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Zamsonithia

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Zamsonithia

By: Zamuel Carratalá

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Copyright 2016 Zamuel Carratalá

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Zamsonithia

The year was 2077 and the entire world was watching as the first mission to Zamsonithia, an earthlike planet in a neighboring galaxy, arrived at its destination. The planet was discovered by mistake when Sang Dinh M.D. typed the wrong coordinates into his self-adjusting telescope. Since the Earth was well past recovery, thanks to the heavy pollution humanity had held it subject to, the discovery of the new, life-supporting planet meant that the human race had another chance at life. Now, only 15 years later, the first mission to Zamsonithia was underway and five qualifying astronauts were going to test the terrain.

The chief engineer was Áleka Lai, a recent college graduate who had done the impossible to get past the Earth’s atmosphere and travel through the celestial skies. Zane Dinh, Sang Dinh’s grandson, was, of course, the crew’s astronomer. Dalia Garduño, a Mexican biochemist who was recruited by NASA only five months prior to the mission, was the youngest on the team by several years. Jayziel Caston was the aerodynamics expert and astrophysicist onboard. And the leader, Captain Nikolai Walker, was a genius in numeric control and statistical calculus. Together, the crew formed the Colonization Dream Team.

Today was the day that the team would enter Zamsonithia’s orbit, and in the next few days, they would prepare for landing. The whole mission was being broadcast to all televisions on Earth.

“All crew on deck!” commanded Captain Nikolai to the lethargic crew. “Today is the day everyone on Earth has been waiting for.”

“I thought landing was next week,” replied Zane.

“Yes, but there won’t be a landing if we don’t get through today alive,” said Jayziel. “Hence, today is a very important day.”

“According to my calculations,” interrupted Áleka, “we will be approximating ideal gravity for orbit in about two hours.”

“Thank you,” nodded the young captain. “Zane, how soon will we be ready to enter orbit?”

“The Amethystia will be orbit-ready in an hour,” answered Zane, his calculator in hand.

“Perfect,” said the captain calmly. “Dalia!”

“I’m here, I’m here. Sorry,” apologized Dalia as she ran in from the lower deck. “Sorry, sorry, sorry, boss.” She stopped talking for a moment in order to catch her breath, then continued, “I was downstairs taking some samples from the rocks that orbit the planet and guess what I found?” She was obviously very excited with her findings.

Jayziel mocked, “You found an ant?” He laughed at his own joke and looked around to see who else was laughing.

Dalia was suddenly serious and perplexed, “H-how’d you know?”

“Wh-what?” Her answer caught Jayziel by surprise.

“Well, it’s not an ant, not one I recognize at least, but it resembles a small insect, like an ant.”

“Are you trying to tell us there are insects in space, Dalia?” asked Nikolai, who was very concerned.

“Yes… Well, no.” She paused to think, “Maybe? Well, from what I got to see, the creature has a head, abdomen, and thorax, like an insect. But, it has ten legs and four antennae. It also has three pincers where its mouth would go and…”

“Wait,” interrupted Áleka suddenly very concerned, “you brought it onto the ship?”

“Well, I didn’t know the rock sample would be carrying an animal on it. You could say it was an accidental discovery,” joked Dalia.

“But you threw it out, right?”

“Um,” began Dalia knowing Áleka hated insects. She sighed, “I couldn’t let a chance for discovery pass me up like that.”

“Discovery?! We’re on a mission to scout out a new planet, not to identify unknown species!”

“Technically that is why we brought a biologist along,” buzzed in Jayziel.

“No one’s talking to you, Jayziel. We’re on the verge of the most important mission NASA has ever assigned, but your girlfriend is looking at space insects in that lab of hers downstairs.”

“She’s not my girlfriend,” said Jayziel quickly.

“Who knows if it carries unknown diseases or if it’s venomous or something.” Áleka turned to look at the captain, “Nikolai, do something!”

He sighed, “Dalia, she’s right. We don’t know what that thing is and now is not the time to find out. Dispose of it as soon as you go back down, and come back up to receive further instruction.”

“Yes sir,” murmured Dalia disappointed. She slowly walked back to the doorway when, all of a sudden, there was a crashing sound from the lab.

“The heck was that?” asked Zane.

“Dalia,” began Nikolai already working on how to solve this crisis, “tell me that was just the sonic sonar that accidentally went off.”

