Okay, so I know this was super unnecessary, but I re-wrote the whole shebang, so just forget about the first post
I tried to make things more meaningful and detailed so… yeah! Let me know what you think!
ALERT! EVACUATE PLANET IMMEDIATELY! ALERT! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
Deafening sirens blared in my ears. I jumped out of bed and ran to the window. The view outside was unsettling, to say the least. Thousands of citizens were scrambling to get to their ships before it was too late. Children were crying, and fearful screams filled the air, drowning out the automated messages that were on constant repeat.
I stepped away from the window, running to grab my backpack, which was already packed for situations like this. Inside was a stun gun, medical supplies, food, and an emergency radio, but that was only if our ship’s communication went down.
Suddenly my door swung open. My younger brother stood in the doorway, holding his survival pack in one hand, and in the other, he had a firm grip on my sister’s arm. They both looked terrified. Seeing my siblings like this was one of the worst sights I had ever seen.
“Get to the ship! I’m right behind you! Make sure mom gets there too!” I yelled over the sirens outside. My brother turned around and ran down the hallway, my sister struggling to keep up with him. I scanned the room, then ran out into the chaos.
Actually being outside in the confusion was much worse than viewing it from inside my room. I scanned the mass of fearful citizens, spotting a familiar face. “DAD!” I yelled. But the cries and screams drowned out my voice. I didn’t know what to do. I had to get Dad, but I couldn’t risk leaving my mom and siblings alone. None of them had a clue about how to fly an airship.
I opened my backpack, pulling out the emergency radio. Just as I was going to turn it on I hesitated. “No. This is an emergency!” I said to myself. I dialed into my Dad’s communication number. “Dad! We’re all in the ship! Come now! Before it’s too late!” I said into the radio. I watched my dad pull out his communicator and listen. He nodded, then started making his way towards our ship. Even amidst the chaos, I smiled. We would make it out alive, we would be fine… our family would be together. I turned around and hurried to our ship, which was already warming up. “At least Mom knows how to start the engine…” I said to myself, smirking.
“Mom! Dad’s coming now, we’ll be fine!” I said to her once I was in the cockpit, where she was sitting. It was obvious she was scared out of her mind, but hearing Dad would be with us seemed to comfort her.
She looked up at me, smiling through tears. “We’re going to be together, and we’ll be safe.”
I looked back at the ramp at the back of the ship. There was still no sign of Dad. “If he doesn’t get in here soon the planet’s system will automatically lock the ship and send us into space,” I said, walking towards the ramp. I looked out into the crowd. I couldn’t see Dad anywhere.
My radio was still in my pocket, so I pulled it out. “Dad, where are you? The planet system will send the ship off in a few minutes, so you better hurry!” I waited for a response, but none came. “Dad?” I said again. Suddenly I could hear footsteps and voices through the radio.
“Elora, I got pushed down in the crowd, I think I broke something,” he grunted, obviously in pain, “I don’t think… I can… make it to the ship,”
“No! I’ll come to get you!” I yelled into the radio, “Where are you?” I asked, running out of the ship.
“Don’t try to change my mind!” I was a few feet away from the ramp of the ship when a ripple of clicks started to rush through over the whole planet. “NO!” I screamed. The ships were closing, and in a few seconds, we would be flying away.
FINAL WARNING! SHIPS ARE GOING ON LOCKDOWN, TAKING OFF IN 90 SECONDS!
“Elora, stay with your mother, and siblings,” my dad whispered into the communicator. I threw the radio on the ground. The static ceased abruptly.
Tears flooded down my cheeks. What was going on? Why were we evacuating? Why was this happening!?
I ran into the ship, the ramp pulling up and locking behind me. I ran into the cockpit, where my mother was waiting expectantly for Dad. I couldn’t bring myself to say anything…
Before I even sat down the ship started to take off. I looked out into the night sky.
“Where is he?” My mom asked. I didn’t answer, she already knew he didn’t make it. I bit my lip, trying not to cry anymore.
