Not long now, just two sleeps until Chapter one is released. In the meantime, just for fun, I’ve written a little teaser to whet the appitite of any potential readers out there.
Moreau – 209 NE (2844 Old Earth Calendar)
Kayla Lee was enthralled by the historic city all around her. While her older brother Owen grumbled about being bored, she took in every last detail and imagined what it must have been like to walk these same streets two hundred years ago.
This was her first visit to Moreau, the busy capital city of Xinju. There were tall buildings, bustling people and fast vehicles – both land and air – as far as the horizon, but here in the centre of it all was the “Old Town”. There were still lots of people here, but the pace was slower. Most of the visitors were tourists, and they took their time surveying the sights. Kayla did more than just look with mild interest, like so many others. She drank in the history.
They were walking through the town square. The ground was covered with large stone tiles. Most of the buildings that surrounded them here historic – carefully preserved from a time before anybody living today had been born.
“See that fountain in the middle of the square kids?” Kayla’s father pointed.
Her brother shrugged. “It’s just a fountain.”
“Not just a fountain Owen. That fountain was placed here by the first mayor of Moreau two centuries ago. Come look.”
Kayla skipped ahead of her father and brother to peer at the intricate stone work. Water burst from the top of the fountain, into a basin, and then trickled down over the stone carvings of people holding hands. At the bottom there was a plaque.
This fountain unveiled March 2636
in Moreau Town by The Hon. Aria Bekhit
in Celebration of the unity of humanity on this our new homeworld.
Kayla smiled. She tried to imagine what it must have been like when the plaque was laid. Did they turn on the fountain for the first time that day? Did the people cheer? What was Aria Bekhit like? Did she smile?
“Pretty impressive isn’t it Kayla.”
“It’s wonderful Dad.” She looked again at the plaque. “What does March 2636 mean Dad?”
“That was the month and the year. You see, when Xinju was first colonised, people were still using the old Earth calendar.”
“Well, it’s all they knew. You have to remember Sweetheart, they still thought of themselves as Terrans. Earth had been their home – it was where they were born. It wasn’t until later that they adopted the new era calendar.
“I wish I could go back there and see it all happening.”
“Why would you want to do that?” Owen asked.
“It would be fascinating.”
“Actually Son, it was quite fascinating. The early colonisation of this world was an exciting story filled with adventure, beyrayal, war and surival against the odds.”
“Tell us Dad, please tell us,” Kayla pleaded.
Her father sat down on the side of the fountain.
“I can’t tell it all, not in one sitting, but maybe just a little.”
Kayla sat cross-legged on the stone ground and listened with rapt attention.
“It all began when the planet Earth stated to undergo some unexpected changes.”