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Chapter One

Avery Alvaran

 

I gazed out the window at the vast and beautiful galaxy, sketching the stars into my sketchbook.

 

I loved space. Which is why living in a space station is practically the perfect home for me.

 

I know, I know. You’re going to yell at me for not elaborating on my circumstances. And you’re probably asking yourself questions like: Wait a minute…space station?

 

So, let me elaborate.

 

My name is Avery Alvaran. I’m fourteen years old. And I’m one of the residents on the Voyage Base.

 

 

 

          White. That’s all you ever see in this place: white bedsheets, white blanket, white shirts, white shoes, white pants, white skirts, white dresses, etc. etc.

 

          You get used to it after living here for so many years.

 

          One thing we still had up here: school. I hated school. I’m not stupid or anything like that, I can do the school work. Heck, I could have all advanced courses if I wanted to. I was just lazy, and I didn’t like doing the work.

 

          My best friend, Aurora (literally everyone just calls her Rory) was really smart – not as smart as Ezra, though – and sometimes she’ll do my homework just because she doesn’t want me to get in trouble.

 

          Don’t get the wrong idea, though. I’m not one of those “friends” that’ll string someone along just for their amusement or just because they’ll do whatever I say. I genuinely like Rory.

 

She was really nice, although when we were in a group of more than just me and Percy, she’ll get weird and leave. When Rory does that though, she doesn’t seem mad, she just drifts off and looks through her sea life books.

 

Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, school.

 

School here was different than school on earth. Here, we had a teacher for kindergarten through second grade, one for third through fifth grade, one for what’s considered middle school (sixth through eighth), one for freshmen and sophomores, and another one for juniors and seniors.

 

There weren’t a lot of kids up here. So, my teacher only had to teach us freshmen and didn’t have to worry about teaching sophomores too.

 

“Good morning, Miss Alvaran,” Mr. Harrington greeted.

 

I only replied with a disinterested, “Yeah, hi.”

 

Ezra Coxand burst in, his longish auburn hair flying and his grayish eyes sparkling with excitement. “Good morning, Mr. Harrington. You’re looking lovely today.”

 

I rolled my eyes. Ezra Coxand had to be the most enthusiastic kid ever about school. It was mostly science, but he still had an exceptional I.Q. I should know, I used to be his best friend.

 

He spotted me and smirked. “Hello, Avery,” he said flirtatiously.

 

That one won him another eye roll. He was a huge flirt. But he really only flirted with me. It was very annoying.

 

“I’ve had a crush on Avery since the day we met, which was at age three,” Ezra continued.

 

Mr. Harrington chuckled, “And why is that, Ezra?”

 

Please don’t, Mr. Harrington. I thought. Don’t get him started.

 

“Well,” Ezra started. “She’s beautiful, she’s mysterious, like the night, and we used to be best friends.”

 

Gee, it sounded like he just described a young adult male love interest. “Used to be,” I reminded him.

 

“Today is going to be a great day!” A happy voice called from the hallway. Rory. She was the sweetest, most optimistic little bean. Rory burst in, her long, black hair flying out behind her as she ran to her desk next to mine.

 

“Why is it going to be a great day?” I whispered to her.

 

“Because I woke up, I got dressed, and I love everything,” she replied to me.

 

Sometimes, I wished she’d never change that part of herself.

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Chapter 2

Rory Zhang

 

I loved the ocean.

 

          I was fascinated by everything down there. Unfortunately, I’m living up in space and not at the bottom of the ocean.

 

          I still loved it up here though.

 

          I was what you would call an optimist. I always tried to see the best in things. And I didn’t care that people considered me as weird. I like that. It meant I was different. That I was unique. Normal people are boring.

 

          Just because I liked being weird and optimistic, didn’t mean that I didn’t have problems too. I just tried to hide them.

 

 

 

          The Voyage Base was actually pretty cool when you thought about it. Just because we eat rehydrated food doesn’t mean that it can’t be cool up here.

 

          Avery, on the other hand, always complains about the food situation.

 

          “Look at this,” she said, poking at her food during lunch. “What the heck is this supposed to be?”

 

          “I think it’s supposed to be rehydrated chicken parmesan,” I told her.

