Thea set her notes aside and glanced at the panels once more. The lights flickered regularly, but she was done with practicing for the moment. She let out a sigh and leaned against the wall with shining metal. Pinching the bridge of her nose, she allowed herself a moment to be upset.
The seconds passed…
She opened her eyes and straightened her uniform. “Back to work.” She headed to the clipboard on the opposite side of the room to identify her tasks. Unhooking the clipboard, Thea read through the remaining items on the list.
A few hours passed, and Thea completed the list. As she walked to place the clipboard back on its hook, she noticed an unusual light outside the ship. Slowly, Thea walked toward the intercom and pressed the button for Captain Helios. As it beeped, she suddenly wasn’t sure what to say.
“This is Captain Helios.”
Thea shook her head and focused. “Sir, assistance is needed in the Simulator room.”
Captain Helios sighed but confirmed his presence. Moments seemed to take hours before he arrived and Thea was growing impatient. When the captain finally appeared through the door, she let out the air that she had been holding and rushed to him.
“Sir, it looks like a comet. But…”
As her sentence trailed, she pointed toward the window.
“Indeed, Thea. It is a comet. Though an odd color…”
He walked toward the glass and examined the foreign object. “Hmm…”
While the silence filled the room, Thea began to observe the comet as well. Pink and blue waves of color floated behind the comet’s standard white and yellow flare. She stood in awe as it approached the ship.
Captain Helios rubbed the back of his neck. They were interrupted by a sudden alarm that shot through the intercoms.
The computer began to call off different codes of warning as the lights flashed from white to red in a wave of caution.
“Code 7-2-2-1. Please evacuate to the emergency shelters.”
Captain Helios reached for Thea’s arm to grab her attention as he headed toward the monitors. Thea quickly followed, and they attempted to troubleshoot the code. After a few moments of entering their own ciphers to counteract the intrusion, the flashing lights diminished back to a white color, and the sirens ceased.
Captain Helios glanced in Thea’s direction. He watched her slender body exit the main doorframe. “Check every port.” His order was firm but she nodded in agreement.
Thea called the security agents posted at the end of the halls to help aid in the search. They briskly checked each compartment and hallway. When they reached the air tanks, they noticed a distinct smell. “Thea, there seems to be something different in here, do you sense it?”
Thea nodded to Agent Steven, the man who questioned her, as she pressed forward. They headed down the S-shaped hallway cautiously. With guns ready, they continued down to the final bend.
Once there, Thea held a hand up to warn the guards. “I’ll take it from here.” She stepped into the room at the edge and turned on the light. It was foggy inside, but she waited a moment.
Her voice was stern. She felt the harshness and hoped that the intruder understood her intentions.
“Thea, are you okay in there?”
Thea turned. She could hear the worry in their voices. “I’m fine.” She muttered something to herself and stepped toward the noise.
As Thea came closer to the sound, she clicked her flashlight on and searched for the culprit. “I won’t hurt you, I promise.”
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