"Poppi! Poppi! Have you heard the news?"
A breathless young ahman suddenly appeared in the doorway, waving hands in the air. It was Poppi's neighbor Mira. Most of the time perops, or ahmans in general, rarely displayed such emotion. But Mira being Mira was excused.
"Of course you haven't, you don't keep your video on!" The perops announced with irritation. Immediately, without asking, Mira pushed the Current News button, while Dobi and Poppi looked at each other as a wry smile passed between them. Nanki resumed studying, because Mira was always so dramatic.
The video blinked. There on the screen a smiling face of a perops proceeded in an excited voice.
"Yes, we have just heard from our scout ship, now six years out, that hominin life has been found again. Information via their videos and communiques are streaming in now to our scientists and leaders.
“They look similar to us." The newscaster continued as two pictures appeared on the screen.
"-but they are not like us. There are two species that interact to create little ones.
“Volunteers will be notified for further instructions when diplomatic protocols are established. We will have more news later on the evening Current News!"
The end of the news feed quit and the screen went blank shutting down the video. Announcements, advertising, political releases were restricted to fifteen or twenty minutes. When desired, a coded play button could be pressed to replay the all-important message. Videos were usually not displayed in most ahman homes, as this custom was carried over from the moon dwellers to conserve their energy stock and to keep everyone mindful of their current tasks at hand.
Mira held out a hand gesturing toward the video, now a little calmer stated,
"I hope I can go on the next ship, I hope both of you can since you have had diplomatic experiences. And what protocols would there be? Shouldn’t they have them established by now? What would you wear? Who will get your home?” The rhetorical questions came out in rapid fire from the increasingly excitable ahman.
"We'll see Mira,