Kaire did not really have the same types of crime as the humans. At least not until we learned more about them. We have had peacekeepers for a millennium but mostly they were to settle clan disputes. Now they were more like the human constables or peace officers and had learned to cope with the new crimes.
I was sixteen and unmated and a cadet officer in my clan. What that meant was any arrests had to be reviewed by a clan member that was a full peacekeeper. Not that I had ever made a mistake or was not trained. Unlike a full peacekeeper who carried a plasma pistol I was only allowed nonlethal weapons.
The capital of Kair had a large collection of other races. Our clan was one of the few taught all their languages and as much about them as we could. I was coming from a lecture on new forensic techniques. Most of the killings were simple matters between males. If it was another species it could be anything from revenge to greed to passion.
The only thing identifying me as from the peacekeeper clan was the wide blue belt. I wore a comp and comm and had a expanding metal wand at the back with several plastic restraints. I was walking across a street when I saw the small group. From the large males around the outside I knew one of the royal family was in the middle.
They were headed in the same direction I was and I fell in behind them. There were two humans between us and I got a glimpse of a third in the middle of the bodyguards. He was tall and slim with grey hair and kept talking to a golden Kaire beside him. I recognized him when he turned his head as the human emperor's voice.
The golden Kaire turned to speak to him and I recognized him too, as the emperor's son and heir. Emperor Serg was strange in a lot of ways but had brought us out of the past and into the modern world. His human brother was more Kaire than many and more approachable according to my clan leader.
A disturbance ahead made the bodyguards move forward and I saw the two men move faster. I quickened my step as the way they move seemed to scream in my head. I was almost to them when the one on the right pulled a pistol and pointed it towards the heir and the emperor's voice.
I stepped and my left hand caught his right wrist and twisted up and back while I turned. I snapped a kick across and into inside of his left knee. I yanked and the weapon spun away as he fell screaming. I took a step over him as the other man spun while pulling a pistol. He was bringing it up when it went off and I was half spun to the right.
There was a burning tearing pain through my right shoulder as I growled and my left hand snapped out with the claws extended. I caught the forearm and twisted as I snapped a kick into his groin. He screamed as my claws ripped his arm open and the gun flew aside. He went straight down and I turned as knelt.
My right hand clamped around the back of his neck and the claws dug in, "why human?"
He yelled and tried to move and I let my claw slip out more as I squeezed, "WHY?"
He stiffened, "I was paid!"
I looked at the other man and realized the prince and the voice were both looking. Their guards were rushing back and I looked at the human, "who paid you?"
He licked his lips, "I want a deal."
I growled as I squeezed and lifted him by the neck, "you shot me human. If you do not tell I am going to rip your spine out."
He stiffened, "Sar Paulson!"
I let him go and he dropped to the walk and I yanked his hands behind him and put him into restraints. I moved to the other man and yanked him onto his stomach. I put him into restraints as he screamed from the pain of his broken knee. I stood and glanced at the prince while pulling my comm, "you need to leave your highness."
He smiled, "you are wounded."
I glanced at my shoulder as I opened the comm, "I will live but you need to be protected."
He bowed and the emperor's voice pulled him back and into the bodyguards. I sighed and ignored the pain, "this is cadet Alec Sar Nor. I have two humans that tried to kill the emperor's voice and the heir. I need a peacekeeper and a medical response at my location. I will leave my comm open for them to track."
"It will be a minute cadet. How bad were the humans injured?"
I looked at the two men, "one has a broken knee and the other has deep claw lacerations in his right forearm and claw punctures in the back of his neck. I have a through and through wound from a plasma round in my right shoulder but I think the plasma sealed it."
There was a pause before the dispatcher answered, "stand by cadet the peacekeepers are running full response."
I blinked as I nodded, "understood. Be advised I released the heir with directions to leave with his guards."
The dispatcher chuckled, "we will let his father know."
