After the Commander left, Lucas and I were talking, for hours. I was sure that he was going to get another award. He deserved it. After all the work he put in, I would be kind of pissed if he didn’t get some recognition. He said that he would make sure that I wasn’t left out of this. That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. After a few more hours, both of us felt tired. The long-defrost thing coming back. We were out like lights pretty damn quick. Another dream came to me that night.
It was some else’s eyes again. Mars? I think so. This looked like Mari. Her vehicle came to a stop in front of my parents house. She got out and went rushing at the door. Right as she got there, it opened. There was Mom, heading out.
“Oh, Marlene! Hello there. What brings you around? I haven’t seen you since…” There was a bitter note. Something told me that it was my funeral. Mom had aged, a lot. I couldn’t imagine how hard that would be, believing that your child had died.
Mars shook her head. “You are never going to believe what’s happened! Is David around?!”
Again, Mom got awkward. “David…moved out, about a month ago. Once the divorce got finalized.” My heart sunk. They got divorced! What happened?! But then I remembered – they believed that I was dead. For what was probably a year. Was I the only thing holding our family together? No, that couldn’t be it. It was probably just a lot of things. After you lose a kid, how does a person deal with that without having it fuck with your mind? I didn’t have an answer.
Mars seemed determined to maintain her good mood. “Get him here! Or set up a video link!”
Mom looked confused. “Why? What’s going on?”
“Ellie’s alive! Mars Defensive Forces found a shuttle on an incoming trajectory. It was broadcasting a message that it was coming into Mars orbit and looking to be picked up. We grabbed the shuttle as soon as it got into orbit and cracked it open! Get David on the line. He’s got to hear this!”
“Come with me!” There was a look of joy and urgency on Mom’s face. My heart was singing.
Dad burst into the house.
“Ellie’s okay?! Where is she?!”
Mars looked up at him. “She’s at Orbital Station 2 right now, along with Lucas.”
“Is she alright?!” Mom asked.
“Aside from some muscle degeneration and melanin depletion from the prolonged cryo-sleep, she’s the picture of health. Kid’s apparently had one hell of a journey. I brought the video that was taken of it for you.”
“We need to get a shuttle and see her!” Dad almost shouted. “Now!”
Mars shook her head. “No can do. No civvies on an IDF Station. But Ellie is coming back two days from now. We’ve notified Lucas’ father as well. He’s going to be one busy kid. Him and Ellie both. It seems that he figured out the story behind what happened with Atlantis Station. Smart fucking kid. I’ve listened to his explanation, and it still amazes me. In the data he forwarded to Commander Aronax, he added an addendum where he credited Ellie with the discovery, stating that none of it would have been possible without her help. Bet she’s feeling all kinds of good right now.”
Dad ran over and hugged Mom. They looked so happy.
“When is that shuttle coming in?”
“Bright and early! I bet you that Ellie is going to be eager to get back home. I’ve left you a copy of the video and the data that Lucas got you.” The tone got slightly more serious. “Though I have to tell you that both the video and the data are strictly classified as IDF intel, for now. So no sharing that, with anyone. Got it?”
Dad nodded. “Sure, sounds good.”
Tears streaming down her face, Mom looked up. “Marlene, thank you so much. I can never repay you, for all you’ve done.”
“My pleasure! When I heard, it was like I was reborn.”
“Why did it take so long for her to get back?” Dad asked, trying to keep himself from crying.
“Their shuttle got intercepted by some pirates. They were apparently on their way to one of the outlaw asteroids, TJ. An ugly place. The IDF has tried to go after it for years, but it’s heavily defended. Lucas was going to be put to work in the mines, while Ellie, she would have likely ended up…” Her voice trailed off. They got the picture.
“Oh god…” Mom added.
“Kid’s damn smart. She hacked their central computer and used their ship to transmit a message to the IDF. Got a fleet to their location. A brutal fight. The two escaped in the chaos. But they were deep inside the Belt. Their shuttle was programmed to avoid problem areas. To do that, they had to make a very long detour around pirate sectors. The two were lucky that auto-pilot was able to navigate through the unfamiliar terrain. We have less than 20% of the Belt charted. Had their system not been able to hone in on Mars’ location, the two of them might have been drifting out there forever. Or, at the very least, for several more years. Damn lucky kids.”
Both of my parents were beaming. Dad was holding Mom’s hand. I knew that it was just happiness talking. What got them to that divorce wasn’t going away. Still, I couldn’t help but hope that the two of them would make it work.