She froze dead in her tracks, and answered nervously, “No.”

“I knew we shouldn’t have let a kid onto this mission!” exclaimed Áleka. “She’s going to ruin everything!”

“Áleka, calm down.” Nikolai said in a serious and commanding tone. “Dalia is only three years younger than any of us and is just as qualified for this exploration as you are. Remember that we are all enthusiastic for this mission and that any of us could’ve made the same mistake. I will handle this rookie mistake just like I’ve handled all others.”

“Well her enthusiasm is about to cost humanity its last chance for survival,” she continued complaining.

“Um, guys,” interrupted Jayziel, “I hate to interrupt this lovely conversation, but I think we should check the lab downstairs.”

Nikolai made the best decision by giving Áleka the last word and now he referred to the whole group, “Guys, we’ve made it this far, we’re not about to let a minor mistake ruin the entire mission. Let’s go down there and see what we’re dealing with.” He began making his way toward the doorway and looked at Dalia disappointedly when he passed by her. She lowered her head in shame and trailed behind him. The rest of the group followed silently.

There was another crashing sound from the lab as they approached the closed door. “Hey Nick,” said Jayziel breaking the oppressive silence, “if, I don’t know, we, by chance, find an alien, insect thing in there, and it, let’s say, somehow, by chance— not saying it will happen— but, if it did, say, I don’t know, kill you, can I be captain?”

Nikolai stopped walking, causing everyone who was closely behind him to bump into each other, and turned to stare at Jayziel’s eyes. “I won’t dignify that with an answer.”

Jayziel grunted in disappointment and the group continued walking. Nikolai stopped right in front of the door, grabbed the handle and paused. He took a deep breath and opened it.

“My neurological abscission tracker!” shouted Dalia when she saw the heavily damaged machinery. She ran to the broken machine and lamented its sorry state.

“Don’t mess with a bio-head’s equipment,” whispered Zane jokingly.

Dalia looked up from the machine after a while, seemingly confused, and proceeded to say, “Where’s my rock sample?” This seemed to worry only Dalia and Nikolai.

“I have a better question, where’s that insect thing?” asked Nikolai. Áleka was now annoyed at the girl’s short attention span.

Nikolai quickly closed the door, but said nothing, knowing he would only worry the team more. He noticed everyone except Dalia was looking at him, so he lied, “Don’t want the insect to go crawling around the rest of the starship.”

“Did you find the stupid insect, Dalia?” asked Áleka.

“Yea, it’s here in the petri dish where I left it.” She pointed to the small scientific container sitting on the table behind her.

“Hey,” called Zane walking over to the other side of the room, “here’s your rock sample, Dalia.”

He was about to pick it up when Nikolai shouted, “Don’t do that!”

The whole squad turned and looked awkwardly at their captain, and then, the rock sample started shaking. Jayziel began, “Uh, guys. I think we have a slightly bigger problem than the insect.” Everyone turned to stare at the rock, which seemed to be convulsing, when suddenly, it started rolling across the floor. Everyone started screaming and running away from it.

“Everybody out!” commanded the still-calm captain. He waited for everyone to exit before exiting himself, which was just in time because the rock started to roll in his general direction. As he closed the door behind him, the rock jumped and crashed against the shatter-proof window. Nikolai turned to look at the rock but only glimpsed what appeared to be needle-like teeth.

He backed away from the door to join his terrified team which was hiding around the corner, sitting on the stairs. Everyone was panting, trying to equalize their breathing. Jayziel started, “So, forget the insect. We have a completely different problem.”

This enraged Áleka. “It’s all because of you!” She got up and began stomping toward the defenseless Dalia.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Nikolai also got up and stopped Áleka before she could get to Dalia.

“Nikolai, let me teach her a lesson about responsibility!” shouted Áleka.

“No, you and Zane are going to go upstairs to prep for orbit-entry. I will handle this and I will take that rock out alone if I have to. This is no longer your problem, only mine.” Now, Nikolai shifted his attention to Jayziel, “Jay, you’re gonna go check the ship’s engines and report to Zane as soon as you’ve run a complete engine diagnostic. Dalia and I will stay here to dispose of any alien creatures onboard. Is that clear?”

The whole group gave a united, “Yes sir!” and left to do their duties.

