Fish

The Daily Post


“Where are we now?”

“In the ZX-42 Quadrant I believe, of the Xandere Nebula, sir.”

“Good, we are making great time.”

“To where though, sir?”

“I’m, I’m not even sure anymore. I’m the 53rd captain to wake up from stasis. The last few captains haven’t necessarily kept the best logs either.” Beep beep beep beep. “Great, hopefully we can refuel at the next planet.”

“The computer says the Heavenly body of Catacea is close, should we update our trajectory, sir?”

“Sure, but not to the surface. In this time of year, that part of the quadrant shouldn’t be too busy. We can stop at the space station close to the planet.”

Beep. Beep. “All done, captain.”

“Good. Just sit back and let the computer take us there. Have you ever heard of the Heavenly body of Catacea?”

“No sir, this is my first time in that part of the universe.”

“You are in for a treat then. Usually you need a pass to even get within two quadrants of the place, but this is an emergency, and a government ship. So you haven’t seen her? Ever?”

“Her, sir?”

“Oh, you’ve never even heard of the planet. Well, you’ll soon find out why it’s deemed the aquarium of the ages. It truly is something else. No tanks. No pesky handlers. Just nature taking its course.”

“That sounds beautiful.”

“It truly is. The waitlist is ten years just to get a ticket.”

“Wow. I can’t imagine waiting that long, sir.”

Gamma shields rising. “Here we are. The heavenly Body of Catacea.” Both walk to the front of the cabin. The Heavenly Body of Catacea can be seen somewhat below them.

“Oh. My. God. Is that?”

“Yes, one of the last of her species. A celesital catacea. A space whale.”

“So the rumors are true. They were big enough to have their own gravity. A whole pod could tear planets apart just by floating by.”

“I thought you didn’t know what they were?”

“I used to read old biology books my grandfather had in his library, sir.”

“So what do you think?”

“She’s beautiful. I can’t believe so many different fish can survive around her. The water is crystal clear. You can see every school of fish, even from this distance.”

Now docking. “Take your fill. This will probably the first and last time you will ever be in her presence.”

“Do you think she’s their god? Do fish even have gods, sir?”

“We aren’t sure. They think through pharamones in the water, this keeps the different species cordial, at least until someone becomes a little hungry. Definitely better than anything they had back on Earth.”

“I can’t even imagine.”

 

 

 

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