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Chapter 8[]

Can you tell me where can we start over?[]

Ia Drang plateau
Kowloon, Lyran Commonwealth
3045



Cadet Lieutenant Patrick Ngo got a leave to attend the funeral.  The Duke of Kowloon, Dinh Ngo, died of a heart attack and that meant Henry and Elizabeth would have to move back in with mom and dad.

Hundreds of light years away.

The weather on the Ia Drang plateau was cooperative for a mid-July. The snow on the ground was soft and easily cleared away for the gravesite.

He barely heard the priest speaking, as they watched the casket go into the hole, his sister gripping his hand frantically while his brother Henry stood stoically.

Dad was talking with an officer in Davion dress uniform, the man appointed to serve as regent had been David's battalion commander during the war of '39, before injuries forced him out of the cockpit.  This was 'retirement' for Colonel Stonecipher, to serve as Regent, while a younger man kept serving the nation.

I won't be like you, Dad. Patrick decided.  I'll come home, and they won't need a regency. It would be a long haul though-he had to finish his academy and at least one five year tour after it, then resign from active service, before he could come back and claim his position in his father's name.

Patrick knew he wouldn't be able to do that until at least 3054, assuming the nation didn't go to war again.


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