As soon as everyone else was gone, Nikolai said to Dalia, “En la que nos metiste, Dalia. What did you get us into?”

Lo siento, Nick. I’m really sorry. I never meant for this to happen. It’s just that the past two months have seemed eternal ‘cus I haven’t had much to do onboard. I’m a biologist and a chemist, but there isn’t much for me to do on this ship!”

“I understand, Dalia. But you can wait another week until we land on Zamsonithia. You know that after we land, you will be the most important member on this mission. It’s up to you to decide if we can grow crops, if we can coexist with local wildlife, and if we can even live there. Without you on this mission, there’d be no reason to come this far.” Dalia began tearing up and turning red. “Look Dalia, we all like to have you onboard, some of us more than others, but, being humans, we will always have discord. You, as a biologist, know better than anyone here how true that is for any species.” He walked over to her and took her in his arms. “It’s okay, Dalia. We all make mistakes and get over them. You can do the same.” She broke down crying into his shoulder, and he began to run his fingers through her long, silky, black hair. After a few seconds, he straightened up and said to Dalia, “Okay, we have to get rid of that thing in there before it creates a bigger mess. You with me on this?”

“Yes sir,” responded Dalia attempting to gather herself. They both walked toward the door and peered through the window. “I can’t see the rock, can you?”

“Nope.” He sighed in disappointment. “Is there anything in that lab that we can use to catch it?”

“Um,” she thought hard, and finally exclaimed, “we can use the specimen cage we brought along, the small one!”

“Good idea,” praised the captain. “And where is it?”

“It’s in that closet over there next to the genetics table.”

Nikolai looked into the room and tried to locate the table but simply said, “The closet, got it.”

Dalia noticed his slight confusion and added, “It’s over by the window, in that corner.”

“Oh! You should’ve said so.” He paused to think. “Okay, I’ll go in and catch that thing. You stay here and keep watch.”

“No. This is my fault and I’m not letting you go in there alone. We’ll both go and get the cage and we’ll both catch that son of a rock.”

“Okay, I can do that,” Nikolai nodded at her statement. He reached for the door knob, paused for a moment, and opened the door. “You find something to keep the monster at bay and I’ll go for the cage.” The two rushed into the room and closed the door behind them. Dalia and Nikolai looked around frantically for the rock, but neither of them could see it. They looked at each other, took a deep breath, and began searching for the rock thing.

Nikolai jumped over what he assumed to be the genetics table, when, seemingly out of nowhere, the rock creature leaped towards his head. Fortunately for him, he had ducked while sliding over the table, so the rock missed him and landed on the other side of the table. Nikolai rushed toward the closet door and opened it when the rock thing jumped at him again snagging at his jacket. He pulled away just in time to avoid losing his entire arm. The rock plummeted to the floor. This gave him time to reach for the cage which was just within reach. He grabbed it and tried to open it, but failed.

“Dalia! How do you open this?” The rock creature began rolling again, this time going after Dalia. She screamed and ran towards Nikolai, who had managed to get the cage open. Dalia went past Nikolai and he placed the cage on the floor so that the rock could roll in, and luckily, it did. “Gotcha!” They were both panting but relieved. The rock monster began snarling and rolling against the cage walls. “You sure this will hold it?”

Dalia stared at the animal-like creature in the cage. “I don’t think I want to find out. Let’s get rid of this little guy.”

Nikolai mocked, “You sure you don’t want to find out how it manages to survive the suction of space and the lower pressure in here?”

“Don’t trigger my curiosity or I might take measures to find out,” she warned playfully.

“Well, I’ll take a note of gratitude from you when you’re ready; for standing up for you against Áleka and for capturing the animal that you brought onboard.”

“Thanks, Nick,” she said exasperated suddenly remembering why people disliked Nikolai so much. But regardless of what people thought of him, she liked him a lot. Although he wasn’t the strongest man she knew, he was by far the smartest. She loved how he would handle any situation and how he would never blame someone else in front of others. The only thing that she could live without was his heavy arrogance. Although most of what he said was true, it did become annoying to hear the person you love boast to everyone about his accomplishments.

“Any idea how we’re gonna get this thing off the ship? Although I have a few that will likely work, I thought it would only be fair that you got a chance to give me ideas since you did bring this thing onto the Amethystia.”

