Chapter 50: All Your Hopes and Dreams Culminated.
Ophelia looked back and replied, bitterly, "Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Why is space so darn empty?"
Arthur started to sit up, and stopped as his back creaked painfully. "I had no idea it was this big." He sat up again, this time much more slowly, and succeeded this time. "At least I don't ache as much as yesterday."
The four humans had been sleeping on the cold, hard floor so long their backs felt permanently cricked. It had been a full month since they had lost sight of the Earth, and hadn't seen any other planets since then. They were wandering hopelessly in a mindblowing expanse of emptiness.
They had found some emergency food in a rear compartment (recently occupied by the thing that was following the humans around, and more recently abandoned by the same when they threatened discovery. Unbeknownst to the humans, behind a secret panel in the rear of the compartment was the engine of the capsule. It lived there quite warm and comfortably, snatching food from the compartment when the humans weren't looking.) The food wasn't exactly good, but it was edible, and kept them alive, although they all lost quite a bit of weight.
"That awful food is almost gone," whispered Arthur, so as not to wake Eugene and Agatha, who were still sleeping in their spots on the floor. "What are we going to do once it's gone?"
"Hmmmm." said Ophelia, staring at Arthur. "Hmmm."
Arthur shot her a nasty look. "No, no, no, no!"
As you can see, at this point, their fragile human psyches were about at the cracking point. If nothing were to happen soon, they would soon break irreparably, leaving them all raving maniacs! Will they survive?
A little-known fact to his neighbors is that mild-mannered Vladimir Kyorensky, who mows his lawn with a rider every weekend, during the day, becomes the amazing Dr. Vladimir Kyorensky, PhD. Dr. Kyorensky works for NASA. Dr. Kyorensky is a rocket scientist.
So, when he vowed to make the aliens pay for their behavior, he was someone that could actually make good on his promise. After his work hours were over, he brought his new Volkswagen into the construction area and began work on it. He removed the engine and body, and did a complete makeover on the car, airproofing and tiling it with that heat-resistant stuff they put on the space shuttle, and, finally, installing a brand-new experimental top secret engine that he had been developing into it. He would perform the test-drive on the new engine himself. Then he would take to the stars!
After this had gone on for three and a half weeks, the space Volkswagen was completed. Actually, amazingly enough, the car was considerably more spaceworthy and faster than the little pod the other humans were in. The rear trunk and back seat were completely filled with the engine, and under the front hood were all the controls necessary for space flight. So now the Volkswagen was a metallic green, one-door, two-seat vehicle capable of great speeds in interstellar vacuum! That night, without further delay, the respected Dr. Kyorensky became the fearless interplanetary voyager Vladimir Kyorensky!
Suddenly, just as hope seemed completely gone, there was a mighty WHUMP as something huge appeared above the pod! Arthur and the rest climbed painfully to their feet! This was the first time anything had happened outside the pod for over a month! It was a huge ship, even bigger than the one they had been on earlier! A small hatch opened in the bottom of the leviathan and swallowed up the tiny pod!
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