The day is January 20th, 2284. A
drastic breakthrough in research for habitable planets brought forth a suitable
one just within Alpha Centauri, much more habitable than Mars. The funds for
research for this were well met as global climate change had been out of
control the last 200 years. It didn’t take long for a proposal for a manned
mission to go there given the state of the earth. A spaceship was designed and
erected capable of just not a few people but more than a 100 volunteers. As
guessed, many were eager to make history however only specially designated
scientists, geologists, biologists, and those very capable were allowed. Their
task was massive: Colonization of another planet and the survival of the human
Large amounts of resources were put
into building the ship. It was a humongous 5 miles in diameter, somewhat
circular in design, dome shaped. The site used to build it, a sealed off square
100 mile zone. The last 150 years were spent in its creation. Now it was the
day to launch. The day to launch the “Supremor.” It
was given that name to symbolize new life for a new earth.
One of the key scientists taking
part was Ubunan Del Gruke,
a theoretical physicist and engineer. He would play a massive role onboard.
On the day of launch, Ubunan wanted to bring his cat a long being a gift from his
aunt who found it injured and nutured it back to
health. Getting old, she could no longer care for it and so Ubunan
decided to. If he could not take it with him, his aunt would be his backup plan.
Ubunan also dawned a large mushroom type hat. It was
tan. His colleagues could never understand his tastes. As they boarded, Ubunan found out that he could not take it onboard.
Discouraged, he handed it to his aunt who put it in a cage beside her. The cat
did not have a name.
said, everyone embarking on the journey made their way onboard, getting ready
for the final phase before takeoff. It wasn’t like the traditional rockets that
used to lift off only 100 years ago so procedures were different. Ubunan's cat didn't
seem to like this plan. The cage door was not properly closed allowing him to
get out. This was completely unnoticeable as everyone was glued to the imminent
launch that was to take place in only a short five minutes.
cat made his way onto the Supremor. It didn't take
long to find an opening. This had gone unnoticed. Lift off finally occurred not long after, hurling
the Supremor way out of the earth’s atmosphere and
into the eerie desolate space. Like a normal airplane ride, they would have to
wait until they reached a certain altitude before they could walk around
normally, as there was an artificial gravitation unit which generated gravity
throughout the ship.
It had now
been only two hours into the journey.
“So, Ubunan… Once we get back, do you think we’ll be considered
great heroes in our time? Taking such risks to find another planet out there…”
his friend Steve asked.
difficult to say. I’m just so sick and tired of living on earth anyway,” he
replied, feeding his pet. Just then there was a major rumbling noise jerking
the ship, lights flickered, going out briefly and then came back on.
hell was that?!” Ubunan queried, knowing that no one
really knew the answer that quickly.
I know? Maybe we’re under attack by aliens…”
funny. I’m going to the control center and see what’s going on.” His pet
fox-cat hybrid followed with him, usually afraid to be without his master.
“Ubunan Del Gruke… what brings you
in here?” It was the commander of the ship. His voice was commanding… like it
was meant to be, very easy was it to see he was meant for such a job. Unlike
the others, his outfit consisted of mostly black. He also sported many medals
“Commander, I am curious to know what that disturbance
was just a few moments ago.”
storm. Nothing to worry about. We’re equipped to handle such cases. It’s true
they cause much distress amongst satellites, but I can assure you that we will
be perfectly safe if any more pop up. This is especially true as we are at the
closest point to the sun in our journey.”
after, the commander repeated what he had said to Ubunan
on PA, announcing throughout the ship what had happened. Just then, at that
point, the sun let out another solar flare. This time millions of times
stronger than one ever recorded. This coronal mass ejection was also much more
different than before. It traveled faster. With an astonishing amount of power,
it impacted into the hull of the Supremor with enough
force to destroy a small planet, but it was not damaged. All of its inhabitants
were knocked unconscious. Some had even died.
Ubunan woke up to see the ship in utter turmoil. There was
panic stricken everywhere. No.. this couldn’t be happening. He had wanted to
LEAVE from this. Now it was everywhere onboard the ship. There was almost no
lighting. They must have lost power. Ubunan managed to make his way to his backpack after
feeling the walls to his cot and was able to feel for his flashlight. It didn’t
great. Either I’ve gone blind or the power is out. Even back up.”
