Trying my hand at aliens. This story will be a slow one, and what I mean by that is my updates will be sporadic, sometimes once a week sometimes you won't hear from me. But I solemnly swear I will not go more than two weeks without updating. If I forget that little promise, send me a PM letting me know. Anyways, enjoy my sweet little romantic story!
"Paging nurse Swan to floor three, again, paging nurse Swan to floor three." The voice over the loud speaker. I sighed as I put my sandwich down on the tray and tossed it. Another lunch cut short; but, that was the life of an E.R. nurse.
I hurried to the third floor, skipping the elevator and hustling up the stairs. By the time I got up there I was out of breath, but I continued my brisk pace down the long hallway.
"Hi, I was paged?" I asked the secretary nurse at the desk.
"Yes," She handed me a note, "Mr. Jenks wants to see you in his office right away."
I nodded and looked down at the note. It was just a memo to her asking for her to call me to Mr. Jenks's office. I thanked her and walked to his office; slightly irritated that my lunch was interrupted for a simple meeting. Of course, he was the director of the hospital, so it was probably important.
"Yeah, come on in." He said after I knocked.
I slipped into the room and immediately noticed the two-other people in the room. Mr. Jenks motioned for me to sit in the chair. My stomach twisted into knots; what was this about? It couldn't be good if there were three people in here to 'talk,' to me.
"Ms. Swan, how are you today?" Mr. Jenks asked.
"I'm good." I said; I kept my voice calm but I think he could sense my nervousness.
"Don't worry Ms. Swan, this is a good meeting." He chuckled.
I nodded, "Well, Mr. Jenks you don't really call anyone into your office unless it's for disciplinary purposes."
"True, but I've been approached by these two men and they have a very exciting offer for you to consider." He said, then looked to the two men.
"Ms. Swan, we're from the Colony Corporation, I'm sure you've heard of us."
"Yeah, the company that's sending people to Planet Outerra to colonize and merge with the inhabitants." I said; everyone knew about the colonization program, it was major news.
"Good, so you know we're accepting people who can afford tickets." He said.
I nodded, "Yeah and?"
"Well, we're also accepting people with desirable traits. Such as, engineers, doctors and nurses, teachers and so on. Their ticket price drops by ninety percent if they accept." He said.
"Okay. I don't know where you're going with this?"
"We've heard about your dedication to this hospital and your kindness with the patients. Our company is accepting volunteers for these positions but we are also hand picking certain people. People who've shown exemplary performance in their career. And, well, we want to offer you a position on the Mayflower."
"Oh," I said. I didn't know what to say, I honestly hadn't thought about the Colonization mission before. Of course, I had heard about it but I never really thought about being a part of the long journey.
"The ship departs about two weeks from now, so, you have a week to think it over. I know it's hard to think about leaving loved ones behind permanently, but it is for an amazing cause." He said.
"You want me to leave earth and go to a completely different planet?" I asked somewhat shocked.
"Yes." The man said.
"I don't know… I mean even with the ninety percent off I can barely afford the ticket. And then on the ship after hibernation, I mean I'd still have to have money to be able to live for the next three months until we reach Outerra." I said with a shoulder shrug.
"Well, see, you don't need money when you're on the ship. Any money you have you can put into an account with the ship which can be used towards your food, entertainment, and anything else, and the rest gets put on credit. And then when we arrive on Outerra you can make payments towards paying it off." He said.
"Oh, so I'll still have credit cards to pay off?" I asked.
He chuckled, "In a sense, yes. But any bills or anything you owe such as mortgage, credit cards, car, our company pays it off for your help in colonizing."
I nodded, "It's an intriguing offer, but, honestly—,"
"Don't answer now, take the week and make your decision," he handed me a card, "Call us any time when you make your decision." He said.
I took the card and gave him a small smile.
"Thank you, um, I need to go back to work now." I excused myself from his office and got back to work.
I kicked my shoes off at the door of my house. I sat at the kitchen table and took a few minutes to rub my feet. I loved nursing, but it was a demanding career.
Sue walked down the stairs holding a trash bag. She smiled at me and set the bag on the floor. She wiped her sweaty forehead.
"How's he doing?" I asked.
"It was a bad day today. Lots of vomiting and diarrhea. These are his sheets, I'm just going to toss them." She said.
I nodded, "I'm guessing he couldn't eat then? Is he drinking water?"
