This is the start of the story......Weightless
The trip was going to be Shiranna's first off world experience. Every fiber in her being tingled with excitement. Just the thought of leaving Earth both thrilled and terrified her, and she was going to be away for a long time, maybe forever. An automated voice resounded above her from somewhere inside the space shuttle.
"Commencing acceleration phase in three... two... one."
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Her heart stopped as the trailer-sized shuttle moved forward on the track without making a sound. She took in a deep breath.
"You are eleven years old," she said to herself. "You can do this."
She looked outside the space shuttle's window next to her seat and watched the local terrain pass by faster and faster as the space shuttle accelerated on the track.
"I'm doing it, mom. I'll be with you soon," she said, trying to be brave as she faced the incredible incline off which she would be launched into outer space. She grabbed her P.A.I.R., Cheeky, and squeezed him between her arms.
"It Is Not Logical To Be Scared," Cheeky said, its sensors picking up the increased pace of Shiranna's heartbeat and the slight rise in her body temperature. "Trips To The Space Station Are Successful 99.97 Percent Of The Time."
"Aw, so you do care!" Shiranna said. She hugged her little P.A.I.R. even tighter.
"I Just Do What I Am Programmed To Do," Cheeky said.
Shiranna appreciated her aunt's parting gift now more than ever. Cheeky had been the prototype for a series of custom-made robots at her aunt's factory. As head of the project, after Cheeky's successful demonstration before potential clients, her aunt had been given the P.A.I.R. or Personalized Artificially Intelligent Robot as a thank you for a job well done. And her aunt had decided that no one she knew would be more capable of looking after the little robot than her. She pressed her left cheek against Cheeky's warm fuzzy fur, keeping her eyes closed tight as the outside world became one massive blur. Using its accumulated momentum, the space shuttle bulleted off the track and into Earth's orbit, leaving her home on Earth far behind.
After the g-force died down, Shiranna opened her eyes and looked outside her window. She thought she was going to be able to see the entire planet from the space shuttle, but she was still too close to Earth. Instead, she looked down upon a portion of a sphere. It was a brilliant royal blue with areas of white and grey scattered throughout. For the first few seconds, her eyes were glued to the spectacle. She tried to recognize oceans and continents, but she wasn't sure over what part of Earth she was traveling. Everything looked so different. What's that? What's happening? Her body had seemed to develop a life of its own. Though seatbelts strapped her down to her chair, her body wanted to float.
"System Is Malfunctioning!" Cheeky said. He started floating towards the ceiling of the space shuttle.
"Cheeky!" Shiranna screamed. She grabbed hold of her P.A.I.R.'s feet to prevent him from drifting off. After she had made sure he was safe, she heard a rehearsed voice boom from the speaker system.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. As I am sure you have noticed, we have left Earth's atmosphere. I would like to be the first to welcome you to outer space! In a mere thirty-six hours, you will be aboard the ISS or Intersolar Space Station--the first wonder of the modern world! For the rest of the journey, feel free to float about the cabin. If at any time you believe yourself capable of sleeping and have the desire to do so, please strap yourselves ......................
Please, make a for now 2 illustrations we can use for the game design and express the situation and characters in the story...
See if the story triggers ideas. You will work closely with one member of our group. We mark the points in the book for the game and many parts do have game ideas for which we need a new 'skin'...e.g. your illustration. Please do not hesitate to ask for more information!