 

          She took a bite of it and looked up, her long, wavy blonde hair shifting on her shoulders. “It tastes gross.”

 

          “C’mon,” I started. “Look at everything else up here, it’s beautiful. We even have a pool.”

 

          “Yeah, I guess,” Avery grumbled. “You know that there’s this really old movie that came out in like, 2016 or something.”

 

          My eyes widened, “That old?”

 

          She nodded. “And the food they have up in their space station is normal. At least it looks normal.”

 

          “Boy, did they get that wrong,” Ezra said behind us, sitting himself down at our table.

 

          Avery rolled her blue eyes. She really didn’t like Ezra. I never asked her why. I figured that when she wanted to tell me, she’d tell me. Maybe it was because he flirted with her so much.

 

          “What do you want?” She asked him.

 

          “I came to sit with my future girlfriend,” he said.

 

          Avery rolled her eyes again – something she did far too much around Ezra. “I am not your future girlfriend.”

 

          Ezra shrugged, “One day you will be, you’ll see. We’re already having lunch together.”

 

          “Because you sat with me!” She yelled. “I didn’t ask you to plop your butt down at my table!”

 

          All he did was smile at her. This was getting to the point where it was awkward for me – and making me nervous – so, I changed the subject.

 

          “What are you eating for lunch, Ezra?” I asked him.

 

          Avery glared at me with a look that said: Why are you talking to this annoying little ugly?

 

          I ignored her look and focused on Ezra.

 

          “Chicken teriyaki,” he replied. “I think.”

 

          “Hey,” Percy, Avery’s thirteen-year-old brother, said, sitting down in the last chair.

 

          Percy. He was aesthetically pleasing, I’ll admit that. I didn’t dare tell Avery that, though. I knew that the second she found out I thought her brother was cute, she would do everything she could to keep us apart from each other. I wouldn’t exactly call my feelings a crush.

 

          Who knows? Maybe I would end up having feelings for him like that one day.

 

          Avery and Ezra continued arguing, so I focused my attention on Percy.

 

          “How was class?” I asked him, fidgeting my thumbs under the table.

 

It wasn’t that I was nervous because of him. I was nervous because of the arguing sound around me, and because I now had to deal with more than two people at once.

 

He smiled, “Not bad. But what I really want to do, is burn something up here.”

 

Avery momentarily paused from arguing with Ezra and turned to look at her brother, “No. No, you are not burning something up here.”

 

“I don’t want to set this place on fire,” Percy explained. “I just want to see a fire in person.”

 

That made me nervous too. Fire. I hated fire. Back on earth, my mom had died in a fire and my older sister was constantly blaming herself for it because she hadn’t kept an eye on the fireplace. She ended up in a mental hospital because she went crazy. So now, it’s just my dad and me up here.

 

Little did I know that I’d have to face my fear of fire quicker than I had imagined.

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Chapter 3

Percy Alvaran

 

Rory and Avery were sitting on my sister’s bed.

 

          I liked Rory. A lot and was glad she and Avery were best friends. That means she was around a lot. She was pretty and smart and always saw the best in things. She got nervous a lot though. I didn’t know why. But I don’t think she knew why either.

 

          Anyway, I came into Avery’s room and grabbed some of her colored pencils off her desk.

 

          “Hey!” She yelled and got off her bed. “You’re supposed to knock.”

 

          I ignored her.

 

          “I’m serious, Percy!” she told me.

 

          “I just need to borrow these really quick,” She tried to grab my arm but I ran out of the room and closed my own door, so she couldn’t strangle me for taking her precious colored pencils.

 

          I admit, Avery was way better at art than I was. But, in my journal, I like drawing various drawings of fire.

 

          If you really look at it, fire can be all sorts of different colors. For example, a burning house will have more yellows and oranges, while I bonfire can have some blues and even some purples.

 

          I was fascinated by fire. I don’t know why, but I was. Although, if you looked through my journal, you’d probably think I was a psychopath because of all the fire drawings.

 

          “You have got to be kidding me.” I heard my sister groan from her room.

 

          “Just go,” Rory told her.

 

          I got up off my bed and pressed my ear to the wall, trying to listen in on their conversation.

 

          “Why?” Avery asked. “He probably just wants me to go out there, so he can try something.”

