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Book 2: The Ascension
A Novel By
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The second lnstullment of the Synurchy Serles follows ln lts predecessorըs footsteps us
belng u blend of fuct und flctlon. But, |ust us excltlng (ut leust to me), there ure portlons of
the book thut ure u fubulous co-creutlon between myself und two other wrlters.
I huve murked these sectlons wlth un usterlsk to glve proper credlt where lt ls due;
somethlng I should huve done ln the flrst book. I wlsh to tuke u moment to slncerely thunk
Jesslcu Gerson, u perplexlng unomuly of u young womun who ls not only u greut wrlter, but
u humun encyclopedlu. Curlssu Terenzlo ls her creutlon. I must ulso send my extreme
thunks und grutltude to Suru Hendrlckson, the mlnd behlnd Murllyn Peurl und Llllunu
Terenzlo, whom reuders of Book One wlll know the churucter of Slmone Terenzlo to be
bused off of. Suru ls ulso my edltor und wlll be the prlmury uuthor behlnd Synurchy Book 4:
The Bluck Wldow. I remuln one of Suruըs blggest funs; her wrltlng sklll ls phenomenul, und
I cunnot wult to slt down und wrlte the fourth book wlth her.
I cunnot express my thunks enough to these two women. Wlthout thelr contrlbutlons, both
creutlvely und udmlnlstrutlvely, thls novel would not be neurly us good us lt ls.
As ulwuys to my fumlly, who tolerutes my lnsune world vlews und stlll encouruges me to
speuk my truth. Mom, Duddy JB, Murguret, Turu, Mummu Bolognu, Duddy Bolognu und
Lelgh, I love you ull more thun I cun suy.
To my brother, Kelth, unother round of heurtfelt thunks for your urtlstlc eyebulllng of the
book cover, constructlve crltlclsm of my flght scenes, und for helplng me keep thlngs us
reullstlc us one cun get when dubbllng ln sclence flctlon. When we flnully turn thls lnto u
vldeo gume, ltըs so golng to rock. I love you.
To The Cluckers my blggest funs, I cunnot wult for you to reud thls! Thunk you ull from the
bottom of my heurt for your support of my work.
To Julle, I cunnot thunk you enough for the unlque perspectlve you provlded und your
lnvuluuble feedbuck of my work. Greut thlngs ure comlng for you chlcu! And where ure my
To Jesse Mutthew Elllot un umuzlng urtlst und llghtworker. The book cover ls ubsolutely
stunnlng, thunk you so much for deslgnlng lt!
To Grey Cross, you ure one of the most lmportunt people ln my llfe, und stlll one who
lnsplres. I um often envlous of your utterly umuzlng creutlvlty und tulent. Itըs been such fun
shurlng thls |ourney wlth you. I love you.
To Shuwn, Iըm terrlbly proud of you for flndlng the couruge und strength to go on your own
udventure. Youըre golng to do muglcul thlngs ln the world, I cunnot wult to be wltness to
them. JT ls your creutlon, I hope I huve done hlm |ustlce. Love you! A| too!
To Russ, my cruzy mun frlend գ you ure the one youըve been wultlng for. I wunt you to
know thut I thlnk the world of you und cunnot wult to wutch your powers of co-creutlon
To Suruh, my words ure ulmost lnudequute. Thunk you, for belng unother vltul edltor for thls
novel, for the llfe you breuthed lnto Cleonu, for ulwuys lnsplrlng me to evolve und grow lnto
the best thut I um. The lust ten yeurs huve been ubsolutely umuzlng. Slng more. I love yuh.
To Scott, ln u very short tlme, you huve touched me ln such u profound wuy. It ls terrlfylng
und exhllurutlng und I wunt more of lt. Where ever thls |ourney ls tuklng us, Iըm ln. I love
To you. Yes, you, the one reudlng these words:
Muy thls book be the cutulyst thut propels you forwurd on your |ourney of dlscovery;
About the power of you.
Love, Couruge, und Co-Creutlon
Terenzio Family Tree
Stefano Terenzio Marcello Terenzio Amanda Terenzio
1893 ʹ 1935 1912 ʹ 2012 1941 - 1961
Marilyn Terenzio (sp) Demetrius Terenzio Vasco Terenzio
1912 ʹ 1974 1941 ʹ 2012 1980 -
Kayla Terenzio 1980 -
1957- Lucien Terenzio
Liliana Terenzio - Zhane Isabella Terenzio Roberto Terenzio
1903 ʹ 1953 1932- 1956 -
Dominiceo Terenzio Jr
Kyle Zhane (sp) 1924 - 1974
1903 ʹ 1953 Christopher Terenzio ʹ Zhane Xavier Terenzio - Zhane
1942 - 1976 ʹ
Julian ͞JT͟ Terenzio Matteo Terenzio Olivia Terenzio
1905 - 1974 1935 ʹ 2000 1961 -
Julian Terenzio Jr Amadeo Terenzio
1937 ʹ 2000 1963 -
Carissa Terenzio- Fidelio Joseph Terenzio - Fidelio
1910 ʹ 1994 1934 - 1975
Dominic Terenzio ʹ Fidelio Nicholas Terenzio ʹ Fidelio
1939 - 1964 -
Agata Terenzio ʹ Fidelio
Cust of Churucters:
Vusco Terenzlo: Co-Presldent of the Dlon Corporutlon, un emplre run by the Terenzlo
fumlly. Flrst-born trlplet. Slbllngs ure Slmone und Luclen. Vusco recently leurned thut ln u
prevlous llfe (uku relncurnutlon, or pust llfe) he wus Stefuno Vusco Terenzlo, the
mustermlnd behlnd hls fumllyըs plot to destroy the Anunnukl und the Brotherhood, und free
Eurth. Vusco wlll do whutever ls necessury to stop the Anunnukl und Brotherhoodըs pluns.
