help anymore.
They can help themselves now. Forget whatever you want to do."
Colt was mad about what he heard but Jean was right, what could he
do. Outriders were the majority on this planet. It has come true. The
invasion started without them realizing it. But at the moment there
were more important things and even if he didn't like the idea
perhaps there was the possibility of peace. Nemesis was dead and
perhaps the outriders changed now.
"So you have human doctors here who try to help Robin?" Colt changed
"Of course. What did you think? But I don't believe that they can
"Why? What do you know about the illness about her becoming crazy.
How do you get it?"
Colt worried a lot about the desease. More about the comeback of the
"I don't know much. Except that she became crazy and that she doesn't
sleep anymore if we don't give her special medicines. But her
situation doesn't change a lot. She is still tired after sleeping.
The doctors guess that she will die. And we don't know how come."
"No. She won't die. Never. I won't let her die." Colt cried and run
back into the base. But Jean who followed him was faster.
"Calm down. Or are you becoming crazy like her? You can't help her.
The only thing we can do is believing in the doctors abilities."
"If the doctors can't help her we must search for other help." Colt
shouted and tried to get his arm free which Jean was holding.
"Don't act like a kid Colt. Or do you want that I have to lock you up
Colt starred at him amazed and somehow frightened. So he was right
and Jean was still his enemy. Or not. What was happening with him?
"You don't understand how I feel. Outriders doesn't feel right? I
love her and that's why I will do everything to save her. If you want
Jean nodded. "I understand. You won't believe. But I can understand
you and I know that you doesn't become crazy. It's normal for you to
act like this. But it's childish. We can talk about it like adults
and we can find a solution."
"You doesn't act very logic too. Do you know that?" Colt asked
surprised. "Perhaps that's the solution. For us it's normal to act a
bit confused our people would say. That is the protection. We are
crazy already and can't become more crazy." Colt started to laugh but
stopped soon when he saw Jean being still very earnest. "You are
right the situation is not funny. Perhaps we should work together.
Let's try it. I guess some of your outrider friends are ill too. Or
why do you help me?"
"Until now I didn't realize my people becoming crazy or something
else, Cowboy. I should care more about them. Since five years I have
no contact to the ones who are living in vapor zone. I help you cause
friends should help each other. The illness can come here too. I
found out that on other planets in the galaxy similar things have
happened. Humans have a problem. And when we want to be your friends
we have to help you if we can. Or wouldn't you help your friends?"
"Of course I would. But I still don't trust you and don't understand
"One time I hope outriders and humans can trust in each other. But
both of us need time. I can't trust in you totally too, Cowboy."
"Okay. Now we decided to stop fighting for some time. I would suggest
that the best would be to ask Cavalry Command for help. Perhaps the
reason was some sort of military experiment."
To Colts surprise Jean talked to members of the planet's government
and they decided to ask Cavalry Command for help and to call the Star
Sheriffs. All of them were a bit nervous about that but if the
outriders agreed in working together with the Star Sheriffs peace
wouldn't be in danger to much they hoped.
Not much time went by and the Star Sheriffs arrived. They were all
happy to see Colt alive but worried about Robin. Fireball himself
felt a bit sick when they met some members of the government. He had
to see Snowcone's father again and remembered the time they had been
here. Snowcone had fallen in love with him and she saved his life.
But after they beat the outriders they left the planet he didn't
think about her anymore. While Saber, April and Colt talked a lot to
Jean and the people of the government Fireball stayed by Ramrod.
Someone had to cause they could never know the outriders plans.
Hopefully Snowcone didn't remember and didn't come here too. His
relationship to April wasn't as good as it should and with Snowcone
coming here it would become even worse.
Trista went with the others at first. Later on she went on her own
and tried to find out more about her brother and what had happened to
Jesse by talking to Jean and other outriders who knew him. But she
had to discover that these outriders had no contact to Jesse and his
brother for a long time. Jean only knew about a journey Yamuri had
gone to and he seemed very happy when she told him that her brother
came back and she met him not long ago. So she went back to Ramrod
much earlier than the others and found Fireball sitting alone infront
of the big space ship. Somehow he seemed to be sad.
"What's the matter Fireball? Is it because of April?" Fireball looked
up, nodded and shook his had. "Not only. What have we done to this
"You can not change the past and you're a human. You aren't a god.
And humans, like outriders, can make mistakes. We aren't perfect."
"But we destroyed their friendship to the outriders and let them
alone with their problems after that. How can they trust us now? How
can they work with us. And what shall I do when Snowcone is coming
back. She saved my life and I let her alone. Never gave her a sign
that I'm still alive. Never visited her. But why you are interested
in my problems."
"I just want to help. You should talk with April about this problem.
If she really loves you she will understand. Perhaps you should also
talk to Snowcone. If she still like you she will forgive you. I can
forgive Jesse too also he was not very kind to me in the end."
"That's something I can't understand. How can you love this guy. He
doesn't love anybody."
"I don't know but I can't change my feelings. If you talk to Snowcone
and to April and tell them the truth about your feelings they will
understand you will see. All of you are humans. I guess for humans
talking about feelings is much easy."
"Perhaps you're right. That's funny. I'm sitting her and talking
about silly problems with an outrider girl while my friends try to
solve much bigger problems."
"If you don't solve the small problems at first how should you solve
the big problems then?"
But Fireball had not much luck today and the last time he thought
that April and him had changed to much. The opinions about working
together with the outriders, finding solutions for their problem were
to different between all of them.
Trista had more and more the feeling that the Star Sheriffs had
infected themselves already. Except Fireball who seemed pretty normal
to her. During the next days she discovered a secret of the people
living here. All of them eat medicine to sleep at night and worked
the whole day at a strange project. Only a few became crazy, argued a
lot or fall into some kind of coma. They are all ill already Trista
thought after a few days. They found a way to stop the illness for
some time but that can't change the fact that they are ill and will
die if nobody find a better solution, she thought sadly.
At first she thought it was only her who realized, cause Fireball
didn't believe when talking with him, but then she met Snowcone and
get to know more.
"Hey you?" a girl asked when she was walking thoughtfully over the
outrider base. "Did you hear that the Star Sheriffs came back. They
are your friends now I heard. Is that right?" Trista smiled at the
girl and nodded.
"Did a guy named Fireball come with them?"
