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Lacey's Luhpynes

By:Honor James

Lacey's Luhpynes
Honor James

       Beyond the Veil 1



Prologue




For centuries we had coexisted, for the most part even peacefully. But  in one night, with one fateful event, it all changed. Only a select few  knew for sure what had occurred. Sadly, not one of them lived to ever  reveal that truth. Now we, the survivors, must not only find a way to  live and continue on together, but also find out the truth of what  happened. If we don't, we will all be doomed to relive it …



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February 14, 2014



"Isn't that just sweet, Casey?"

"Indeed it is, Jonathan." She smiled into the camera. "There is nothing  that warms the heart more than seeing a young couple in love enjoying  Valentine's Day." She shuffled some papers. "Now we go over to Dave for  our final look at weather tonight. Dave, is this unusual warm spell  going to stick around for us?"

The camera shifted to a man before the weather map. "It's looking pretty  good, Casey," he said before shooting the camera a killer smile. "While  temperatures will dip into the low fifties at night we are looking at  some unseasonably warm days. But only for two … "

"We interrupt our weather forecast for breaking news. Sorry, Dave,"  Jonathan said, looking serious. "We're receiving reports from-" he  blinked, his eyes moving back and forth rapidly as he leaned forward.  "Sorry folks, just trying to read the prompter with this breaking news."  He licked his lips and suddenly looked ill. "I must apologize, I need a  moment." He spun in his chair and leaned out of view, the sound of  someone throwing up clearly heard as the camera switched to Casey, who  looked pale and shaken.

"The unthinkable has occurred according to reports coming in from the  White House, where we take you to live now," she whispered before  breaking into tears as the camera switched over.

At the front of the room behind a podium a man stood holding up his  hands. "Settle down, folks. Now!" he bellowed. "It is true, we've known  about these people for some time, we've had discussions with their  leaders and even had their help on occasion. Yes, some of them have  lived among us, I can report now, but not a one of them has ever caused  any harm. They were only the elite forces, assisting us on projects  where it was too dangerous to send in the men and women of the Armed  Forces of America."

"Why now?" The question was yelled from the gathered reporters.

"The Veil that was separating their realms from ours has collapsed. We  don't know why and we don't know how. They are scrambling just as badly  as we are right now but you need to know that they mean us no harm and  we expect every citizen of America and of the world to extend the same  courtesy to them."

"How long have they been a part of our world?" Another reporter shouted question over the din of voices.

"Our worlds have always coexisted together from the very beginning of  time," the man said. "They were living and working long before life even  began on Earth proper. They left us alone to grow and become who we  needed to be. They let us get to the point we would be accepting of them  and all they bring to the table. But this event has pushed up the  initial schedule to introduce the people of the world to them and them  to you fully."

The camera cut back to Jonathan in the studio who looked to barely be  keeping himself together. "You've heard right, folks. The Veil has  fallen and realms beyond Earth have been exposed. We will be with you  all night providing updates and further information as it becomes  available. Stay tuned," he whispered before the channel cut to a  commercial.



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In one moment, one night, a night of love and giving, the entire world  as the humans knew it ended, forever shattering the knowledge they were  alone in the universe for good. No more suppositions by scientists,  guesses by conspiracy theorists. Everything was out in the open. And, as  is typical when the human race has something thrown in their face they  can't explain, they started a war.

For nearly fifteen years it raged, not only on Earth but on the other  worlds formerly hidden behind the Veil. In the end the humans' frantic  measures, their desperate attempts, did nothing. For them. It did show  the other races that they were too volatile still to hold such knowledge  and, with the blessing of all the world leaders, the other races laid  down the new laws.

Curfews were instituted, jobs restructured for full equality and laws  set in place for both the humans' protection from the other races as  well as the races' protection from humans. One overall president was  elected for the entire world. A new Congress was put into place with a  representative of each country as well as sub-representatives from each  province or state.                       
       
           



       

As well, each of the races from beyond the Veil placed their own  representatives, just to ensure the humans never again tried to attack  them and hurt them. Once, they would forgive and help them learn, but a  second would mean total and absolute annihilation of the human race. The  races beyond the Veil were forgiving, but only to a point.





Chapter One




June 20, 2034



Checking his weapon, Zhubin slipped the blade into the sheath between  his shoulder blades. Next he assessed the gun and put it into the  holster under his arm. Shutting his locker, he left the change room and  headed for the briefing room to find out who he was with for his night's  tour.

For the last six years he'd been a part of the Alien and Earth Defensive  Alliance, or AEDA. He was not human, he was Luhpyne or wolf as the  humans termed it, which, at seven feet one inch wasn't exactly a  surprise. While there were a few humans as tall, his build gave him away  fully. He was built thick of chest, wide of shoulder and moved with a  preternatural ability no human could ever replicate, not even dancers or  Special Forces.

His eyes too gave away his alien heritage. They were silver with a  lining of violet that had a shape that mirrored the eyes of the pets  humans kept called cats. His hair was so dark it absorbed light,  mirroring his pelt in his other form. He was muscled, stronger than any  human and his voice, which was a deep rumble like a rock slide, held  just a hint of a non-human accent.

Stepping into the briefing room he moved along the back, behind the  humans who were much shorter in stature, and nodded to his best friend,  Ansell, who looked bored. He was about to speak but their Captain, a  non-human, stepped up in front. "Ladies and gentlemen. As you know we've  been hearing some more threats coming out of the Human Purity groups.  It's all over the news so I'm sure none of you have missed it."

He paused as there was a low murmur and several heads nodding. "Be aware  out there, the groups are starting to raise a fuss again so take  nothing for granted. Keep your eyes and ears open, anything that sounds  even remotely useful let us know. Even if you think it's nothing give it  to us. In the grand scheme it could mean a lot."

Another murmur and some more nods. "All right. First up-" He looked to  the back of the room. "Agent Zhubin, I need you with Agent Lacey Rose to  head over to the warehouses. We have multiple casualties out there,  human and non-. The coroner is already on his way out to meet the  uniforms that found and are securing the scene now."

Zhubin dropped his gaze to the woman who was to be his partner for the  case. She was smart, sassy and sexy, the three S's that was also trouble  with a capital T wrapped in a layer of sin with a very capital and  heavily underlined S. Meeting her gaze he tipped his head slightly. She  hated him, but on the job she would be professional and her smarts were  always an asset.

"You two can head out, the rest of you," the Captain continued and shuffled through some papers before he started up.

Exiting the briefing room as the Captain handed out more assignments, he  held the door for Lacey as she stepped out. Letting it close he  followed on her heels toward the back door into the parkade. Knowing her  she'd want to drive, so he stuck his hands into the pockets of his  black cargo pants.

Pausing at the door to the garage while she got their assigned vehicle,  Zhubin let his eyes move over her. She was tall for a woman of human  origins. And she was all human and all woman. She had muscles to her,  nothing bulky, but svelte and perfectly proportioned. She also had  killer curves, ones she'd used more than once to get someone to say or  do something dumb.

Agent Rose was one hell of a woman, one that even he knew would be a  perfect match for the right man. Did he think he was the right man? On  occasion he had that thought, then she'd open her mouth and it all went  downhill. She had a razor-sharp tongue, slicing and dicing a man's ego  into little pieces too easily. She didn't take bullshit, ever, and could  play with the big boys. Hell, he'd even seen her go toe to toe with one  of his people on more than one occasion leaving them to limp away with  their tail between their legs.

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