“Be at the Spaceport at 0800, two days from now. You have a daughter to see.” The vision started to fade out.
I was in a room. It was dark. The walls were covered in what looked like graffiti and craziness. What was this place? There was a young woman laying on the bed. She had blue hair. Who was this person? All along both of her arms, there were tattoos. It was too dark to see them exactly, but they looked pretty cool. Who was this person? There was a beeping noise. It was on her arm. She reached over and hit the glowing center of her Band.
“Who is it and what do you want?”
“You aren’t going to believe this!” That voice, was it Mom…
The next day passed without much event. Lucas and I were just so happy to be back. In truth, I wanted to do nothing, absolutely nothing, for the better course of a month. Although, I couldn’t deny, I was thinking back to Europa. I doubted that I would ever get a chance to see the world as I did when I was there. Seeing the vast star ocean above, when Lucas and I were walking on the icy surface of the moon. Swimming through that ocean. I made sure that my Band recorded everything that I saw when I was having my adventure. It was so worth it. Didn’t tell Lucas or anyone else that I had recorded it. Couldn’t wait to show it to Angie. That had been the hardest part of being back home. Angie’s necklace was back where it belonged. I would never take it off, except to sleep. Damn pointy end on the base. Could kill a person with that.
It was later than evening when the door opened and I felt my heart leap out of my chest.
Mari came running over to me, wrapping her arms around me. “It’s really you! You’re alive!” Felt myself being crushed. Pushed back. “Sorry. I just…when I thought you were dead, I felt part of myself die with you. Now that you’re back, I feel like I’m whole. I’m so sorry, Ellie.”
I shook my head. “You have nothing to be sorry for. You fought the good fight, to try and find me. Aronax told me the whole story.”
She smiled at me. “I bet. He’s a good man, Aronax. Wouldn’t have gotten off Atlantis if not for him. Guy kept cool under pressure.” We sat on my bed. “So, tell me about your adventures! I want to know everything!”
It was a long discussion. One that I figured that I would get to have many times over. There were some great laugh moments with Luc, where the two of us were able to finally giggle over what happened to us. I didn’t tell her about the dreams, or the idea of myself as an Evo. It was all too new to myself to truly process. I’d tell Mom and Dad, of course. And Angie. The longer I sat in this room, the more I wished that I could get out and see her. To be in her arms again. I bet that she’d done some changing in over a year. A year and a few months, as I came to find out. An eternity, to some.
Neat thing I should mention – they asked if Lucas and I wanted to take out our ocular implants. Both of us said no. For a long time, I had always wondered why people wanted to get cybernetic augmentation. Now I knew. Because it made life so much easier. I could do so much with this stuff! I had already tried to get into the IDF’s system here on the Station. They didn’t take too kindly to that. Gave me a giggle. The implants were here to stay, as far as we were concerned. Once you go tech, you don’t go back.
After talking for hours, Mars told me to rest up. The two of us were going home the next morning. I felt so alive. Mom, Dad, I’m coming home! Angie, I love you.
There was no dream that night. I guess that whatever had given me the dreams thought that I had had enough. There were a few images that I remember. Something about being on a ship and feeling really happy. Still, the morning didn’t come fast enough. Lucas and I woke up and got dressed as fast as we could. We didn’t have any real luggage with us, since all our stuff was at the bottom of Europa by now. Ooo, forgot to mention – there was a planned mission to return to Europa and find out what happened. At least there was initially. Following the evidence that Lucas gathered, and his analysis, I heard that that was being tabled, for now.
We got to the shuttle and I knew for a fact that Luc was feeling jitters. Wish I knew how things were with his dad. My own abilities were unpredictable. He was sorry to hear that my folks got a divorce. I could only imagine how his dad would be doing. The two of us sat next to each other on the shuttle. I rested my head on his shoulder. Even now, all that we went through still stood. We faced down oblivion together. That is a memory that would always be with us.
Seeing the surface of Mars, heading down toward it, it still didn’t feel real. Like all of this was one of my dreams. And I would wake up in some awful situation, like last time. Atmospheric entry, and it was starting to sink in. The spaceport that I had left, so long ago. It was finally here. I clutched Angie’s necklace even tighter. We docked. Lucas and I looked at each other.
“Ready to go face the music?” I asked.
“We’re gonna have to do it sometime.”