Trista looked at her surprised. "You are Snowcone right? I should
have recognized you because of your hair. Fireball told me about you
and that he felt sorry for never contacting you after you two met for
the first time."
"Hmm. Yeah, he is together with April and he is very busy I know. He
need not to worry about me. I'm not helpless. Do you know where I can
"Sure. I came with them. If you come with me you can meet him. He is
"He didn't become crazy, didn't he?" Snowcone asked suddenly and this
was the time when Trista realized that Snowcone was like herself
still normal. But how long, she wondered.
"What do you know about the illness?" Trista asked back.
"Not much. Only that some people become crazy and the others eat
medicine and nobody has time anymore because they are working at
something. The Star Sheriffs are crazy too I heard. They act to
aggressive. Jean Claude told me that they want to lock them up when
the situation become worse."
"I can understand that pretty good. But didn't you realize Jean is
"I did. And I hope Fireball is okay. Perhaps we three can help all
the others. We must find a medicine for those who are ill."
Trista nodded. "Therefore we should leave the planet. I ...."
This moment they arrived by Ramrod and Fireball who was coming out
interrupt her. "They got all crazy. If nobody can stop the illness
Cavalry Command won't exist anymore soon." Then he became very silent
and starred surprised at Snowcone. She didn't change a lot. Her hair
was a bit longer now and her clothes were similar to the one April
used to wear. She had become pretty. He could almost fall in love
with her, perhaps because she wasn't the young girl anymore but a
"Fireball!" To fast for him Snowcone run towards him and embraced
him. He could have known that. Some things doesn't change. But
although he should feel mad because of April he didn't.
"Until now we seem to be the only normal people." Trista said.
"We should leave this place and search for a medicine and the reason
of the illness so we can beat it. And we should leave fast before we
infect us too." Snowcone added.
"You aren't mad because ...."
"Why should I. I was never jealous because of April. I can understand
that you like her. By the way we should forget the past. There are
much important things to do now. I still consider you as my friend
and I want to help. The only thing I felt a bit sorry was that we
have to met under such bad circumstances. It would be better if you
would be on holiday here." She laughed and as strange at it was
Fireball had to laugh too. He didn't imagine that everything about he
was worried so much would be gone in such an easy way. Snowcone was
so different from April. Always happy and nobody could take that
away. But he didn't want to go away without his friends and being
together with April again. So he didn't listen to what Trista and
Snowcone said and tried to contact Saber and April.
Finally he could arrange that April would come back to Ramrod. He met
her outside because he didn't want April to see him together with two
girls, Trista and Snowcone. She could think the wrong. About what he
worried at first when meeting her was how she looked. Her eyes were
red and her skin was very white. What had happened.
"You work to much April. Look in the mirror. I worry about you and
that you could become ill."
"Then you should come with me and help us with finding a solution for
"April. Cavalry Command gets crazy too."
"What? And you can still be lazy and do nothing. Who do you think you
"That's not fair April. We would not know that if I had not been here
and you know we can't trust in the outriders."
"Stop dreaming. Outriders are our friends. We work together to find
out more about the illness."
"April, we can't help those people here. I heard that they are all
ill already. They eat medicine and work at strange projects."
"If there is somebody ill then you, Fireball. It will be better I
inform Colt. And stay where you are. Give me your hands."
"Give me your hands. I have to garantee that you can't walk away or
even fly away."
"April you can't."
"Sure I can. We must lock up you like Saber who became crazy too."
"That's not true." Fireball cried and tried to go back into Ramrod
but April took her Blaster and didn't let him go in this direction.
Suddenly April felt a terrible ache in her shoulder and fall down the
earth. Snowcone was standing behind her.
"Why did you?" Fireball asked frightened.
"She would have shot you down Fireball. Before you came people became
crazy already. Your friends are infected already and I hope you are
not. We should leave fast before they realize what's going on.
Believe me Fireball. You can't help your friends if you're staying
here or getting killed."
Fireball nodded sadly and went in with her. They hurried up to start
Ramrod and leave the planet.
But it was not as easy to escape as they thought. Fireball had to fly
Ramrod on his own and the time was to short to learn Trista and
Snowcone how to help with the transformation process of Ramrod. The
only thing they could do was helping him a bit with the armor. Soon,
after they left the planet, the first Renegades tried to stop them.
Fireball knew that if he tried to fight alone against them this would
be like a suicide. At first he shoot at his enemies and used Ramrods
power to fly as fast as he could. From time to time he tried to hide
behind a moon. The Renegades weren't bad in finding him but in the
end he realized that they were gone. But he had also to realize that
he was in a part of their galaxy he didn't knew already. They didn't
fly into the vapor zone but they left their home galaxy. Lost in
space. After asking the central computer they found out that they
must flown through vapor zone already. Now they came out on the other
side. That was the reason why the Renegades hunted them for such a
long time. To talk about their situation and what to do next they
landed on one of the planets they found in the new galaxy.
"We escaped but we are lost in space no, right?" Snowcone said.
"Not only that. I'm sure they will look for us. We are like outlaws
now. They will hunt us like Cavalry Command hunted the outriders
before Nemesis' death."
"What shall we do now?" Snowcone asked.
"We search for Yamuri. I guess he is somewhere in vapor zone." Trista
meant. "He can hopefully help us."
"But if we fly back they will find us, cause everyone know Ramrod."
"Snowcone is right. We can't fly back. We have to find help here.
Perhaps someone is living here. And Yamuri. How shall we know if he
is ill already too?"
"But what if nobody lives here?"
"Then we must fly back, right. But before we should find out if we
can find help here. I know we have not much time. Besides let's try
it. Do we have a choice?"
"Not much and good ones. Okay, let's search life."
The following days went by without success.
When they almost gave up hope they discovered a base that looked very
similar to an old outrider base on the moon of an uninhabited planet.
They landed carefully and waited without doing something. But nobody
came out of the base. After some time they took their guns with them
and started to find out what happened here and how long this outrider
base wasn't in use anymore. They didn't find anything at first and
soon they decided to separate. Each one of them was going in another
direction to find something useful in here.
Suddenly while walking through the old rooms Fireball felt that he
was not alone. Somebody was in the large room wherethey built
Renegades in former time with him. Fireball turned and watched the
room carefully when he saw a shadow at the door.
