Asheville, Captain Yan Xishan, 灾难 Zāinàn- "Catastrophe", Fifi, Greybeard, Intellect Caste, Jane Goodall chimps: Greybeard; Flint; Goliath; Passion; Mike; Humphrey; Figan and Faben, Li Qiang, Passion, Wang Xiu Ying, Warrior Caste, Zhang Min, Zhang Wei, 发现 Fāxiàn- "Discovery", 失落的人 Shīluò de rén- "The Lost"
“Have you decided how you want to make your entrance?” Wang Xiu Ying asked Fifi. “Remote drop off or a dramatic return where our bird lands and you appear from deep within her belly?” she added with a wry smile.
“Based upon everything I have learned I think a dramatic return would be best. We should land as centrally as is safe and allow the maximum number of my people to see you accompany me back home. This will make any covert sabotage by Greybeard or Inana’s attendants more difficult.”
“And who is this ‘You’ of which you speak?” Zhang Wei asked. “We three or with the extra guards in the passenger compartment?”
“I am inclined to have just the four of us appear,” Fifi replied. “If we land in the center of where my tribe is camped we can always call the guards if they are needed.”
“That is prudent. Two strange, silver clad women and one man will be less frightening for your people than us plus a squad of sentries,” Zhang Min observed, nodding her head. “And speaking of silver clad, how shall you be arraigned? In a silver enviro-suit, a simple gown or shall you return as you came? Naked and unashamed?”
“Naked and unashamed, but surely not as I came.”
“Indeed,” Zhang Min conceded. “Well, we have a plan and with Fifi as our linchpin I am confident that we have a very high chance of success.”
“Here, here!” Wang Xiu Ying declared. “Zheng Wei? Take the com. I need to stretch my legs and report to Captain Yan that his forces will be on standby.”
“Roger that, Yan Xishan I have the helm.”
Wang Xiu Ying stood, exited the cockpit and found Captain Yan sleeping in the back. “Captain?” He said softly. Captain Yan Xishan opened one eye. “Captain, we will land in the center of their encampment and Fifi will go in with just we three. Your squad will be on standby alert.”
“Very good, Wang Xiu Ying” Captain Yan said. “How likely do you suppose her success?”
“Very, Captain. I believe we will be able to harvest workers from this locale within two years.”
“Two years!” Yan Xishan declared. “This seems optimistic.”
“Fifi is a most resourceful and intelligent woman. I wish we could rescue her and her kind and leave behind the rest.”
“Yes, Wang Xiu Ying, me as well, but there is no doubt that the life these barbarians will lead under our care will be far superior to the scratching for survival they have now. Who knows? Within a generation or two perhaps they can learn enough to be worthy of freedom.”
“That is the goal, Captain. We should land in forty-five minutes. I will alert you when we are fifteen minutes out.”
“Excellent. Long live the Peoples Republic,” Captain Yan said from his chair.
“Long live the Peoples Republic,” Wang Xiu Ying repeated before returning to the cockpit.