“We could send it out through the ballast chute. “

“I thought of that, however, who’s to say that this thing isn’t immune to the suction of space? We know it can live out there and I don’t want to risk having that thing inside the machinery part of the ship.”

“Um, we could,” she paused to think.

“Great idea!” interrupted Nikolai.

“I haven’t said anything.”

“Not you, me! If we place this thing in the exit chamber, we can use the Amethystia’s exterior robotic arms to pull it out in case it decides to wander around in there.”

“That is a great idea, Nick,” she said, only adding to his ego.

“Thanks, don’t mention it. It is my job to figure everything out.” He picked up the cage containing the ravenous monster and walked with it to the door, then stopped and looked at Dalia who was looking around seemingly confused. “You coming?”

“Yeah,” she answered realizing he’d been watching her. “I’ll be right up. Just gonna tidy up down here.”

Nikolai left, but Dalia had a bigger concern than the rock monster now. Where was the space insect? The Rockatoo, as she had named the new species, had thrashed around the whole lab, and the petri dish, which had the insect in it, was now lying on the floor, shattered.

Nikolai walked onto the ship’s deck where Áleka and Zane were looking over some final calculations, making sure everything would be ready for the upcoming events. Zane looked up at Nikolai and, looking at the caged animal, said, “What the heck man! You don’t just walk into a room carrying a deadly beast without saying anything. You have to say something like ‘here comes the beast,’ or ‘beware the entrance of the Kraken.’” Áleka giggled at his joke. “You scared the crap out of me!”

Nikolai simply rolled his eyes and said, “I expect those calculations to be done in ten minutes.”

Áleka chimed in, “Thanks to me, they were done ten minutes ago. We’re just reviewing a few things ‘cus we didn’t want to go back down there. Did you get rid of the insect?”

Nikolai stopped in place and said to himself, “the insect!” He dropped the cage and ran back downstairs. “Dalia! Get out of there!” He opened the door to the lab and found Dalia lying on the floor seizing. “No, no, no! Zane! Get Jayziel down here, quick!” Jayziel was the crew’s backup doctor and since Dalia was unable to treat herself, he would have to do it. Meanwhile, Nikolai kneeled down next to her and lifted her head to rest it on his knee. “It’s okay, Dalia. Just bear with me.”

Jayziel rushed into the lab, medical kit in hand, and sat down next to Dalia. He checked for her pulse while looking at his watch, then announced, “Heart rate is one thirty and rising.” He checked her breathing by putting his head sideways on her chest. “She’s not breathing.” He began giving her CPR but that did nothing. He looked up at Nikolai who was grave, then commanded, “Help me get her up to that table.” He nodded towards the genetics table.

They carried her to the table and Nikolai managed to get a hold of himself, so he took over. “Pass me the mask and prepare five milligrams of diazepam,” he instructed. Jayziel fumbled for it, but managed to give the mask to the captain after which he prepared the sedative. Nikolai placed the medical breathing mask over Dalia’s face and gave the pump several squeezes. She began secreting a white foam from her mouth. “Shoot! Put her on her side!” Jayziel had just finished preparing the injection so he stabbed the syringe into Dalia’s thigh, then he moved Dalia onto her side. Nikolai went to the medical kit and took a scalpel and a tube with a pump. “We’re gonna have to perform crike. Get some towels.” Jayziel did as told and Nikolai rushed over to Dalia’s body which had gone from convulsing to barely shaking. He rushed Jayziel, “Hurry!” As soon as Jayziel returned from the medical kit, which was still on the floor, Nikolai cut through Dalia’s throat, inserted the plastic tube, and commenced pumping the apparatus.

Jayziel placed the towels around the tube to clean up the blood, then watched amazed at how Dalia’s chest inflated and deflated and said, “It-it’s working. How’d you know to do that?”

Dalia had stabilized now and Nikolai was calm. “I took several courses in medical aid back at the academy. This is just one of the things I learned to do.” He reached for Dalia’s hand and noticed strange, green markings within her pale skin which traced her veins. He followed them up her arm until he reached her bicep where there was a sizable, green, ball-like bump. “Hey Jayziel, come look at this.”

Jayziel went around to the other side of the table and examined the lump. “I’m no entomologist, but this is definitely some sort of insect bite. However, I’ve never seen this type.” Then, it hit him and Nikolai at the same time; the space insect had bitten Dalia and it was still crawling around the ship. They both looked at each other, then at the floor, trying to spot the infernal insect. “We need to get out of this lab and treat Dalia elsewhere.”

