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Earth, Quadrant 8
June 9, 3020 A.D.
Buttoning up my shirt I watch the’med-lers’ as I like to call them pour over my physical report.
” It’s incredible, complete auto-recovery!”
This batch must be new. Silently walking towards them I slipped my head between theirs.
” Yep, I am just made of all kinds of awesome.”
It was gratifying to watch them jump a healthy foot in the air.
” Aruway if there’s nothing else I’ll be returning home.”
” Well, act-”
Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean
Earth, Quadrant 5
June 9, 3020 A.D
I was a spear of light as I descended into the depths. At the ocean’s floor, nothing but sand surrounded me for miles, but above me was a pod of North Atlantic whales. The youngest clung by their mothers aside as they made their way across the vast unknown together. Standing alone I tilt my head back and let the faintest current wash over me; then I start to make my way home. My hair trails behind me in Stygian wraith-like waves with my eyes-dilating to accommodate the fading light. Starting towards a chasm, a dart of black rushes towards me and barrels into my abdomen. We slowly fall backward and I wrap my arms around its body. Stroking its rubber-like skin a laugh arises in my chest as the dogfish shark keeps nuzzling me.
” I missed you too aenyo.”
Lying there, entangled in each other there was a moment where the whole ocean was still, and in the distance, I could the stars. Perfection for me occurs in moments that never last.
” Let’s go home.”
My bare toes brushed against the edge of the ocean shelf and I slowly sit down and let my legs dangle off the edge. I slowing begin acclimatizing my lungs to the deep-sea pressure polarizing the water molecules so I can absorb the oxygen and releasing the carbon dioxide in bubble-rings. aenyo darted through them doing simple tricks to amuse and pass the time. My heart-rate slowed to 40bps and I gently push myself off the ledge. I free-fall for about sixty seconds before I strike the barrier of my home. Landing feet first, aenyo follows through a moment later in a suspended ball of water.
The entrance is unassuming it looks just like a large colony of coral. The polyps are made of synthesized organic matter and as I approach the molecules rearrange themselves to create an opening. Raising my foot to step through I feel a buzzing in my pocket. Looking at my communicator the transmission ID is for the Interspatial Station.
” Answer or ignore? Choices, choices.”
I press the button to open transmission and turn around to lean against the coral wall.
“Interspatial Station to Professor When Where are you.”
” I’m not telling you because then you’ll feel entitled to come over and disturb my peace more than you do.”
” Professor When an encrypted transmission arrived for you 2 seconds ago.”
Rubbing my forehead only seemed to make my aggravation grow.
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