Like a onion that has many layers, this social adventure story asks questions we ask ourselves. It's not just a futuristic science fiction when the possibility of contact from another species occurs but the fact we, as humans, will have relationships remain the same even after 300 years. Here is an excerpt:
The three men nodded and Major Holbrook took a few cautious steps to their office door only to see a crowd of people had formed outside in the narrow hallway.
“What’s this?” The Major exclaimed as he opened the door and stepped outside. One of the officers available stepped forward.
“Sir, everyone heard it, it is all over the station,” the young man explained.
Major Holbrook, with a grim look opened his tightly pressed lips. He saw that he had no choice but to say something.
“Everyone,” he said with sternness in his voice, “we will investigate this matter, and as soon as we know more, a general briefing will be held. In the meantime, go back to your posts and do your jobs.” To a passing private in the crowd, the Major commanded, “Get Mike Carone to my office now!” He then slammed the Telcom door shut and stormed back to his office with his two soldiers following close behind.
Alice was just coming off duty when she saw the crowd of people near the Telcom room. Suddenly she heard the unusual voice echoing away throughout the metallic hall. Stunned as everyone else was, she edged closer to the crowd, just as some servicemen were starting to disperse the onlookers.
“What was that?!? What does it mean - People outside in space?” She thought to herself as apprehension took control.
Everyone must feel as she did, scared, elated, and confused. New people, will they be kind or will they be monsters? She was assured by somebody passing by that the Major had promised a meeting. Feeling a little weak, she decided to head for her cabin.
Funny thing, to feel safe in a cabin on Mars, but it was her only solace, that and Frederick. She picked up the cat and sat huddled in the free standing chair available in the small room. After a few minutes, she decided to make some hot cocoa. “There is a saying,” she told the cat, as she stood up reaching for the packaged mix from one of the desk drawers. “When all else fails, have chocolate!” Frederick just looked at her, sitting proudly by the chair as he flicked his tail hoping for a treat.