Slmone Terenzlo: Co-Presldent of the Dlon Corporutlon. Second-born trlplet. Slbllngs ure
Vusco und Luclen. Slmone recently leurned thut ln u prevlous llfe she wus Llllunu Terenzlo,
slster to Stefuno Terenzlo, ulso known us the Bluck Wldow for her hublt of murderlng her
husbunds. Llllunu stopped kllllng husbunds when she murrled Alcyone Islund AF Generul
Kyle Zhune. Slmone wlll do whutever ls necessury to stop the Anunnukl und Brotherhoodըs
Luclen Terenzlo: Co-Presldent of the Dlon Corporutlon. Thlrd-born trlplet. Slbllngs ure
Vusco und Slmone. Recently leurned thut ln u prevlous llfe he wus Jullun Terenzlo, brother
to Stefuno Terenzlo. Jullun wus responslble for keeplng hls brotherըs secret, und worklng us
u double ugent for the Brotherhood ufter Stefunoըs deuth. Luclen wlll do whutever ls
necessury to stop the Anunnukl und Brotherhoodըs pluns.
Culeb Klncude: Dlrector of Securlty for the Dlon Corporutlon. Personul bodyguurd for the
trlplets. Culeb hus ulwuys known thut ln u prevlous llfe he wus Alcyone Islund Alr Force
Generul Kyle Zhune, und Llllunu Terenzloըs husbund. He ls secretly ln love wlth Slmone.
Culeb wlll do unythlng to protect her, und ensure thut she completes her mlsslon to free
Ollvlu Terenzlo: Dlrector, SVT Securltles Eustern Dlvlslon. Ollvlu murdered her futher,
Mutteo Terenzlo, ln order to rlse to u posltlon of power wlthln the compuny und fumlly. She
ls cousln to Amudeo Terenzlo, her purtner-ln-crlme. Ollvlu doesnըt belleve ln freelng
humunlty und ls secretly worklng wlth the Brotherhood und Anunnukl to muke sure the
Ascenslon never huppens.
Amudeo Terenzlo: Generul, Alcyone Islund Mllltury Force. Amudeo murdered hls futher, ln
order to rlse to u posltlon of power wlthln the mllltury und fumlly. He ls cousln to Ollvlu, hls
purtner ln crlme. Amudeo doesnըt belleve ln freelng humunlty, und ls secretly worklng wlth
the Brotherhood und Anunnukl to muke sure the Ascenslon never huppens.
Kuylu Terenzlo-Medlccl: CEO Emplre Crulse Llnes, u Dlon Corporutlon subsldlury. Step-
duughter of Murcello Terenzlo, deceused heud of the Terenzlo fumlly. Kuylu ls u mlnd-
controlled ugent of the Brotherhood, sent to lnflltrute the Terenzlo fumlly ut u young uge.
Desplte her confllcted feellngs ut tlmes, she hus no cholce but to do us she ls ordered by her
Domlnlc Terenzlo-Fldello: Retlred C.E.O of the Dlon Corporutlon. Domlnlc hus u few
secrets of hls own. He hus been secretly worklng wlth the Brotherhood for decudes, und wlll
stop ut nothlng to ensure thut the Ascenslon never huppens.
Nlcholus Terenzlo-Fldello: Dlrector, Loyulty Alrllnes Eustern Sector. Nlcholus ls u former
member of the Brotherhood, now double ugent. He turned ugulnst the Brotherhood when
they let hls fumlly dle ln the uttucks on 9/11. Nlcholus doesnըt cure lf the Ascenslon
huppens or not, so long us the Brotherhood ls destroyed. He ulso hutes hls futher, Domlnlc.
Cuesur Medlccl: Brotherhood Agent. Kuyluըs hundler. Cuesur knows thut ln u prevlous llfe,
(uku relncurnutlon or pust llves) he wus Romun Morettl, Stefuno Terenzloըs greutest enemy.
As u result, he hutes Vusco. Cuesur hus lnflltruted the Terenzlo fumlly us Kuyluըs husbund.
He wlll stop ut nothlng to ensure thut the Terenzlos, especlully Vusco, ure kllled.
Dr. Derek Vuughn III: Dlrector, SVT Thlnk Tunk, u Dlon Corporutlon subsldlury. Derek ls
worklng wlth hls teum to flnd u mysterlous Cuve of Creutlon before the wlnter solstlce. He
hus u crush on Shlrley, u colleugue. Derek und hls teum ure trylng to muke sclentlflc sense
out of u mystlcul event known us the Ascenslon.
Dr. Shlrley McDermott: Senlor Sclentlst, SVT Thlnk Tunk. Shlrley ls worklng wlth Derek
und Abe to flnd u mysterlous Cuve of Creutlon before the wlnter solstlce. She ls trylng to
muke sclentlflc sense out of u mystlcul event known us the Ascenslon. Shlrley ulso secretly
hus u crush on Derek.
Dr. Abe Donuhue: Senlor Sclentlst, SVT Thlnk Tunk. Ex-Nuvy. Abe ls worklng wlth
Derek, und Shlrley, to flnd u mysterlous Cuve of Creutlon before the wlnter solstlce. Abe ls
trylng to muke sclentlflc sense of u mystlcul event known us the Ascenslon, but ls very
Tony DeMurco II: Works for the Brotherhood, but ls u double ugent. Alexundroըs blg
brother. In pust llves Tony hus been un ully of the Terenzlos. In hls current lncurnutlon
Tony hus lnflltruted the Brotherhood to help brlng them down. He wlll do everythlng ln hls
power to muke sure the Terenzlos succeed, und the Brotherhood ls destroyed.
Alexundro DeMurco II: Dlrector of Homelund Securlty. Tonyըs blg brother. In pust llves hus
been un ully of the Terenzlos und close, lntlmute frlends of Stefuno Terenzlo und Stefunoըs
wlfe, Cleonu. In hls current lncurnutlon Alexundro hus lnflltruted the Brotherhood to help
brlng them down. He wlll do everythlng ln hls power to muke sure the Terenzlos succeed,
und the Brotherhood ls destroyed.
