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Under the Milky Way Tonite
Under the Milky Way Tonight
“She keeps saying it too, just like the other four,” stated the exasperated Droagorian. “She started saying it two days ago, as soon as she was able to form a complete sentence.”
The doctor couldn’t help but shake his head before speaking. “Okay. Let me hear it.”
The lab assistant turned on the intercom with one of his six tentacles. They began to listen to the ramblings of the 3-year-old human female.
“I must complete my mission. I must save the human race. I must complete my mission. I must save the…”
“Switch it off,” said the professor. “It’ll drive ME nuts if I have to hear it again.”
Inside the sterile, metallic, brightly lit room, one of the two remaining humans in existence kept pacing back and forth, her face frozen in a psychotic, terror-filled, blind stare. The other human, the original, was being kept in a medically-induced coma in a separate facility.
“We’ve tried everything, Doctor,” sighed the lab assistant.
“List the protocol from the beginning.”
“Once the cells are cloned from the original human, they become an embryo, then an infant, then a child. However, even as a child, the human is completely driven in a psychotic desire to save her world.”
“A world which has since been destroyed,” added the three-armed physician. He took a deep breath of his dioxide rich air. “If she doesn’t snap out of it we’ll be ordered to destroy her as we did the other clones. The council can’t stand to have anything in that much terror left alive. I’ll try to talk to her, one last time.”
“Good luck, doctor,” said the assistant while throwing a switch.
“Hello human,” said the doctor in a friendly tone, at least according to what they had learned from records aboard her spaceship.
“Hello! Hello!” gushed the female in the simple dress.
“Do you know where you are?”
“I’m lost! I’m lost!” answered the female, running herself into a wall. “Help me! I must save my planet! I must save my people from extinction!”
“Earth? You must save Earth?”
“Yes Earth! I must save it before the asteroid hits!”
The doctor hit the switch to turn off the speaker. “Let me get this right: there was a single spaceship discovered in the Helioput region, drifting by itself, out of fuel. When they brought the human aboard a freighter, all she could say was…”
“I must save my planet...” the two said in unison.
“The original human must have been in a state of shock, and that extreme desperation spills over every time we clone her. It’s like the directive to save her species was programmed into her cells, and that mandate overrides every attempt of ours to reproduce her species. I wonder how long she was alone in that spaceship.”
“But she wasn’t alone, doctor,” interjected the assistant, his purple face brightening a bit.
“Really? Was there another human with her? Why wasn’t I told?” The doctor checked the e-pad in front of him.
“No, no. There was a small, fierce creature on the ship with her. It attacked the crewmen as they entered the bridge.”
“Is it still alive?”
“Yes, it’s being held in another room,” answered the assistant, instinctually pointing towards its holding pen.
“Keep it behind a force field, but show it to the human. Maybe there was a reason they were travelling together.”
“But it’s dangerous! That thing tried to tear our men apart.”
“Indulge me,” ordered the scientist.
Ten minutes later the girl was surprised by a light that came on, showing a small creature in an adjoining room. As soon as the creature saw the human, it jumped up and down with excitement. A nod from the doctor and the force field was let down, allowing it into the lab room. It jumped into her arms, both of them obviously loving the moment.
“We’ve done it!” said the doctor. “We’ve broken the repetition! Turn on that noise we found playing aboard her spaceship.”
The girl started humming along with the music as someone sang, “something shimmering and white. That leads you here, despite your destination.” The girl’s lips thinned, producing a form of grimace on her facial features.
“What is the human doing with her mouth?” asked the doctor.
“The spaceship records call it a ‘smile’.”
“Under the Milky Way tonight,” played the song on the console.
“Where am I?” whispered the girl, looking around her.
“You’re safe aboard a starship bound for Droagor.”
The human calmed. “May I have a glass of water?” she asked.
“Yes, of course!” instructed the doctor, ecstatic, nodding for a glass of water to be sent into the room.
“My planet,” she said, calmly as if remembering. “I must save my species and this snuggly thing.”
“You just did!” replied the chief physician. “Of course it took the help of that small creature, that…that…“
“That dog…according to the reports,” added the lab assistant.
The doctor turned towards his helper joyfully and they hugged each other with a few of their tentacles. “Now we can clone the humans and clone the small creatures as well. We can bring humanity back from the brink of extinction. Truly, that thing she calls a dog has turned out to be mankind’s best friend, indeed.”
I wrote this for a contest, but also because I love my dog, Miss Dukes. She's a border collie and very smart.
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