It was eight o’clock and Rupert was lying in bed. The covers softly touched his plump cheeks. A light as bright as the sun lit the used old pages. “One small step for man, one huge leap for mankind.” He saw them on the moon, craters under their feet. Something gleamed in Rupert’s eyes, something about space amazed him and how different it was to Earth. But what he wondered most was if anyone else was out there.
The words on paper slammed against the old wooden floor. Rupert pulled the sheets right up to his neck. Ceilings and walls were all he could see. Glow in the dark stars gave a dim lighting to his room. He could only just see silhouettes of leafy, friendly monsters blowing in the breeze.
Just as Rupert was about to get some shut eye, the darkness in his eyes turned red. Blue eyes saw dust, everywhere. It was like a fire that couldn’t hurt you.
The bumps in the rough wooden floor stumbled him but it didn’t stop him from getting to the open opportunity that awaited him. Rupert led his hand out to touch this red planet and surprisingly his open hands skimmed what he knew as Mars.
His other hand grabbed onto warm dust, his soft feet jumped over the houses and buildings that he knew best, and left civilisation.
The lukewarm grains of sand squished between his velvet soft toes. Rupert took a glance around, nothingness was all that surrounded him. There was no way of telling the time in Mars, Rupert didn’t know when to go home so he decided to stay awhile, who knows what he could find out here!!
“Ahh, hot!!” exclaimed Rupert. He stepped on a clear solid… CRACK! He fell down, down, down, until finally, kerplunk!! Rupert cautiously got up to his feet and someone else stood up with him!!!
“WHAT ARE YOU?” shouted Rupert in a unmannerly way, “I am Nifue, a member of the small community of Jupoxfred.” “Why is the community so small?”
“People just seem to drop dead round here.”
“Well I am so sorry to hear that. How long is the average lifespan of a Jupoxfred?”
“Around seven years…”
“And how old are you?”
Nifue made an awfully long pause before answering… “six…”
“Well I’ve been here for a little while now, I guess this is my time to leave. I promise to remember you Nifue!! I will make sure to come back….”
Ruperts voice drifted away in the stars. But Nifue quietly replied “Me too.”