This is the first couple chapters of my second Sci-Fi story, I'll post my first full one soon!
The year is 2068, and the Earth is dying. Humans have exhausted most of the remaining fossil fuels in the world. In an effort to survive, the humans have decided to travel to the planet of Zarro, five years of space travel. A group of fifty people were sent to the planet to colonize, and they were supposed to contact those they left behind as soon as the five year journey was made. That was ten years ago…
Skylar inhaled deeply, not knowing what to expect when the carrier landed in an hour. He and fifty other people were sent to the planet in order to colonize and give the humans a chance at survival. Rebecca, the female assigned to be Skylar’s mate, sat in the seat next to him. “How ya holding up?” she asked. “I don’t know why the hell I even signed up for this, we don’t even know what we’re getting ourselves into” Skylar replied. “We’re armed with nothing but building tools. What if the planet is home to other creatures, and they don’t want us there?” he wondered aloud, more to himself than Rebecca.
Rebecca shook her head and walked off, leaving Skylar alone with his thoughts. “Ladies and gentleman, we have now entered Zarros atmosphere, prepare for landing” a woman’s voice announced through the overhead speakers. Skylar, strapped in with his harness, was prepared for anything to happen. Counting down the remaining half hour, Skylar’s voice caught in his throat as the carrier shook violently, throwing unbuckled passengers everywhere. “There have been some turbulence problems, everyone please stay calm. We’ll figure it out and land safely” announced the voice again.
“Oh shut the hell up!” Skylar heard from somewhere in the ship. All of a sudden the ship started rotating, and everyone who wasn’t in their seat was sliding on the ground towards the cockpit. Skylar saw Rebecca sliding down, and he unbuckled to try to catch her. He bent down and reached out his hand, but Rebecca slid right past him, too fast to catch, and Skylar watched in horror as his partner slid right through the cockpit windshield, and out into the planets atmosphere, gone forever. Skylar grabbed at his seat as he started to fall, but his fists caught nothing but air.
“I got you!” someone yelled, grabbing Skylar’s arm. Skylar looked up and saw a middle-aged African-American male with corn rows and a black beard, holding onto his wrist. “I can’t hold on forever, try to get in a seat!” the man yelled to him. Skylar jumped from the man’s grasp into the seat next to him, and sat down, hoping the armrests would be enough to keep him from falling through. He grabbed the seat’s harness and buckled it before the armrests could fail to hold his weight. As soon as he strapped in, the ship hit the ground.
Oscar, the slightly overweight pilot of the ship, crawled out onto the ground from the front of the cockpit. He walked to the secondary cockpit where Sheila, his co-pilot, worked. He found that the glass at the front wasn’t broken, but there was a blood stain on it. Oscar shook his head and slowly walked away, a scared look on his face.
Looking around, Oscar saw nothing but jungle. The jungle was gorgeous, yet extremely deadly. Pilots weren’t supposed to stay on this god forsaken planet, only the volunteers were. Oscar, knowing what was on that planet, along with the Global Government of the Earth, knew that he, and the other survivors of the crash were doomed.
Matthew, the Supreme Leader of the GGE, sat in his chair with President Brooks in front of him. Carey Brooks was the first female president of the United States, but it wasn’t like the title she held meant anything anymore. “All I’m saying Supreme Leader, is that the GGE shouldn’t have sent up those people without telling them what was on the planet. They’ll die up there!” Brooks pleaded. Matthew had a look of guilt on his face, but he told the president that it was too late and the decision was already made, there was no way to get them to turn around when there was only a few minutes of their journey left. Brooks, crying, left Matthew to himself. Looking at his computer, the Supreme Leader prayed for the poor, lost souls making the trip to save the race that was too cruel to tell them they were possibly headed to their deaths.
Every TV program in the world was interrupted by the incoming GGE broadcast. All of Earth’s citizens were confused and didn’t know what was going, as the Supreme Leader was standing behind a podium in the Council Building. “Ladies and gentleman,” Matthew started, “The GGE has been asked many times why we sent those humans up to the planet of Zarro, even though we knew what kind of danger they were facing. Well, the reason why is because the human race is desperate, as the planet is dying. We don’t have enough time on this planet to make the trip to any other planet, it needs to be Zarro, that’s the most inhabitable planet we can get to the fastest. If the humans we sent succeed, the benefit is far greater than the risk. Now, some of you may not know the dangers that are on that planet, but we are about to..” just then, the broadcast cut off. All the televisions in the world went blank. All the lights turned off, and everything that relied on electricity had stopped working. Nobody knew it yet, but at that point, all of the world’s fossil fuels, the only fuels that the humans could rely on at that point, had just run out. Earth was on its last leg.
Skylar woke up with little memory of what happened. How he ended up strapped into a seat dangling diagonally, he had no idea. He tried to undo his harness, but it was to no success. Trying to remember what happened, Skylar realized that he had a knife in his jacket pocket. Reaching in his pocket, he knocked the knife out and watched it fall to the ground. “Shit!” he yelled. Skylar worriedly tugged at the harness, but it wouldn’t come undone. He heard a beeping noise, and knowing what it was, he frantically searched his pockets for anything else that could possibly cut the harness. Just as he was about to give up searching, he heard movement from below him. “Hey! Looking for this”? a voice asked.
Skylar looked down and saw the African-American man. Reaching down, Skylar grabbed the knife from him and started sawing at the harness straps. He succeeded, and dropped down to the ground. “My name’s Jayden, we need to get out before the ships self-destruct process finishes” the man said. He led the way to the cockpit, where he knew they’d be able to escape. “Help!” someone yelled, from somewhere in the ship. “I’ll help them, you grab as many tools from the cabinet as you can” Jayden said. He left Skylar in the cockpit, jogging towards the cry for help. Skylar grabbed a couple bags from the cabinet and filled them up with tools like knives, hammers, saws and nails. Strapping one bag to his back, he grabbed the other one and climbed out of the cockpit. He started running towards the beautiful jungle in front of him, hoping Jayden could get out in time. While running, Skylar heard a boom and was thrown to the ground by a fiery rush of air.
“Someone tell me why we lost power!” Matthew yelled. He rushed from behind the podium back to his office, hoping his backup generator was still working. Matthew’s question was answered by a dark room. “Dammit!” he yelled. “Sir, we just got a call from the World Fossil Fuel Industry. They told us it’s all out, we have nothing left for our power!” explained Raze, the Special Forces leader. “What? Shit, now we have no choice but to evacuate everyone to Zarro” Matthew replied, with a solemn face. “Raze! Get everyone out of the building and towards the next available carrier port, you got it?” Matthew asked. Raze nodded and ran out of the room. Matthew prayed for the second time that day, only it was for the entire human race.