"He tried eating, but he just couldn't. I've been giving him sips of water, but if he drinks more than a mouthful he throws up. He may need an IV." She said.
"Okay, I can get one. I'll give him some electrolytes to get him through tonight." I pulled out my checkbook.
"Thank you, I'll see you tomorrow morning." She said before she left.
I sighed and walked upstairs. I knocked a few times before entering his room.
"Hey dad," I said gently, "How are you feeling?"
He tried to sit up, but he was to weak; I helped him lean up.
"I've been better. I'm really tired." He said.
I smiled, "It's just one of those days. Sue said you were really sick today? How are you feeling now? Do you want something to eat?" I asked.
He shook his head, "I'm not very hungry Bells."
"Do you think you can drink a little something for me? Just to keep your strength up." I asked.
"Eh, I don't know Bella. Sue just changed the sheets and everything. I don't have it in me to stand up anymore." He said.
"Okay, well, I'm going to grab something to eat." I said.
"I'll be right here." He chuckled.
"I'll be right back." I smiled.
I brought my tray of food back up to dad's room. I usually ate dinner with him, to keep him company and to spend time with him. We only had a limited amount of time left, and anytime I got to spend with him I took it.
I sat in the chair beside his bed as I ate.
"Hey dad, you remember that company that's sending people to planet Outerra?" I asked.
"Of course, it's in everywhere on the news. My newsfeed is clogged with this new project." He said, lifting his air tablet with a shaky hand.
"Yeah," I took a bite of my soup, "the people from the company came to the hospital today. They offered me a spot on the ship to the new planet."
He looked up at me, his grey eyes lighting up for the first time in four months.
"Really?" He said.
"Yeah. Ninety percent off the ticket to whole new world." I said.
"Wow," he said, "That's incredible Bells, are you going?"
I shook my head, "No dad, I can't leave you. And besides, even with the ninety percent off, I still wouldn't be able to cover the full price of the ticket. And, there are just too many reasons—,"
"What reasons?" He demanded, catching me off guard.
"I-well-," I struggled to find reasons, "Dad, you're sick, you need me right now. And I don't have enough money—," His hand flew up to silence me.
"Bella, there's nothing here for you." He said.
"No, listen. There is nothing here for you. Nothing at all. I'm the last living relative you have, and I've only got a month or so to live. What are you going to do when I'm gone? Go to work. Come home. Eat dinner. Repeat the next day? You're an amazing nurse, but you're never going to go anywhere here. Not in this small town."
"How can I leave you at a time like this?" I asked.
"Bella, nothing is happening with me. I'm dying, that's not changing. You need this. Take this chance, this opportunity to find a new life. A fresh start."
I wiped the stray tear that trickled onto my cheek, "Dad…"
"You have a week before it departs. That's plenty of time for us to spend together." He said.
"Yeah, but dad, I don't have enough money to even afford the ticket." I said.
"Go get me that book over there." He said, pointing to his dresser.
I sat my food down and handed him the book. It was a lot heavier than I expected.
His shaky hands opened the book and out fell a wad of cash from the book. My eyebrows shot up in surprised.
"Dad, where did you get all this money from?" I asked.
"Your mom and I saved up, way before you were born. We were planning on moving to Corfu island, build a house on the Potami beach, once you were settled and happy. But, our plans kind of got cut short." He said.
He held the money out to me and it suddenly dawned on me.
"Dad, no, I can't—,"
"It's 28,200$. Your mother and I saved for forty-seven years. And I know that is more than enough to cover your ticket and let you live comfortably on that ship for three months. And I have close to 35,000$ in my retirement that's also yours. I won't be needing it." He said.
"Dad, I can't take all that money." I said as I stared down at the money in my hands.
"Yes, you are. Except for 2,000 which is going to Sue. But the rest of it is for you to build a house on Outerra. I want you to build the house that your mother and I couldn't on the beach somewhere. Live happily."
"Dad—," Tears were now streaming down my face.
He grabbed my hand, "Bells, please… You deserve a new life more than anyone else on this planet. There's nothing left for you here. Go, build a new life on a new planet."
I sniffled, "Dad, I don't know what to say…"
"Say you'll do it. For your mother and me. We didn't get to live long enough to see our dream through. But you can." He stroked my cheek"
"Okay dad. I will."