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Getting Going Gone

By Lona Jennings

Word Count: 880
Date:  10/29/04
Series: Mini
Rating: K
Category: Challenge
Pairing/Focus: Original Characters

My neighbor Garrison has always been such a nice man, looking out for me, taking care of me. Why just this afternoon, when I was working on my new children’s novel “Getting Going Gone” and sitting at the computer busily clacking away, Mr. Garrison came to tell me about some crisis in Caprica City and that we should, as he put it, “Run for it.”

I turned to go back in, lock up the house and put on some walking clothes (I was still wearing in my slippers and dressing gown because as soon I gotten out of bed I’d had the most wonderful idea for my story), but he said, “There’s no time. Come on, Mrs. Hallit.” He pulled me away. Mr. Garrison does tend to be on the abrupt side sometimes, but he means well and I did owe him a favor for that yard work he did last week.

I let him drag me along to wherever he wanted to go. We struggled up the hill from Lake Shasila and at the top I just had to stop for a moment and catch my breath. “Mr. Garrison,” I panted, “please. Surely it isn’t the end of the world. We must pace ourselves.”

He just looked at me, but walked back and forth at the top of our lovely scenic hill, trying to see what was ahead. Such a nice man, even if his house is not quite up to neighborhood standards. He built what he could afford, he once told me, and would add on later.

I looked back to admire the lake. There is such a beautiful view from up there. Mr. Garrison grabbed my hand and pulled me on. After that we just hurried along for quite a while. Eventually others joined up with us, including that famous Doctor Baltar who lives a few kilometers west of me on the lakeshore. I’d met him at the community festival last year, and waved to him, but he didn’t wave back.

Eventually we reached the large open pastures of the nature reserve. Doctor Baltar was out in the lead. President Adar must have told him where to go because he led us right to a Colonial shuttle.

There was some confusion at the shuttle. I couldn’t quite follow it all. Something about not enough space to take all of us at once, I think. My hearing is getting to be such a problem. The children climbed in then Mr. Garrison was trying to get a seat for both of us. He does get a bit excited at times, but he means well. He really does.

Someone gave me a piece of paper, but I couldn’t see what was on it. That was when I realized I’d left my glasses behind. I can’t see a thing without my glasses! Oh dear. When they started to call out numbers, Mr. Garrison was nowhere close by but I was standing right next to Doctor Baltar so I asked him to read my paper for me and told him that I’d left my glasses behind. He gave me the strangest look, but then he called out, “This lady right here has that number!”

Oh good, I thought. I don’t have to wait for the next shuttle. Some nice people helped me to climb in and we all sat down on the floor. The shuttle didn’t even have any pillows! But I didn’t complain. It was only going to be a short flight. When I looked back outside I could see Mr. Garrison, and he looked so upset. I know he doesn’t like waiting. He’s taken me to get groceries a few times and he always uses the express line. I waved and tried to shout, “We’ll be right back!” but I don’t think he heard me.

The shuttle took off, and it was by far the worst trip I have ever been on. No bathroom, no pillows, no food service. Absolutely awful, but the people with me were nice and the little children -- well when they learned who I was they were SO excited. I told them about my new novel and that kept everyone entertained until we arrived wherever we were going.

Climbing out of the uncomfortable shuttle was harder than getting in, let me tell you. I was so stiff from all that exercise, but as soon I was on the floor and able to walk again, I marched right over to our pilot, a tall pretty lady in a uniform, and asked, “How soon are you going back? Mr. Garrison, he so hates to wait.” She’d been talking to the man who’d led Doctor Baltar away.

But the pilot didn’t tell me when she was going back and someone took off to another room. I am now sitting here in a much more comfortable seat, sipping coffee and looking out the window at stars. I think we must be in outer space. There are many spaceships out there.

I wonder where we are going and when will we go home. I wonder what happened to Mr. Garrison, and whether someone is taking care of my house.

I wonder, but no one is telling me anything and I’m afraid to ask anymore.