Growing up was hard. My father was a strict preacher who restricted me from doing a lot of things; naturally, I rebelled against my upbringing. Yeah, I'm no saint. Wherever I went, my father always found me and brought me home to be punished. Is this the day I can finally escape this wreck of a life?
I dash to the front door as the letter drops through the letterbox with a loud thud.
To Miss Megan Harding. Congratulations you have been specially selected to join the space rangers as a first-year cadet onboard the elite space station.
We would like to offer you a twelve-month contract and wish you luck starting your new career.
"Oh my God, I did it," I cry out as I jump around the hallway.
Finally, after all these years, I can escape my papa.
I call the only person I've ever been able to rely on my best friend, Sasha. We enrolled on the course together, so I'm praying she gets accepted too.
I dial her number and wait for her to answer.
She answers almost immediately as I ask “Have you got your letter yet?"
"It's in my hand; I'm too scared to open it. Have you got yours?" She replies with a shaky voice.
"Yeah, open it Sasha hurry." I say,
I hear the envelope tearing.
"Oh my God, I'm in. I'm a space cadet," she cries out. I released the breath I was holding, feeling very relieved.
"Whoop whoop. Me too. Thank god you're coming with me, Sasha."
"Oh my god, this is so exciting." She replies
We talk on the phone for a while excited to start our new lives on the space station. Eventually, we end the call.
I can't believe I'm going to space with my best friend. Finally, I can escape to a place where my Papa can never find me.
I spend the rest of the day packing my measly belongings; Pappa doesn't believe in material things, so I don't have much to pack. All I have are a few clothes and my precious locket that my mum gifted me when she passed away. I touch the locket as I think of my beautiful Mama. She was the calm to my Papa's madness. After she passed, my life changed drastically. I wonder how Mama put up with him for so long, but deep down, I know the answer. It was because of me. He would have never let us escape; he was the respected preacher, and she would never leave me behind.
With a sigh, I zip up my backpack and shove it underneath my bed, so it was hidden away from my Papa. Now I am ready to make my escape in the middle of the night. I scribble a note out for my father intending to leave it where he can find it when I'm gone.
I'm writing this to let you know that I'm leaving. Yes, I'm finally getting to live my life as a space ranger. You will not be able to come for me as I am an official ranger and I’m not permitted to leave.
I'm sorry you blamed me for Mother's death. I'm sorry you couldn't be the father I needed. I tried so hard to be the daughter that you needed after Mother died.
I wish you a good life, and I hope you finally find some peace,
I look down at the scribbled note. There is no expression of love, but that's because there isn’t any. This has been my life ever since my Mama passed, and it hasn't been pleasant.
Finally, I'm free of the church and free from Papa. I only hope that maybe one day he realises what he's lost.
My father shouts up the stairs telling me dinner is on the table. I rush down the stairs and take my place at the table. Father won't tolerate lateness.
"Prayers, Megan," he says with a nod of his head.
I roll my eyes as I bring my hands together.
"Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen."
"Amen," I quietly reply as I make the sign of the cross.
I have no intention of upsetting my father tonight. The last thing I need is to turn up at the space station covered in bruises.
The rest of the dinner we eat in silence, with neither one of us having anything much to say to the other. This is my life, do as he says, and I won't be punished.
Hopefully, my life is about to change for the better, I know that by being a cadet I won't be able to come and go as I please, but I'll be free from my papa. Free from him to explore the wonders of space. I wonder what's out there, other planets, other species, who knows what lies ahead? I've always been fascinated with the universe.
As darkness falls, I listen for my father once I hear his gentle snores I know I'm safe. I make my way out of the window, climbing down the pipe at the side of the house. I must have done this a thousand times, but I'm hoping this will be the last time.
Once my feet reach solid ground, I make my way to Sasha's house.
The door is open as usual, and Sasha sits at the table with her parents. Oh, how different our lives are. Sasha's parents are so excited for their daughter; they insist on taking photographs before we leave.
Photographs out of the way I find myself in the middle of a group hug. Shasha's father is so proud of his daughter and me, too.
Once hugs and kisses and promises of letters written every day are made, I'm sitting next to Sasha in the car as we make our way to the Elite Base.
Sasha turns to look at me as she asks. "Are you nervous?"
"No, Elite space station here we come," I answer honestly; I'm so excited I think I could burst.
Sasha giggles. "They won't know what's hit them." she says.
We soon arrive at the gates of Elite Space Cadet Base. Sasha pulls on my arm as she cries out, "Oh my god, we're here."
We show our passes to the guards at the gate. Once we've passed the safety checks, they open up the large metal gates, and we drive inside. I take a deep breath as I look to the left., I see the shuttle. In a few hours, we'll be taking that space shuttle up to the space station.
This is so surreal. I can't believe it; I’m finally free.
