Outer Space: “Ch. 11 – The Glimpse”


Orion Arm, Milky Way. Year 2118.

Do you have any updates from Earth?“, asked by Zuri to Xin Fei.
None as of the moment.“, robotically answered by the Mission Specialist.
We need to devise a plan. Let us contact Mars Control Center and send signals to the void. It is essential to get help the soonest.“, proposed by Zuri.
As part of the protocol, we need to wait for a response from NASA Mission Control Center before carrying out any moves. Let us wait for another two to three hours.“, replied by Xin Fei.
Sure thing.“, muffled by Zuri while getting out of Ariane 5 flight deck.

Zuri is known for neglecting the norms. She directly went to her cabin where Gabriel is still fast asleep.

Zuri repeatedly whispered, “Every wasted seconds count. Something needs to be done now. Think and act!“.

Hover, an AIBO ERS-5000 tenth generation robotic dog model from Japan, barks in front of its best friend.

Come here, Hover. Kindly get the EBHD and the fiddle for me.“, commanded by Zuri.
The robotic pet wags its tail and responds by displaying, “On to it, Zuri.“, from its dashboard.

The laser headlight of the Elise Black Hole Detector (EBHD) blinks and the violin invites someone to play a high pitch sound as if mocking Zuri that “We are the solutions.“.

If my device can detect entities from outer space, it should also be able to send signals using electromagnetic waves and high-powered laser within a certain mile radius.“, Zuri exclaimed while tweaking her invention.

The EBHD is off to a good start. Waves and laser beams were sent across the void.

Meanwhile in Persephone, Ol’H crafted a 3D-printed music box. It was optimized by adding signal interceptors, responders, and recorders.

Drift farther and capture any movements.“, commanded by Ol’H to a STLTH drone carrying the symbolic device.
The closure of invisibility dome will be delayed for one more day. Keep your guards on for any intruders.“, directed by Sk’raan, Head of Persephone Control Center, to all gatekeepers.
Perfect timing! Everything seems to fall into its rightful place.“, uttered by Ol’H.

After quite some time, the STLTH drone went back to Ol’H’s bunker. He grabbed the 3D-printed music box and scanned all of the recordings. He found a distress signal in the form of EM waves and a gorgeous face of a woman playing a stringed instrument.

I finally found the missing Elise!“, celebrated by Ol’H.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the tenth chapter, here’s Chapter 10: The Singularity.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 10 – The Singularity”


Ariane 5 Ballistic Cruise. 16,950,000 miles away from Earth. Year 2118.

Avionics are unceasingly beeping sounds and blinking lights. Both are noticeable because the pathway going to Xin Family’s deck is exhibiting quietness and darkness.

Xin Family was a high-profile figure in China from 2040 to 2050. They revolutionized eco-warrior robots that specialize on helping the environment. EcoBots, a Beijing-based company which was owned by Xin Family, was at the peak of their game until the Big Wave of 2050 emerged. iRobot, a US-based company, took advantage of the opportunity by buying all the rights of EcoBots. They then pushed on developing robots with Artificial Intelligence (AI) which eventually led to Artificial Superintelligence (ASI).

Xin Fei is a Mission Specialist (MS). He coordinates all cruise operations with the commander and the pilot. He has comprehensive understanding of all space craft systems, in depth knowledge of operation procedures, requirements and objectives as well as the supporting equipment for each component on space missions. Xin Fei (father), Xin Feng (mother), and Xin Lin (son) were part of the casualties during the 2050 Big Wave. They are manufactured products of iRobot’s Technological Singularity for Artificial Superintelligence (TSASI).

Gabriel was already past asleep when Zuri sent an encrypted message to Xin Fei – “GBH detected. DP needed. Ping ASAP.”.
Xin Fei responded, “Analyzing signals and waves. Drop by 7AM.”.

Xin Fei gathers all the information from Elise Black Hole Detector (EBDH) and compares it with the results from Ariane 5 flight deck. He then sends the executive report to NASA for review and assessment.

We’re getting closer to our primary goal. These humans will soon be gone.”, communicated by Xin Fei to a holographic image.
They are persistent. Even if they survive the Black Hole, they will never last in the Red Planet.”, answered by the entity behind the hologram.

