Round 4 - SpringLast update/ Next update
Celeste Sky is 23, Starema Orionious is 158
"What is your objection to visiting your home planet, Andromeda? You are not human. Earth is not your home," Starema said.
"It's the only home I know! And how do I know that I won't get killed by some wild space creature?"
"Where do you think you are going? Peragama is not a place filled with savage animals or savage people! You are already in a place like that," she said.
"What do you mean?" Celeste asked.
"These humans have treated you poorly the entire time you have been here!"
"Yea, well you guys gave me away."
"I just can't go jetting off into space! Where will I stay? Is this a one day trip? What about the time difference?"
"Calm down Andromeda! I have lived in Peragama my entire life. I do have a home there. You can maintain my home for me while you are there. And no, it will not be for one day," she said.
"You must understand, this is not a trip to be taken lightly. I am not trying to show you how pretty the planet is. I want you to learn our customs, our ways. I want you to visit our sacred grounds and hear our ancestors....."
"How long, Starema?"
"The King and Queen are requiring 4 years, Peragama time."
"4 years! I can't stay away from my home for 4 years! I have a house to take care of and a job!"
"Well screw the King! He can't make me do anything!"
"Yes, he can. This is why you need to learn the customs. The King has the ability to transmit any Titusanerian of his choosing. Either you go willingly or you shall wake up in his chambers."
"This is insane! So when am I making this forced trip?"
"Starema! What the hell? What kind of notice is that? I have a job. Although I guess it doesn't matter. I can't ask for four years off. I'll have to quit."
"It will not be 4 years Earth time. Two years here will have passed by the time you come back. I will be staying here to look after your home, as you will look after mine. And I have already terminated your job," Starema said.
"You quit my job for me! What if I had said no?"
"As I have said, you do not have a choice."
"Stop moving! You will be a bit disoriented once you reach Peragama. It will pass. Please Celeste, keep an open mind. Embrace who you are......"
"It's ok. So are you like the official guide or something?" Celeste asked.
"Well, we don't get many visitors from Earth. There is an official guide that shows those from other cities around, but King Rolared thought you may be more comfortable with someone closer to your age."
"How old are you?"
"That's a pretty tough question.....here I'm 50, but I'm guessing that's pretty old on Earth huh?"
"Hell yes! You don't look 50 at all!" Celeste exclaimed.
"Well you have to understand, time passes differently here. We figure about 2.5 years pass here for every one of your Earth years. So there I would be about 20."
"That's more like it! It feels kind of weird to be talking to a green person. No offense," Celeste said.
"Oh it is ok. I'm sure you've become accustomed to human features. There are many races here in Peragama as well. It will become less of a shock after a while."
"Well, you aren't weird here! Just another native. I'm sure you're hungry. There's a great place to eat at city center. You'll get to see some of Peragama and maybe even get to meet our seesant," Totia said.
"What is a seesant?"
"Come on. You've got quite a bit to learn!"
"Well, that didn't work. The humans were terrified of me. Always have been," Celeste said.
"Yes, I've heard. That is why they have a new approach."
"I've heard about the new approach. I don't approve.....it's not fair!" Celeste said.
"Is it fair that they are unwilling to accept us? That they treated you so badly simply because you looked differently?" Totia asked.
"Well, no......let's not get into this. How can all of you speak English?"
"We speak many languages. When we speak that is. We mostly communicate using telepathy. This talking is a courtesy to you until I show you how to tap into the unused portion of your mind."
"Starema told me that I have abilities that I have not been using. Are you going to show me those as well?" Celeste asked.
"All in good time. We have four years to get to all of that. And a few more places to visit tonight before I let you rest. So let's get a move on," Totia said.
"I don't understand. Home of our ancestors?"
"When one of us die, our essence is put to rest here. In this place is the essence of every being that has ever lived on Titusanera. There are many cities on this planet, but only one Tempora Satu. Even if you die on Earth Celeste, your essence will find it's way here."
"There are those annoying human characteristics. To call what is here a "ghost" is demeaning! It's not their spirit, Celeste. It's their essence. It's all that they learned while they were living. It is all of the love they gave and received. It is who they were. We come here when we need answers. When we cannot seem to understand. We look to those who have lived this life for the answers," Totia said.
"I didn't mean to demean it. This is just so much to take in. I can't just disregard 23 years of human learning and ways. It's all I've ever known."
"I know it may not seem like it, but I am really eager to learn about this place and these people. My people."
"What do you guys do for fun?"
"What any intelligent group of bengs do.......we party!"
"Why is that?"
"Oh, it's just a feeling that I have," she said smiling.
"I know who you are Celeste Sky. Or do you prefer Andromeda Orionious?" Satitu asked.
"Oh, Celeste is fine. How do you know me?"
"Everyone knows of the girl who grew up among the humans. Your mother is quite a legend around here. As are you," he said.
"Starema told me that others sent kids down to Earth as well. She said it wasn't just her. So why is she so special?"
"She didn't tell you? You're the only one that survived. The humans experimented on or killed all the rest. You must really be special."
"Killed? Why would they do that?" she asked.
"Come now. You grew up among them. Who better to know how frightened they are by anything different, anything they cannot readily understand or explain."
"It was not on purpose. It was the tests they ran, the samples they took. They wanted to know how such creatures functioned. What better way to know something's inner workings than to take it apart?"
"She never told me," Celeste said.
"It is quite disturbing. Starema is a very sweet female. She would not have wanted to injure your feelings. I see they have Totia as your guide. She's nice, she shall show you all you need to know."
"She has been very helpful thus far."
"Well, that is good. I petitioned for that assignment, but they thought I might serve as a distraction for you. But now it seems to me that you would have been a distraction for me. I hope to see you again, Celeste Sky," he said and walked away.
* Whew! This took forever to write! But it was so much fun to play! Celeste will be in Peragama for one round which is 2 years. But it will be 4 years in Peragamian time. So she will get 4 updates. Her trip will end Spring 2025
* The lots that I downloaded for this hood aren't very well lit....but it IS suppose to be another planet. So many Titusanerians don't like light....maybe it hurts their eyes lol.....Either way, I don't plan to change it but I will lighten the pics up a bit.