He began packing up his medical kit, but Nikolai stopped him, “We can’t take Dalia out there. We don’t know what that thing injected into Dalia or how volatile she is, so we have to treat her in here. Besides, we can’t risk the insect getting out of the lab.” He walked over to the communication box next to the exit door, pressed the speaker button, and said, “Attention all crew aboard this ship. Dalia, Jayziel, and myself will be in quarantine for the next few hours, so I expect the remaining officers to set my girl into a stable orbit.”

Zane’s voice responded through the comms. “We will get the ship into orbit, sir. May I inquire of the situation down there?”

Regardless of how worried Nikolai truly was, he replied in the calmest voice humanly possible, “The insect bit Dalia and we don’t know its whereabouts. Can’t risk it getting to the rest of the ship, so we’ll be here until we find it. But you needn’t worry, I’ll find it soon.” He began walking away from the comm system, but then remembered something. “Also,” he was speaking into the comm, “I need you to close all ventilation to the lab and the medical treatment facility.” Nikolai didn’t want the insect to get away through the ventilation system and the medical facility was adjacent to the lab.

“But sir, you’d lose complete oxygen in a few hours,” said Áleka.

“Yes,” responded the still-faced captain. “Three hours and twenty minutes to be precise. Do as you’re told and everything will be fine.” He walked toward Jayziel who was very worried about their situation.

“Only three hours?”

“Well, technically, since oxygen is a gas, it’ll disperse itself through the whole room. This means that you’d pass out long before you run out of oxygen to breathe. It’s just that the air would be too thin to appropriately oxygenate your lungs. In other words, we only have two and three quarter hours to find this darn son of a gun. However, you have to stitch up Dalia’s throat, so that leaves the insect-hunting to me.”

“You sure we can’t just leave the tube in her throat and fix it up later?”

“No, I want Dalia to be ready to work as soon as possible, so you need to stitch her up now.”

“Alright, just help me get her to the med-room.” They went over to Dalia and carried her to the adjoined room to set her down on the bed. Subsequently, Nikolai began his search for the callous creature while Jayziel started working on Dalia.

After about forty minutes, Nikolai found the insect and put it into a glass container. He walked over to the comm, and said, “Áleka, turn the ventilation on again, I found the insect.”

“Great!” replied Áleka. “Did you or Jay get bitten?”

“That’s a negative. Dalia did, but she’s getting better. Her breathing has stabilized and Jayziel is stitching her up because we had to perform cricothyrotomy.”

“Not even gonna ask what that is. To be honest, she deserved to get bitten.”

Her thoughtless comment angered Nikolai, so he said firmly, “Áleka, Dalia has done nothing wrong to you and she does not deserve to be treated the way you’ve treated her.”

“You know what, Nikolai? I’m starting to think you feel a bit more for her than you should. Your emotions for her might put this mission in danger, like it did this morning.”

“My emotions and how they might interfere are none of your concern.”

Zane began talking now, “Nick, we will be orbit-ready in five minutes. How should I proceed?”

“I’ll be right up. You’ll receive further instruction then.” Nikolai began making his way back to the deck.

When he arrived, the first thing that caught his eye was the empty cage lying on the floor. His mind flooded with thousands of bad scenarios, but he maintained his placidness. “Zane, I want you to radio Houston and tell them to be on standby for a few minutes. We have another situation.”

“What happened now?” asked Zane

“The rock thing escaped.” This worried both Zane and Áleka. “Why weren’t you two watching the cage?!”

Áleka ignored the question and instead complained, “But Nick, if we miss this window, we’ll have to wait another month to be in place for planetary entry!”

Nikolai thought for a moment, then made up his mind, “Okay, keep our course steady. Áleka, Zane, you two will talk to Houston and report the Amethystia’s state and course of action. I will find the rock and take it out myself. And please, remain calm. Remember that our mission is being broadcast.” He grabbed a spare crowbar that was in the cabinet under on the left panel and left to the dormitories to look for the rock thing. After a few minutes, Áleka screamed.