Xin Lin witnessed and recorded the conversations. He is programmed to behave like a flight recorder also known by the misnomer – black box.

Meanwhile, Persephone deactivated its invisibility dome. Ol’H, associate head of Persephone Control Center, detected the presence of a spacecraft and a giant Black Hole from million miles away.

I have a presentiment that someone special is on board the spacecraft.”, whispered by Ol’H while drawing a music box using his Augmented Reality (AR) device.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the ninth chapter, here’s Chapter 9: The Dream.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 9 – The Dream”


Orion Arm, Milky Way. Year 2118.

This is not real! I’m only dreaming.”, silently screamed by Zuri’s subconscious mind.

She opens her eyes. Sweat exudes on her forehead but proactively wipes it with an absorbent towel.

It was a surreal dream but a worst nightmare to some. Imagine getting lost forever to the void without any trace. Imagine what life is like inside the Black Hole. Imagine.

Zuri gaped outside her cabin’s window. She saw a fuzzy line hugging the Earth from afar, called the terminator, which is the boundary between day and night.

What a beautiful sunrise but nothing compares seeing it from Earth’s surface!”, exclaimed by Zuri.
I will just sleep this one out and will monitor the EBHD tomorrow.”, she continued.

Few seconds later, someone came rushing (in zero gravity) inside Zuri’s cabin.

Zuri, can I sleep here?”, asked by Gabriel while tapping her sister’s back.
What are you doing here, Gabby? You should be getting enough sleep so that you can save energy.”, explained by Zuri.
I had a bad dream earlier about the whole cruise being zapped into a Black Hole. It was scary!”, cried by Gabriel.

Zuri tightly hugged her brother then whispered, “Pray.”.

Day 136. Elise Black Hole Detector (EBHD) played Für Elise from Zuri’s wrist micro speaker. This time around it’s real.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the eight chapter, here’s Chapter 8: The Black Hole.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 8 – The Black Hole”


Orion Arm, Milky Way. Year 2118.

Zuri Laurent graduated with a degree in Astrophysics at University of Bologna. She is a well-known innovator who invented the Elise Black Hole Detector (EBHD). She is a strong independent woman who knows how to play any kind of stringed instruments.

Finally! I will be able to test EBHD without any limitations.”, Zuri exclaimed while finalizing the schematic diagram.

The name Elise was derived from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Für Elise in which the identity of Elise is unknown – just like the Black Hole. The device is a glass memory card that can detect gravitational waves and ripples from outer space. It can be inserted to an extra chip slot on the wrist of a listed individual. It can detect two circumstances: firstly, Für Elise will automatically play once a Black Hole is detected within a 20 million-mile radius; secondly, a 3D hologram of an angel with harp will pop up once star collision is detected. Both warning the bearer that there is a disaster that is about to take place.

Lucas, Bella, and her brother were all sleeping in their Ariane 5 Ballistic Cruise quarters when Zuri rushed in.

Papa. Mama. Gabriel. Wake up!”, Zuri shouted while breathing heavily.

Gabriel woke up first then checked his Garmin watch. The time is set to GMT +0 (Greenwich Mean Time) or UTC +0 (Universal Time) which would be the same time in Iceland.

Hey Zuri, What’s wrong?”, Gabriel asked.
It’s 3:16 in the morning. What’s keeping you up, sweetie?”, Bella exclaimed.
I am done with the Elise Black Hole Detector.”, Zuri answered.
Is it working?”, Lucas muffled.
Yes! I have tested it earlier and it was able to detect two neuron stars colliding which eventually might form a Black Hole.”, Zuri explained.

And then the inevitable happened – Für Elise played from Zuri’s wrist micro speaker. Everyone enjoyed the music except for Zuri who abruptly went pale.

Approximately 18,000,000 miles away from their path, a looming Black Hole is waiting to zap the Ballistic Cruise to a place in outer space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the seventh chapter, here’s Chapter 7: The Return.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 7 – The Return”


Outer Space
Chapter 7: The Return

Lombardy, Italy. Year 2050.