A small chuckle. “Well, we could always hijack this shuttle and fly it back to Europa. See what kind of trouble we could get into back there.”
He chuckled back. “Live amongst the coral. Yeah, I’ll pass. But I won’t ever forget about this.” Squeezing my hand. “Let’s go see what happens now.”
Hand-in-hand, we got to the shuttle hatch, and exited. I let go of his grip, and we started down the tarmac. It was so early. There was mist coming from our breath. Kind of chilly, too. I put on the sweater I was given from Mars. It had the Europa mission’s logo on it. Felt nice. She was with us too. I made sure that I would be a part of her life from here on in. The Europa mission was where we met. I would make sure that it would be part of a long friendship, one that would last the rest of my life.
All around, it was still early. The sounds of vehicles on the runway. A shuttle being prepped. Where were Mom and Dad? Did they get the wrong time? Lucas was clearly nervous too. We turned a corner around one of the cargo vehicles that was sitting on the tarmac, and there they were. I saw Dad first. He looked up, putting his hand over his mouth. He motioned for Mom, who was talking to Lucas’ dad. I had always heard that Luc’s dad was a stern man. And yet, when he saw his son, he came running. For my own part, I took the opposite approach, running to where my parents stood. I nearly plowed into Dad, who met me on one knee. He seemed somehow taller than before. Did I shrink in that cryo-tube? Oh well, it felt great. Mom can over as well, hugging both of us. Tears started running down my face.
“I missed you both. Sorry to make you wait so long.”
“It’s okay, sweetie,” Dad nearly sobbed. “You’re home now, and that’s what matters.”
After a few moments, I pulled back. Looking around, I couldn’t see Angie anywhere!
Mom looked confused. “I got in touch with her two nights ago. She should be here.”
My heart sunk. Angie wasn’t here. She didn’t want to be here with me? It hurt. A lot. Indeed, the tears went from joy to pain just that fast. Both of them stood up and put their arms around me.
“She might not have remembered. Or has class. We don’t know what the story is,” Mom said, trying to comfort me. It didn’t work. As we started to walk away, I looked up. Behind one of the cargo containers, there was somebody standing there. I couldn’t recognize them. I did recognize the blue hair. It was the girl in my dream! She was wearing a black beanie with some insignia on it. Her shirt was very punk, along with black pants, a black coat and black boots. Indeed, this girl seemed pretty cool. Who was it? She was looking right at me, yet seemed awkward. Had it not been for how sad I was, I would have waved hello. As it stood, all I could do was keep walking. My parents got a divorce, and now Angie didn’t want to be with me anymore. It had been over a year. That’s when it hit me – a lot could have happened. Look at my parents! Angie would have thought that I was dead too. For over a year. Did I want for her to be alone and not be happy? What if she met somebody? Maybe, after I died, she got totally miserable, and finally found someone who made her happy again. Did I want to strip that away from her? That seemed cruel. If it had been me, would I have been able to face her, having moved on? That would be so horrible. Oh hi, Ellie! Nice to see you again. Meet my new girlfriend! Isn’t she great?! That would be awkward beyond belief. My sadness was slightly abated. I had done some growing up on my journey. I would still try and see Angie. If, for no other reason, than to tell her that I hoped she was happy. It would hurt, and I know it’s saying goodbye, in a way, but it’s time for her to be happy too.
After we got back home, there came the dreaded discussion. Mom and Dad sat down with me in the living room.
“Ellie, there’s something we need to talk about,” Mom said, giving me a can of green tea with mango. How did she know what I wanted? That woman’s psychic.
“I know, you and Dad got a divorce.”
Both of them looked stunned.
“How did you know?!” Dad asked.
“Did Mars tell you?”
I shook my head. “No, I saw it, in a dream. For a long time now, I’ve been having these strange dreams. At first, I just thought it was really odd things, but then they started coming true. One after the other. I was seeing my future. It seemed so strange. I asked Lucas, and he had a theory. He said that I was an Evolved Human, or an Evo.”
Dad looked confused.
“But how would that work?” Mom asked. “You aren’t a Colonial. The only Colony blood you have is…oh.” A light turned on. Her family were Colonials, going way back.
“Yeah, that’s what we thought. So I saw that you got a divorce.” I leaned back on the couch. “What happened, after Mars told you that I was dead.”
Both of them got awkward. It was Dad who finally spoke. “Well, we had a funeral. For you and Lucas. Your whole class was there. The teacher was sobbing. Angela was there too, though she stayed in the back, out of sight. I think that she was crying. Left before the ceremony ended.”
