The monitor occupied a whole
wall of a small cockpit. They sit comfortably reclined and watched
the contours of the well known planet wrapped with a bluish fog.
The planet was covering almost half of the screen.
- You wanted to show me
THIS? – Asked Eve pretty disappointed. – Sightseeing of our dear planet…
I've always hated those student excursions.
He slowly bent over and
touched a button on the command desk. At the same moment, all walls
became black. Only the lights on the command desk smoothly twinkled.
- The automatic pilot?
Why did you turn it on?
He didn't answer.
Instead, he pushed another button. A small yellow twinkling light
accompanied the great number of others and the walls started coming towards
- Air pillows! – She shouted
delightfully. With few impatient moves she freed herself of bends
and pushed herself off the chair. She started flying towards the
right wall and dived into the soft blackness with great satisfaction.
He was still operating something
at the command desk. Both chairs and the command desk elegantly slipped
underneath the screen.
- Have you ever made love
on zero gravitation?
Eve wasn't sure she heard
him correctly. She tried to turn over but her try turned into a hazardous
pirouette and she—after she bumped off the wall—continued flying towards
him headfirst. He hugged her readily and started flying through the
space together with her.
- Are you serious?
- Very serious, - he answered.
She laughed frivolously
and hugged him. Very carefully, she searched with her right hand
for a little sensor on his back. When she finally found it, she skillfully
wriggled out of his hug and continued flying in opposite direction, laughing
They heard a 'click'. He
continued his flight naked while the wrinkled shell followed him at certain
- You, little witch…
He turned over with a well-trained
move, pushed himself off the wall and unmistakably went toward her.
Very soon, there was another shell flying around, lightened up only by
a spooky bluish light from the screen…
* * *
In just a tiny second, all
walls changed to bright yellow.
- What happened? – Asked
- A sign for danger, first
step… This has never happened before… I'll go see what's going
He went towards the command
desk hidden bellow the screen. The Earth's bluishness became smothered
by the intensive yellow light.
- I can't turn off the pilot…
It can't be turned off in a case of danger…
- But, what danger? – Asked
Eve. – Where are we going?
- Sector CK-3… - He answered
- CK-3? But there's a…
- Yes… A black hole…
- It cannot be! That's the
- I don't know, - he said
bluntly. – I can't do anything…
The screen soon became dark
as the contour of the Earth gave up its place to the spooky darkness of
the Universe. A yellow cabin became fulfilled with horror.
A small passenger ship unstoppably
ran towards the unknown inky opening. Clouds of stardust through
which the ship went made its shell look like an orange peel. When
the ship became swallowed by the time collapse, it just unperceivably shook
and then disappeared.
* * *
The eons went by. Suddenly,
as quietly as it disappeared, an egg-like wreck appeared in the visible
part of the Universe. There were words 'SE-3 destination EARTH' written
on a big black screen; but, two asleep passengers were not able to see
* * *
He was awaken by a strong
bright light that played on his eyelids. He stretched his numb legs
and opened his eyes. The interior black as Hell on one side and that
intense brightness on the other scared him. His mind occupied only
one thought: RUN AWAY. He tried to jump but his legs did not support
him and he fell over the command desk. Strange screeching noise that
suddenly appeared followed by colorful twinkling gave him a panic fright
and recovered his strength. He climbed up on the top of the swinging
wreck with speed of a pursued beast.
Glimmering green of the
surrounding gave him confidence. He instinctively jumped and abandoned
his naked body to waves. His limbs trashed up and down without stopping.
He heard a strong shattering sound behind him but he didn't turn over.
He saw his goal.
With last atoms of strength,
he crawled onto the beach. A long slimy creature zigzagged through
the dense greenness above him. Yet, he was distracted by something
else. Something that stood in front of him and that looked
exactly like him. He saw the stretched arm that was offering him
a small red fruit. He took it and took a bite. He knew it had
to be like this.
For who knows what time,
everything started from the beginning…
Translated by the author