"Snowcone, Trista, is it you?" he asked.
"Don't move Sheriff." The voice said. "Whow did you find us?"
"We searched for help. We didn't know that someone is living here.
Who are you?"
"Someone you don't know. Perhaps we met one day but I can't remember
yet. We can't help you."
"Okay. Then I will leave the base again."
"You won't do that Sheriff. Who else is with you?"
"Two girls you don't know and my friends Saber, Colt and April."
"You lie. I know that you are alone. Trista and Snowcone. Well I
heard something about them. Trista is Yamuri's sister and Snowcone
the one who helped you when Jesse catched you one day." The outrider
said and came nearer to him so that he could see him. The outrider
remembered Fireball to Calibos. April had problems with him one time.
This outrider was dangerous. He must be careful.
"What do you want to do with me?"
"Well, I guess we have to lock you up until Jesse is fine again."
Another voice said. Fireball looked surprised to the other outrider
he didn't know. "Jesse Blue?" he asked slowly.
"There is only one Jesse among us."
"Why can't you let us go? We won't tell anybody where you are and
what you're doing. Why is Jesse ill?"
"Why do you care about him?" Calibos asked.
"I don't care about him. But all humans become crazy and outriders
die because of a strange illness."
The other outrider laughed. "Jesse isn't ill. He just heals someone."
While Calibos pushed Fireball forward to a hidden door which lead
them in some kind of cellar both outriders ignored him and talked to
"I don't understand why Jesse helps this man. Because he is a human?"
"The man is very important to him Nikodemus."
"I know but why does he help a human? If Nemesis would know?"
"Nemesis will never know that. Jesse would always protect this human
commander. He seems to him like a father, a father he never had, of
him he doesn't know anything."
"He doesn't act very logic and I never thought I would help at such
an action one day."
"I guess Nemesis always new that Jesse is half human and that's why
he forgives him for doing such things. We could not do such a thing
without bad consequences."
Nikodemus nodded. Then Fireball was brought into a small room where
they had locked up Trista and Snowcone already.
Snowcone run to Fireball immediately while Calibos and Nikodemus took
Trista with them. She was an outrider too and that was a reason to
treat her in a special way. By the way Calibos knew her brother a bit
and that she had a friendship to Jesse some time ago.
"What do you do with those humans?" Calibos asked her while walking
through the base. Nikodemus was not with them. He would go to Ramrod
and find out if others had come with them or if their opinion was
"They are my friends."
"Jesse will not like this."
"Jesse!" she said surprised. "Is he still alive? Where is he? What do
"He heals a human commander we don't know very much. Jesse seems to
like him very much and you know he don't like many people."
"I know. But you can trust us. We are here to find help."
"I guess that the situation for your friends is better cause you are
with them. But I don't think Jesse will have interests in helping
humans except this human commander."
"Who is he?"
"The human commander? I don't know. Some say he could be his father."
"Who did you tell that?" A voice interrupted Calibos. Trista turned.
In front of her Jesse was standing. He looked somehow tired but there
was still this hardness in his face she was used to. His cold blue
eyes looked at her and suddenly he smiled at her. It was not such a
cold smile when she made something good but somehow warm. She
wondered why but he didn't gave her the time to ask or say something.
"I know who did, Calibos. Yamuri I suppose. His ideas aren't bad but
I don't like it when others talk about my past and tell stories of
which they don't know if they are true. If you want to know ask me,
although I would not tell you. Besides, didn't I tell you that if
something happens I want you to tell me immediately?"
Calibos nodded. Nikodemus came in too now. He wasn't very surprised
seeing Jesse. "We didn't tell you cause we didn't want to interrupt
you. Who knows what effects that could have on the healing process.
If the situation would have been worse then we would not have done
this without telling you. Our decision was logic and you don't act
very logic the last time commander."
Jesse looked at him coldly and nodded slowly. "It's okay. Everything
is okay now and I finished the process. The rest what happens isn't
in my hands. I can only wait. What are you doing here Trista. You
know about my rules. I could kill you for breaking them."
"You wouldn't do that."
He smiled at her again but didn't say anything.
"We searched for life and for help. I know what you think and I
understand when you don't want to help us but not only the humans are
ill. I guess you know about that. Humans are becoming crazy. Fireball
and Snowcone aren't infected yet. Outriders act strange too. Snowcone
told me. We three were searching for Yamuri."
Jesse stared at her surprised. With his hand he gave Calibos and
Nikodemus a sign to let them alone and went out with her. "Yamuri is
"I met him. But then he disappeared. I don't know where he is now and
what he is doing."
"You finally accepted what you are." He nodded thoughtfully.
"Perhaps we can become friends again after all."
"Of course. I would be happy. You will not understand, but I missed
you very much. You and Yamuri."
"I understand Trista. But tell nobody. I lost almost the person .."
Then he stopped and watched her as if he would try to read her
"So the commander is you father?" she asked carefully.
"I don't want to talk about it." He said with his cold voice.
"Let's go in and talk about our problem. I will see what we can do.
If you wouldn't say that outriders are infected to I would say let
the humans die."
"You would really do. So the human commander could die too."
"I can always heal him."
They went in to talk with Snowcone and Fireball too. Trista was happy
that Jesse would listen to what they had to say and more because he
was alive and the smile he gave her. He changed a bit she thought.
Perhaps she changed too. Calibos and Nikodemus were very suspicious
when Jesse let Fireball and Snowcone free. During the conference both
of them watched the humans and were prepared to any attack. But
nothing like that happened. Snowcone and Fireball told, as Trista
what they knew about the strange illness and Jesse got very
thoughtful. After they finished the conversation he looked at them
"You know it's your fault Fireball, right. It's the fault of Cavalry
Command and the Star Sheriffs."
Fireball looked at him confused. "Why does everybody say that it was
our fault. Can't you outriders think some time that something was an
accident and it's nobody's fault? You are like us. We always think
it's your fault too." He shook his head.
Jesse laughed coldly. "You can't know. How should you. I wanted to
stop you cause I knew what could happen and the worst thing which
could happen became reality."
"Why do you guys argue about who's fault it is and why don't you tell
what the reason for the illness is? You know the answer Jesse. Tell
us. If we know we can help." Snowcone interrupted them.
