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Beyond the End of the World, Lokians 1 By AaronDennis Characters: 5979

Updated: 2018-01-10 12:02

"Uh…well, you know, our team on Earth was aware of our signal, which one, and when we were broadcasting. In this case, there's no way to know if our signal is picked up by the aliens."

"You must be joking, " Lay sighed. "Look, I won't lie to you, I'm intrigued by this whole thing, but you get one more day. If they don't answer in one day, we're done here. Am I clear?"

"Yes, Sir, " everyone replied.

Normally, waiting an entire day for a simple response was something excruciating, but the exercise gave all of Phoenix Crew a chance to play on Eon. Lay also revealed to O'Hara that he was glad to be out of the tents. Matters regarding construction of the colony had him stressed. The captain tried to empathize.

Suns moved across the sky. Soft clouds melded into one another, changing shapes and size. Then, it happened.

"Admiral Lay, this is Doctor Jenson. Do you copy, " the voice asked.

"This is Admiral Lay, we copy. What do you have, Jensen?"

The camp's monitor station had been geared to receive new transmissions and relay them back to Presh, where more sophisticated equipment was used to sort through various channels, frequencies, and energetic wavelengths. Presh station said a form of communication was coming in from somewhere outside the Gemini system. It was a signal unlike anyone had ever witnessed. Someone was responding.

The satellite, project overseer at Presh came in on the camp's channel. "Sir, we have a transmission coming in. We are recalibrating our's a repeating signal, Sir. Attempting to's coming from the Spider, Sir, " Jenson gasped.

The Spider was a nebula one hundred and thirteen light years from the Gemini system. No Humans had reached that far and had no plans to investigate. It was more reasonab

overed from Eon. The hope was that along the way, the other beings learned to make sense of Human languages and return communication or information regarding who they were and what they were after.

Weeks passed during which only the repeating signal was received. In the meantime, the Eon colony expanded to a full-blown, military outpost. Over two hundred people were permanent inhabitants, and a makeshift town was erected beyond a fenced area, where civilians were made to live. There were no schools, or children, or any sort of entertainment facilities yet, but there was a lab, and hangars for small ships and shuttles.

Chapter Five

One morning, at 07:00 hours, Presh station received new transmissions. The beings called themselves Thewls, and an English-Thewlish translation was underway. The unknown creatures revealed they, too, were of a double helix DNA, but their ATCG makeup was slightly different. They also had two arms, two legs, two eyes, and a strikingly similar genetic makeup. They were Carbon based and breathed Oxygen. Finally, they specified that the repeating signal they originally broadcasted was a distress signal. Their planet had been attacked ages ago.

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