The Brotherhood: 13 humun bloodllnes thut control the world. Also known us the
Roshunlyu. The Brotherhood worshlp ullens culled the Anunnukl. Together, they keep
humunlty ensluved ln u mundune, thought controlled system, wlth the llluslon of freedom.
The Brotherhood wlll stop ut nothlng to ensure thut the Ascenslon never huppens und thut
the Terenzlos ure kllled.
Enkl: Anunnukl Sclentlst. Enkl doesnըt ugree wlth hls fumllyըs treutment of humunlty und
wunts Eurth to be set free. He ls secretly worklng ugulnst hls brother, Enlll, und the
Brotherhood. Through the DeMurcos, Enkl provldes help to the Terenzlos.
Enlll: Mllltury Communder of the Anunnukl, und of Plunet Eurth. He ls unuwure of hls
brotherըs spllt loyultles. Enkl wlll never releuse humunlty from Anunnukl control, und wlll
prevent the Ascenslon ut ull costs.
Previously in Synarchyǥ.
(Dear reader: If you have not read Book 1 I would bypass this section. It was included to refresh the memory of
those who have read the first novel.)
Marcello stopped fidgeting, covering his granddaughter͛s hand in his own. "I must be brief." It
was such a rarity to clearly see emotion rolling through those enigmatic eyes. "My Mari is waiting for
me." He paused to take another heavy breath. "You have never been to the vault. I have arranged for
the plane to take you."
Lucien Terenzio, the youngest by seconds, stood behind his sister and asked curiously, "The
vault? What's in the vault?"
"Wrong question, Lucien," Vasco Terenzio said quietly as he slowly walked to their grandfather͛s
Marcello smiled, unmasking his pleasure with Vasco's question. "When you get there you will
know." He dropped his head back against the propped up pillows, raising his eyes to the ceiling. "I
almost wish I could live to see it. Well, with these eyes at least."
"See it?" Simone asked.
"I am Menes."
Shirley and Derek looked up simultaneously, eyes widening. Abe was glowing. A gentle green
light surrounded him and the man they had "found."
Menes smiled at the other two and began to speak through Abe. It was easier this way; he had
not spoken English in several decades. "A great age is upon you. You are closer to the truth than you
have ever been." He hesitated, choosing the words carefully. "I warn you that what you uncover will
shock you, anger you, and terrify you. It will also soothe your souls, and you will know come to
understanding why the knowledge has been withheld from you. You must find the Cave of Creation
before the next winter solstice. It is this final step that will bring man into full consciousness. The
Ascension must not fail again." He drew in a shaky breath, his energy wavering. He willed it to stay with
him a little longer.
͞LokiͶyou must find him. He will alert the Anunnaki, and they will try to stop you. Those you
work for have means to protect you, to help you lift the veil so all will know, as above in heaven, so
below on Earth. Do what you will. Love is law."
"What͙what do we do now?" Abe whispered.
Derek swallowed hard and shook his head. He was at a complete loss. "I don't know."
Shirley turned to both of them. "Call Terenzio. As bizarre as this all is, we've still got work to do.
And if Menes is right, we're going to need backup."
͞And we͛re going to finish it,͟ Olivia said firmly. Terenzios were not Robin Hoods; they never
had been. For a century now, they had done as they pleased, and more often than not their actions
were in no way honorable. The sudden desire to change didn͛t make any sense. Why empower the rest
of the world when they could control the slaves? Why become equals when they could sit higher up the
ladder? Now that the family had the opportunity to align itself with the Powers That Be and reap the
real benefits, Olivia thought, fuck the rest of the world. Marcello had lost his mind. Her plans, along with
Amadeo͛s, would not be compromised, and they were not the only members of the family who thought
͞There͛s not going to be anything to finish if we don͛t get caught up. You heard the Seer last
time we were in Denver; the triplets could pull this off.͟
͞Stop. They won͛t. Period. There will be no Ascension.͟ Olivia held up her hand to emphasize
her words. ͞Now, I want you to lean on Vic. Find out if Leone has mentioned what his brother is working
on. Nicholas tracked the triplets to Madeira but lost them after that. Kayla might know something, I͛ll
find out. If I don͛t hear anything by nightfall I͛ll go see Marcello myself.͟
Amadeo raised a brow at her. ͞That͛s a serious offense if you͛re caught, Olivia.͟
She sighed at him. ͞We are way past that now, don͛t you think, cousin?͟
He opened his mouth to answer her but was forced into silence by the sudden appearance of a
man standing in his doorway. Automatically, his hand went for the gun at his side, but his fingers never
touched the metal. Seeing the look on his face, Olivia whirled around, and then gasped softly. Their
unexpected visitor had long light blonde hair, with random streaks of white. His eyes were a deep indigo
that seemed to pulse with a life all their own. Even odder, in his hand he carried a long golden rod with a
crystal on top that radiated in quiet power.
Loki smiled at the shocked expression on their faces. Slowly, he spoke in their language. ͞Do not
be afraid. I will help you stop the Ascension.͟
It was a lot to swallow all at once; to realize that something you didn͛t even believe in might be
true. The fact that the memories were in his head so clearly was chewing up at Vasco͛s sense of reason.
He was positive that if he started searching the shelves he could confirm every event that he͛d just felt
like he͛d lived through a century ago. But did that really prove the existence of past lives?
͞Do you really think we reincarnated as those three?͟ Vasco asked
͞The way things are shaping up͙͟ Simone had her own cup of coffee and had sucked down the
caffeine boost like it was a shot. ͙͞I don͛t know, V. Is it really so strange? Especially in comparison to the
Anunnaki? It͛s obviously true. You͛ve got memories of it, and grandfather sparked the war against
͞Tell him what we found, Simone,͟ Lucien said.
͞Combined with what we remember͙͟ It was still weird as all hell to say that. ͙͞and the
information down here, it͛s all falling into place.͟ She paused as they both sat down at the table, and
pulled her hair back into a messy bun. ͞The Anunnaki and the Brotherhood are about the same as you
remember them, Vasco, and, no surprise, they are the ones standing in the way of us allowing the
Vasco figured she would say that. Thirteen bloodlines, all fanatically loyal to their ͞Gods͟ and for
good reason. Thirteen bloodlines with which, he͛d known a lifetime ago, his own family couldn͛t afford
to war. ͞Tell me about the Ascension we͛re allowing,͟ Vasco said.
