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“Tickets please! Please have your tickets ready!” a friendly, but firm voice called out over the loud speaker. The engines hummed loudly as all the excited travelers came aboard. This was it! I was finally starting off on the first real adventure of my life!
My friends had traveled extensively by the time they were half my age, but I had more family obligations. Father died years ago and now Mother was gone as well. I was free at last to explore the universe to my hearts content! Not that I was happy for the freedom, by no means did I actually wish my mother’s death. It was just a burden to see her suffering, knowing that her only comfort would come in death. With all the advancements made in the last decade, unfortunately not enough were in the medical field. Enough about that, this was to be a new beginning for me, no more time for sentimental nonsense; I had a ship to catch!
I waited impatiently in line, my baggage in two hands, my ticket in another, and my passport in the fourth. Sweat beaded down my forehead into my eye. The suns were abnormally hot for this time of year, and the cool air onboard was a welcome relief as, it at last, was my turn to board.
Anticipation filled me as I entered the room that would serve as my new quarters for the next few light years. There were fresh Gala flowers on a table and a bucket filled with iced mill worms that would provide me with plenty of nutrition while in stasis. I tossed a rather plump worm to the flowers, which quickly began fighting over it, and sat my bags down as I floated over to the small portal on the far wall, looking out just in time to see a blue blast of energy form as our ship launched.
A large hologram of a beautiful blue feminine creature, of a race that I’d never encountered before, began to play an automated message: “Welcome aboard the Mercury 3000. Our flight will last approximately 23 light years so, for all of our non-Ashrathian guests, stasis will begin shortly. Please secure all of your belongings and rest comfortably knowing that you are in good hands with us. Thank you for flying Mercury and bon voyage!” The hologram shut itself off just as I finished the last of my meal. If she was a sample of things to come, I would definitely sleep with sweet dreams, I thought to myself climbing into the stasis chamber.
Lying back, I began to take deep breaths and closed my eye. Friends had told me all about going into stasis, but this was my first personal experience with it. The slightly tinted dome closed around me and began replacing the air with a strangely sweet smelling purple fog.
“…wake up! Attention all guests! We have arrived on Regulan 7 and your voyage is now complete. Time to wake up! Attention…” a voice began to swirl in my large pointy ears. Slowly I lifted my eyelid as the once purple fog was being replaced with an orange fog with a scent that reminded me of my mother’s baking. Confused for a moment by this olfactory remembrance and my strange surroundings, I pushed open the tinted dome and sat up gathering my senses.
“Yes! I made it!” I said aloud as I floated down from the stasis chamber. I could hardly believe that I was half way across the galaxy, light years from the planet I had called home for all my life. Gathering my belongings I headed for the exit.
Drifting out of the spaceport, I quickly began exploring, knowing that I had only a week before moving on to the next planet on my tour. Regulan 7 was even more exotic than my friends had described. There were three small suns and four moons in a hazy green sky. The nitrogen levels were so high in the atmosphere that it was intoxicating. Huge ice flows surrounded by snow covered mountains were the prominent feature of the land. I had always heard that snow was cold, but found the temperature quiet pleasurable.
Even more pleasurable was the moment I spotted a small group of beautiful blue females, just like the hologram back on board. Full of confidence, I made my way over to them. Oh yeah, I was really going to enjoy this vacation!
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hey, Deb! i didn't know you like sci-fi! that's pretty good. i liked the part about "i closed my eye"..caught me off guard. one thing i saw that might sound better was here: "The suns were abnormally hot for this time of year, and the cool air onboard was a welcome relief as, it at last, was my turn to board." see if changing it to say "a welcome relief as, at last, it was my turn to board." good job.
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