Blue Orbit

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Floating alone in Space.

Submitted: November 23, 2010

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Part One.
 
With my left hand I reach across and press the flashing red switch on the back of my right hand. It stops flashing and turns green.
Fresh oxygen fills the suit and I breathe it in hungrily.
 I must have almost dosed off again.
The planet below glows like a solid blue marble. I don’t think it has intelligent life, as I see no satellites on its outer rim.
Since ejecting from my ship I must have drifted for a few hundred years, until the gravity of this small planet had pulled me in towards itself.
I look at the digital display on my wrist, and punch in the required coordinates which will hopefully bring me within a safe orbit. The 2 jets on my back whine into action, and gently push me forward with a shove. The readout inside my helmet starts processing data and I see the green letters & numbers raining down before my eyes.
It calculates that I will reach its orbit in 4532 years.  I tap a few more numbers into my wrist pad to make sure my suit batteries have enough charge, and switch it back into automatic hibernation mode.
I begin to feel relaxed, being pushed forward while I begin to doze off again.
 
Part two.
 
The radio wakes me-up.
It’s a static sound.
I remember where I am after a few minutes. How the ship had malfunctioned and tried to kill me just before I managed to eject myself into space. It had exploded soon after, leaving me drifting in space, alone.
The reading on the inside of my helmet is counting down to zero in seconds. The hibernation had turned off and slowly awoken me 4532 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours 20 minutes and now 3 seconds later.
“Jesus, I’m old!”
Everyone I know is long dead.
The planet below me is too big to comprehend, and makes me feel a little dizzy. I feel a light prick in my arm as the suit injects me with something. The dizziness disappears quickly.
After a few hours and a light meal I feel more awake and begin to tap-in the coordinates for my descent. I recalibrate the suit and run a full diagnostic report. Amazingly it’s all ok, and I switch my shields on. The smaller jets retract and snap back into their bays. While the single antimatter propulsion gear smoothly slid into place. I feel myself being slowly turned toward the blue sphere by the tiny adjusters on my sides until I am looking head-on at the planet, as if preparing for a dive into a swimming pool.
The countdown starts, and the whining gear begins to slowly vibrate. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
 A blue glow envelopes around me, and I momentarily seem to vanish. All is a blur as I am shot like a bolt of blue lightening in a piercing arc forward to the surface of the alien world.


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