 

          “Avery,” Rory said. “He may flirt with you, but I don’t think he’d try to make a move without your consent. Besides, if he does, you can totally take him. He’s a tiny little bird.”

 

          “I’m still not going.”

 

          “Okay, I’m not going to make you, it’s your choice.”

 

          I chuckled and shook my head. They were probably talking about Ezra. He was my best friend, and he had the biggest crush on my sister. He flirted with her all the time. It was hilarious watching her grow more annoyed with him.

 

          I kind of remember them being best friends when they were younger, Avery doesn’t like to talk about that though.

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Avery Alvaran

 

No, I told myself that night. You are not going out to meet Ezra just because he left you a note.

 

But it wasn’t just that. What had me doing this wasn’t because it was the scrawny little flirt who was three inches shorter than I was. It was because it was my former best friend. The kid Percy and I would hang out with when my mom was working (and my dad was out again).

 

That was why I was doing this.

 

I tiptoed out of my room and into the space station. It was eerily quiet at night. I have a whole list of things that are perfectly normal, but they creep the heck out of me. Stopped clocks were one of them. So was piano music playing in a place that is otherwise silent. Oh, and seeing someone’s light go off in their window, along with static in the air and everyone’s hair standing up.

 

But none of those will ever compare to my worst fear. Ever. But we’ll talk about that later.

 

I shook my head and forced myself not to think about that in the dark, empty space station.

 

          I found Ezra sitting at one of the tables in the eating area. He brightened when he saw me.

 

          “I didn’t think you’d come,” he whispered.

 

          “Yeah, I didn’t think I’d come either,” I retorted.

 

I winced because it came off as the normal sarcastic tone I have when speaking to him. The truth was, that I actually kind of liked this. Ezra was talking to me normally, not flirting, not spouting off some science thing, just talking to me, like he always used to.

 

          “Why did you give me that note?” I asked. “You know, to meet you out here at this hour.” I reached out, grabbed him by the collar of his shirt, and pulled him close so that we were nose to nose.

 

          He grinned, “Well what have I done to deserve this display of affection?”

 

          I glared harder, “I swear Ezra Coxand that if you try to make any sort of move on me, you’re gonna get it, you hear me?”

 

          He started to giggle, “I wasn’t bringing you out here to try and kiss you or anything like that, although that would be nice.”

 

          I rolled my eyes.

 

          “I wanted to show you something,” he said.

 

          I let him go and stared at him quizzically, “What are you talking about?”

 

          He shook himself off, then motioned for me to follow him. We walked silently in the darkness. Eventually, he led me to the airlock.

 

          “Wait a minute,” I interrupted him before going any further. “You’re not taking us outside, are you?”

 

          He looked back at me and nodded, “My dad knows all the inner workings of this place. And I remembered that you love space, and how you’re always talking about how you’d love to go outside and see it for yourself.  So, I decided to ask my father about how it worked, pretending I was just asking questions for my own curiosity and now we’re here.”

 

          I could feel myself smiling – I couldn’t help it, I swear!

 

          “Here, put the suit on.” He handed me one of the space suits and I stepped into it.

 

          After we checked to see if the other had put it on right, Ezra opened the door, and we stepped outside into the vast space that is outer space.

 

          As much as I had read stories and drew pictures and admired space, this was the first time that I’ve been out in it. I never realized how amazing it was.

 

I stared, marveling at the stars until Ezra said, “You look more beautiful when you’re smiling. You should do it more often.”

 

He said it seriously, matter-of-factly. No trace of his usual flirtatiousness in what he just said. I don’t know why, but it made my face go warm.

 

I looked at him, “Oh really?” Then, I made my expression go from awed and smiling to a one-thousand-percent-done-with-everything-look.

 

He smirked this time, “You still look beautiful like that.”

 

I rolled my eyes.

 

Ezra looked down and said, “We should head inside now.”

 

I nodded and started to follow him back in except… “Hey, what’s that over there?”

 

I looked at it in confusion. Was it a rip? A hole? It looked like a giant cosmic spiral with a white hole in the middle of it. Wait a minute…

 

“Is that a…wormhole?” Ezra asked. Then, he got this big grin on his face and emitted a little squeal. “This is…this is amazing!”

