(Note: It's best that you at least glance at my A to Z Plan before reading unless you want to go into this story completely cold.)
December 6, 2046
December 6, 2046
Coffee was scarce in the Lunar Base, real coffee from beans, not the caffeine-pill-and-water upper to be drunk six days of the week. It was a Tuesday, so Christopher sprung from his bed at ST+8:00 (eight hours after sunset) to brew the Base’s sole pot of coffee for the week.
He divided the contents into twenty-two mugs, one for each crew member who had requested the beverage the day before. One of the otherwise-identical cups sported a chip on its rim. The bottom appeared perfectly white, replaced to the cabinet with every last drop consumed. Only two people at the Base drank their coffee to the last drop, and Martha would’ve fessed up if she had chipped her mug. It wasn’t even a challenge. When Jarod walked into the kitchen at ST+12:44, Christopher handed him his cup and waggled a finger at him.
Echoing screams prevented Christopher’s intended lecture. They were Kyra’s screams, he decided. Too shrill to be from any of the other women at the Base.
Christopher fell into a stream of moving people, several yet in their pajamas. He noticed Abednego at the head of the pack, raven-black hair cut at the shoulders. The Israeli turned a corner and the river ceased flowing behind him.
After approximately two minutes, to Christopher’s watch, a dark figure slithered by up ahead. It took only a moment to deduce its alien nature. Christopher smiled.
An intriguing puzzle, he thought. What is it? Why is it here? Why now?
“I suppose I shall have to find out,” Christopher said to himself. He pardoned his way through the stunned mass to get a better vantage point.