After a few minutes of pondering what had
happened, he noticed some light coming from the hall. He looked intently, glad
to see he hadn’t gone blind. But then something else caught his eye. As the
source of light crept closer and into the door way, a very eerie display was
placed before him. A strange creature approached with eyes glowing an eerie
yellow which bathed the room in a soft glow, powerful enough to let anyone see
what they’re doing. It stood upright, had a gray type of skin and cat like
ears. There was no tail visible. Then he realized. This was his unnamed pet.
The light from his pet’s eyes
pierced through the darkness. Ubunan looked at a mirror
to see that his skin was no longer a flesh tone but a much more pale and yellow
color. It was clear that everyone had been changed.
Using his pet as a guide, he could
see there were numerous casualties onboard the ship. Many had died, but to his
shock, his wife, Lynn
was still alive but unconscious. It was very clear that everything didn’t go
the way expected.
However, through all that, nothing
could prepare him for what happened next. The creature before him opened his
mouth and spoke.
"You can speak now?!"
"I know I heard
"Who's there?" Came a cry
down the corridor. They approached the light coming from the cat's eyes.
Realizing that his pet being on
board could lead to problems and even ridicule he may not want to deal with, Ubunan quickly decided to dress his pet, putting on the
first clothes he could find. Ubunan then reached for
his hat and plopped it onto his pet's head who did not seem to mind. Realizing
this only solved half the problem, he quickly rummaged through his room looking
for some way to counteract the glowing eyes.
"I need some kind of light
source. Hm." He grabbed a self sustaining light bulb and attached it to
the top of the hat. It seemed to work. The glow was now barely noticeable.
"There we go."
Good to see you're alright! Do you know what happened?" It was the
"I have no idea. I remember a
solar flare hitting us and then.. I guess it was another."
"Wait.. who is that?"
"Yes. I do not recall seeing
him around here."
"His name is uh.. Lighthead. He's one of the doctors checking on
"Yes. So what happened?"
"That last solar flare did
something. We're not really sure. All we know is that we have no power and
we're heading to the sun."
"Can we contact Mission
"All our power is shot."
"So what do we do now?"
"Good question. Oh.. I need Lighthead to take a look at some of these patients."
The realization of what Ubunan had just done quickly
snapped into play realizing what was he thinking just a moment ago. Ubunan looked at Lighthead who
was standing fairly still and then to the commander. Ubunan
then began to formulate a sentence in his mind when...
"They'll be fine."
spoke. Ubunan couldn't believe it, practically falling
over. Words then filled the air again.
"Ah, good. I'll be on the
bridge." With that said, the commander walked off, satisfied with that he
heard. Ubunan, was obviously more than satisfied.
how did you just speak just now?"
"I didn't really know how
before but after hearing you and others talk I felt more comfortable."
"So that solar flare?"
"Yes. It did something."
The rest of the day was spent
getting acquainted with eachother. They decided that
this would be their little secret. It was also decided that Ubunan's
pet, would from now on be referred to as Lighthead as
he also welcomed the name. He also had no issue posing as a doctor. Everyone
turned out okay anyway.
Days passed as they drifted in
space. Contact to Earth could still not be made. The crew started to realize
they weren't getting hungry and that they didn't really need to eat or at least
not as often. They were still without power however. The only light that
entered the ship was from the sun and it was slowly growing.
Isn't wasn't long however, Ubunan, being as resourceful as he normally was, decided
that the only way to get power was to get it from the sun in the form of solar
power. They did have solar panels but they were inside the ship. They would
need to be installed outside the ship. Outside work had then gone into place
with workers placing them outside the Supremor but
they weren't nearly enough to generate enough power. Frustrated with this Ubunan
consulted his pet. Shockingly, Lighthead was able to
develop a piece of technology that was able to convert material from the sun
into a more desirable flexible material that could be used for whatever means.
A form of matter manipulator. After many years of developing it, it was finally
put into place. The Supremor was coated in a solar
panel equivalent. This wasn't a moment too soon as only a few months later, it
had plunged into the sun's corona.