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PRELUDE: ALAN, NOAH, ZACH AND RYAN
In the city of Aven there lived four teenagers who were the best friends in the world. They were exceptional because of their extravagant dreams. Alan’s passion was the stars and space travel, Noah longed to meet her superheroes, Zach wanted to challenge the strongest man in the world and the desire of Ryan was to see the Almighty face to face.
Children of modern times, count them in for any thing hi-tech, science-fiction, space, martial arts, comics and cartoons. They spent their time and money on these which also meant starving at school. They lived in the same neighbourhood, attended the same school and were found everywhere together. They often gathered at night on the roof of Alan’s house to talk of fantastic adventures. Gazing at the stars, they believed earnestly and waited patiently for the fulfilment of their dreams.
A spaceship, RM XIX, had to launch from their city. As the four friends talked it out everyday, Noah came up with an idea. She proposed that they sneak into the spaceship and hide there until it was launched. They all agreed to it after reasoning that it was their only chance of getting to space. They started gathering every piece of information concerning RM XIX and the astronomy base. They then devised a carefully set-up plan for their intrusion. Once everything was established, they packed their things and made preparation for the journey. Since his father was working at the astronomy centre, Alan managed to get four air bottles from there; Noah brought provisions while Zach and Ryan sort out a plan for their breakthrough.
Dressed in complete space overalls, they secretly broke into the astronomy base and got into the spaceship some hours before it launched. Ryan was the smart one to whom doors gave no resistance. And it happened that these four friends were found in the third compartment of the spaceship at countdown. Full of expectation, they waited quietly for zero hour. When it was time, RM XIX took off and the children headed for space.
They were silently seated in the third compartment until the vessel moved out of the Earth’s atmosphere and became steady in outer space. After some minutes of anticipation, the children stood up and looked through the transparent window pane. Then they got the best of it. Alan, Noah, Ryan and Zach were amazed as they gazed in wonder at the mystery that was space. And what a marvel it was to them!
They made a mistake though. They failed to enquire on the shuttle’s stages of movement. The mission of RM XIX was to provide the space station VEX M21 with materials for construction. It never had to take a straightforward course. It had to make a detour along the way, moving first towards Jupiter and then coming back to the position of the space station. What our friends did not know was that the compartment wherein they were found had to be cut off when the craft made the turn.
Excerpt from Another Dimension: The Ultimate Amalgam, available on Paperback at http://ar.gy/58tJ
© Margaret Newmeli