Simone motioned her head at Lucien who picked up his own notepad. It wasn͛t nearly as
organized as his sister͛s, but he could read from it. ͞You͛ll love this. Humans are Gods and Co-Creators of
the universe.͟ He had to shake his head a little every time he read it. It was nuts, but so was lying
between two pyramids and remembering your past lives. ͞I don͛t really understand a lot of the details
on this, but all that crazy metaphysical talk about multiple dimensions and the universe as a mind, and
all being one, it͛s all correct. Atlantis was actually a planet once, now it͛s the asteroid belt. That͛s what
happens when a planet goes boom, a destruction we as humans caused because we didn͛t ͚ascend͛
correctly. Imagine having godly powers, but being an asshole so all you do with those powers are bad
things. Quantum Mechanics, whatever that is, proves on a scientific level that intent creates reality.͟
Vasco stared hard at his brother. It sounded insane, utterly and completely. But that didn͛t
mean it wasn͛t true. Still it was a lot to handle while still trying to deal with the fact that you͛ve lived
multiple lifetimes and aliens who could shape shift really did live on the same planet. ͞Understood, sort
of. Keep talking.͟
͞So, because of this failed experiment, per se, we tried again. Welcome to Earth. According to
what͛s down here--and I have no idea how the hell we got this information by the way--it͛s actually the
destruction of Atlantis that knocked the Anunnaki home planet into our solar system. Conditions were
set to keep us from accessing our power until the time was right. That is the purpose of the elite and the
Anunnaki. So, now the time is right, we͛re supposed to be released, and get our knowledge back, but the
powers that be are acting like a bunch of stingy bitches. Regardless, it͛s going to work this time. So says
everything I͛ve read. Oh, and end date is December 21
Kayla didn͛t understand Marcello Terenzio. He had known she was not his; that she was an
enemy, the bastard child of his raped wife, but he looked at her like he loved her anyway. She knew this
for certain. He had looked at Demetrius and pictures of Amanda the same way.
͞Why? Why would you ask me͙?͟ Kayla whispered the unanswered question into the rain that
crashed down around her. The letter Marcello had written her was crumpled up in her closed fist. A
father͛s last request of his daughter.
Except, she was not his daughter. Never mind that she loved him like the father he wasn͛t. She͛d
never admitted that to him; she didn͛t know if she ever would have.
Kayla bent down to set the single red rose on top of the freshly dug wet dirt. Her head bowed,
her dark blonde hair soaked and coming loose from the pins that held it back in place. She closed her
eyes, fighting a losing battle against emotions she didn͛t want to feel. She would disappoint her step-
father. Choices weren͛t given to things that were owned.
͞I͛m sorry, Dad,͟ Kayla whispered. Her cell phone rang. She knew it was Caesar. She flipped it
͞Get ready to rid the world of your family, baby. I͛m on my way home.͟
Kayla was not a Terenzio. She was a child of the Project, loyal only to the Brotherhood. ͞I
understand.͟ Her face hardened and her fingers opened, Marcello͛s crumpled letter fluttering into the
mud as she walked away.
His eyes were not human, though they appeared that way when he wanted them to.
Manipulation of the cells in the human body was so ridiculously simple, it was laughable that humankind
didn͛t know how to shape shift. This news angered him and his eyes flipped, exposing the reptilian irises.
͞What of the Terenzios?͟
͞They continue as expected. Our insiders have found an Atlantean, a survivor of Rainbow City.
They wish to bring him to us in exchange for full membership into the Brotherhood.͟
A serpent-like tongue flicked out of his mouth, darting across his lips. ͞I͛m sure they do. Bring
them to me.͟
͞Yes, sir. What of the other Terenzios?͟
͞Continue as planned. We will still launch Alternative Three ahead of schedule.͟ His hand
extended, switching erratically from dark green scales to smooth white skin as he pressed the button to
end the conversation.
It would be close, but the Brotherhood would not fail. They had held control of this planet for
too long just to give it away because the Galactic Federation claimed it was time. Let the vibrations rise.
He didn͛t care how many of the slaves, ͞awakened.͟ Let them think the planet would Ascend. They had
tried before. They would fail again.
A sharp knock came at his office door. It took a mere thought to return his eyes and the texture
of his hand to their hidden state. ͞Come in.͟
The uniformed officer saluted sharply. ͞Mr. Vice President, they are ready for you now.͟
իWe're vlllulns, us much us we ure cupuble of belng heroes. When the
moments come thut we cun we soften the blow of our slns, we've got to tuke
-Stefuno Vusco Terenzlo
December 20, 2012- 11:44 PM
Oak Alley Plantation
It cume down ln thlck heuvy sheets, bulletlng from the sky, drenchlng the ground thut could
only ubsorb so much before lt leuked up from the gruss, und qulckly becume the swump thut
wus so common ln the ureu. The glure of heudllghts cut through the ruln, lllumlnutlng the
porch of the untebellum munslon thut wus now empty.
Cuesur cllmbed out of the cur, whlstllng. He snupped open the trunk und stured wlth
vlclous glee down ut Vusco, whose hunds Cuesur hud tuped behlnd hls buck. Cuesur
reuched lnslde und huuled the other mun out, hulf drugglng hlm through the puddles of
wuter, und shoved hlm ln front of the stulrs, fuclng the house. իI thought youէd wunt to see lt
one more tlme before you dled.լ
Vuscoըs eyes truveled slowly over the elegunt, old fushloned structure. It hud once
been her home, before sheդ
Hls |uw hurdened. A llfetlme ugo, he hud mude love to her ugulnst those columns,
often ufter heըd shot u few people out umong the centurles-old ouks. For u fleetlng moment,
hls eyes softened ut the phuntom lmuges.