“Her face was a mess…” Mom added.
“So, after that was done, things…well, they just weren’t the same. Your mom and I tried to patch things up. But things had gotten pretty bad.”
“We didn’t want to hurt each other. No need for that,” Mom chimed in. “So, we did some talking and some soul-searching and agreed to end the marriage. It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do, after burying you. Or, what we thought was you.”
That got my attention, since I was eager to change the subject. “Was there a coffin? Was anything in it?”
Mom cracked a bit of a smile. “No, we didn’t go that far. We bought the two of you tombstones, and got you a really nice plot, together. People left flowers and mementos there. It was really nice. I programmed in some pictures that we took, since the gravestone had a holo-projector.”
Dad nodded quietly, rubbing his hands together. The three of us sat there for a long time.
“Is my stuff still in my room?” I eventually asked.
“Yeah, we didn’t have the heart to pack anything up.” Dad looked so hurt. Why was such a happy day so down? I guess that coming back from the dead has consequences.
“I think I’ll go there. See if my kitty’s still around.”
Mom nodded. “Oh, she’s around here, somewhere.”
I got up and headed upstairs. Opening the door to my old room, it felt to me like walking into a shrine. Closing the door just enough to let the kitty into my room, I collapsed against a wall, sliding down to the floor. Then I started to cry. After everything I’d been through, all I ended up getting was alone. My parents were divorced, Angie was gone. Lucas was going to be going off with some big high honors. I was right back where I started. Again, I missed Europa. I decided to play the footage that my suit recorded from the surface. Looking up at the stars, it was so beautiful. I feel asleep watching it. We were out there for over four hours. That footage would stay with me forever.
I woke up and it was dark. The footage was still playing. I had it set on a loop. Had I really just slept the entire day? My kitty was on the floor, next to me. That got me to smile. Gently scratching behind her ears, I felt better. At least one person still loved me. Just then, I got a beep on my Band. My ocular implant cued up a message.
Text, now this is retro. The contact name, it’s Angie! Yeah. Just chilling
I’m at the door.
My heart sang. Be right there! It was hard not to charge down the stairs. I saw that Dad’s car was gone. Guess he went back to wherever he was living now. Opening the door, I came face-to-face with…the girl from before! She was taller than me, by several inches. Blue hair, punk look.
“That was you, Angie?!” I exclaimed, shutting the door. “Why didn’t you say anything to me this morning?!”
She shifted her feet. “I…I couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t believe it was you. I watched you get off that shuttle, and I wanted to run to you and never let you go. Ellie…I’m sorry.”
I shook my head. “No, I’m sorry. I was gone for a long time. Just realizing how long today. My folks got a divorce. That’s fun. What about you? Any big changes?” I moved my hand between our heads, showing off the height difference. “You got tall!”
Blushing (or what I assume was blushing since it was dark), she played with her hair a bit. “Yeah, well, it’s been a year. You didn’t do much growing in cryo?”
“None at all. It’s basically being in cold storage. We didn’t age or anything. Technically, I’m still 15. Wow. Life kind of left Lucas and I behind.”
We stood there for a while. I finally noticed the extent of her punk look.
“Gotta say, I like the new you. You look cool. Like an old-school rock star.”
She smiled at me. “A lot changed for me, after you died. Or, well, after I thought you died.”
I looked around, “Let’s go for a walk and you can tell me about it.”
We got to an old grassy park that few ever used. The place fell into disrepair. I always loved it here. It was like being an explorer. You’d be amazed at some of the stuff that would blow in here during the wind storms.
I sat on an old jungle gym. Part of the reason that this park was never used was because of the wind storms. No joke, it could become like shrapnel. This jungle gym was a testament to that. There was a piece of metal lodged in here, that nobody could get out. Imagine if that was your head!
“So,” Angie began. “How’s it feel, being home?”
I let my legs hang over the side. “Like I’ve been away forever. It’s only been two years since I left Mars, but it’s already like an eternity.”
“I hear that. Can’t imagine what it’s like, waking up and knowing that people thought that you were dead.” She was sitting right next to me. Her body heart seemed to radiate outward. I wanted to hold her so much.
There was a long pause. Finally, I had to ask. “So, when I died…did you start seeing anyone?” It hung in the air for a few minutes.