 

“Ezra…” I started. “We should go inside. Look, it looks like it could suck you in.”

 

Ezra laughed. “You know, for someone who is fascinated by space, you really know nothing about wormholes.”

 

I raised an eyebrow at him, “What are you talking-”

 

Before I could finish my answer, a hand grabbed my arm and hauled Ezra and me inside. I looked up to whoever hauled us back in. It was Ezra’s father, Larrence Coxand.

 

“What were you doing out there?” He asked us, casting a pointed look towards Ezra.

 

“Sorry, Dad,” Ezra said.

 

Sorry, Dad doesn’t answer my question, but I guess we’ll deal with that later,” his father sighed and helped us take off the suits. “What’s that out there?”

 

“A wormhole,” Ezra replied, stepping out of his spacesuit.

 

Mr. Coxand’s eyes widened and he ran off to tell everyone.

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Chapter 5

Ezra Coxand

 

The adults on the base were in pandemonium, they did just find a wormhole to another galaxy.

 

          Rory Zhang, Avery’s best friend, came rushing out of her living quarters. “What’s going on?” She asked us.

 

          “Well,” I explained. “The Voyage Base just passed through a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe.”

 

          Rory stared at me with wide eyes like she genuinely didn’t understand this concept. “Also, please talk down to me.”

 

          Avery sighed, “A wormhole. We passed through a wormhole.”

 

          If you’re like Rory and don’t understand this right now, allow me to explain: Wormholes contain two mouths, with a throat connecting the two. The mouths would most likely be spheroidal. The throat might be a straight stretch, but it could also wind around, taking a longer path than a more conventional route might require. Think of a folded piece of paper, and then poke a pencil through it, basically like that.

 

          Rory nodded, still somewhat confused. “Wait- but, wormholes only exist in science fiction movies, right?”

 

          Avery shook her head, “I guess not.”

 

          Now my best friend came out of his living quarters and rubbed his eyes. “What is it?” Percy looked at Avery and me and sighed, “What did you guys do?”

 

          “Nothing. Calm down, Squirt,” Avery told him. “This thing that happened was out of our control.”

 

          Percy rolled his eyes that were a perfect match for Avery’s. “Okay, you don’t need to call me Squirt, I’m only a year younger than you are.”

 

          “Yeah, so?”

 

          He lowered his voice and leaned in closer, so Rory wouldn’t hear. I don’t think that she’d hear, either way, she had her hands over ears to muffle out the sounds of a bunch of adults shouting and barking orders. “Could you please not call me that in front of Rory?”

 

          She made her face into a pout and said sarcastically, “Aw, is it ruining your chances of ending up with my best friend?” Avery rolled her eyes, “She doesn’t even like you like that.”

 

          I didn’t think that was true. I saw the way she looked at Percy. She definitely liked him in that way, even if she didn’t know it.

 

          Their little quarrel stopped when my father clapped his hands together, signaling everyone to look at him. “People, people! This is a tremendous discovery, and we’re going to need a group of people to investigate this. Who’s with me?”

 

          Avery started to step forward, but my dad stopped her, “Not you.”

 

          She rolled her eyes again – she was the best at that – and groaned, “Oh, come on! Why?”

 

          “Because, you’re trouble, Alvaran,” my father said, pointing at her. “I don’t understand why my son has such a crush on you.”

 

          She walked back to us, grumbling and muttering under her breath.

 

          “It’s okay,” I whispered. “One day, he’ll come to appreciate his future daughter-in-law.”

 

          Avery groaned once again, and I heard Rory and Percy snickering.

 

          After my father had his team all assembled, Ms. Alvaran pulled her kids off to the side, and I heard her whispering to them, “Promise me that you won’t do anything stupid.”

 

          I heard them both mumble, “I promise.” But, I saw Avery with her fingers crossed behind her back.

 

          What was she up to?

 

          The two of them returned and Avery declared, “We’re going out there.”

 

          Both Rory and Percy’s eyes widened.

 

          “You literally just promised Mom that you wouldn’t do anything stupid!” Percy shouted, facepalming.

 

          Avery held up her crossed fingers, “Faked it.” She lowered her voice and said, “Okay, here’s what we’re gonna do.”

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