Chapter two.Heading into space. A few hours later and I'm suited up in my shiny new spacesuit along with the rest of our group, tucking my helmet under my arm as we're walking towards the space shuttle. I look over to Sasha; she looks nervous. Me well I'm not the least bit nervous, I'm just ready to get off this planet. I take Sasha's hand smiling as I give her a squeeze, turning to her as I ask,” are you okay?” “Yeah, “this shit's just got real,” she replies with a pale face. I laugh as she takes a deep breath, and a light sheen of sweat covers her skin. “Yeah, let the adventure begin,” I cry out. Sasha laughs, but it doesn't quite reach her eyes. Our little group climbs up the steps and into the space shuttle. The Cadet Captain makes sure we're all suited up properly before fastening us into the seats, checking the restraints are secure.The huge engines fire up with a force that throws us back into our seats. Sasha cries out her knuckles turning white as she g
Chapter threeGravityWe spend the next couple of hours floating around in the flight area, wow gravity is amazing.Max is still sulking somewhere although I'm grateful he's keeping out of my way.Sasha loves it, and I can't help but look at Brandon as his face lights up as he watches her, I guess the attraction is mutual.Brandon shouts out, "so how are you ladies finding it?" I reply, shouting out from my upside-down angle, "it's amazing."Sasha laughs as she goes to reply, "Yeah, oh……" she goes to shout out as she spins to the side, Brandon reaches out a hand to steady her, "are you okay, Sasha?" He asks, she replies with a blush, "I am now." Then they both look at each other, before Brandon says, "come on, let's go and grab a drink before we head into the space bay." "What are we doing next Brandon, " I ask when we walk into the canteen."We'll be showing you ladies the spaceships; we might be able to take the repair pods out."I turn to look at him, "what are the repair pods?"
Chapter fourMaking amendsThe hatch opens up in front of my eyes as I manoeuvre the little pod towards the hatch and out into space, looking out to the vast expanse of space it makes you realise just how small you really are. Max has me flying the tiny pod up to the top of the station, where he shows me how to use the robot arms, it's a little tricky at first, but I soon get the hang of it. I bring the arms out from the side of the pod ready to cut a piece of training cable, one snip to cut it and the special hands to rewire before I bring the arms back to the side closing the little hatch up. Easy, I think to myself with a smile.Max pats my shoulder as he says, "I've got to admit it you're very good at this, Megan, I think I owe you an apology."“Thanks, Maxie,” I say with a grin as he laughs behind me before he says,“You're nowhere near the pampered Princess I first thought you were. Can we call a truce? I’m really sorry, Megan." He says with a genuine smile.“Yeah, that would
Chapter fiveThe handsome king.The other man soon returns with some kind of cutting tools they begin to cut me out of the mangled wreckage, the pain rips up my leg making me cry out as the blade cuts through the steel, The pain is unbearable, and I'm grateful when the darkness comes, and I slip unconscious."She's lost consciousness again Halturian.""Hurry, let's pull her out while she can't feel anything.""Okay, her legs are free." "She's bleeding bad brother." They work together quickly, freeing her from the tangled wreckage of the space pod. The handsome Alien gently picks her up as the other tries to stem the bleeding from the wound in her leg; he looks back to the male in the pod as he asks."What about him?"The Alien looks back at the man who is already a deadly shade of grey."It's too late to save him. Check if he has any pulse though."Nothing." Is the grim reply."Let's get the female to the healers, she's bleeding out, and I'll send some crew back to retrieve his body
Chapter sixSaving his people. I'm woken up to a soft touch on my face. I slowly open my eyes and find the handsome man is sitting on a chair next to my bed, his hand softly stroking my cheek, as he says.“I'm Sorry little female, I didn't mean to wake you.”“You stayed,”I whisper, looking into his blue eyes. “Yes, I've been here all night. I didn't want you to wake up in a strange place all alone.”He says with a smile.“Oh, Thank you,” I reply. “Your welcome little female,”He says with a smile. “Megan.... My name's Megan.” I say.“Megan,”He says my name as though he's testing it, then he smiles and looks down at me."It suits you, a beautiful name for a beautiful woman. How are you feeling Megan?”He asks with a concerned look His his face. “I'm okay, ”I reply as I look down at my leg, all that remains is a large purple bruise.“What happened, I thought I would lose my leg, how is this even possible?” I ask confused. The handsome man looks at me, as he says, “Altundral
Chapter seven Planet Altundral.That's how I find myself on the beautiful planet named Altundral. King Halturian brings the colossal space ship into Dock with an expert hand; he turns to look at me, with a smile on his face as he asks.“Are you ready, Megan?”"I think so."I whisper quietly; still unsure if I've made the right decision, the butterflies in my stomach reminding me just how big a decision this is. King Halturian looks at me with understanding written across his handsome face, he gives my hand a light but reassuring squeeze as he says. “You'll be fine. I promise you, Megan. You can leave any time you like; you have my word.”I take his hand in mine, as soon as our fingers touch, I feel the electricity sending a shiver down my spine, straight to my core.The handsome King leads me to the door of the spaceship. The hatch rises, and the Altundral people are lining the walkway out of the ship and along the streets, I take a deep breath before I step outside King Halturian sm
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