Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reunion - The Wanderer - WEP August Challenge

Reunions are celebrated on ReUnion, a colony planet that has been settled for a few hundred years. Here is one of the stories from that planet.



Surface horizon of a planet, similar to ReUnion, free use image


ReUnion - The Wanderer


A Noah Generation II Starship arrived at the landing port with supplies to trade. The sleek stealth black wing design could handle hyperjumps and was equipped with hidden armaments in the exterior shell of the ship. The manifesto included grains, seeds, cloned animal embryos designed to withstand the rigors of space travel, and the latest inventions.

Captain's Log:

We planned to be here for a week, time to unload, reload, make a few deals. With the upcoming ReUnion Festival of Humanity opening in a few days, this place is going to be crawling with potential customers. I smell more profits. 

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A red alert flashed indicating an incoming message to the bridge. The captain's raised eyebrows and his switch into action at one of the consoles confirmed this was a real call for help. No one else moved for a few seconds. . .


"Urgent. Mayday. SOS. SOS. Generation I, Colony Starship Wanderer, damaged from attack. Urgent. Come in ReUnion. Our call code is SSJ900. Mayday. Mayday...."


"Call Code SSJ900. This is NOAH , Gen II Trade Starship SST1100, Captain Jona speaking. Do you read me? I'm in contact with the landing agent on ReUnion. An emergency ship will be dispatched. What coordinates?"


"Coordinates sent. Thanks Captain Jona. I'm Pilot Olivar, our power level is depleting. We may need towing unless you have a mechanic who understands the old starship configuration. I can send the schematics."


"Great. I'll forward them to the agent. Your signal wasn't strong enough with all the interference of other ships landing and leaving."


"Can't boost it. Power level too low. I'll look you up later, Captain Jona. I owe you one, sir."


As he signed off, Captain Jona wondered if this man kept his word. Many say of things they will do, but few follow through. This could be an event of historic importance, a wandering explorations colony ship! He wanted to see the other ship and look up Pilot Olivar, once he arrived. 


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Captain Jona obtained clearance to visit the ship, on the condition that he would act as liaison for the incoming Terran ship and its captain. 


From the notes of the meeting in the Captain's Log, Starship Noah, quoted verbatim:


"We are a exploration settlement ship which left Terra many centuries ago, an advance ship sent prior to the Great Evacuation. We have been searching for human settlements but only finding other species or humans who look like us. but are NOT like us. Searching so long . .then we were attacked several weeks ago by one of the free-running marauders. They usually travel in pairs but this one was alone. We used a lot of our power supply to escape the attack. We are grateful for your help.


"May we also express our sincere thanks to Captain Jona who heard our call for assistance and responded. Our pleas would have gone unheard if not for him."



Captain Jona winced, but smiled and nodded. No way was he going to stand and acknowledge his part. Nope

Pilot Olivar stood and looked at the few who were able to attend this momentous meeting. Privacy meant it couldn't be a public affair, only an inner circle could be trusted. But Olivar knew, it wouldn't take long for word to get around.

"We, and I speak for my shipmates, will need to assess our damage in human lives as well as our ship functions. I'm not sure how many we may have lost in that last encounter."


Pilot Olivar invited Captain Jona to meet with him privately, so they might talk friend to friend.  As they are dining, Jona tells Olivar about ReUnion and asked him to meet again so they might be able to set up a deal with some of the trade items. Olivar asked him how the name of the planet came to be ReUnion.

 
Jona replied, "This planet was named ReUnion by the initial settlers with their hope of reuniting some of the far-flung colonies of humankind.  After centuries of no contact, most of the population has forgotten that reason. Reunion has become a focal point at the crossroads of several trade routes. The colony has grown into several large cities on the one large continent. Trade is the lifeblood of this planet. That's why we are here."


WC = 754


To be continued at a later date. . .

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Do you like reunions of any kind? Have you attended a reunion for your school or work location, or a large family reunion in the last year?


Please leave a comment to let me know you came by and I'll respond. Thanks for taking time to read my entry, a partial beginning for a short story.

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WEP - Write, Edit, Publish - a fiction challenge: REUNIONS

It's August, time for another WEP challenge - with the support team of Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim adding their imaginings and creativity. Thanks to Denise and Yolanda for being the hosts!


Create an artistic entry: a poem, a flash fiction piece of 1000 words or less, a non-fiction piece detailing your personal experience or someone else's experience, write a script, draw your dreams, or post a photograph or a photo essay. The genre and the artistic choice are yours!

