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|Moon Counting (standard:fantasy, 6257 words)|
|Author: J.A. Aarntzen||Added: Oct 16 2005||Views/Reads: 2436/1542||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Two asteroids have become separated from their friends and family in the asteroid belt and are now hurtling through space towards the third planet from the Sun.|
Moon Counting Starshot could not believe what was happening to him and his mother. For as long as he lived and for as long as his mother had lived, they were always in the familiar range jutting out their eternal course around the distant sun. They were always surrounded by other members of the family and their neighbours. Life had always been relatively quiet outside of the occasional territorial dispute among some of the others. Fights would break out now and then as some would justle for space but these would last only momentarily and then everything would be back to normal as everybody would get back to their routines. The routine was monotonous enough but it was the life that they were born to in the Asteroid Belt. It was the life that they thought would last forever. Nothing had seemed to be out of the ordinary. Starshot, his mother and the other asteroids were working their way on catching up to the planet Jupiter along their orbital migration. It was a manoever that they would perform on every loop of the sun and a manoever that Starshot enjoyed the most along the trail earmarked for them since time immemorial. There was always the game of who could see the Jovian moons first and who could see the most of them. In the last go round, Starshot's cousin, Agemmenom, claimed that he spotted twenty of them. This was a record for the asteroids but one that was hotly disputed. Malthazar, headmaster of the asteroid calflings, would not accept Agemmenom's score. "By Jove, Jupiter does not have twenty offspring!" Malthazar exclaimed. "Agemmenom you have cheated!" "I have indeed seen twenty. I counted every single one of them!" Starshot's cousin protested. "Jupiter only has twelve moons, not twenty. Either you have not learned how to count properly or your are cheating. And since you have shown me that you know how to count right when you make sure that you are given the most favourable trajectories in the Belt, I can only conclude that you are cheating." Malthazar had said sternly. "For this reason I will see how well you can count because you will now be in the Omega Track for the next one hundred revolutions." "The Omega Track!" Agemmenom cried. The Omega Track was the least desirable path in the Asteroid Belt. It was at the rear of the pack and along the edges of its innermost band. This flight pathway was a terrible place to be. Not only did the asteroid have to contend with the flying debris cast off from the other members of the herd but also had to continuously concern oneself with righting one's course because of the host of gravitational forces that furrowed from the other asteroids to the rear of the pack. Starshot hadn't seen Agemmenom for almost a complete revolution. His cousin was a hundred thousand kilometers behind him and remained hidden from view by the bodies of the myriad of other asteroids that made up the field. He was sure that Agemmenom was still very miserable for there would still have to be ninety-nine more orbits to be completed before he would be allowed out of the Omega Track. Starshot's mother was coasting beside him. She was five hundred times his size and to work through space next to her meant that Starshot had to be mindful of her powerful gravity swells and not going crashing into her. Young asteroids did collide with their progenitors now and then and sometimes the effects of these collisions could be quite disastrous for the younger meteorites. When adult asteroids bump into each other with a particularly heavy force, baby meteorites are created. Indeed, that was how Starshot came into existence. He had been a rather awkward contusion on his mother's flank when Collosus, the largest asteroid in the pack, had smashed into Minerva, Starshot's mother, and sent the awkward contusion into an orbit all of his own. Thus Starshot was born. Collusus had sired many of the asteroids in this herd that sculled the Belt between Mars and Jupiter. He was an Alpha Asteroid and was looked upon as the leader of the pack. He was as reckless at being a parent as he was in making his path through the crowd of interplanetary voyagers. Many an offspring had met their final fate by being Click here to read the rest of this story (612 more lines)
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