The Collar Wars
I was meeting with my fellow Generals about the plan Chelsea and I had formed regarding raising a generation of Evolved up from the Human equivalent of infants. I wasn’t sure how I was going to convince them, but I knew that it would be an important milestone for the race. If we could do that, especially if we could create them with fully functioning sexual organs instead of them being sterile, we could make a truly whole people.
“Now Sam, you said that you and your Lieutenant had come up with an idea that would help with the, as you put it, ‘fighting spirit’ of our soldiers?” Daniels asked. The Tiger seemed a bit skeptical, as did the others, but I knew I could convey to them just how important this was.
“Yes Daniels that is correct. I also believe that it could mark the greatest milestone of the Evolved as a race. If this plan works out the way I think it could possibly be seen as a great gesture of good will with Humans living on the colony.
“Okay let’s here this idea of yours,” Hans said signaling me to continue. Hans was an interesting case, if I could convince him to go along with the idea the others would most likely agree. Richard was arguably the most optimistic of the three, and Daniels was the most pragmatic. Hans on the other hand had a lower opinion of Humanity than just about any evolved out there. Truthfully I didn’t have a very high opinion of Humanity either but I was hoping to get things resolved as peacefully as possible. I wanted there to be as little bloodshed as possible. Not all Humans were monsters as many Evolved believed. I needed to show them that, but I needed to show them that on a small scale first.
“The simple idea is this. The Evolved need to have children of their own. Way back in the prehistory of Humanity thousands upon thousands of years ago, humans fought not only for the safety of themselves but also for their future generations. In other words their children.”
“Are you serious? That could be a dangerous and could make us more vulnerable, I don’t want to worry about children running around. Besides who would take care of them. As far as I know no Evolved on this planet have ever dealt with anyone younger than sixteen,” Daniels said. The other two nodded in agreement with the Tiger.
“That’s where my Lieutenant came up with a brilliant solution that, as I said, could alter Human / Evolved relations completely on the colony. We have the Human mothers teach us how to take care of the young. I’m sure more than a few of the female Evolved would love the chance to take care of babies and I can give the Human mothers the perfect incentive to help.”
“What kind of incentive would this be?” Richard seemed cautiously optimistic.
“In exchange for their help, the mother’s children would have their collars removed. Everyone over the age of five has been fitted with a collar, and even the children are set with a dead man switch that could fire at random. We take those collars off the young children the Humans should realize that we want to live in peace, at least as much as they make it possible.”
“Are you certain it would work?” Hans asked. I had his curiosity piqued and that was exactly what I wanted.
“There is no way to know for certain until we try it, but it should. I have enough knowledge of human psychology to know that for the most part mothers will do anything to keep their children safe. It will often lead to self-destructive behavior in many species to save their young. They could know that they risk death, but if it means saving their children it will be worth it to them.” I needed to make this point clear to them, this would make the deciding factor.
“Do you think it would work that way for us Evolved?” Daniels asked.
“As it is we are fighting for each other and to protect the colony, think what it would mean to all of us to know that our future as a race is at stake. If we raise children of our own we have a greater stake in the fight than if we are raising fully grown adults.”
“We’ll take your suggest under advisement.” Daniels said.
“Sir? I have a stake in this as well.”
“We know you do, but you do realize your position within the rank system.” Daniels said.
“Yes,” I sighed. This again. “My rank is mostly honorary.”
“Hold on.” Hans raised is hand before I stood up to leave. “As he said, General Archer, has a stake in this. He is here to make our relations with the Humans as easy as possible. I think he deserves to be here while we discuss this at the present moment.”
The fact that Hans had used my rank in his statement meant a lot to me. He rarely referred to me as a General, I don’t know if it was because he looked down on me, or at least regarded me as separate from the rest of the military. However in this case he was showing me more respect than usual.
“I agree with Hans. Archer has a plan that could change things for better and he deserves to be here,” Richard agreed.
Daniels nodded. “So what do the two of you think of Archer’s plan?”
“Truthfully? I think he makes a valid point.” Once again it was Hans. This was getting weird, he had never supported me this much on anything. “If people react to their children being in jeopardy the way he says it may very well make our soldiers fight harder. Lieutenant Drake had told me of Archer’s idea shortly after the revolution had concluded. At first I thought the idea to be ridiculous but I did some research on the psychology behind Human parents and I think this could work.” Hans was full of surprises today.
Daniels looked at Hans speculatively at our fellow General as did Richard. “You agree with this Hans?”
“Yes. I think this could be a perfect solution to certain issues and if this helps us with even part of our Human problem it is worth a shot.”
“Hans has a point Daniels. This could mark a turning point. I say we go for it,” Richard agreed.
Daniels seemed to think that his fellow Evolved made enough of a point to try it. “Okay. We’ll try it. Archer this plan is now in your corner. I want you to oversee every part of it. Everything from vetting parents to deciding who will raise the kids.”
“Thank you Sirs. I will do my best to make this work.”
“Oh and General,” Hans stopped me as I stood up to leave.
“I hope you can make this work. We’ve been thinking a lot about what you have said in the past regarding Humanity. If this can help our relations out, even it’s just on this colony, it would be a great start.”