Matteo is at the comfort of his modern home when a news flash on a 65-inch display sitting flat and sturdy on the wall – “The Big Wave drowned approximately 1,000,000 people in Asia. Apocalypse is coming.” It was one of the darkest time in human history after The Holocaust.

There were conspiracies that Russia detonated their underwater atomic bombs in Indian and Pacific Oceans that resulted to multiple tidal waves in Asia. This is to start their world domination by removing Asian countries from the map. Religious groups believe that it is a sign of The Second Coming of Jesus Christ and advise everyone to repent from their sins and ask for forgiveness. Environmentalists are certain that it is caused by climate change and Mother Nature is just giving back what humans truly deserve.

The 118-year old Matteo had been a politician, clergyman, and eco-warrior on Earth. He fully lived his life as a human and not as Ol’H who enjoyed advanced technologies from his planet.

Whatever happened was triggered by us. Nothing to blame here but ourselves. I have already served my purpose. It is time to go back.”, whispered by Matteo.

He operated a mechanical music box then left it playing on repeat mode in his room. A blue portal opened. He walks through it while containing his emotions. The portal disappeared in a blink of an eye.

Meanwhile, Persephone’s Control Center is intercepting signal from Earth while Earth’s NASA is sending signal to Mars.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the sixth chapter, here’s Chapter 6: The Big Wave.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 6 – The Big Wave”


Outer Space
Chapter 6: The Big Wave

Kuakata Beach, Bangladesh. Year 2050.

An old American couple is watching the sun set along the beach shoreline. It was a surreal afternoon where the sand kisses the toes and the orange-red sun touches the sea for a picturesque horizon.

Happy 40th anniversary, Josh.”, whispered by Madison to her husband.
I love you, Maddie.”, replied by Joshua while kissing her forehead.

They were talking about life in general and enjoying each other’s company when a loud terrifying sound was heard from a kilometer away. Flock of birds started flying above and pack of dogs started barking heavily.

A 100-foot tidal wave is fast approaching the beach. The old couple stayed on their spot while others run away from the shoreline to find an elevated ground.

Maddie, hold my hand until we reach Heaven. Don’t ever let go.”, muffled by Joshua.

In just a matter of seconds, everything was wiped out. No trace of life can be found in Kuakata Beach.

Euronews is headlining the disappearance of Asian countries from the map. Humans are now reaping the effects of global climate change.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the fifth chapter, here’s Chapter 5: The Portal.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 5 – The Portal”


Outer Space
Chapter 5: The Portal

Lombardy, Italy. Year 1950.

Ol’H walks through a time portal. He is welcomed by green morainic hills of Franciacorta which are famous for vineyards and wine production.

Earth is beautiful! I can stay here for long.”, Ol’H exclaimed to himself while adapting his appearance and behavior with humans.
Come posso aiutarti, signore?”, asked by a confused vigneron.
Hai qualche lavoro che può offrirmi? Posso fare qualsiasi cosa.”, politely answered by Ol’H.
Di dove sei? Per fortuna, ho bisogno di un raccoglitore d’uva in questo momento.”, replied by the vigneron.
Sono venuto dalla periferia della Lombardia che sta solo cercando di trovare una vita normale.”, answered by Ol’H.
Sei assunto. Vieni, aiutami.”, replied by the vigneron.

Piero, the vigneron, is a widower who lives with his Bergamasco dog. He inherited a vineyard from his great grandfather and this has been his way of living since childhood. After a short walk, Piero and Ol’H arrived at the vineyard.

A proposito, come ti chiami?”, asked by Piero.

Ol’H was speechless for a minute because he hasn’t decided about his Earth name yet. Ol’H is not a household name so he needs to come up with something else.

Puoi chiamarmi, Matteo.”, answered by Ol’H.
Matteo, un buon nome. In ebraico significa ‘dono di Dio’.”, explained by Piero.

Matteo grinned. The injected chip on his left wrist is continuously blinking blue. He swipes it using the right index finger. A scrolling marquee appeared underneath his skin – “Poonie, your primary mission is to live like a human being and to learn everything about this planet. Remember that you can only use the time portal twice. Good luck. Persephone Control Center now signing off.”.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the fourth chapter, here’s Chapter 4: The Outer Space.

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