"You can't do anything. The only one who can is me and it's doubtful
if I will help you." His eyes met Trista's for a second and he
thought by himself. "I will not tell them but my decision is clear,
was clear from the beginning on. I will help them, but they must not
"Why?" Snowcone asked immediately.
"All of you know about the final battle already?" They nodded.
"The Star Sheriffs killed Nemesis' cyborg body and destroyed the
computer his soul was in. They set his soul free. Now his soul can go
everywhere. It's out there. It can reach you here too, I guess.
Perhaps it doesn't want. Perhaps Nemesis plays a game with you. I
don't know about his plans. I haven't heard from him for some years.
At first I guess he had to manage to live without a body then he
started to fight again against humans. You can't beat him now. He
will win if nobody stops him. According to what you told me Trista he
uses Outriders for to build a new cyborg body for him. Interesting.
But I guess before using this body he will try to kill all humans."
"What can we do then? How do you want to stop him? How do you can?"
"Who said I will help. I will think about it for some days. Then we
will see. There is no real danger for my outrider friends. Why should
"Because of the human commander." Calibos said. Jesse looked at him a
bit malicious but didn't say a word about that.
"So you want to help the humans Calibos?" he asked instead.
"Why not. You often told that peace would be possible. Perhaps if we
help the humans now it could become true."
"Logic thought but not realistic. You see even when we talk to each
other. Star Sheriffs and Outriders can't trust in each other. You
know much about Yamuri's project but not enough. Let's talk about
Nikodemus said nothing. His thoughts were far away by his sister.
Isis would like Calibos' ideas and especially Yamuri's projects. She
would also like to help humans. He didn't know what he should do. He
would be loyal to Jesse as they promised Nemesis' after his death.
The death which was no death. But he couldn't trust humans like Jesse
couldn't trust them.
While humans and outriders got crazy and started wars in some parts
of the galaxy again and Calibos, Nikodemus, Trista, Snowcone and
Fireball waited for Jesses decision Yamuri and Isis were on their way
through vapor zone to find Jesse too. They passed places of horror.
Sometimes Nemesis tried to get control of Isis again. But with Yamuri
with her she always could beat him. Isis wondered a bit about the way
Yamuri used to find Jesse. He seemed to have no real plan. They flew
through vapor zone without a real aim. He allowed her to fly the
space ship and most of the time he sat behind her and seemed to
sleep. But when she asked him something he always gave her an answer.
"What are you doing?" she asked after a while.
"I concentrate myself on Jesse. Perhaps I can find him with getting
contact to him over my mind."
"So you taught him the old precepts and theories?"
"I did and I can do something similar like Nemesis. I hope because of
my actions he will not find Jesse first. He could try to get control
over him. And I don't know if Jesse will be tough enough."
"Why?. I beat him too. I always thought Jesse is much more tougher
Yamuri laughed. "Perhaps you only beat Nemesis cause those abilities
are very strong in you or because I came and Nemesis didn't want to
fight with me. I don't know. But sometimes Jesse is weak. Weak for
force. Nemesis could give him the force which he want and so he could
manipulate Jesse easily. It's better we find Jesse first."
They crossed vapor zone and for some time they flew through a zone
they didn't know when the computer showed a big space ship on the
monitor which was flying towards them.
"Look Yamuri. The Star Sheriffs."
"What the hell are they doing here?" Yamuri asked confused.
"Didn't you tell me that your sister is with them?"
"Of course. But I never thought they would come so far. They aren't
as bad as I thought. Hopefully they listen to us and we find a way to
solve the problem together."
Isis nodded while they changed places cause Yamuri wanted to speak
with the Star Sheriffs himself. Suddenly Yamuri felt the presence of
somebody else in his mind. Someone was out there who was similar to
him. Not Trista who had such abilities a bit too, and not Isis
presence which he felt too, but some other. It was not Nemesis. But
if it was Jesse? Did the Star Sheriffs find him? He was much more
surprised when he saw Jesse on the monitor, when he contacted his
space ship out from Ramrod. Jesse seemed to be the leader over there.
"Good to know that you're alive Yamuri. Trista told me. I guess you
searched for me." Jesse laughed and Yamuri noticed that Ramrod had
opened a sluice so that Yamuris space ship could fly in.
"Pity that we have not much time to talk about what happened and
where I've been." Yamuri answered.
Jesse nodded. When they entered Ramrod Jesse came up to them. For
Isis this meeting was very interesting. Finally there was hope to get
to know humans better and to even become friends with them. Her
brother was still suspicious. This was new for him and he would need
some time to get used to it. For many outriders it would be
difficult. But if some outriders could manage a friendship perhaps
the others could too. Fireball himself felt a bit lonely and weak.
The majority were outriders. Outriders in Ramrod. It was as if they
beat them and had not the control over their best spaceship. The
outriders could have won. What should he do. His ship wasn't his ship
any longer. He had to show them how to fly and now they didn't need
him anymore. Jesse said he should relax a bit. Trista and Snowcone
managed that but he couldn't. When nobody took notice of him he went
to the secret room where Jesse had locked up the human commander. The
human commander he healed. Somehow Fireball wanted to know who this
man was. Perhaps if he knew Jesse would stop to treat him like this.
Suddenly the image of being Jesse's friend came on his mind again. He
was tired of fighting against the outriders. If he could trust Jesse
there could be peace. Hopefully. Fireball still had a key for every
door in here. Everyone of them had one. Jesse had the fifth key now.
So he could enter the room. He. The room was light and Fireball
noticed the human commander was in his own room, in his bedroom. The
same moment he recognized the man. Confused and somehow happy he
looked at the man. The human commander was his father. But how could
that be. Jesse and him, brothers? Fireball wanted to leave the room
again when his father woke up and spoke to him slowly.
"Fireball. It's you right? Come here. I have to tell you something."
"You won't die?" Fireball asked when sitting down at his father's bed
and holding his hands. His father shook his had.
"I'm feeling better now but still a bit tired. I will survive. Don't
"Are you sure. What did Jesse with you?"
His father looked at him a bit sad. "One time I have to tell you. I
always knew that. Jesse doesn't want to believe the truth too.
Probably you will think I'm crazy."
"I try to understand if it helps you to be healthy again much sooner.
Mum would be so happy if she would be still alive."
