"Wait... what?" she said baffled for the moment. "What I did? You mean saved you from a stupid mistake that would have ruined our lives?" she said. "You should be thanking me. I doubt she kept the kid anyways since you didn't respond," she said.
Oh her, she thought to herself.
"Ohhh, you mean the girl that had that horrible little furry spider? I don't know why you'd assume I would remember her. She left and never came back. Horrible person. You'd think she would have checked in on you," she said dismissively as if she had done nothing wrong.
It had been four years since she had seen the man she was being delivered to. She had liked him even though at the time he thought she was a he. She had faked being a man to get into the castles and would have done well if she hadn’t been outed by a classic male prank.
There was a lot of litigation to try to get her out of her punishment. Her parents were furious but in the end she had been put into Handmaids training.
Alice looked stoically forward at the door. The Matron beside her knocking on the door. A Martha answered the door and let them into the sitting room where she stood next to the Matron waiting for the couple to come down.
Upstairs Aurora was finishing getting ready. “I don’t see why we need a handmaid. They said I could still have children,” despite the likelihood being extremely low.
Alice still wondered how Seth had convinced her to stay and get married to Dixon. Everything he did she compared her bacehorette party with Seth. He also convinced her not to tell Dixon. What he didn’t know wouldn’t hurt him.
So as she lay their, knowing Seth was coming home for the off season she knew she shouldn’t have been looking forward to it. To him. But she was. That’s what kept her awake with Dixon snoring beside her.
Near dawn she finally gave up laying in bed and got up, she pulled on Dixon’s coat and went out in it and her underwear to have a cigarette on the porch. She looked at her phone as if expecting Seth to text her the moment he landed even though that was hours off. She sighed as she locked it and shoved it back in her pocket. It had been months since she had seen him. She wanted to see him and she didn’t want to admit to herself as to why.
It had been a long time since Violet and Red had seen their old friends Dave and Debra. It had been since Seth and Alice we're about 3 or 4 years old. So as they got to space she sought them out to find them and invite them over to dinner.
It was after their classes for the day that the family would come in and dinner would be nearly down. "We're having guests," Violet said to them.
There was a jolt that woke up Alice. Then another one as the pod she was in jostled. There were alarms in front of her face. She could hear the hissing as the pressure escaped her pod. There was another jostle and she watched as part of the ship fell away exposing a harsh world that they were plummeting toward.
Alice watched to see if there was anyone else awake before she fell to the ground as her pod opened. It was hard to breathe. She wheezed as she moved to grab something to brace for the next impact. Another person fell out of their pod just as they hit and was bounced out of the ship. She held on tighter trying to get to the suits feeling lightheaded. As she came across another pod it opened and dumped a boy around her age in front of her. He was still half conscious. As the ship hit again she grabbed him to keep him from bouncing out of the ship.
She couldn't think much beyond trying to get safe. She held the boy for a moment before she started to move for the suits again after making sure the boy was buckled into his pod again with the door opened.
As she got to the suit the ship hit again, this time she barely hung on slamming her head against the metal of the wall.
As the ship finally did its final dive she held on tightly, her head swimming before it came to a stop and she slammed hard against the wall then the floor. She pushed herself up to get into the suit barely conscious at this point. Once she was inside of it the burst of oxygen reinvigorated her and she knew she needed to get to the boy. She grabbed another suit, albeit clumsily before she went to the boy and unlatched him and pulled him into the suit. She was tired and hurting before she went black when she was sure he was in it properly, the only other person to survive the crash.
It was supposed to be a short puddle jump from one planet to another. Plava Laguna back to Dawnbreak. Where they were? Why they crash? no idea but the two of them would have to figure it out when they woke up.
An incident in town had kept Red late at work. It wasn't until the end of the sixth inning, more than halfway through their oldest son's game, that he slid quietly into the bleachers beside his wife. His gear was absent, but Red was still wearing his uniform as he settled, taking a moment to scope out the score on the board. Their team was two points ahead, runners on first and third.
"He been on the mound yet?" Red asked his wife, seeing Seth playing his secondary position as short stop rather than pitching at the moment. So far that was where he'd been playing the whole of the game, the two senior pitchers on the team having roated through the first three innings. Before Violet could answer the pitcher wound up and threw. The batter nailed a leftward line drive that Seth snagged from the air, and with practiced fluidity he took the ball and hurled it to the catcher at home plate to intercept the steal. There was a brief run down between the catcher and third before a successful tag out that made three, leaving their son's team trotting in to their dugout to get ready to go to bat while the other team took the field.
Down in the front rows of the bleachers a collection of their son's friends and cousins broke out into cheers.
Alice and her family, aka Damian and Derek as her parents had died a few years prior, had taken up residence in a werewolf camp for the night. They knew it was dangerous but they had been doing it for every full moon for 3 years. Alice had just turned eighteen and tonight was supposed to be a hell of a full moon, unfortunately it would be hell on earth as a rowdy pack of werewolves came in.
The noise from them was nearly thunderous as they went out and started to strip down for the full moon to go out. The three Gregory's would look to their werewolf friends. "Stay safe tonight."
There were deterrents setup for the Gregory's themselves so they figured they would be safe. Unfortunately, they would end up chased into the woods. Their friends would find them. Derek dead, Damian bitten and Alice simply covered in blood.