Chapter 1Alpha and DestinyThe planet was celebrating an anniversary of its beginning. This brought many people tothe home planet for the many activities. When events like this come along they arescheduled over many days and often weeks. For Alpha the events were to cover a fullthirteen weeks. Alpha one had now existed for its first two hundred years. Other Alpha planets were at least one hundred now as well.The brain trust had their monthly meeting in the chamber on Ned’s world. This group of John, Simon, Ned and Valerie were looking at how each leader could help support theAlpha celebration.“You know I just have a bad feeling about the coming celebrations. We have been veryfortunate as a planet, planet group and leading this universe. But I have never had thefeelings I do now.” John was very uneasy about the events to come.“What is it about the plans or events that worry you?” Simon could see the deep lines of concern in John’s face.“We have millions of people coming for different events from many planets. Mostly theywill be from our own universe. Many of these have had long term grudges with us. Thisincludes fractions on the Earth planets and the NOVA planets. With the crowds there is noway to screen everyone coming. There have been a couple of incidents where weaponshave gone missing. One was a break in of a police station and the other a locker in asecurity force building. In all one hundred weapons are missing. My people no longer have personal force field protection, as it just was no longer needed by all. That opens upthe possibility of people being hurt or even killed at some event or more.”“Can the events be where you can scan all entering them?” Ned was practical in how hesaw things.“No way that can happen in many places. We can watch the transport plates, but someonecoming in from another area not using a plate would never be picked up. Many of theseevents will have several million people or more.”That meant no real crowd control they could see. “Let me discuss this with Joseph andsee what he thinks. He has a knack for seeing issues of danger. It was him that saw theattempt on me coming.” Valerie had committed not to discuss his real skills.“As bad as my gut feels I would appreciate any possible help. Have him get with Jamesand he will provide what every data he would like to see.” John knew he was grasping atstraws.The meeting this day was a short one and each leader headed back home.