"She wouldn't be very proud of me Fireball. Believe me. It's better
for her she never knew about my secret which was the reason for me to
go into vapor zone with Nemesis, who didn't know about that."
"What is this secret?" Fireball was frightened now although somewhere
in his heart he felt the truth.
"Fireball. Jesse is your brother."
"What?!" Fireball cried.
His father nodded. "It's true. Before your mother gave birth to you I
get to knew a young outrider woman. There was nothing special between
us. I helped her to live a life without getting involved in the war.
She told and learned me a lot about the outriders and this time I
made the decision to live by the outriders as spy. We created
something which helped her to look human and me to look like an
outrider. That's why Nemesis never realized that I'm still alive. He
thought I were dead and so I could start my project. But that was
later on, when I left your mum. I never wanted you to be involved in
"I was so proud of you dad and I wanted to become like you. But what
happened. How come that Jesse shall be my brother?"
"The outrider woman I told you fall in love with me. We were together
for one night before I left her to fight against Nemesis again. She
knew about what I did. Your mother didn't know. Perhaps if I had not
done this your mother would be still alive. But this time I knew
about my half outrider son and I saw no way for me. I thought it
would be the best for you."
"It wasn't. The outriders always tried to kidnap me. One time they
brought me to Nemesis. They almost put me into one of their phantom
chambers. But somebody helped me. A boy not much older than me."
His father nodded and smiled at him. "I know. It was me who told the
boy to help and to protect you. I saw that there is no way to protect
you from war, that's the reason why I sent the other one to Cavalry
Command too. We needed an outrider insider there. Someone who seemed
to be a loyal outrider."
"I don't understand what you want to tell me now. This boy. The boy
who helped me, you mean it was Jesse when he was younger. It was my …
I can't say it yet. But later on Jesse fall in love with April and
tried to kill me for some times?"
"Jesse is half an outrider and his wish for his future always was to
become like Nemesis. That's the outrider. But he is also human.
That's why he could never hurt you for real even if he says so. He
know who you are. He knew it from the time I gave him the commission.
Sometimes he got mad at me. I guess sometimes you got mad with your
mother too. So it is."
"Hmmm. It's really difficult to believe. What happened to Jesse's
mum? Is she dead too. Why didn't you want me to be involved in the
war but him …"
"I didn't want but fate wanted. His mother was discovered by Nemesis
spies. She tried to hide him. When they decided to kill her they also
wanted to get rid of Jesse. But I was near them too. I couldn't help
his mother without showing who I'm but I could help him. From that
time on it was my duty to take care of him. I saved his life. I
suppose sometimes he get's mad because he don't understand why I
didn't save his mother. If he had been me he would have done that
even if they killed him."
Fireball laughed quiet. "He's similar to me and Colt. Never give up.
It will be hard for us to become friends but I guess we will manage
it. Somehow the image of being his brother is funny. Perhaps because
I know that he doesn't want a brother like me. Although we are
similar to each other. That can make us to rivals. Did you talk with
him about all of that?"
His father shook his head. "No. Besides he knows it. Every memory I
have he knows too. That happens when you're healing someone. He
healed me and the time while he healed me my soul and his soul
touched each other. For some time we shared our secret feelings. Do
you understand what I mean?"
Fireball nodded thoughtfully. "You should relax now. Thank you for
telling me everything. I feel better now. I never thought so at the
"If you have questions you can always come and ask me Fireball. I
said to Jesse so too. But I know he would not come. He always wants
to be the best. That's what young outriders are taught."
"Is there real hope for peace after solving our current problem?"
"Yes. There was and is always the hope for peace and I'm sure we can
realize it. If you and Jesse become brothers again humanity can learn
too. It's the illness of humanity thinking all extra terrestrial
beings are enemies. They are similar to outriders but also totally
different. Both races should learn to accept each other. We can learn
a lot from each other too. We need not to fight. There is enough
space for both of us." Then he closed his eyes and slept again.
Fireball stayed for some time and went out silent. He didn't want to
wake him up again. At first he wanted to talk to Jesse. Then he
decided not to do know. It was better he didn't show now what he
knew. Jesse had other problems. His father's words helped him to see
his situation with other eyes. He was no prisoner and the outriders
here weren't his enemies. All of them were survivors and they had to
solve a problem both of them shared. He tried not to think about the
future but the present. The present which held the hope for peace in
So he went to Jesse who was flying Ramrod on his own. "Hi Jesse. We
have the same problem to solve. Can I help you. It's much easier
flying Ramrod together than alone and I'm not tired as you must be."
Jesse looked at him surprised. "What's the reason for you being so
friendly to me? Besides I'm not tired."
Fireball sat down in his place and for a while they flew with Ramrod
as if they would belong to one team.
"You have a plan already I suppose." Fireball said after a while.
"Thank you for saving dad."
Jesse turned his head and looked at him confused and a bit mad.
"You went into his chamber? Who gave you the permission?"
"Nobody. But it's my right as it would be your right."
"What did he tell you? Our secret?" At first Fireball thought Jesse
would become mad but suddenly Jesse looked more sad than angry.
Fireball only nodded. For some time they said nothing.
"Will you tell your friends when you meet them again?" Jesse asked.
"Don't know. Perhaps but not immediately. I would not know how to
tell and I don't know how they will act. You know somehow I ever knew
about this secret."
"And you aren't mad with your father?"
"No. It was fate. We should not think to much about the past but
about the future."
Jesse smiled at him and for the first time Fireball thought that it
was a friendly smile. "For the first time we think the same. If
humans and outriders could forget the past we could finally live in
peace, without those silly prejudices."
"You are also for peace? I always thought you are more than Colt."
"Pah. This stupid cowboy. Doesn't realize when an outrider likes him
and want to be his friend. You are most clever than your friends. And
I can tell you something. Give up April. Not for me but for yourself.
You are to good for her."
"Hey, don't talk about April in such a way. That's not fair. Don't
you love her anymore?"
"I never did. Everything was a play. I had to do this cause
everything had to look like I had to quit for a reason. It was planed
before. I knew I had to go when being a real Star Sheriff. Well and
accident but why I am talking with you about that?"
"I am your …hmmm I guess you still can't speak out it too." Fireball
grinned and both of them laughed. For the first time they felt closer
to each other, more like brothers. Perhaps they could become friends.
"Well, and as your…, you know what I mean I can give you an advice.