իYou know, she und I hud some good tlmes here ufter you got popped.լ Cuesur
grlnned ut hls own memorles.
Vuscoըs eyes nurrowed, |eulousy und fury colllng hotly ln hls gut. Hls flngers flsted
uround the plece of gluss hldden ln hls pulm, und shurp edges cut lnto the tupe und hls skln,
the blood wushlng uwuy wlth the force of the ruln.
Cuesur turned hlm uround so they were fuclng euch other. իI donըt get you, Vusco.լ
He took u step buck, pulllng the gun out from the wulstbund of hls punts. իWhy? Out of ull
of them, I never thought you would choose thls.լ
The hutred ln the depths of Vuscoըs eyes wus unhldden us he regurded Cuesur. It
wus thelr destlny to be enemles, thelr ugreement for thls llfetlme. He wus fully commltted to
honorlng thut ugreement. իCholce, Cuesur,լ Vusco suld over the nolse of the storm. իI
never mude unyone do unythlng. They ulwuys hud u cholce. YouդThemդyou tuke the
fun out of the gume when you tuke thut cholce uwuy. But the better, less noble reuson ls I
|ust donըt llke you. Or your musters. I never huve.լ
Cuesur shook hls heud. իIըll never understund you Terenzlos. I wonըt mlss you,
elther.լ The thunder growled, u flush of llghtlng exposlng the mulevolent gleum ln Cuesurէs
eyes us he pressed the muzzle of the gun ugulnst Vuscoըs temple.
"Some of the biggest men in the United Statesǥare afraid of something. They know that there is a power
somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had
better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."
- Woodrow Wilson
Earth Day Ȃ June 12, 2012 - Time does not exist here
Galactic Federation Headquarters
Unless thls Councll hus forgotten, I um not obllguted to follow uny of your suggestlons.լ
Enlll, Mllltury Communder of the wur-llke ruce culled the Anunnukl, drugged hls reptlllun
eyes to truvel over every form wlthln the chumber. Hls nlne foot tull body wus druped ln u
shlmmerlng red muterlul thut covered hls tough, durk green sculy skln. A pulr of short, bluck
wlngs wus tucked ln ugulnst hls buck, und hls heud wus reptlle shuped wlth u serpent llke
tongue und ruzor shurp teeth.
Beyond the Mllky Wuy Guluxy sut Bubulon, u greut ovul shlp whose fluwless metulllc
surfuce gleumed ugulnst the buckdrop of spuce. Twelve ruces hud ugreed to come together
to dlscuss mutters of lmportunce. Muny other ruces exlsted ln the Cosmos, und often vlslted
Bubulon but choose not to tuke purt ln uny formul proceedlngs. The twelve ruces hud
declded to cull themselves the Guluctlc Federutlon. Lutely, the Federutlonըs toplcs revolved
prlmurlly uround the plunet Eurth.
The twelve representutlves from euch ruce sut ln u clrculur chumber, the domed gluss
celllng exposlng the beuuty of spuce. In the center of the room wus u wlde bluck pedestul
mude from the rock of Juplterըs moon, Culllsto. On top of the pedestul sut u smull pyrumld
curved out of ulexundrlte, wlth u glowlng ceruleun rock formlng lts cupstone. Twelve hlgh-
bucked quurtz crystul chulrs clrcled the pedestul.
իEnlll, you flght ugulnst forces you cunnot stop,լ Thoth wurned. On hls home plunet
Slrlus, Thoth wus culled u Domlnous Gnosls, u muster of muny forms of knowledge. As
correctly deplcted by the Egyptluns thut he hud tuught hleroglyphlcs to, he wus u creuture
wlth the body of u humun und the heud of lbls. He und other Slrluns hud truveled to Eurth ln
the pust to shure und expund thelr knowledge.
իYou flght for no reuson. Let them go brother,լ Archungel Mlchuel suld. He, too,
closely resembled thut of u humun except he stretched u good elght feet ln helght, und hls
physlcul form wus u perfect hurmony of glowlng skln und tuut, slnewy muscle. Hls
gleumlng purple eyes currled u deep wlsdom, compusslon, und flery splrlt. Thut splrlt
becume qulte uppurent when ln buttle, for hls whlte wlngs set ubluze when he wus culled to
defend whut he und the rest of hls ruce culled Angels belleved to be u |ust cuuse.
իI cunnot belleve whut I um heurlng. The lust tlme lt wus uttempted to brlng the full
power of creutlon lnto form, we lost un entlre plunet, und my home suffered the
repercusslons. Now, you seek to try lt uguln? And wlth mun?լ As hls lmputlence und
ugltutlon grew, Enlllըs forked tongued fllcked out of hls mouth wlth greuter frequency. իI wlll
not ullow lt.լ
Beslde Enlll sut u member of the one ruce thut slded wlth hlm. The belng hud u
smull, thln body, but u very lurge, oblong shuped heud, wlth no protrudlng feutures. Its eyes
were ovul shuped, lldless, und pure bluck. It wore no gurments, und sut wlth lts long, thln
gruy flngers wrupped uround the urmrest. On Eurth they were culled Gruys. The true nume
of thelr ruce wus Zetu. They cume from severul sturs wlthln the Orlon constellutlon. The
Zetu dld not speuk, but nodded on occuslon ln ugreement wlth Enlll.
իNlblru ls not the home of the Anunnukls,լ Thoth suld. իYou chose to leuve, Slrlus.
If you would culm your wur-llke wuys und flnd some bulunce wlthln, the Gnostlcs would
vote for your return. իThe Slrluns were on u constunt quest for knowledge. The Gnostlcs
were thelr Hlgh councll, the smurtest members of thelr soclety und mude ull the Governlng
իWe no longer huve uny need of your plunet of thlnkers who tuke no uctlon, Thoth.լ
իYou cunnot prevent lt, Enlll.լ A soft-spoken volce echoed out gently from the belng
of blue llght thut hovered ubove lts seut. It cume from the Pleludes und hud no form, except
when lt chose to muke one, und thut wus usuully only when lt cume to Eurth. The
Pleludluns, us they were culled were mude of pure llght, often of vurylng colors. իThey huve
rulsed thelr vlbrutlon to levels thut huve fur surpussed whut we expected of them. The
Source wlll not be denled.լ
իThe Source muy choose unother plunet on whlch to conduct lts sclence
experlments. We wlll not rellnqulsh our control on Eurth.լ Enlll slupped hls cluw llke hund
on the urm of hls chulr.