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34 comments:

  1. Definitely intriguing - and I would be very happy to read more any time you write it.
    As you may remember, I view reunions with fear and loathing.

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    1. I agree EC. Forced to attend as a child, I didn't enjoy these events. Too many people, mostly adults.

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  2. It seems as if you're setting up a larger piece of work here.

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    1. Yes, it is a beginning. Thanks for visiting, cleemckenzie.

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  3. I loved the Star Trek series and especially the Voyager series. Your story would make an interesting beginning for another Sci-Fi series. I enjoyed reading it. Very well done.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. I too loved Star Trek and a few other scifi series. Thanks for the kind words. I intended this as a short story but things can change. .

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  4. Fascinating start to an intriguing story.

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    1. Glad I could join this challenge since I missed the last one. I will be writing more about Captain Jona and his crew.

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  5. Hey D.G., this was the start of something good! I enjoyed the immediacy of it, which you created by Captain Jona's inner thoughts and through dialogue. What a great idea to use a fictional place -- ReUnion -- for the challenge!

    Thanks for making time in your busy life to write for us, D.G. Always appreciate what you dream up to share. Do hope all is well...

    Denise :-)

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    1. Thanks Denise, I like how you notice things like that. I started out with a slightly different idea, but then it took a twist. . .I look forward to hearing about your trip once you come home. Have fun and stay safe!

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  6. Fabulous take on the prompt DG. I wish I could live in the Space future.

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    1. Me, too - I wonder if we will learn anything by that time. I'm so inspired by the plans to go to Mars, and asteroid mining.

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  7. I absolutely love that you used the prompt as a setting rather than an event. So original. Beyond neat!

    Hope all is good with you and yours, DG.

    Best always,
    Nila.

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    1. Since I don't like reunions, it was an easy choice for a scifi writer. I tried to have the action related to the idea of reunion as well, as this ship is glad to find Terran humans after travelling so long.

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  8. I thoroughly enjoyed this and hope you write more, continuing the tale!

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  9. A lovely reason for naming the planet Reunion. But sad that no such reunion occurred. I hope that changes down the road. I look forward to more!
    I'm so glad I'm going back through the entries, I completely missed yours and had one comment not post. Oops!

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    1. In a sense there was the reunion of a long lost human colony ship with the inhabitants of this planet. It's the reunion of parts of humanity. At least that's my take on it. I'm glad you didn't miss me too. . .

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  10. Nice start to the story. Trade and commerce will likely always be a major activity that keeps interaction going--unless something else is figured out like nobody ever needs anything from anyone else. There is something to be said for solitude and self-sufficiency I suppose, but I don't know what to say about it right now.

    I haven't been to any official reunion of any sort in many years. I enjoy catching up with people from my past and meeting people who were in my past but I didn't know at that time. I think reunions are fun, but a lot of people I know don't want anything to do with them.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Some people agree with you about reunions, but it's one of those things you like or you don't. Thanks for visiting Lee!

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  11. Glad to know this is the beginning of a longer story - loved it and look forward to reading more.
    I've never attended a school reunion and don't ever plan to - gives me anxiety just to think about LOL.

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    1. I agree about the reunions. . .thanks for your kind words. I plan to extend this.

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  12. That was sure a neat idea setting up reunion as a place. Wonder if we'll get left out in the cold if we ever do go to space.

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    1. That's something to consider, it might be like 'human go home'. . ., we don't want human immigrants, but we can't if Earth or Terra isn't habitable. I sure hope the same problems don't plague us.

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  13. Hi DG - fascinating take on the prompt ... I really enjoyed the tale and too want to read more. How the story develops with the various humans and then the time frame of wandering in space trying to find other settlements ... then how Jona and Olivar interact as the story develops ...

    I think I'm happy here - enough challenges as it is! I hope all is as well as can be with you ... take care and with thoughts - Hilary

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Hilary and this is a side story for my 'epic' novel, so I'll be finishing it at some point in the near future. I like world building. I like looking at the human psyche.

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  14. Well done! A great adventure to go along with the prompt. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It will be interesting to see where this story leads. Thanks for visiting and reading.

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  15. It's great to see a proper sci-fi take on the Reunion prompt. Nicely done! :D

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, I do like to use the prompts for side stories of the novel I'm writing (Bk 2 currently in the works)

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  16. Interesting story about humankind evacuating Earth and hoping to have a reunion someday. It would be interesting the hear more about what happened to all the humans on their different planets.

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  17. An interesting tale, centuries in the making. Great job.
    Nancy

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    1. I like to dream far into the future. . .Thanks for visiting!

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