Has April saved your live some day? Did she ever care about you.? Who
was the one who had always to help her? Did she understand you? Did
she ever try too or did she want you to believe what she thinks?
April is a very dominant girl. She's a bit like me and that's why she
doesn't fit to you. You need someone who understand you and who likes
your racing life not a girl like April. Do you know how outriders
decide to get a wife?"
Fireball shook his head.
"I will tell you. If man and woman complete each other their marriage
has a future. We call it cognition. When a man and a woman look at
each other and during their eyes meet their souls touch each other
and suddenly they know that both of them belong to each other. But
April and you? A blind one can see that this can't be a long
At first Fireball was a bit mad about him but he could also
understand what Jesse meant. By the way in the last years he and
April argued very often. According to Jesse this should not happen.
April and Jesse argued too. Perhaps this was the reason for Jesse
giving up April. Later on Fireball got tired and went out again. He
saw Yamuri and Trista talking to each other and heard a shorts
conversation between Isis and Nikodemus, the outrider who was most
suspicious about this.
Thoughtfully he went by and sat down somewhere. Suddenly he felt a
hand on his shoulder. It was Snowcone. "Fireball. What's the matter
for you being here and not staying with the others. Are you still
suspicious? I understand that you can't believe in peace. You've seen
a lot bad things. More than me. I only saw a good project starting,
failing and starting again. I saw more hope than you. I would like to
help you to see hope too if this is possible."
"That's not why I am sad. I can believe more than before. Perhaps
because I know the truth about my dad and Jesse."
"Oh. So the stories are true?"
Fireball nodded. "My problem is April. I have to think about her to
much. I should be happy that Jesse isn't jealous anymore but besides
I'm feeling sad. Because he is right. April and I argued to much.
That's no good sign. May I tell you something? Some secret."
"Of course. I won't tell anybody."
"You are a very good friend. You saved my life, you waited patiently,
you aren't mad cause I never gave you a sign that I'm alive, you like
adventures like me, I consider you to my best friends. But never tell
April. Perhaps she would be jealous. Hmm .. You wouldn't."
"You need time Fireball. Only time to think about everything. I'm
glad that you consider me as such a good friend and I will try to
never disappoint you. April will hear nothing from me about what we
talked. Well, you are my best friend too and I still love you. But in
the end it's your decision. I will understand and besides I will try
to help if you need someone."
Fireball nodded and in his heart he thought. Cognition. Jesse would
say, it`'s cognition. You and Snowcone, a blind man can see, belong
to each other. But he couldn't believe yet. Good to know that
Snowcone would wait. She was really a very good friend.
The same time Yamuri and Trista entered the central. Yamuri decided
to take Jesse's seat so that Jesse could relax a bit. He had an image
already where the trip was going to.
"Don't you need a break Jesse?"
"Nope. Although I would like to talk to you. I guess you've got much
"I have but less time, you know. We can't know how Nemesis is right
now. You should relax. Come on. I will overtake the main part here. "
Trista was surprised when seeing that Jesse did what her brother
said. They must really be very good friends. Jesse never did what
others said. Jesse came up to hear. She didn't know what to say.
"You're all right Trista. It has been a long time. I'm glad that you
and Yamuri are getting along well again. Well, sorry for being so mad
with you." Then he wanted to go but Trista hold his arm. "Don't go
now. I would like to talk to you."
"The past and the future."
"You should not worry about the past Trista and believe in a better
future. Peace is possible. You have just to watch Snowcone."
"What makes you thinking so positive? Well, I like your behavior more
than the cold one but I wonder what's the reason for that."
"Hm. I don't know too. Perhaps it's your brother who always knows a
way out of a problem."
"Hey you have not to make me compliments. I know that I can much but
I can also learn much from Yamuri, especially about the old
"They are interesting but also dangerous."
"I know. But they are the only way to heal Nemesis."
"Where are we flying to?"
"To our homeplanet. The place I've been. The vapor zone is much
larger than we thought. I guess Jesse hopes to find Nemesis body
there." Yamuri interrupted their conversation.
"You've seen our home planet? It still exist?" Trista asked
"For what time are you interested in your race, hm?" Jesse said with
a sarcastic tone in his voice.
"Not long. Since Yamuri spoke to me and I realized that I can't live
with a lie for ever. By the way I decided to search for both of you
and to help the Star Sheriffs to help all the ill people. I'm not a
traitor. I just want the Star Sheriffs to know that outrider have not
always to act in a cruel way. We can be friends too."
"You changed a lot Trista. I like the way you are although you are
still more human than outrider but I'm not a real outrider too. Only
to one half."
"I know. Are we friends again?"
"I never thought you weren't my friend. You run away. I had to act
like this because I didn't want you to come into more trouble because
of me. The Star Sheriffs were interested in you. If you would have
started a friendship they could have discovered your identity before
you could accept it yourself."
Trista looked at him confused, surprised and suddenly happy. "So you
never were mad at me? It was a lie that you only love April?"
"Of course. What did you think? That I love her? Did I ever save her
life or yours?"
"You see who I like more now. Let's forget this silly incident,
Trista nodded. The meeting had come much better she thought at first.
She felt so happy that she didn't realize what all this meant if to
one of them would happen something bad. Love can sometimes hurt worse
than hate. When you loose the one you love.
Time flew by. Most humans and outriders were ill now and the desease
costed a lot of lifes. Nobody could stop Nemesis crazy soul. The few
survivors had no time to help others cause they had to worry about
their own life. While Nemesis got more and more crazy Jesse and the
small group of survivors arrived the homeplanet of the outriders.
