Day One: Birth Is a Death Sentence
Don Sedei, author
Brief Synopsis of Day One By Don Sedei In Alexandria, Virginia, KACHADA is caught in a fierce gun-battle, after his failed assassination attempt. He manages to escape alive with his best friend, cocaine-laced nasal spray, at his side. This friend helps him fight through the pain of living 7,358,400 minutes beyond his expiration date. He vows to find the man responsible for the lifeless faces that haunt him. It has been twenty-nine years since his failed attempt in Alexandria, and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has summoned Kachada to investigate the truth that lies beneath the blacked-out pages of his mysterious dossier. Kachada warns the senators that the truth is even blacker than the pages they have in front of them. He begins a mordant narrative of his unimaginable journey by recalling the words his mother whispered in his ear at birth: "Kachada. remember: birth is a death sentence, so make every minute count. At the age of five, after his father's untimely death, his mother Taabe awakened him with the haunting words, "Trust no one Kachada. Not even your mother." It was then that his mother took Kachada to live with his proud grandfather, Chief Peta, to be raised as a Comanche warrior. Five years later his mother returned, and placed him in the custody of his Sicilian grandfather, to be groomed to inherit the family business. Kachada’s unique upbringing develops into a fierce devotion to his past, his family, as well as the Mafia and Comanche ideals of honor and justice. The brilliant, handsome, healthy nineteen-year-old college senior is handed a diagnosis that turns his dreams into a living nightmare: "Kachada, we give you two years to live. I'm sorry to say, that's being optimistic." Kachada is forced to measure his future not by years or months, but by the minute. The idea of 1,052,200 minutes sounds better than number two. He counts down his fate in minutes, vowing to outlive the expiration date his doctor gave him. He channels his anger to defy death, living on the edge, working for his grandfather as a Mafia enforcer. After a fierce gun battle, Kachada’s grandfather forces him to leave the Mafia and Franklin, Pennsylvania. He returns to the reservation to recapture his Comanche spirit and reconnects with his Comanche brother KELE, now the tribal police chief. During his stay, he is smitten by the beautiful eighteen-year-old APONI. But his stay turns ugly when he witnesses Kele delivering brutal justice after the shooting of a local tribesman during a drunken brawl. Kachada drives to Dallas to escape the violent images of Comanche justice. Kachada’s life takes a dramatic turn when he meets a wealthy French entrepreneur JEAN-PIERRE. Kachada’s brilliant mind and engaging personality captivate Jean-Pierre, who offers him a job as a writer, covering the 1974 Grand Prix Racing Circuit for his magazine. Kachada accepts the one-year commitment, using it as a personal challenge to outlive his death sentence. After five months on the glamorous racing circuit, Kachada arrives in Zandvoort, The Netherlands, for a race. While practicing his Comanche ritual on the beach at sunrise, he hears a cry for help. That cry lures him to accidentally kill an attacker to save a mystery man from being beaten. He discovers that he’s killed a terrorist, becoming their target. The fear of being hunted follows Kachada to Zurich, Switzerland, where he meets a strange man called HAYRI, who divulges his family ties to Kachada’s father during WWII. The revelation solves a riddle from Kachada’s past, luring him into joining Hayri in hunting the same terrorists who are now hunting him. Kachada wakes up in Paris, surprised he is still alive after being left for dead in the ocean. He has been unconscious for weeks, outliving his expiration date by 1,440 minutes. His grandfather, Chief Peta, dies, and Kachada returns to the reservation to honor him, and once again he is stricken by the beauty of Aponi, who changes his life forever. He becomes something he never thought he would live to be: a father. The birth of his son gives Kachada renewed purpose. He vows to fight for every new minute of his life. On a routine flight from Atlanta to LaGuardia, hijackers try to overtake the plane. Kachada kills the terrorists, saving over a hundred passengers. His heroic act and martial arts skills draw the attention of the FBI, who label him as a dangerous man. Not long after the display of his unique killing skills, the CIA confronts Kachada. After a failed terrorist attack on Kachada’s family, the CIA lures him into joining a secret arm of the CIA dedicated to finding the same terrorists that attacked his family. During his crusade, they locate a terrorist that has eluded them for years, on vacation at Disney World. They develop a strategy to eliminate any risk of endangering innocent park employees and visitors, but the plan goes awry and the terrorist kills Kachada’s partner, Joanne. Kachada goes into a brutal rage, inflicting his own brand of justice, vowing to leave no enemy alive. After Kachada finishes his harrowing tale for the Senate Select Committee, the room goes silent. Today is just a precursor for day two.