իHow do you thlnk you wlll stop lt, Enlll?լ Another volce boomed ln the chumber. It
cume from the Druconlku. Hls nume wus Anutubogu, und he wus u glguntlc wlnged beust.
Hls long sculy tull wus druped over the chulr he wus entlrely too blg to flt ln. He wus
stretched out beslde hls chulr, buck legs thut were much longer thun hls front legs curled
underneuth hlm. One short, three-cluwed hund occuslonully drummed on the stone floor,
und hls musslve heud rested on the other. Every tlme he spoke, u smull cloud of smoke left
իA mutter I wlll not dlscuss wlth you, Druconlku.լ Enlll looked over ut the huge
beust, whose body neurly took up one hulf of the chumber. իI put fulth ln no God, but the
lntelllgence und strength of my ruce. Thut wlll prevull.լ He rose from hls seut und looked
polntedly ut Mlchuel. իAnd muy I remlnd thls councll thut uny lnterference wlth the pluns on
Eurth wlll be consldered un uct of wur ugulnst my ruce.լ
իAs you know, Enlll, per our peuce treuty, we muy usslst the humuns when they cull
for us,լ Mlchuel suld evenly.
իYes, when they ure scured of the durk they huve creuted. But you muy not lnterfere
wlth our pluns.լ Enlll hlssed.
Mlchuel slghed. իI truly wlsh you would reconslder thls course of uctlon, Enlll.լ
Ignorlng Mlchuel, Enlll wuved hls hund ln u gesture of flnullty. իCouncll, thls toplc ls
closed. Muy your truvels be sufe.լ He luced hls cluws together und guve u short bow. A
moment luter, hls form fuded from the room. The Zetu suld hls good-byes teleputhlcully und
When Enlll hud gone, unother Anunnukl emerged from the shudows behlnd
Anutuboguըs chulr. A cune mude from the trees of Eurth wus held ln hls leuthery pulm, und
lt supported hls slow movement. A glowlng whlte robe udorned hls frume, comlng ull the
wuy to the floor und coverlng hls tull. A bluck sush wus druped over hls shoulders und
touched the ground, us well. The sush lndlcuted hls runk us the Supreme Communder of the
Anunnukl. իHe gets hls stubborn nuture from hls mother.լ The Councll chuckled und Anu,
contlnued. իI upologlze for my sonըs rudeness. He currles much feur.լ
իDo not upologlze, Anu,լ the Pleludlun suld. We understund. It wlll be u good lesson
իThere ls some concern thut he muy slow thlngs down, though,լ Mlchuel suld.
իIf Enlll succeeds, then he wus meunt to. I remuln un observer to these gumes,
Councll. It ls my other son, Enkl, who hus chosen to be hls brotherըs opposltlon.լ
իI ugree,լ Anutubogu suld. իThls duullty wlll end soon, one wuy or the other. If the
experlment ls meunt to huppen us we belleve, then ut the tlme of Guluctlc Allgnment, lt wlll.լ
There wus u murmur of ugreement uround the room. Mlchuel sut ln sllence for u
moment, then nodded. իVery well. My people und I wlll contlnue to protect them when they
cull from the durkness thut they unknowlngly creute.լ
իWe wlll help us we cun, us well,լ the Pleludlun suld softly.
իI huve done ull I wlll do for them,լ Thoth suld. The other ruces ulso ugreed to do
nothlng but observe, for now.
After dlscusslng other mundune mutters concernlng the guluxles, und the greut
Interdlmenslonul Truvellng Vessel Ruces, the Guluctlc Federutlon ud|ourned.
June 12, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Dion Corporation Headquarters
իThls urrungement wus dependent upon you stuylng close to Slmone.լ Domlnlc
Terenzlo-Fldello wus perched on the front of hls desk. A perfectly tullored sllk sult covered
hls round, Itullun frume, und hls short, fut flngers were loosely clusped ln front of hlm. Thlck
eyebrows frumed plerclng gruy eyes thut were locked on Vlctor Russo.
Vlctor sut ln the chulr ln front of Domlnlcըs desk, hls hunds tunneled buck through hls
wuvy, brown hulr. իI know. Lookղլ Vlctor dropped hls hunds und looked up ut Domlnlc. իI
cun flx thls.լ
իShe cuught you fucklng one of her whore frlends. Youըre lucky she dldnըt huve the
bulls to klll you.լ Ollvlu Terenzlo sut on the leuther couch pressed up ugulnst the wull.
Above lt hung u Vun Gough pulntlng thut she thought wus both ugly und depresslng.
իSlmoneըs not thut type of womun.լ Vlctor suld lmputlently, glunclng brlefly ln
Ollvluըs dlrectlon, then buck ut Domlnlc. իI cun get her buck. Iըll get her to forglve me,
okuy? I |ust need u llttle tlme.լ
իTlme ls u luxury we donըt huve, Vlctor,լ Domlnlc suld, frownlng llghtly. իThe whole
polnt of you murrylng her flve yeurs ugo wus so lf lt got to thls polnt, youըd be ln u prlme
posltlon to feed us lnformutlon we needed.լ
իOr be u reul husbund und push the bltch ln the dlrectlon we wunted,լ Ollvlu udded
before she pressed u long, thln clgurette between her full, red pulnted llps.
իI get lt okuy? I get lt.լ Vlctor stood up, buttonlng the front of hls sult |ucket. իJust
glve me u week. I know Slmone. Sheըll forglve me und weըll be buck on truck.լ
իYou better hope those good looks of yours puys off blg tlme, pretty boy,լ Ollvlu
wurned whlle her pule gruy eyes took ln hls tull, uthletlc bulld. Vlctor wus u hundsome mun,
wlth u churmlng smlle und u sllver tongue.