None of them even Yamuri didn't know the name. Jesse thought the
planet had probably the same name as their twice planet in vapor zone
which was called Metheus. Fireball and Jesse got along pretty good
now, especially for the time their father helped them with flying
Ramrod again. Now a new team was formed by, Fireball, Jesse, their
dad and Yamuri who also got to know who to fly Ramrod. They were much
faster now. The planet they found was covered with snow. It was night
there all day and night, cause the planet was one of the last ones in
this solar system, far away from the sun. For the outriders it wasn't
difficult to explore this cold planet but Fireball, his father and
Snowcone stayed in Ramrod to wait for their friends. Snowcone admired
Trista very much. She lived her whole life with humans but could go
out there although the cold climate must have not so good effects on
her. Outdoors Jesse and Trista, Yamuri and Isis, and Nikodemus and
Calibos went in different directions. All of them took small map,
which Yamuri made for the three groups after discovering where on the
planet they landed, and a radio set with them. So they could contact
each other and ask Ramrod for help. Yamuri knew about three different
places Nemesis real body could be. Two old buildings where in former
times outrider sovereigns had lived and the space station which had
fallen back on the planet after the war which outriders called
brother war. When Nemesis was young history told that his father and
his uncle, who were twin brothers started the war because they wanted
the whole world for their son. Nemesis and his cousin were against
the war and tried to stop them. Later on they formed a new state
system which is well known by the outriders who are born in the vapor
zone. The time during and after the brother war Nemesis and his
cousin built a cyborg body for Nemesis. Originally they planed to do
so with all outriders. Why they didn't and what really happened after
the brother war which destroyed their home planet nobody knew
exactly. But there were rumors that Nemesis lost his feelings when
transferring his soul out of his body in the cyborg body. Some
outriders think that this experiment is the main reason why outriders
are like they are now. Only few people believed that Nemesis body is
still alive and can be found somewhere. Now they tried to find it to
end the new war for ever and to save somehow both races, the humans
and outriders. When going with Jesse to the damaged space station
which was covered with snow and rocks Trista thought already that
Yamuri knew where the body would be found. She knew from her
conversations with him that he had already visited the rulers
buildings and that the body wasn't there. Why did he go to Nemesis
former home alone with Isis? What was his plan? Why wanted he
Nikodemus and Calibos going to the other place? Didn't she listen to
him good enough and he told about another plan too. She was sure he
had another plan. Only she and Jesse, cause only both of them were
able to, should find Nemesis body. The old space station was spooky.
Icicles hang down from the walls and the rooms and ways let the whole
space station look like an organism. It was much warmer in here than
outdoors where cold and stormy winds drug on their clothes. Trista
didn't know how long they searched without success when she
discovered a secret door which lead into a lab. The lab still looked
very good perhaps cause it's wall was made with a material which was
not so easy to break and destroy. It was a wonder anyway that the
space station was in good conditions. In the edge of the lab they
found something what looked like a phantom chamber which outriders
used to vaporize. Jesse looked in the chamber and discovered the body
of a young outrider, not much older than him who was still alive. He
seemed to sleep in there or to be in some sort of coma. Strange as it
was the phantom chamber still worked although it could have only less
energy. Perhaps the whole lab was made with a material which gave
energy to the room when it was locked. Now the energy would go away
and if they couldn't help the outrider he would probably die. But why
wanted Yamuri Jesse to do this. Yamuri had better healing abilities.
Or was she wrong. When they were back at Ramrod she would talk to
Yamuri about this. Jesse had opened the chamber and fetched out the
young man. Now he lay on the warm floor. The whole room was as worm
as Ramrod. Jesse sat down and put his hands on the outriders head and
body. "Come here Trista and help me please." he said.
Trista shook her head. "I can't Jesse. I never had those abilities.
How shall I?"
"Sure you can. Don't worry. Come on. Sit down, put you hands on mine
and concentrate on your heart. You have to see a light in you and
this light is important. You have to concentrate on the light. You
must imagine that it goes through your hands on my hands. That will
help me healing him."
"Sure. I don't want to make things worse."
At first she was a bit unsure when sitting down and concentrating but
when she found the light in her suddenly something was activated. A
strange force grew in her and she realized that it was much easier
than she thought to help Jesse. After minutes of silence they
detached their hands from the outrider and embraced themselves tired
to give each other strength. Trista felt happy when being together
with Jesse again. A deep feeling told her that from now on nobody
would separate them. Because of him she had discovered her secret
abilities and in these minutes he hold her she also realized that it
was her fate to be together with him. Outriders would name it as
Not long after they felt better and contacted the others and brought
the outrider they thought it could be Nemesis to Ramrod. Nikodemus
and Calibos, as Trista found out, should fetch some technical and
historical things, Yamuri had to leave here, to Ramrod. Yamuri
himself just wanted to test Isis of who he thought that she had also
such abilities like Jesse, she and himself.
While Jesse and Trista were in the space station they visited the old
palace where Nemesis grew up and which looked like an modern outrider
"You've been here already Yamuri, right?" Isis asked him not long
after they arrived.
"When I was on my trip to become worth for using parapsychologic
abilities I discovered this place. I haven't been in the space
station yet. I guess Jesse and Trista will find Nemesis body there."
"But why did we go here then if you still knew?"
"I wanted to talk to you. From the time I left this place I planed to
come back. It's a sad reason why we are here but if we are here
already we can do what I wanted to do too. That's why I sent
Nikodemus and Calibos to the other palace. I found interesting
material about our history and a lot of other things we can use for
progress. I wanted them to fetch it. To come here with you was a more
"So you integrated an expedition in this action, hm?"
"You can say so. Jesse and Trista will manage the other problem. I'm
sure. They don't need us. This place here was Nemesis home, did you
"Nope. Do we have the right to fetch all the informations and lost
technical achievements from here?"
"We are Nemesis' descendants. We have the right. I will show you the
holy place here where in former times people like Nemesis made their
final exam to proof that they are worth to have parapsychologic
abilities. Come with me."
They went trough the old rooms in which they could find freezed
pictures of former rulers, furniture and technical gadgets. Some time
later they stopped in front of an large door.
"Behind this door you will find a labyrinth. Pupils were sent
through. They passed the final exam when coming out again. Lot's of
dangers are waiting in there and only brave ones who only use their
abilities to protect themselves and those who need find a way out
again. At a small display you can see here you can activate the
energy which creates traps inside the labyrinth. After the planet
here was destroyed there was still al lot of energy they left here."
"You went trough. May I try it too?" she asked.
"Of course. That's why I came here with you. I will prepare it for
you. You should not do the one for the final exam. You can program
the level on the display. For you I will program the test. If you
come through the labyrinth we know for sure that it makes sense if I
start teaching you those abilities."