“What was the emergency?” My brother asked, sitting down next to me.
“I don’t know. I wish I hadn’t broken my radio,” I said, regretting how my emotions had taken over my common sense.
“I can use mine,” my brother said, reaching into his emergency pack.
“Don’t,” I put a hand on his hand, “We’ll find out what happened soon enough, once we get to the safe planet.” I said, looking ahead into the starry sky. “Although I’m not sure we want to know.”
“What was the last thing he said?” My mom asked quietly. It was the third time she had asked me to tell her exactly what happened before we had taken off. I had described every detail each time, still avoiding eye contact with my mom. I didn’t like seeing her cry, and especially not now that dad is gone.
“‘Elora, stay with your siblings, and mother. Keep them safe’. Then I threw the radio on the ground and-” I bit my lip, tears spilling out of my eyes.
“You don’t have to say anymore Elora,” My mom stood up, helping me up, “I’m going back to the bunks to check on Victor and Anntori,” she said walking out of the cockpit and into an area where several bunkbeds were concealed behind black curtains.
Every family on Ruvon owned an airship, and at least one family member had to know how to fly it. My dad was one of the greatest pilots on Ruvon and was often hired to go explore the galaxy for new life forms on other planets.
My dad had taught me how to control the ship, and what do to in emergencies. With his teaching, I was almost as good of a pilot as him, although I wasn’t allowed to go to other planets on my own.
Thinking about him made more tears rush down my cheek, and onto my shirt. The ship was still in autopilot and headed towards a planet very close to Ruvon. It had shelters for these emergency evacuations, and all the airships had the coordinates to the planet in their system.
No one but the leaders of Ruvon knew the name of the planet so that if any of us were captured by hostiles, they wouldn’t be able to scan our brains for the name of our destination. Even the airships were programmed to shut down if enemies were detected inside.
I stepped into the large storage and sleeping space, where Victor, Anntori, and my mom were all sitting together. I walked past them and opened my backpack. The stun gun, medical supplies, and food were all still in the bag. I scolded myself again for breaking my radio. Suddenly I noticed something unfamiliar. I reached down into the pack and pulled out a small white cube with ridges all around it. On one side was a red button. I assumed it was some sort of explosive that my dad had secretly packed, and quickly shoved it back into the bag.
I turned around and looked at my family. All of their eyes were red from crying, and shirts wet with tears. “Well, the ship navigation says it’s going to be a while before we arrive at the safe planet. What will we do?” I asked, looking back and forth between my siblings and mom.
Victor was the first to say something. “You could teach me how to fly! I mean, how to pilot the airship,” he smiled. I gave him a quick smile back.
“Sure. It would be best if at least half of us knew how to pilot… in case something else happens,” I said looking down. It felt as though my heart was being stabbed. “Come on,” I said, standing up and walking into the cockpit.
Instead of sitting in my usual seat next to dad’s, I sat in his, and let Victor sit in my seat. Over the next few hours, I showed him what every button, lever, and knob was used for. I taught Victor everything dad had told me. And surprisingly, it helped me get my mind off of what had happened on Ruvon.
“I wish I could actually fly the ship, instead of just look at all the buttons,” Victor said, once I finished telling him how the navigational system worked. “Maybe when we get to the safe planet I can fly over the ground for a while before landing?!”
“No. We have to get to the shelters on the safe planet as soon as possible,” I said firmly. “Once we’re able to go back to Ruvon when everything’s better, you can fly. But not now, not yet,” Suddenly a deep concern bloomed in my stomach. “What if there is no Ruvon to go home to? Can we ever be happy without Dad?” I looked away from Victor. “I’ve got to stop crying. I couldn’t have done anything about what happened back home. I have to take control and be the new leader of the family!” I told myself.
Suddenly Victor screamed. I looked out of the window and gasped.
“What is that! And, and-” Victor began
“We’re doomed,” I moaned.