Part 6: Towncraft The Story
There was no countdown. There was nobody left on the planet to do the counting. It was whenever the pilots felt like pushing the button that the rockets would liftoff and carry the population of the world to their new home.
“Everything looks in order,” Mr. Kiwi reported as he made the final checks on his list.
“All right then. It’s time to go,” Kolgrath reached for the PA microphone and switched his broadcast channel to ‘ALL’.
“Citizens of Yeterra. This is Kolgrath. In just a few moments we will be lifting off for the heavens and towards our new home. You are leaving much behind, but remember we are taking so much more with us. We are surviving.” Kolgrath released the button on the microphone and hung it back up.
“God speed,” Kolgrath said under his breath as he hit the ignition button. The other pilots followed suit and the rockets roared to life.
On a quiet hillside Professor Squeaky stood by an oak tree and watched the brilliant pyrotechnics display of three large rockets lifting off and barreling towards space. There wasn’t much time left before his time was done. A small voice within him cried out that he should have been on one of those rockets, but it was too late now. He made his bed, and now it was time to lay in it.
Philcraft blinked hard and rubbed the crust from his eyes. His vision was blurry and his body hurt. He had been laying on a hard mossy cobblestone floor with mud and straw strewn about. In the distance Phil heard the guttural sounds of Pigmen, discussing his fate no less.
Phil sat up and pressed his arm across his sore ribs. His vision began to clear and he could see he was inside of a prison cell. Panic didn’t set in though, because if they wanted him dead they would have killed him at the ship when they had the chance.
All Phil could do now is stare at the ceiling while he healed… and plot his escape.
The blue skies of Yeterra gave way to the vast darkness of space as the rockets thundered towards the destination of their salvation. As Kolgrath gazed out at the black expanse his eyes slowly picked up stars, the planets, and… that messenger of death. There it was, filthy and covered in ice and rolling slowly towards his beloved planet of Yeterra. He felt a bolt of rage seer through him, but dismissed it. After all, it was a lifeless and thoughtless rock. Getting mad at it wasn’t doing him or anyone else any good.
As the rockets passed the asteroid gasps spread throughout the passenger cabins as they looked out of their windows at the rocky monstrosity headed to destroy their home.
“Mama?” a young girl tugged on her mother’s arm.
“Yes baby?” answered the mother.
“On the new planet we’re going to I bet they’ll have flowers twice as pretty.”