Chapter 1:- The Launch
“Robbie…Robbie! Wake up. It’s getting ready to launch!”
As Robert opened his eyes, he saw his Aunt Sally standing in the doorway to his room, wearing what he called her Betty Crocker dress. He knew about Betty Crocker from the plaque his great-great grandmother won in a cook-off contest. The plaque still hung proudly next to the kitchen stove. The woman on the plaque wore a dress that had under skirting and pleats. Robert laughed to himself; it’s 2112 and his Aunt Sally is wearing a light yellow dress that looks like it came from the 1950’s.
The kids at school teased him about his aunt, but he didn’t care. He loves his aunt and uncle and he believes in what they do. His aunt was waking Robert up to watch the shuttle take off with it greatest cargo -- the strays and unwanted animals that were being sent to good homes on the colonized planets. Robert, his Uncle Sam, and his Aunt Sally had been collecting money for this mission. Robert felt that it was a win-win situation. The animals got to live and the people elsewhere got to have pets.
“Come on, sleepy head! You’re going to miss it,” his Aunt leaned over to kiss his forehead.
He waved her away. He loved his Aunt, but at 14 he was too old to have her kissing him.
Robert rolled out of bed, not bothering to change out of his nightclothes, and plopped onto the couch between his Uncle Sam and Hamlet, their big, clumsy mutt. The 39” flat screen was already on. It didn’t bother Robert that he had to stay with his aunt and uncle. His mother and father were in the Space Navy. He could not go with them on their tour of duty because it was not permitted for officers’ children to travel on the tours. As they watched the launch, Robert could not help but think of one day when he would be on a shuttle heading to see his parents.