I felt a little light headed and moved to lean against the wall. A siren was screaming and lights flashed as a fast peacekeeper vehicle streaked around a corner and in the distance I could hear more. Two of my clan stepped out and one moved towards me as the other went to the humans.
I nodded to my uncle as he reached me and turned me to see the back of my shoulder, "you are still bleeding Alec."
He looked at the humans as they were yanked to their feet, "report."
I started from the beginning and went straight through. By the time I was done the medical response team was there. One tried to pull me towards their vehicle but I pulled back, "wait."
My uncle started asking questions while the humans were sedated and loading into the vehicle. Over a dozen of the clan were here now and more than one had gone to look at exterior building vids. My uncle finished and nodded, "I concur with your assessment."
I cleared my throat, "Sar Paulson?"
He grinned and displayed his teeth, "it is our turn to show claws."
I sighed and nodded, "good."
I had to go into the medical unit and let the doctors work on my shoulder. The two men received treatment and were put into isolation for clan guards to question. They had already been charged with attempted murder and the attempted murder of a peacekeeper. My father had been on duty but arrived with my mother who was a nurse.
He was proud and my mother fussed over me. He was the one to tell me Sar Paulson had tried to flee and was caught at the spaceport. He had not wanted the heir dead but had ordered the death of the emperor's voice. It had something to do with his denial of a permit on one of the Kaire colony worlds.
After two liters of regen nanites and a pain neural patch I was put in a bed to rest. I woke to semi dark and the door opening. I shifted as I reached to the side for my baton. The Kaire that stepped in chuckled, "relax cub."
I stiffened as I recognized him, "sir."
He moved to the bed and looked at me, "I wish to thank you for what you did. The two men you captured admitted they would have killed my son."
I shook my head, "it is what..."
He touched my hand, "no youngling. It is what your clan would do but you are not yet a full peacekeeper. You acted to save another with no regard for your safety as a warrior would do. My family learn at a young age to step in and do what needs to be done. Not all of our people do this or even react the way you did."
He glanced at the door and nodded and I followed his look to see a girl. She was silver with black spots like me and her tail swung slowly. I looked at him and he smiled, "the clan council has read the report on your actions. They wished to gift you with a mate since you are single."
I blinked and looked at the girl, "it is not..."
He squeezed my hand, "yes it is. I wish it were one of my daughters but they are spoken for. Her name is Shay Sa Nas Celden and she is sixteen. She is learning comp engineering."
I looked at the girl before I sighed and nodded and he turned towards the door again as someone cleared their throat. I followed his look to see the emperor's voice with a girl beside him. He smiled as he moved towards the bed, "youngling."
I sighed as I lay back, "sir."
He nodded to the emperor, "my lord has expressed his gratitude. When he learned what your clan council was going to do he contacted his niece."
He turned, "she is here as an exchange student studying your legal system."
I looked and realized the girl was in her late teens. She smiled and put her hand on the emperor's voice, "my cousin is trying to say they asked if I would meet with you and consider a bond marriage."
I snorted and shifted as I moved to the other side of the bed, "there are no marriages here."
I slipped off the bed and carefully swung my right arm. I looked at her and the emperor's voice, "do you know why?"
He smiled and looked at her and she shook her head as I walked around the bed, "when Kaire take a mate we must accept the person completely with any and all flaws."
I caressed Shay's cheek, "once we mate it is for life."
I looked at the human girl, "you wish to learn of our laws? One of the things humans have brought is violence but not like we knew it. It was unknown for a Kaire female to be raped. Now it is happening and over ninety percent kill themselves."
I looked at the emperor, "we take mates and learn to accept them and try to adapt for them. I am a cadet peacemaker and if I choose Shay I must help her with what she wishes to do."
I moved to the human girl and caressed her cheek, "but there is more. Kaire can take more than one mate but it must be voluntary and all mates must adapt. If I choose to accept you as a mate I must also learn to accept you and help you. Just as you would have to accept and learn to help Shay and she you."
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