“— Aaaaaaah! It’s that thing!” Nikolai ran back to the deck to see what was going on. He saw the rock thing, which had crashed against Zane’s chair, begin to change color. It went from a chocolate brown to a deathly white in a second. “Oh my god, oh my god! It can change color!”

Nikolai walked over to the creature, which had somehow grown a fat tail, and swung the crowbar at it. The white rockatoo with a tail rolled on impact, but then it changed course. It began flying around the deck at a deadly speed, and everyone ducked when it came past the console.

“Amethystia, do you read me? This is Houston. Over,” the voice from the console began speaking.

Nikolai instructed Zane, “Tell them everything is in order and ask if we can proceed as planned.”

Zane took the radio that was hooked to the console, and said, “This is Amethystia. We copy. How should we proceed? Over.”

Then the creature, which had taken the form of a comet, rushed straight at Áleka. She screamed at the top of her lungs. Just in time, Nikolai swung the crowbar past her face and struck the animal sending it to the other extreme of the room, some thirty feet away, where it hit the wall and fell to the ground.

“Amethystia, are you ready to commence orbit entry? Over.”

Zane responded, “We are ready, Houston. Over.”

Nikolai stormed over to the creature, picking up the cage on his way. But when he got near the animal, he realized how defenseless it seemed. It was a pale white with a long, fat tail. Its eyes were closed now, but, judging by its sockets, they were very big. It was covered in a sort of white fur, which seemed to resemble the melting ice of a comet.

“Very well, Amethystia. You may proceed with orbit entry. Over.”

“Copy. Over.” Zane gave Áleka a worried look, then reached for her hand and held it in his own.

“Of course!” exclaimed Nikolai getting Zane and Áleka’s attention. “The creature shapeshifts into different forms; I’m guessing forms it has seen before. It came in here as a meteorite, and now it turned into a comet. Brilliant!” This seemed to wake the beast, and as soon as it realized where it was, it began rattling around. Nikolai snapped back to the present reality and pulled the cage closer to the animal. But before he could get the animal in, it rolled away. At a sizable distance, the monster began transforming again. “No! What now?” exclaimed Nikolai.

“The Amethystia is slowing down to seven point nine kilometers per second. Over.” said Zane into the radio.

Meanwhile, the amorphous creature was finishing its transformation. Now, it resembled some sort of large mammal with the size of a buffalo. It had the face and head of an oversized tiger and was tauntingly exhibiting its needle-like teeth. Its legs were well muscled and its body lean and covered in green and brown fur, although it was lined with shard-like plates from its neck to the beginning of its tail. The monster’s long tail ended with a needle-thin point which the tiger-beast was holding up threateningly. The ends of its four legs were what resembled soft paws but they were lined with five knife-like claws which had the appearance of long, thin blades.

“You’ve gotta be kidding me,” mumbled Nikolai to himself. He tightened his grip on the crowbar and let go of the now pointless cage, then he started walking slowly toward the majestic mutiny.

Zane kept talking into his radio trying very hard not to be frightened. “Adjusting the Amethystia’s angle to twenty degrees.” Áleka held Zane’s hand tighter knowing exactly how he felt now.

In the meantime, the creature was growling fiercely at Nikolai and it began taking an ambush stance. They both looked into each other’s eyes until the beast lunged at Nikolai who was strategically standing away from the console. He ran then slid away from where the animal landed and quickly got up and he hit it as hard as he could. This only seemed to anger the beautiful, breathtaking beast, so it whipped its tail at Nikolai. He, in turn, fell flat to the ground and then rolled to the side, just barely dodging the tail whip. It turned to face Nikolai who was now standing and remaining ever so tranquil.

The ship shuddered as it entered Zamsonithia’s gravitational field. “Now entering Zamsonithia’s gravitational field. Adjusting to forty-five degrees,” read Zane from looking at the ship’s gyroscope.

“C’mon beast,” taunted Nikolai. The animal flashed its needle sharp teeth and paced slowly intently looking at Nikolai, with the ferocity of a lioness staring down its prey but the patience of a well-trained boxer observing his opponent. Then, suddenly, it lunged at Nikolai again. This time however, he was prepared with his five-inch-blade pocket knife in his right hand. He dashed forward toward the angry animal and slid under it while raising his knife against the animal’s underside. The latter plopped to the ground gushing blood from its chest. Nikolai got back up and turned around quickly to see his accomplishment.

