Novah let the soldiers walk her through the new spaceship. She felt detached and in a daze but still, she noticed her surroundings. People in white lab coats walked past and turned their head when they saw Novah, looking at her curiously. Every room was bright and white, everything was white.
Some of the people who gawked at her, whispered in each other’s ears things like, “Is that a survivor of Atana-503?” “I wonder what it was like…” “Atana-503!”
Atana-503… People were talking about it like it was a touchy subject.
They passed through white corridors and white rooms (some of them had different colors instead of just white everything), until some of the soldiers broke away and it was only the kind-faced soldier and another one whose helmet was still on guiding Novah.
They came upon a door and the soldier with the helmet typed a code and the door opened with the sound of air being released. Inside was an office with a woman in a grey dress, looking out the window. The plastic of the window was also a screen covered in pictures and text. The woman slid her hands across deleting certain pictures from the plastic screen. When he heard the door open she turned around curiously.
She had ashy brown hair that was cut in a pixie cut and sharp features. The dress she wore was simplistic and professional. The woman carried herself with a certain confidence and importance.
The striking woman eyed Novah curiously and spoke, “Kado, you’re back soon and a survivor? Please come closer. There are some things we need to ask you.” Novah approached the glass desk shyly. The woman gestured to a white cushioned chair, Novah sat. “My name is Nadine and I’m here to help. Please, tell me everything you know.”
Novah licked her lips and began, “My name is Novah,” she started and both Nadine and Kado listened intently. “I’m from planet Exdein-57. Me and my aunt Clea went on Atana-503 for vacation. It was your average cruise experience. Um...I woke up in room E with a horrible headache. Nothing seemed out of place. I got up and once I started moving my headache seemed to disappear. I logged into Atana, just the usual things. I was confused to why I woke up on the floor of the living room. I didn’t see sign of any other people. I went into other rooms and there came a door that Atana wouldn’t open, so I override her with the emergency book. When the door opened...I was shocked initially. It looked like a mess and I didn’t know what happened. I was scared...I remember in perfect detail what it looked like. There was an Atana screen that was broken. It looked like someone punched it or something. The strangest and the scariest thing is when I asked Atana-503 what happened…” Novah’s mind drifted off, remembering the terrifying experience.
“What happened with Atana-503?” Nadine asked, almost demanding. Her features were intensive but when she saw the frightened look on Novah’s face, she softened her face slightly and spoke, “Please, we need to know so that we can do something about what happened to your Aunt.”
“So she’s gone?” Novah spoke with a shaking voice. Her eyes started to sting.
Kado looked at her sympathetically and spoke, “We searched the ship and we could find anything. Not even bodies. There were beds left unmade and clothes in drawers. There were diaries and we know who was on the ship. We just have no idea where they are.”
“Well...what happened to them? They can’t have just disappeared!” Novah’s voice rose. She felt like it was incredibly unfair.
“That’s what we were hoping you could tell us.” Nadine sighed.
“So that’s it? She’s gone? All those people are gone?”
“It’s all we can do for now. All we ask of you—all we need of you—is to not cause a panic. You’re not the only minor we have on board that had gone through a tragedy of some kind. We’ll try to get you back to your guardians as soon as possible but Exdein is far away.” Novah nodded and looked at her hands. There was nothing she could do. At least not at that moment.
“Kado,” Nadine spoke, looking over Novah’s shoulder, “Can you get Novah into some clean clothes and show her a room.”
Kado slightly nodded and guided Novah out of the room. They walked in bitter silence.
After walking through the spaceship silently, finally, Kado stopped in front of an Atana and opened a door. He then beckoned Novah to follow him.
“These are the chambers,” He spoke, looking up and Novah looked up with him.
There were floors and floors of rooms, reaching towards the top of the ship. There were four elevators even distributed around the room. People dashed past, some laughing and talking, they were just simple people. The spaceship was like a mini city.
“Come on,” Kado ushered smiling at the amazed look on Novah’s face.
Novah broke out of her daze and follow hurriedly. Together they went into an elevator with a couple other people. The elevator was made of glass and didn’t feel like it was moving, more like floating. Novah looked out the glass and watched the floor go further and further away. Until, the elevator stopped and Kado started leading the way again.
The hallways weren’t as bright as the corridor, adding a bit more of a cozy feel. The floor was the same white plaster throughout the ship.
Finally, Kado stopped before a door. The door was black and when Kado touched it, it turned into a screen. Kind of like the plastic screen Nadine was using, except this one, looked a bit more simplistic.
In big letters was the door’s number, J177. Above the door’s number in smaller text was the date, 10/2/4001. Then large letters appeared and the starting up sound, Atana-32.
“Please log in.”
Kado gestured to the login, “Go ahead.” Novah hesitated. “Don’t worry. There haven’t been and reports about suspicious activity. I know it’s hard but you can’t live nowadays without Atana. The world—the world would go into chaos. That’s why we are trying to find out what went wrong with Atana-503.”
Novah nodded and anxiously approached the screen. She typed in her code and password, and then stepped back.
“Welcome, Novah to room J177.” The door opened into a dark room.
Novah walked in and Kado followed behind her. He pushed a button on the wall that opened the big window brightening the room. Novah looked at the view curiously. There was a small—well small for a planet—planet right outside her window.
“What planet is that?” Novah asked, observing the beautiful scene.
“Roanoke, you should have learned that in school.” Kado teased slightly.
“I don’t like geography.” Novah wiggled her nose in humorous disgust.
Slowly, she pulled herself away from the window and looked around the room. It was nice and actually not so white as the rest of the ship. The room was mostly gray and blue. The walls were made of a nice grey fabric material. The best frame was white, but the sheet was a nice dark blue. There were white cupboards and drawers in the wall and next to those was a door leading off into a bathroom. The bathroom was entirely white.
As Novah walked into the bathroom her slippers pattered against the white tiles. She looked at herself in the mirror—a tall, slender built teenager with straight white hair and grey eyes—she thought about everything that has happened. She zoned out for a bit until Kado’s face appeared in the looking glass—a strong man with a scruffy face, blond hair, and blue eyes. Novah turned around and looked at him curiously.
He spoke, “So can I leave you here? There are clothes in the closet, you can clean up. Maybe after that take a look around ship.”
Kado nodded and walked out the room, leaving Novah alone in her new bedroom. Suddenly she sighed and started moving, breaking out of her daze. She took Kado’s advice and had a shower. It felt so good to wash off all the stress and trauma.
After her shower, Novah grabbed a soft microfiber towel and scurried over to the closet. She opened the drawers and snorted at what she saw. Every single article of clothing was the same shade of gray cotton fabric.
She didn’t really have much room to complain about clothing, though, especially after everything that’s happened. So, Novah slipped on a grey pair of tights and a loose grey dress on top. She put on a new pair of slippers and through her old dirty ones away with her old clothes.
Novah spent half an hour opening drawers and looking around her new bedroom. But when she finally felt like there wasn’t anything else to do, she turned on her heel and walked out the door.
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