Angie let out a breath. “Yes and no. I’ve been…with somebody, but it isn’t love. I just. I needed to feel alive. You were gone, and I felt like my heart went with you. I got into a lot of shit. Drugs, booze, cheap sex. My grades in class went off a cliff, but I didn’t care. Life didn’t feel like living, once you were gone.”
Now I felt like a complete piece of shit. Nice work, Ellie. “Oh god. That where the tats came from?”
She chuckled. “Yeah. Girl I’ve been sleeping with does ink. Cool stuff. Some of these tattoos are cybernetic. They can change, if I want them too. It’s really neat!”
“I’m a cyborg too now!” I piped in, eager to talk about this. Finally, some less awkward ground.
“Oh? What did you get augmented?”
“Well, first was my eyes. They connect directly to my Band, along with neural nodes in my brain, that can interface with systems. It’s so cool! I used it when Luc and I were captured by pirates to escape!”
“Badass Ellie! Very cool!”
“Thanks!” Some of the tension was deflated, but it was still there. The elephant in the room, as it were.
“The day of your funeral, I felt my heart turn to ash, Elle.”
Very gently, I put my arm around her. She stiffened, then relaxed. “I know. I’m so sorry, Angie. I would have given anything to have been able to get home sooner. If I hadn’t been so damn stubborn and needed to go on the distance mission with Luc, then I would have gotten out with the rest. I’m so sorry.”
She rested her head on my shoulder, and then she noticed the outline of the necklace, underneath the sweater. “You’re still wearing it! My necklace!”
I looked over at her. “I never took it off! Except at night, and when I went into cryo.”
A confused look. “You couldn’t wear the necklace in cryo?”
“No. Mars told me that the metal would have burned through my skin. Had to put it in a locker.”
“Yeah, that would have been bad. Though it would have bonded us forever. My necklace fuzed with you.” Both of us cracked up. Finally, the tension seemed to fizzle away. We had reached an understanding.
“Angie, I love you.”
“I love you too, Elle. But I….I need time. Time to process all this. Time to get my head on straight, you know? It’s all just…”
“Too much. Believe me, I get that.” I looked at her, and she at me. Gently, she pulled her lips to mine. She had gotten stronger now. Strong arms and strong lips. A strong woman who was so beautiful. I could have lived forever in that moment.
Pulling back, Angie smiled at me. “It’s kinda weird. We look so different now. I feel like I’m a cradle robber.”
“Technically you are, since I’m still biologically 15. Pedo bitch!” Both of us got another laugh, and we laid back on the jungle gym. We held each other, and for the first time, things finally felt right. Whatever happened, We would be okay. That’s all I wanted.
The voice came on the com.
“Attention, the Cruise Vessel is coming in to Earth Orbital Ring dock now! Anyone who wishes to dock here should grab their belongings and report to Customs. Thank you, and enjoy your stay!”
Looking up from the game of chess that I had going with Lucas, I grinned. “Well, that’s our cue!”
“Oh hell no!” he snarled. “You aren’t getting out of this ass-kicking that easily!”
I gave him a wink. “Hey, you heard the lady. We can finish this up later, you sad and lonely bitch.”
“You know it!” We started towards our rooms. As I got to mine, I saw Mom and Dad talking to Angie.
“Scheming, are you?” I asked, opening the door to my cabin.
Angie chuckled. “Oh yeah. They keep talking about a family and shit I don’t even know where they get this stuff!”
Playing along, I leaned on her. “These people be nuts!”
“Females,” Dad groaned, walking off. Everyone got a laugh out of that. I walked into my room, gathering up my stuff. The exterior camera showed me Earth. It looked amazing! The Orbital Ring was a sight to behold. Unlimited solar energy, gathered in huge dishes. It solved Earth’s power problem, forever. No more need of fossil fuels. The biggest project in human history, that united a planet for a common goal. For a while, anyway. The planet was now separated into three blocks of unified nations. It keeps the peace. For now. Grabbing my bag, I headed out. Angie was waiting for me. She put an arm around me. Now that she was a fair bit taller, it felt pretty nice to lean into her and let her hold me. After months of not being held, it felt cool to be that person again.
We docked and got off. Customs was loads of fun. Gotta love bureaucracy, right? Ugh. Anyway, we got the paperwork done, and now it was off to go get an award.