Isis was a bit nervous when entering the labyrinth. But it wasn't as
difficult than she thought at first. She tried to do what she always
did when being in a new situation and unsure how to act. She didn't
think much about what to do but heard what her feelings, she called
her inner voice feelings, said. The whole labyrinth was a mirror
labyrinth. When passing some mirrors she could always see something
or somebody who came up to her. The difficulty in the labyrinth
weren't these mirrors. The mirrors helped to know if you were walking
in a circle or not. Sometimes there were traps. Like that from
somewhere balls came flying or suddenly the floor broke under her
feet. That was murderous. Did he want to kill her or what? No, he
wanted to test her. At first those traps frightened her a bit but
later on she realized that before a trap came she already knew. She
managed it very good to avoid the traps who had nothing to do with
who was shown in the mirror. In the end she came to a mirror where
she could just see herself. But not only. Behind her she saw a
shadow. When turning her head there was nothing and somehow she had
the feeling the shadow belonged to her. A voice started to speak out
of the mirror.
"Who are you and what do you want?"
"My name is Isis Okar. I want to find a way out. Who are you?"
The voice didn't answer her question. "Go through the mirror. You
will come into a room where you can find a lot of worthful things.
You are allowed to take one thing, but only one. Then choose a door.
You've got only one chance and only one door will let you out."
Isis did as the voice said. When walking through the mirror she saw
herself in a white light. She wondered a bit. The room was full with
gold, silver, books, ..... It was difficult to decide what to take.
Her heart was separated. She wanted to take nothing cause she thought
it was not her right, but the voice said she was allowed to take one
thing, on the other hand she had the wish to take as much as she
could. What could happen. Finally she decided to take an old book of
which she thought it could be useful for them. It was about the old
teachings and included a chronicle about their race. When searching
for the right door she felt the book becoming hot suddenly. Out of
her feelings she decided to go through the door where the book stayed
cold. When going through the voice spoke again.
"Goodbye my friend. Wise choice. You can be a good pupil and I'm sure
you will pass the final exam one day."
"What happens to those who fail?" Isis asked when meeting Yamuri
"Don't worry. It's a simulation. Nobody dies in there. Those who fail
are not taught those abilities."
Trista liked her brother's new friend very much and thought by
herself that Yamuri could start to teach the old teachings to more
outriders now too. Perhaps between Isis and Yamuri was something
similar like between her and Jesse. But she didn't spoke it out.
Outriders didn't talk much about their feelings.
Later on Isis went to talk to Jesse and especially his father who was
an human. Yamuri couldn't answer all her questions about humans but
the humans in Ramrod and Jesse could. Jesse seemed to be glad that
she wanted to learn about humans and told her a lot but when Nemesis
woke up he had not much time anymore to tell her about his
experiences with humans.
Nemesis watched himself surprised. "Where I'm? What happened? Who you
are?" he asked.
"You don't remember me? It's me, Jesse Blue. Do you recognize me? You
are in a human space ship. We found your body and we saved your life.
The Star Sheriffs tried to kill you cause you seemed to become crazy.
You were ill and nobody could heal you. But they didn't kill you.
They let your soul free and that I suppose can make everybody crazy.
We aren't used to live without bodies."
Nemesis smiled at him. "You are right. But aren't you an human?"
"I'm half human, half outrider."
"How can that be?" Nemesis asked confused.
"Somebody broke the rules. If you remember you will know who I am.
When I was a young boy you wanted to kill me. My mom was killed cause
she had a relationship to a human."
"We have to change that. I can't remember what happened but according
to what you say I've done lot's of wrong things and we have to change
a lot to bring peace to our people again. We just wanted peace and a
new home." Thoughtfully he watched Jesse.
"I know. Yamuri told me a lot about our past and your life. You are a
good leader. I admire you and always wanted to become like you
although it was your fault that my mom died. My dad is still alive.
By the way if we can show the humans that we can forgive each other
perhaps they can forgive us too. Both of us can convince our people
that peace is possible."
"So humans helped you to save me and my people are still in war."
Nemesis said sadly. "You are right. We have to do something against
that. I remember a bit. When I was without a body I discovered a
planet where outriders and humans have a strange project, but a good
one. They are living in peace there. Did you know?"
Jesse nodded. It was good to hear that Nemesis was all right. Now
Nemesis could become his teacher and one day they could rule the
outriders together. The human state system was good. Perhaps they
could create a similar one.
The same time on Lamari. For some hours all humans and outriders lost
their consciousness. After the incident Saber and April had a big
problem cause humans and outriders weren't very happy to see them.
Colt and Robin were luckily near Jean Claude who brought them here so
they were welcome. Both Saber and April were suspicious when Jean
Claude helped them and managed the situation for them. They were
guests here now but they realized that humans as outriders watched
them suspicious. They didn't trust in them. They saw their peace in
Everywhere in the galaxy and vapor zone humans and outriders started
to reorganize their life and Cavalry Command sent a space ship to
Lamari to fetch the three Star Sheriffs and Robin. They didn't know
what caused the illness and what took it away yet. So they decided to
make another truce with the outriders.
On Lamari Jean Claude still tried to find out what the problem had
been when Ramrod came back. Fireball was glad to see most of the
outriders leaving Ramrod although he started a friendship with some
of them. While Nemesis, Jesse, Trista, Nikodemus and Calibos would
meet with Jean Claude here and talking about new plans for peace the
others went on their way to Cavalry Command where Jean Claude said
Saber and company were gone to. Nemesis himself who found his memory
again and wanted to restructure the outriders state system sent
Yamuri and Isis as ambassadors to Cavalry Command. He hoped himself
that Fireballs father would later on take the part of the human
ambassador. That would make peace easier, cause many outriders
admired this human commander. In the few time Isis had she learned a
lot about humans and the past of her own race. She was excited about
what would wait for her. Suddenly everybody wanted that she talked
about her opinions. The outriders opinion changed and somehow Jesse
changed Fireball told her once. If he would not he could imagine
Jesse would have shown how good he was and what a hero he was cause
he was the one who saved both races. Perhaps he would have been the
one who would have taken the part of the ambassador. But Jesse
didn't. He preferred a normal life and wanted his best friend to take
this part. He seemed to have much trust in Isis too cause he choose
her too. Of course the main decision was Nemesis decision.
Isis and Yamuri had to talk not only with the Star Sheriffs but also
with Commander Eagle, Commander Whitehawk and some other high ranked
Commanders. It was not as difficult as Isis thought at first.
Outriders and humans were very similar and as time went by there
would be peace between both races.