Halley's Comet

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President Jame's Junior of Halley's Comet takes UN Secretary General Lisa Gyne and 6 alien delegates on a tour across Halley's Comet.

I waited at the Halley's Comet Interplanetary Space Port for UN Secretary General Lisa Gyne and the six alien delegates from across the Milky Way to arrive. It was situated in Halley City, capital of Halley’s Comet. It was in located in the middle of the comet.
 
I was the President of Halley’s Comet. I had spent my whole life living on Halley's Comet. Ever since I was a baby back in 2052 AD. Though I had travelled the Solar System.
 
Halley’s was a peanut shaped comet about 15 km long, 8 km wide and 8 km thick. It was made of a mixture of ice, rock and dust like a snow covered rocky peanut. The ice being made up of water, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, ammonia, amides and various organic chemicals like isopropanol and butane. At this point, the comet was dormant but, as soon as it nears the sun in 15 years time, the chemicals will sublimate from the surface and her coma and tail would form again. Looking forward to that.
 
The first of the delegates to arrive was Secretary General Lisa Gyne of the United Nations. She was a beautiful young woman in her early forties. She had dark brown hair that went down to her shoulders, hour glass body, wearing a blue dress and brown leather boots. Halley's Comet was a member of the UN.
 
“Ah, Lisa. So song since I last met ya,” I said with my arms held open. “It was at the UN Headquarters we last met, wasn't it?”
 
“Yes,” replied Lisa in her Swedish accent as she gave me a hug. “It’s been a long time, hasn't it?” Lisa pulled back. “So how's it been? How's the colony?”
 
“Good, good. Can't wait for the comet to go active again in 15 years time. It would be awesome”.
 
“Let me introduce you to the delegates,” Lisa looked behind her to indicate 6 different aliens coming out of the UN Space Shuttle. “This is President Yasuman Kahn of the League of Dragons. He's from Planet Kajini”.
 
Yasuman was a bright green humanoid dragon covered in scales with a pair of leathery wings. He said “Hello, Mr President” with a booming voice as he pulled me in for a hug. I said “hi”. He pulled back and looked at me.
 
“This is Secretary General Sheena Tartan of the Shitoki Vadul”.
 
Sheena climbed up Lisa's leg and climbed into her arms. Sheena was like a small sentient monkey. She said “Hi” with a wave. I stroked her on the head.
 
“This is Secretary General Garfu Lasa of the Flajini Alliance”.
 
Garfu said “Hi” as he offered me a handshake. He was a humanoid sheep with big curved horns and yellow eyes. The Flajinons were from the same subfamily as the sheep and goats. I accepted his handshake.
 
“This is Secretary General Zebreda Kai of Chimaera”.
 
“Hi there” said Zabreda through her interpreter as she communicated via bioluminescence. She was a giant 2 metre diameter jellyfish in a water filled rover since jellyfish can’t survive out of the water. She had eight feeding tentacles and 16 stinging tentacles.
 
“This is Secretary General Chin Chin Tuk of Chorynikistan”.
 
“Hello, Mr President” said Chin. Chin had managed to master human speech although her language consisted of a series of clicks and hisses. She was a 4 metre long giant spider that was light brown with black spots.
 
“And this is Secretary General Karash Xharkhan of the Kyeska Federation”.
 
Karash waved to me with her right arms. She was a humanoid with four arms. She had a slender build with long brown straight hair that went down to her waist. She wore a bright red top, black paints and black leather boots. I could tell she was in her late 40’s. She was the only alien delegate whom I could tell how old she was by looking at her. Karash walked up to me and gave me a hug. Then she pulled back.
 
“Welcome to Halley's Comet,” I said with my arms held wide open. I smiled at Lisa and the delegates. “Come. I'll take you on a tour of the comet”.
 
I led the delegates down one of the corridors to my private space shuttle called the Comet Rover. It was built on Halley’s Comet. We climbed aboard the shuttle. I said “This is Stephany Danson. She will be our pilot for the day”.
 
Stephany said hi to the delegates as they climbed aboard. She was 26 years old with brown hair, hour shaped body. Lisa and the delegates took a seat at the back. I sat down at the front next to the pilot's seat, facing the delegates as Stephany closed the door and made sure it was shut tight. Then she sat in the pilot’s seat next to me.
 
“Take us up, Stephany” I commanded.
 
Stephany switch on the engines and pulled the throttle. We levitated a couple metres above the dock. I told Stephany “Take us to the southern end, Stephany”.
 
She complied. She turned the shuttle towards the left and we headed towards the end of the comet. I turned to the delegates and said “Halley’s Comet was first colonised on August the 1st 2043. After it was given approval by UN Secretary General Ivanka Trump who championed the spread of the human race across the system. It was CNN that coined the term Human Empire to describe the colonies.
 
“I was one of the first people to be born on Halley’s Comet. I'm one of the natives”. I looked out over the ridges and valleys of the comet. “I remember when I was a little boy. I was only 9 years old at the time. It was on July 2061 that Halley's came close to the sun during the perihelion: the closest point to the sun. When the comet approached the sun, I remember the alarms went off. We had to get to the shelters into the bunker room as the ice sublimated from the comet's surface.
 
“Then the ground started shaking. Me and my sisters got scared so our parents calmed us down. The gases started erupting from the surface. I remember our house surrounded by geysers spurting from the ground. The gases surrounded our house, forming an atmosphere or coma that stretched to over a hundred thousand kilometres in diameter. The gases were fluorescent as the solar radiation striped away their electrons. The dust scattered the sunlight which made the coma visible.
 
“Then, in the middle of the Halley’s night, me and my siblings watched the comet’s tail stretching out a hundred million kilometres into the sky. It was magical. The tail was formed by the pressure of the solar winds. It glowed very brightly”.
 
