“Well, gather ’round children. You too Jerry,” said Kit. “I talked to the Draknotues. They never realized they were being played by the universe. They weren’t happy about it, which was good. I told them that your side wants a truce, so you won’t have to fight and kill each other for the amusement of a third party.”
“And what did they say?” asked, Lilly.
“They are open to negotiations.”
“What kind of negotiations?” asked Jimmy.
“They want Utah, Nevada and parts of Texas. They said Vegas will remain neutral territory, of course, but the rest of the state will belong to them. They said your side can have the rest, as long as you keep D.C. away from them. If the government gives them trouble they’ll eat them. I told them they could do that now and if they did, we would give them part of California for their trouble. They’re thinking about it”
“Wait,” said Lilly. “They want to live here?”
“Some of them do, yes,” said Kit. “Openly.”
“Why Utah?” asked Jimmy.
“They’ve always been fascinated by mormons,” said Jerry. “I think they want to study them.”
“And you think we should let them?” asked Lilly.
“Well, seems a small price to pay, when you consider the alternative. Full out war. There will be a lot of causalities across the board.”
“I don’t get it,” said Jimmy. “Once they’re here won’t they expand? What if they eat the humans around them?”
“Always a possibility,” said Kit. “None of them can be trusted, but humans kill each other all the time, so it’s just a matter of semantics.”
“Is there room for more negotiation?” asked Lilly.
“A little wiggle room, I suppose,” said Kit. “Why? What do you propose?”
“I don’t know,” said Lilly. “What do you think we should do?”
“I guess you could offer them parts of New Mexico. Some of them love dry, open spaces. And there’s always Washington, since it rains a lot and the wet ones would like it there. Maybe they’d give up Nevada for those places. it’s good to keep them on the coasts, as much as possible. Having them in the center of any country could be a problem. I told them they couldn’t have France, but they wanted Germany and India. They said we can keep Sweden and Norway but they are interested in Australia. Africa is quite hot, and many of them melt, so that’s off the board. I told them Australia can get boiling hot as well, so they were thinking the arctic area might be another place.”
“No.” said Jimmy, standing up. “They can’t have any of it.”
“Excuse me,” said Kit.
“I said, NO.”
“But why?” she asked, brushing lint off of her blue robes.
“Because it’s ours.”
“That’s not really a reason, darling.”
“It kind of is,” said Lilly.
“Well, sweeties, if you don’t give them something, they won’t agree to a truce. You can’t expect them to just stop playing, if they can’t take home a goodie bag.”
“They lost last time. They agreed to a one time deal and they are not going to make demands because they’re sore losers,” said Jimmy. “Go back and tell them no deal. Tell them that if they don’t honor the contracts they signed last time, they have no honor and they will bring disgrace upon themselves,”
“Wow,” said Lilly, smiling at him. “Way to go Jimmy.”
“Yes, yes, darling,” said Kit, “very nice speech, but they really don’t care about things like honor or disgrace. If you don’t give them something, the war is on.”
“Then the war is on,” said Jimmy.
“Wait,” said Lilly. “Do they have females?”
“They do,” smiled Kit. “What do they have to say about all of this?”
“The females of most species think males are insane. None of the females want war. With the exception of PNOWKYYTR’S, a species where the males give birth, anyone who carries and gives birth to offspring, don’t want them dead, or wounded. It’s jut men, who aren’t physically involved, who don’t seem to understand that part. They’ll kill anything. Keep in mind that females are vicious fighters, but they mostly fight to save their offspring. Men will fight just to fight.
“Do you think if all the females of all the species got together, we could stop this from happening?”
“I seriously doubt it, sweetie,” said Kit. “Males like to kill things, and there doesn’t seem to be anyway to stop them, no matter where they’re from, including here. The losers don’t actually care about a rematch, they just want war.”
“Well,” said Jimmy, “if it’s war they want, then that’s what we’ll give them, but they can’t live here and they can’t…”
“They already live here,” sighed Jerry.
“What?” said Jimmy and Lilly, at the same time.
“You’d be surprised how many different species live or vacation here.”
“He’s right,” said Kit. “They’ve been here since the beginning. They just don’t have any say in how things are done, because their side lost the war. They want to come out of the universal closet and be seen. They want you to know they’re living here, by showing their true selves.”
“Do you think that’s a good idea?” asked Jimmy.
“It’s a terrible idea,” said Kit.
“I can’t believe they actually live here,” sighed Lilly.
“Oh, my tiny darlings,” laughed Kit. “If you only knew the things that lurk and live around you.”
“That’s enough, Kit,” said Jerry. “No need to…”
“Scare the children?” she laughed.
“Yes,” he said. “Besides, it’s bad business.”
“You’re right,” she said, turning toward Jimmy. “So war, then?”
“Can we win?”
She smiled at him. “Let’s just say that it will be a bloody mess, like it was last time, but I think enough fighters will return to help you, and there are so many more of you humans nowadays, and you’re mean as….”
“I get it,” said Jimmy. “How about you Jerry? Do you think we can win?”
“No idea,” he said, honestly. “Many of them have advanced weapons, they all know more than you do and some of them are just plain killers. The nice species won’t leave their planets, or galaxies. They don’t believe in fighting. Then there are those who will pretend that wha’t happening isn’t happening, so they’re useless, and then there will be those who think that by thinking good thoughts and worshiping their gods, that will make a difference, while people and others are dying to save the world for those who are actually doing nothing at all.”
“It’s always that way,” sighed Lilly.
“Yes, darling,” said Kit. “It is always that way.”
“There has to be a way to stop this from happening,” said Jimmy, pacing back and forth.
“Well, you don’t have much time,” said Kit. “The troops are preparing, so let me know what you decide asap. Meanwhile, since I’m already here, I’m going to get my nails done. Would you like to join me Lilly? My treat.”
“No. But thank you,” she answered, smiling.
“Okay, darlings. See you in a bit.” And she was gone.
“What are we going to do?” asked Jimmy.
Lilly shrugged. “No idea.”