Chapter 4 “The Tragic Exile”
Albo Jiber had once sat in the Legislative Assembly of Zortixia. He was known to be extremely intelligent but with ambition bordering on dangerous. His career as a Zortixian Legislative Assembly member came crashing down as he was implicated in several illegal land deals resulting in his expulsion from the Legislative Assembly. But now he had seized power and was anxiously awaiting vindication by “appropriately” dealing with those who had “betrayed him”.
His closest followers were the fanatical blackbooters, a highly effective and loyal band of cutthroats. On instructions of Jiber they had executed many of his opponents. Prominent citizens vanished mysteriously and the once vacant prisons were overcrowded. The thousands of Zortixians who had supported the Jiber now had their doubts about the veracity of their decision but it was too late.
The execution of Montenez might be problematic due to his huge popularity. Other Opposite Party leaders in The Federation reported difficulties when they executed popular political leaders. For instance, Lako, leader of the Prizoian Opposite Party, was torn to pieces by angry mobs after he had ordered the execution of Blurd, the hugely popular leader of the Prizoian People’s Assembly. The reigns of power throughout The Federation were tenuous and of course their future was maintaining power.
Jiber’s safest course of action was the exile of Montenez. It would be to a planet so very far away he would never return. The Jiber gambled that if he exiled Montenez and publicly guaranteed his safety Zortixians would be placated. The planet of exile was a ragged and primitive planet called Earth. There was not even any sign of civilized life.
Jiber was correct. The Zortixian anger subsided knowing their leader at least would be safe. However the re-entry programme into Earth on the exile’s spaceship had been altered so that the craft would burn to pieces upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Those sucker Zortixians would have no idea about the murder of Willie.
There exist countless legends pertaining to the exile voyage so we will never know the truth except that the rocket had a rough entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and Willie and his wife died and their child enclosed in a “indestructible” metal cannister was thrown clear of the plummeting fireball of a spacecraft. Willie Jr. managed to escape injury other than a severed baby toe that sunk to the bottom of the ocean while his cannister bobbed in the undulating waves.