“It must have been a great experience,” said Garfu “Watching the comet’s tail from the surface”.
 
“It was. The comet’s tail always points away from the sun. You may see that where approaching the John F Kennedy Mountains”.
 
The comet’s ridges gave way to the John F Kennedy Mountains which had sharp jagged summits made of black rock. Comets are dark in colour when they’re cold and dormant. There was snow and ice on the surface of the mountains. The mountains gave way to hills. There were dozens of houses built on the surface of the hills. As we rounded the southern end of the comet we came across a depression with craters in it.
 
“Do you see the crater on the left,” I said. Everyone looked to the left. “That is the Queen Elizabeth ll Crater. That’s where we farm the sheep under that dome there. To the right is the Donald Trump Crater where they grow crops, orchards and vineyards. Next to it is the Leonardo De Caprio Crater where we raise cattle”.
 
There were green fields, trees and vineyards under the domes and cattle and sheep appeared like ants. We flew over the craters and over the Shakespeare Canyon with sharp icy cliffs. We flew over some craters and planes until we came to the other side of the comet. In the middle of the depression was a large crater.
 
“That there is the Jacinda Adern Crater. Named after a New Zealand prime minister before New Zealand became a republic. You see those warehouses in the middle of the crater? That’s where we process the mail and parcels across Halley's Comet and sort the comet’s freight. We receive freight from other planets in the solar system which arrive on those freight ships attached to the docks. We cart the freight across the comet in space trucks”.
 
Once we flew over the crater we travelled over the hills and valleys towards the northern end of the comet. There was a national park with artificial lakes and rivers under the domes called Princess Diana Nature Park. There was the Halley’s Comet National Park where people explored the surface in space suits.
 
Once we reached the northern end of the comet I said “You see that crater at the end of the comet. That is the Westfield Crater. That's where Westfield Halley's is located in those buildings over amongst those houses. Take us down, Stephanie”.
 
Stephany complied. She lowered us down to Halley’s Mall where we docked next to the corridor. Once we had docked, Stephany climbed out of the pilot’s seat, opened up the passenger door where we climbed out of the shuttle. I led Lisa and the alien delegates down the corridor into the mall.
 
“Welcome to Westfield Halley's Comet,” I said “Let's go grab some lunch. I know a good place to eat”.
 
“Lead on” said Lisa.
 
I led the delegates down the mall while Stephany stayed near her ship. The mall was busy. With families young and old, groups of teenagers, couples, elderly people. Most people here were natives to the comet. There were clothing stores, jewellery stores, an appliance store, shoe store, furniture store, banks, restaurants, bars and cafe. I led them to a little cafe at the back of the food court.
 
“Welcome to Griffons Cafe,” I said “The food is good here. Come. Let's eat”.
 
We went up to the counter and ordered some lunch. Lisa ordered a chicken and mayo roll with locally grown chicken. Yasuman brought a steak and cheese pie. Sheena grabbed some mixed fruit salad since her people eat fruit. Zebreda purchased fried snapper. Chin ordered chicken soup. She specifically told the waitress she can’t eat solids as it hurts her stomach. Her people usually inject venom and enzymes into her prey, then sucks up the juice. Karash asked for seafood salad and I ordered Bacon and eggs.
 
Once we had purchased our food we took it back to the table and got stuck into our lunch. The eggs were runny and the bacon was crispy.
 
“The soup tastes nice” said Chin sucking up her soup with her mandibles.
 
“The chicken is moist” said Lisa.
 
I took out my holographic cell phone and showed the delegates the video I took when Halley's went near the sun when I was a child. There were images of the gases sublimating from the comet’s surface. Geysers spurring into the atmosphere, the ground shaking. I shot video footage of my parents and sisters watching the evert happening. My oldest sister was 12 at the time, my younger ones being 7 and 5. I showed the image of the comet’s tail shooting up into the sky.
 
“That looks amazing” said Yasuman.
 
“Fascinating” said Sheena.
 
“Amazing” said Zabreda.
 
Once I had shown them the videos and we had finished our lunch. We got up from our chairs, except from Chin and Zabreda off course, and Lisa carrying Sheena in her arms. They told me how they enjoyed the food and thanked me for showing them the video. I led the delegates through the mall and down the escalators to the Halley’s Mall Train Station where I gave the delegates their tickets. They scanned the tickets to go through the turnstiles.
 
We climbed aboard the train to Halley’s City and sat down. Chin and Zabreda parked in the disabled section. Once the doors closed, the train took off and we came out of the tunnel. We went past the houses into the countryside, going through the valleys with ridges above us, over the hills and through the tunnels in the mountains. There was rock and ice everywhere. We went through the plains, through craters, towns and villages. Past farms and houses on the hills.
 
In about twenty minutes time we arrived at the capital.
 
“We get off here” I said.
 
We got off the train and went through the turnstile into the city streets. I led the delegates back to the Interplanetary Space Station where we said our goodbyes before the aliens boarded their spacecraft one by one.
 
“Well, see you, James,” said Lisa as she gave me a hug. “I better be getting back to Earth. I promised Andrew Scot I’ll introduce him to Secretary General Syella Makhol of Arkaron. She's looking for a husband”.
 
“That’s nice,” I said pulling back “He’s been single for five years now”. Lisa nodded. “Well ... I hope things work out for them. He's a nice guy, that Andrew”.
 
“That he is. Syella will like him. Bye”.
 
“Bye” I replied as I waved to her.
 
The aliens took off into hyperspace as they entered their interstellar wormholes. I watched Lisa climb aboard the UN Shuttle. After watching her take off towards Earth, I turned around and walked back into the city towards the Senate. I looked up into the clear sky above me. The stars in the background.


Submitted: November 20, 2020

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