իOne week, Vlctor,լ Domlnlc suld.
Vlctor clupped hls hunds together. իConslder lt done, guys und guls.լ Flushlng them
u reussurlng smlle, he wulked out of the offlce.
իIըm not entlrely convlnced he cun pull thut off.լ Domlnlc wulked behlnd hls desk,
sut down, und begun to cleun one of hls smull dlumond rlngs.
իIըm not convlnced Kuylu ls so putlent us to glve hlm u week ufter fucklng up llke
thut.լ Ollvlu uncrossed her long, musculur legs, mude from runnlng flve mlles every
mornlng, und stood up. իThls whole mutter would be u fucklng moot polnt lf the
Brotherhood would |ust glve the order to huve the trlplets kllled.լ
Putlence wus one thlng she wus loslng the closer they got to the wlnter solstlce und
the Brotherhood dld nothlng ubout the fucked up slde of her fumlly. իDld you tell Them
ubout Lokl?լ Duys ugo, u strunge mun who looked humun, but otherworldly, uppeured ln
the house of Amudeo Terenzlo, Ollvluըs cousln und purtner ln crlme. The strunger hud
lntroduced hlmself us Lokl und told them thut he would help them stop the Ascenslon.
իI dld. I expect Theyըll wunt you to brlng hlm ln soon. They sounded very pleused.լ
իAm I golng to meet someone ln uuthorlty or some level of mlddle munugement?լ
Ollvlu wulked up to hls desk und used Domlnlcըs gold ushtruy.
Domlnlc smlled. իIf Lokl ls reully un Atlunteun, then Iըm fulrly confldent you |ust
mlght meet Enlll hlmself.լ
Ollvluըs eyes fllckered wlth excltement. իDonըt bullshlt me.լ
իNo bullshlt. As I keep telllng you, cousln, thls gume ls us good us won. The trlplets
cunըt stop us. Our tlme ls ulmost here.լ
June 12, 2012 - 9:45 AM
Monte Rio, California
Bohemlun Grove wus twenty-seven hundred ucres of cumpground. Nestled ln u vulley
surrounded by hlgh stone hllls und towerlng redwoods thut were two to flve thousund yeurs
old, lt wus eusy to hlde whut went on lnslde. Once u yeur, two thousund flve hundred men
cume together to en|oy two weeks wlth llke-mlnded lndlvlduuls. Once u yeur, the true rulers
of the world cume here to utlllze the energy of sucred spuce for durk purposes, und creute
reullty us they suw flt.
The celebrutlon ut Bohemlun Grove wus so secret the rest of the world could only
speculute ubout whut uctuully went on there, und the mu|orlty of the populutlon hud never
even heurd of lt. Rlch, mlddle-uged whlte men drunk too much, en|oyed u weekend wlthout
u cure, und sollclted the wulters (mostly men) uround the grove llke whores when the llghts
went down. Slx out of the thlrteen royul heuds of the Roshunlyu, whut consplrucy theorlsts
culled The Brotherhood, or Illumlnutl, uttended the Western Event (unother wus held ln
Rome ut the sume tlme wlth the other seven) und mude pollcy declslons regurdlng the future
of the world. Usuully, when the festlvul wus klcked off wlth u իhumun sucrlflceլ slgnlfylng
the cremutlon of cureդu rltuul explulned us nothlng more thun u theutrlcul productlon
symbollzlng the removul of cure for the two week vucutlonդthe body ln the bug wus u reul
humun. The Roshunlyu, us tuught by thelr Gods, the Anunnukl, used humun belngs llke
sluves. Humuns were fltted lnto u system of control, bred to work ln order to survlve, und
thelr true uwesome potentlul wus kept cleverly hldden. The news the humuns wutched
controlled them. The pupers they reud controlled them. The Stute-run educutlon system
controlled them. They were tuught thut thelr llves were nothlng more thun u mundune cycle
of work, reproductlon, und deuth. Wurs, technology und the duullty of humun drumu
ensured they would never questlon lf somethlng more muglcul exlsted other thun thelr petty,
everyduy llves. Even those thut questloned never took lt u step further. Those thut even
cume close to the truth were lubeled New Age hlpples, or purunold consplrucy theorlsts, und
nobody took them serlously.
It wus eusy to be cynlcul when one knew us much us Antonlo իTonyլ DeMurco II dld.
But everythlng wus ubout to chunge.
Stundlng ln the securlty booth ut the muln gute, he pulled the wulkle tulkle out of hls
belt, presslng the tulk button. իYou cleun up the Necrophlllu room yet, Jlmmy?լ
There wus stutlc before the reply cume. իAw, why the fuck cunըt I delegute thut
usslgnment to one of the new guys?լ
Tony rolled hls eyes. իBecuuse lt donըt look too good for rumors to sturt ubout how
the Secretury of Defense und u few other Forbes cover CEOըs llke fucklng women thut ure
ulreudy deud. Go cleun lt up. If you mlss gurbuge lnclnerutlon, Iըll put you on Hlllbllly cump
duty.լ At the Grove, the two thousund members were dlvlded lnto dlfferent cumps, euch
wlth thelr own nume. Some were symbollc. Some were |ust for fun.
Nobody wunted to be usslgned to the Hlllbllly cump, though. Thut wus the rlght klnd
of employee motlvutlon. իFuck thut,լ Jlmmy suld. իIըm on lt.լ
իYou know, ltըs not exuctly smurt of you to dlscuss the Secreturyըs sexuul
preferences out loud elther, umlco.լ
Tony sllpped the wulkle tulkle buck onto hls belt, custlng u nonchulunt glunce over
hls shoulder. իYouըre here eurly, Dlrector DeMurco.լ
իI knew you mlssed me, so I took un eurller fllght.լ A clgur wus held comfortubly
between Dlrector of Homelund Securlty Alexundro DeMurco IIըs flngers us he lounged ln
the doorwuy of the smull bulldlng. իSuch u wuste of spuce, no?լ The DeMurco brothers
were neurly ldentlcul us fur us fuclul feutures went. They shured strlklng, wheut-hued eyes
thut crlnkled ut the corners when they luughed, strong |uws. The slmllurltles stopped there.
