The line moved and I took two steps forward. This was taking a long time. I hope they had time to send everyone. The line was getting pretty long behind me. I put down my small suitcase. We were allowed only one. I'm sure I packed everything I needed for the trip. Once there…very rarely was anyone allowed back. It was getting hotter.
All these people waiting, I was surprised everyone was so calm and quiet. We looked like cattle being herded off to the slaughter. I had heard rumors of where I was going. Some called it a primitive place, whilst others called it a paradise. It was spacious and everyone had room to move. We had been sending people for who knows how long? I was just happy to be allowed to go.
I was getting closer to the front now. I could see peoples’ tickets being stamped and then walking through the gate and then around the corner. The elderly man and woman are next. I watch as his feeble hands hand the operator one ticket. He kissed the elderly woman tenderly on the mouth. I could see the red pill in his hand. The ticket is stamped and the woman is pushed through the gate by the old man. She reluctantly walks around the corner out of sight. He puts the pill in his mouth and walks past me. I’ve heard of couples being separated. It just wasn’t fair. But some people were to sick or already dying, to make the trip. I’m sure the pill he took would be his last.
There is a little argument in front of me now. It’s the mother with the small child. She is arguing that the child IS tall enough. The clerk argues back no he isn’t but then stamps her tickets and lets her pass. I move up a few more steps. Almost my turn. My heart is starting to race. I need to calm down. Millions of people have taken this trip before. It was deemed a safe way to travel.
I hand the clerk my ticket. The clerk looks at me. Asks me… “Have you read all the rules and are you in compliance?” I nod yes and he stamps my ticket. I move past the gate. This is it. It is my turn now. I walk around the corner. There is a young lady sitting at a desk and the portpad is right in front of me. “Please take your seat” she says. “Put your bag under the chair and keep your hands inside the vehicle for the complete trip. You will be briefed about your destination as you head down. Any questions?” I nod no and take my seat. A bubble covers the whole portpad.
I take a deep breath and feel a slight tingling. Before I know it I am heading down. Images flash around me… I have heard of your life flashing before you as you die… Was I dying??? No these were unfamiliar images… Trees… Animals… People… and signs… EARTH IS WAITING… EARTH IS WAITING FOR YOU! As I make my way down on the lightning bolt I can see other bolts along side of me. Some have people looking around… and others have people with their eyes closed tight. I giggle. I have MY eyes WIDE open!
In a FLASH I am down on the ground. “PLEASE EXIT THE VEHICLE!” The bubble disappears and I pick up my bag and stand. As I walk off the portpad it turns to sand. I am alone in the vast desert but I know what to do. It feels good to be alone and have some space. No on knows when our planet will end, but everyone is sure that our race will live on as long as… EARTH IS WAITING!