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Nov 17, 2017
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No Plagiarism!lQuOsE37TCEbdOOA9JzDposted on PENANA

We spent all night asking stupid questions.  At least the others did.  I had to translate all their convoluted requests to my writer.  And before you ask, yes it was tedious.  Yes, it was pointless.  So I'm going to gloss over that part.copyright protection12PENANA0zgKsQ6ZHy

After a while, I claimed I was so tired from the fight that I could pass out.  We retired to our bunks for an early night even though I wasn't the slightest bit tired.  I just wanted them to stop asking me if my writer could cozy them up with some hot actress. copyright protection12PENANAl3pQRRuUZo

Morning, however, was different.  As in good different. copyright protection12PENANAwEAKsokB7U

I walked up to the window to watch the sunrise against the perpetual black sky.  Of course, I wouldn't be able to miss the burning husk that was the Earth.  Except the world wasn't burning. copyright protection12PENANAf7tvSWlZW3

Outside the window, a perfectly blue and green sphere glowed softly, unharmed by man's output of C4.copyright protection12PENANAxh6W7XOCRN

"That was her doing," Robert said beside me. copyright protection12PENANA1orB9UZtw7

"Schist!"  I said, not expecting him to be there. copyright protection12PENANAoLfRh7OC7K

"Finally got you," he chuckled. copyright protection12PENANAGF2MBaKqMC

"Only because there was literally no way to track you if you step out of a spacetime rift," I defended.  "Where were you?" copyright protection12PENANAeN0Fo9AoD6

He paused, staring at the blue jewel in the sky.  "I met her." copyright protection12PENANAv1SKT9SHLZ

"Who?"  I asked. copyright protection12PENANAssEvegFYHr

"Her.  She sounded like you.  She called herself Shadow." copyright protection12PENANABVfBAELb3p

I bit my lip.  "That's her all right.  What did she say?" copyright protection12PENANAhyrajkjb25

"She convinced me to stop being, well, such a butthole."  He used a stronger word, but I'll let you figure that one out on your own. copyright protection12PENANAbvxQ0M6FLN

"And?"  I waited for him to ask questions like the others did. copyright protection12PENANA7mInXj1Ju5

"I've had time to think.  All of time, actually," he said.  "And I want to show you something.  Show all of you something." copyright protection12PENANA8MDzWXUg8W

"Well, they're still all sleeping," I said.  "I seem to be the only one who couldn't sleep." copyright protection12PENANAlksTasFh7q

"It does seem to be awfully early."  Robert yawned, tiredness bleeding into his face, his arms, his whole self. copyright protection12PENANA5fMNCK7EtC

"Get some sleep.  You can show us when they wake up," I said.  "I'll be here." copyright protection12PENANAJCpmcmj6Cs

"Um… thanks," Robert said, leaving. copyright protection12PENANA3XNvQXXwe5

I continued to stare at the pretty blue orb filled with alive people.  It was strange to think that I wasn't there with them.  I was on Mars, impossibly. copyright protection12PENANAWjkI7WsfAW

You're welcome, my writer said. copyright protection12PENANASjyhGKD0Rf

So you revealed yourself to Robert, I accused.  Why?  Because I revealed you to the rest? copyright protection12PENANAtVdgq4eoAs

They're going to need him for something, Shadow reminded me.  It was the only way to get him to come back. copyright protection12PENANAtxMNfUKI9l

I sighed.  The black sky over the oxidized landscape had its own kind of beauty, and I studied it.  The hills, the fine, powdery sand, all of it.  Very plain yet amazing. copyright protection12PENANAE1FdjlYWmP

At some point, I grabbed a cup of Earl Grey, something I kept in my backpack.  The station had plenty of water heating capacity, so making tea was actually easy.  Finally, after nearly an hour of standing and staring, the others awoke.  It was about 8:30 am, my local time, as I hadn't changed my watch since coming to Mars. copyright protection12PENANAcQKq6bvkz5

"Why are we waking so early?"  Jason asked, rubbing the sleep out of his eyes.  Fumbling, he attached his helmet to the rest of his suit.  Robert had us put our spaceflight suits on, the bulky ones for walking in outer space. copyright protection12PENANAN3CAQSuBAD

"It's not that early anymore," Aaron scoffed, lightly shoving Jason aside.  "But why did you insist on sitting us so close?" copyright protection12PENANAWfFBsYXqVk

I scooted further from Aaron and nodded to Robert.  "Take it away!" copyright protection12PENANAg8a1yhc3CL

"Take what way?"  Robert asked. copyright protection12PENANA9pOM0FEuhf

"Take us to the moment just before the first star is born, before photons existed in the universe." copyright protection12PENANA8duOPWMMnI

"How did you know that was where I was taking you?"  Robert asked. copyright protection12PENANA6DQhEoyRsa

I smiled.  "It was always part of the plan." copyright protection12PENANACBArnA724o

Robert sighed.  "Well, everyone, take hands.  We're going on a trip…" copyright protection12PENANAhdCL1rIOe5

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