Tag Archives: fantasy

2:Recruitment

I could never be an astronaut. The whole spinning around til you puke part of the training pretty much cancels me out. I get carsick just riding in the back seat. But I have always dreamed of going into space. To see Earth from orbit would be the ultimate experience of a lifetime.

So when I was approached to join a colony on another planet, travelling on a luxury space liner, no motion sickness involved, of course I said yes. Well, not immediately. I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. I did a lot of research on the company behind the offer. The Chiliad Corporation had recently made a  big push in space exploration research, and if the financial websites could be believed, they certainly had the money to fund an expedition to another planet.

At first, I thought I was the victim of some elaborate practical joke. I mean, come on, space travel? And why me? I am a nobody, with no particular set of skills. Why would I be recruited instead of someone with a PhD,or  a talent like carpentry or metal working? The minute the phrase ‘support personnel" left the recruiters mouth, I understood. Someone had to cook and clean up for all the smart and talented people now didn’t they? Being a space maid didn’t exactly fit into my fantasy of travelling to another planet.

My question of whats in it for me was met with a polite smile and a confidentiality agreement to sign. It took me all of 2 minutes to decide. If this was a prank, someone had gone to great lengths to make it believable. And what did I have to lose? Wasn’t like I had anything else going on in my life.

So I signed on the dotted line, took my fat information packet, and headed off to orientation.

1:Fresh Start

People who know me will say I have always been a little odd. But no one would really classify me as truly crazy. At least I don’t think so. But yesterday I did something that makes me question my own sanity. And the really crazy thing is, I don’t care. I was offered the opportunity of a life time, and I took it.  There is a good possibility it is just a scam, but if not, well, I will soon be getting a fresh start in life, something I desperately need right now. Out of work, all my bills over due, repo men just waiting for the call to come and take away pretty much everything,this offer could not have come at a better time.

What do I have to do to get this fresh start? Oh, just agree to fake my death and travel to another galaxy and help colonize a dying planet.

Yep, I have definitely lost my freaking mind.