The animal struggled to get up, but it was resilient and intended to give a fight. Meanwhile, the ship shuddered some more, this time more violently than the last. Zane said, “The Amethystia is at ninety degrees from its origin. Houston, we are in orbit. Over.”

“That’s great Amethystia. Y’all keep us informed of any anomalies. Houston over and out.”

The monster gave one last attempt at attacking Nikolai. It gathered its strength, gave one last growl, and rushed towards him. Nikolai thought about the beast’s next move and opted to run away from it, toward the wall. When he arrived at the wall, he sprinted up a few steps, then flipped over the animal. The latter, whom had been running at a great speed, had morphed midway into a sort of bison with a large horn protruding from its lowered head. It crashed into the wall, which dented slightly, and Nikolai landed on the monster’s back. He stabbed the tough skin with his blade and made a large gash from the back of its neck to its throat. The beast, now injured in two places, plummeted to the ground, and died. Nikolai, who was now furious, stood over the dead beast with his trustworthy knife covered in blood.

Zane and Áleka, whom had left the controls on the console to watch the epic fight, were staring at Nikolai and realized why they respected him so much.

Nikolai looked over to them, and said, “This’ll make a heck of a good story when we get back to Earth.”

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Great! You finished reading the first chapter of, what I hope you considered, this thrilling story! I’m immensely grateful for your time. If you enjoyed Zamsonithia, I’m happy to tell you that this is NOT the end of the story. This is just the beginning! If you would like to continue reading this book, head on over to your preferred eBook retailer and search for Zamsonithia. Read an excerpt of the next chapter below. The next three chapters are titled as follows:

 

Zamsonithia: Aftershock

 

Zamsonithia: Conquest

 

Zamsonithia: Genesis

 

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Hey! My name is Zamuel Carratalá and I’ve been writing fiction since grade school. I’ve always had a passion for science fiction, and an old professor of mine suggested that I began by publishing online. And that’s exactly what I did. As an independent author, it gets hard to get word out about my works. I made this chapter free because I can’t expect anyone to read my story if they don’t know what to expect. That’s why I beg you; if you enjoyed reading this book, please purchase the following chapters as they will help me reach my goal of becoming a printed writer. I would also appreciate if you told your friends and family about my works and invited them to purchase them as well.

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Zamsonithia: Aftershock/Conquest

“Copy that, Houston.” He began talking to Jayziel now. “Okay, Jayziel, Angle my girl, Amethystia, to forty-five degrees from the origin.”

Jayziel was completely focused on all the dials that were in front of him which indicated that the Amethystia was shifting her position. He held the rudder tight in both of his hands and, with the accurate precision that a sailor would maneuver a sea ship, he adjusted the Amethystia’s angle to be precisely where Nikolai had asked it to be. After he made sure that the gyroscope read “forty-five,” he informed his captain, “We are at forty-five degrees from the origin, sir.”

“Very well, raise the Amethystia’s speed to thirty kilometers per second.” The nervous officer did as he was told and, letting go of the rudder, Jayziel pushed the thruster lever forward until a box in the lower, right corner of his screen displayed the number “30.”

“Thirty kilometers per second, captain.” With this simple sentence, Jayziel asked for his next order. After waiting for about half a minute, he looked at Nikolai, who was seated at his right, and facially asked for further instruction.

Nikolai, who was marveling at the immensity of the planet they would now call home, recovered his senses and continued ordering, “Thank you Jayziel. Áleka, would you be so kind as to start up our landing thrusters?” Nikolai was being more kind than he accustomed because the entire landing was being aired on live television back on Earth, so everyone had to make sure that they were on their best behavior.

 

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Zamsonithia

Humanity may have a second chance when a respected scientist discovers a life-supporting planet not too far from Earth. As scienc and technology reaches a culmination in the year 2077, five scientists are sent as pioneers to Zamsonithia in order to set up camp for the following Renaissance crew. However, the voyage proves to bring trouble when the ship's small crew struggles to support one another despite their differing views, morals, and dreams. Nikolai, the ship's captain, Jayziel, an astrophysicist, Áleka, an engineer, Zane, an astronomer, and Dalia, a biochemist, learn the value of friendship and join brains in order to survive their trip, all before even landing.

  • Author: Zamuel Carratalá
  • Published: 2016-10-04 04:05:09
  • Words: 5932
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