When a Visitor Leaves a Gift…

As the room went quiet, Thea studied her notes. The information was familiar to her, and eventually, she grew tired of the review. Placing her data in a safe place for tomorrow and turning off the lights, Thea headed out of the Simulator room. Passing the guards, she said goodnight to Agent Steven. He had served the station for years and was the “father of the ship” as everyone liked to call him.

She gave him a smile and headed toward her bunker. The halls were quiet for the night, and everyone had gone to their own rooms or the entertainment room by now. She slowed her pace and enjoyed the solitude. Her mind wandered to various things, and when she reached her door, she almost walked past it.

Ascella, her roommate, reached for her hand and started giggling. “Thea, where are you wandering off to tonight?”

Thea glanced at her roommate and joined in a smile. “I was lost in thought.”

“Clearly,” she answered. Another giggle echoed through the hall as they turned back toward the bunker. “How was everything today?”

Thea rolled her eyes. “Don’t ask…”

“That good, huh?” Ascella smiled.

“You could say that.” Thea plopped on a chair in the corner and rested her head against the palm of her hand. “I failed a practice mission.”

Ascella’s smile faded. “I’m so sorry, Thea… You’ll do better tomorrow! I just know it.”

Thea offered a smile and nodded. “What about you?”

Ascella considered the question for a moment. “My day was alright. I didn’t have anything drastic happen. Just another day with another list of things to do. The infirmary was pretty quiet.”

“That’s a good thing, though.” Thea rubbed her eyes and considered sleep. A knock on the door interrupted her thought, and the girls looked at one another. “Expecting someone?”

Ascella shook her curly brown hair. “Not a soul.”

She sighed but stood and walked toward the door. When she opened it, no one was there. Thea glanced down the halls and searched for the visitor. The only visible object she could see was an envelope on the ground below her. “That’s odd.” Her voice echoed down the hall. Ascella took the final steps to get to Thea as Thea picked up the envelope.

“What is it?”

Thea raised an eyebrow. “I’m not sure.”

She closed the door and carefully turned it over. “It has my name on it.”

“Open it!” Ascella’s excitement reached a new level as her smile grew wider. Thea shrugged as she opened the pale yellow envelope. A folded piece of paper lay inside, and Thea tugged it out of its holder.

As she opened the paper, a smaller sliver of colored paper fell to the ground. Thea began to read the writing on the paper as Ascella bent down to pick up the colored paper that had fallen. When she touched the sliver of paper, a thunderous roar filled the silence. Both girls dropped the documents they were holding and glanced at one another.

“What was that?” Ascella’s voice shook as she finished her question.

Thea glanced from the papers back to her roommate. “I have no idea…”


Will Thea touch the colored paper and investigate the sound?

(Search for the Purple Post-It.)


Will the station’s guards come investigating the unplanned noise?

(Search for the Pink Post-It.)

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Hai hai, I'm Shay, but many people call me Panda! I'm a writer, movie-lover, dog mom, and streamer. I'm obsessed with pandas, scary things, beanies + hoodies. My super power is sarcasm and I'm learning how to be unapologetically me. Welcome in.

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