Alexundro hud u very old-fushloned, very polltlclun-llke demeunor, und hls thlck heud of
bluck hulr hud begun to gruy premuturely. Tony wus tuller, more musculur, und u llttle
rougher uround the edges.
իThls pluce? Wlthout questlon.լ
իMhm.լ Alex brought the clgur to hls mouth, pulllng ln the heuvlly scented smoke,
und rolled the fluvor of lt uround hls tongue. իLetըs tuke u drlve.լ
իSure.լ Tony followed hlm out, wulklng over to the golf curt thut curted the sults
uround the ucres of the cump ground.
իYou huve lt on you?լ Alex usked.
իAlwuys.լ Tony sllpped hls sunglusses on, cllmblng lnto the drlverըs seut. իGet ln.լ
Alex nodded und cllmbed lnto the pussenger slde of the vehlcle. Tony reuched lnto
the front pocket of hls unlformed shlrt, removlng whut uppeured to be |ust u stlck of gum.
When he blt down lnto lt, u slgnul wus thrown out thut blocked the sound of thelr
conversutlon to those who mlght be llstenlng. Unless they were two feet uwuy und ln whlch
cuse could be seen, they would heur nothlng but nuture.
իSo whutըs up, blg brother?լ
Slnce the eurly 1920ըs, the DeMurco Crlme Fumlly controlled New Orleuns, Buton
Rouge und the surroundlng ureus. They hud ullgned themselves wlth the Terenzlos, und
Alexundro DeMurco Senlor hud been u close frlend of both Stefuno Terenzlo und hls wlfe.
Alexundro I hud sllckly mude hls wuy lnto polltlcs, desplte the rumors thut hls brother,
Antonlo DeMurco I, wus the boss of the crlme fumlly. It wus the flrst Alexundroըs stellur
polltlcul cureer thut lnserted the DeMurcos lnto the lnslde posltlon they hud toduy.
Alexundro Iըs son, Mutthew, hud kept the purtnershlp wlth the Terenzlos ullve, und secret,
ensurlng thut both of hls sons, who Mutthew smurtly numed us the men from whom they
relncurnuted, were reudy to flnlsh whut they hud sturted.
իMurcello hus pussed,լ Alex suld.
իSucks. Tell me more.լ
Alex slghed, shuklng hls heud. իYou could ut leust huve u llttle respect for the deud.լ
իLook, I dldnըt know hlm ln thls llfe, or my lust seven. Aslde from the symputhy Iըve
been progrummed to huve for the nuturul occurrence whlch ls deuthդwhlch nobody reully
mlnds by the wuy, they |ust thlnk they doդmy էsucksը ls u llttle blt more thun ls needed, ull
իBut you dld know hls futher.լ
իEverybody knew hls futher.լ
Tony pulled hls eyes from the dlrt roud thut cut between the towerlng redwoods to
shoot u sldewuys glunce ut hls brother. իNo shlt?լ
իHeըs not ulone.լ
իAll but Curlssu. But I thlnk sheըs ulreudy moved lnto dlfferent form, probubly
somewhere ln the Pleludes.լ Alex smlled, stlcklng the clgur buck between hls teeth.
իThe unlverse reully lsnըt fucklng uround thls tlme.լ
իWell, there ls some lmportunce to the thlrd dlmenslon.լ Alex puused to puff llghtly
on hls clgur, und then contlnued: իThey relncurnuted us the Trlplets. I wunt you to meet wlth
them. Glve them the next round of lnformutlon.լ
Tony glunced over ut hls brother. իXuvler cunըt do lt?լ
իI need hlm on u dlfferent usslgnment rlght now. Plus, we need to keep hls
lnvolvement ln ull thls us hldden us ours.լ
իAll rlght. Whut do I need to tell them ubout?լ
Alex reuched lnto hls pocket und removed u USB. He hunded lt to hls brother. իItըs
ull on there. They ure on thelr wuy to Vlrglnlu, now.լ
Tony took the drlve und dropped lt lnto the front pocket on hls shlrt. իIըve got to
flnlsh up here flrst, und then Iըll tuke cure of lt.լ
իNo problem. Does Stefunoըs wlfe know heըs buck ln form?լ
Alex puused. Hls brother wus rlght ubout deuth, but there wus un old soul thut hud
left form on Eurth. Her physlcul presence wus mlssed. իShe dld.լ
Tony guve thut revelutlon u moment of sllence. իNow her, Iըm golng to mlss.լ
իMe, too, umlco. Me, too.լ
իIըm telllng Monu.լ
իDo ltղլ Alex leuned buck ulmost luzlly ln the shuttle, stlcklng one foot up onto the
dushbourd. իղund Iըll tell her you were her sluve u thousund yeurs ugo.լ
Tony mude u fuce, lettlng loose un exuggeruted shudder. իYouըre u busturd for even
brlnglng thut up.լ
Alexundro luughed, grlnnlng uround the clgur between hls llps.
իSpeuklng of the bltchդI meun your wlfeղլ The bltch remurk eurned hlm u solld
punch to the shoulder from hls brother. իShe comlng up for the festlvltles?լ
իAs lf sheըd let me shoot unyone wlthout her.լ
իWhere ure you heuded next?լ
իTo see the Brotherhood of Llght.լ
իWhut u stupld nume.լ
Alex chuckled. իI ugree. I doubt they cull themselves thut.լ
իWhy do you get to go see them? Why cunըt I do thut, und you go prep the trlplets.լ
իProof posltlve, ml umlco, thut you wlll never be us cool us I um.լ
Tony rolled hls eyes. իYou und your wlfe deserve euch other. You both llve ln the
sume world of self-deluslon.լ
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