I can’t begin to tell you how cool it was to take the Orbital Elevator train down to the surface. You couldn’t see out into space. The entire thing was in an interior location. That was so they could board it like a normal train. See, the artificial gravity inside the tube goes right down to the ground. It’s very cool. Getting off, I got to taste Earth’s air for the first time in my entire life. Lucas and his dad were looking happy. We were here to accept an award. The Tyson Award. It was the highest honor in the scientific community, named for the woman who discovered the means to create artificial gravity, Vivian Tyson.
When we docked, someone from the IDF was waiting for us – Mars! She ran over and hugged me tight when I got there. She had to leave before getting a chance to meet Angie. That was a sweet little reunion. Got Angie blushing when she told her how much I talked about her. There was a private shuttle waiting to take us to where the ceremony was being held. It was in the capital of the Asian Union, Tokyo. Both Angie and I knew what that meant – we party down!
My look had changed a lot, from when I first got back to Mars. I took on some of Angie’s style. I wore a black shirt with a skull on it. My red hair had a couple of blonde streaks in it. Angie’s had a couple of red ones. So many great plans, and it was just the beginning! It was going to be an amazing two weeks here on Earth. Best vacation ever!
The room where the ceremony was being held was huge. Absolutely huge. The greatest scientific minds were gathering. It was like being at movie awards or something. Mom was in a gorgeous dress. Dad was in a tux. Angie was in punk, because she didn’t give a fuck. Lucas had on a really nice suit. He cleans up so well. As for me, I was also in a really nice suit. Why? Because I don’t give a fuck! Comped drinks, so tasty. Mom’s disapproving look when I order a daiquiri. Her more-disapproving look when Angie orders a bigger one. Giggles. Lucas’ dad telling him that he’s at a nice place, it’s time for him to try scotch. Lucas gagging. More laughs. I can’t tell you how great that night was.
Then, after some pomp and circumstance, an older man comes to the podium.
“We are gathered here tonight to honor the accomplishment of two very young scientists. Indeed, these two people are the youngest to ever win this award. Their dedication to the field and their bravery in the face of what could have been certain death is a tribute to the power that good science has in this world, and that the level of dedication that we commit to when we take up the mantle. It is with great pleasure that I present the Tyson Award to Lucas Holden and Eleanor Monroe!”
Applause. I felt like I was going to faint. Stood up, a little difficult. Lucas came up next to me and gave me a hug.
“This is the best day of my life!”
“Mine too, friend. Mine too.” I held him close, and for a time, I wished it never had to end. That we never had to go up to that stage. But we parted, and started the long walk. So many amazing people, all clapping for us.
When we got to the podium, a medal was slipped over our heads. The beautiful gold etching, showing Tyson and the stars behind her. Tears started to run down my face. Had to hastily clean them off. We were each given a mic, but I looked to Lucas.
He reached into his suit and pulled out a paper. “I was told by my companion that I was the one who had to give a speech tonight. She had no desire to say something silly and make an idiot of herself in front of a bunch of Sol system-renowned scientists.”
Laughter around the room.
“The discovery made on that moon of Europa will change the face of science for the rest of time. One of the humanity’s longest-running questions has been – are we alone? It has been a driving force behind so much space exploration. It was that very question that got us to Europa in the first place. And thanks to Eleanor,” he turned and put his hand on my shoulder. So much blushing! “We were able to find the answer to that question! Of course, it came at a cost. We discovered a life-form that not only was intelligent, but also dangerous and able to defend itself against a perceived attacker. It was such a shock to be in that empty Station and learn the truth – that Atlantis had been attacked by a creature whose base intelligence gave it the power to defend itself against a species vastly more capable. It is both awe-inspiring and humbling.”
A brief pause.
“This discovery is just the beginning! Now that we know that there is other life in the universe, we must work harder than ever to find it. To go out into the vast cosmos and find out what new mysteries await us. As scientists, these are the moments that we wait for! The moments that we work tirelessly in laboratories and in the field for. When we can see what great things we’ve done, and know that we’ve only just begun! Both Eleanor and I are honored to help continue that journey. We thank you all.” With that, he took a bow. And so did I. The room filled with applause. People stood as they did so. I could hear Angie cheer. More tears. Lucas was starting to cry too. What an unbelievable night.
As I was leaving, Lucas looked to me.
“So, what’s your next plan?”
Looking over at Angie, I smiled. “Man, I haven’t even begun to think that far ahead. I’ll let you know when I do.”
Until next time, a quote,
“And when this is all over, drinks are on me!” -Garrus Vakarian, Mass Effect 3