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Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)
- TITLE: The Fra Grance Instantaneous Arrival Drive.
By Val Clark
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All systems were ‘Go’.
Through the viewer, she scanned the hard baked desert.
Master of the Universe, please help me do this.
El found it hard to believe the moment had finally come. After hundreds of hours in the simulation pod, she was the first human in the known universe to navigate an IAD interstellar ship. Using a Faster Than Light Drive the journey from Earth to Nin’Ava would take one hundred and thirty two years. On her maiden voyage she would arrive on Nin’Ava the second after she left.
The Flexiplus chair hugged Kim’s body as she sat back.
A disembodied voice intoned the countdown. ‘T minus thirty.’
Thirty minutes. She intertwined her fingers and stretched her arms out, listening to the familiar popping of her knuckles.
She’d almost forgotten the passenger.
‘No. I’ve done five hundred and six hours in the simulator.’ And I only failed six times and that was in the first twenty simulations.
Every preparation, except for the vital injection of fuel which she would provide just before take off, had been made. All she could do now was wait. Her mind wandered to the farewell reception that morning.
Camera lights flashed as El stood on the podium between the President and Fra Grance. The applause, when it finally died down, left her ears ringing. Fra Grance stepped forward to the microphone.
‘Madam President, honored guests. It is with the greatest pleasure and the deepest humility and thanks to all those who have participated in this project and most importantly to the Master Designer that I declare the first Instantaneous Arrival Drive operational.
‘Today Navigator El Picsid will take the Fra Grance 1 to the colony of Nin’Ava. Combine harvesters, live stock, prefab buildings, seed, medical supplies and food will help relieve the famine.’
The applause was long and enthusiastic.
‘The ship also caries, according to the contract established between the Union of Worlds and myself; enough copies of the Master’s Word for each member of the colony and a teacher of excellence – in this case Brother Jo’Na – to bring hope to their hungry hearts.’
There was only a smattering of applause. Three millennia had past and the Master’s promised Son had not returned. Most people considered the faith Fra Grance espoused as obsolete, the books and teacher a waste of cargo space – especially for a colony as troubled and depraved as Nin’Ava. For Fra Grance, however, those two clauses were non negotiable.
El turned to where a spotlight had picked out Jo’Na. He smiled broadly for the camera. Brave man. At least I’m only staying for as long as it takes to unload the cargo. I don’t even have to get off the ship.
Jo’Na’s baritone interrupted her thoughts. ‘Why you, Navigator Picsid?’
‘T minus ten.’
‘I was completing my final year at the Space Academy when Fra Grance invented the IAD. Of seven hundred and twenty two students, I was the only one who tested compatible with the drive.’
What a year that had been. Working side by side with the world’s most renowned biophysicist. Learning from her not only the intricacies of the IAD but also the truths of the Way.
El had no fears about the Drive. It worked perfectly every time. What did concern her, even though she tried constantly to pass these fears over to the Master, was the sort of reception they would get on Nin’Ava. Reports were sporadic but it seemed that corruption in the government and public services was rife. Day or night, the streets were unsafe, even for the gangs who owned them. Lawlessness reigned.
‘Aren’t you afraid about going to Nin’Ava?’
‘It’s a task I tried to run away from, but the Master finally persuaded me otherwise.’
‘T minus five.’
El placed her right wrist on top of the consul and pressed the pre-ignition button. A fine perfumed mist sprayed her wrist. She repeated the process with her left hand.
‘T minus one.’
Sixty seconds to go.
‘T minus three, two, one.’
El placed her wrists on the ignition pad.
She scanned the horizon. Draped between two gantries was a huge sign: ‘Welcome to Nin’Ava, Fra Grance 1’
Jo’Na laughed quietly. ‘He commanded the fish that swallowed me. Fear not, he will fulfill his purposes for you, me and Nin’Ava.’
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