Far From Home
I was anxious thinking of the trip ahead. Sitting stranded for nearly two hours made my emotions burst. Then I heard signs of taking off. My anxiety skyrocketed once I heard valves opening and closing. The rocket started rumbling and shaking even roaring as a beast awakens from its slumber.
The smell of sulfur was intoxicating. The stench of charred material filled the air as the ship fired off ignitions. Bang! The boosters separated. They released the nose fairings. Bang! We left the launch pad. The altitude grew as the rocket climbed higher and higher. The Sun’s warmth entered through the windows as they were uncovering. It blanketed me with soothing comfort. A force from behind followed by a greater acceleration in speed. In an instant, my old life on Earth had ended. I entered space.
A few minutes later, another bang. I’m finally released from the restraint of my seatbelt. The pressure was relieved from my body. I felt weightless. It’s as if I’m floating in a pool without feeling water on my skin. The shock of no gravity struck me. Fatigue rushed over me. My eyes got heavy. Suddenly, I smelled welding fumes. Maybe gunpowder? I heard a deep hollow sound. It hummed steadily. It distracted me from my dizziness and fatigue long enough to fall into sleep.
I woke up not ready for what I might behold. The Sun went down. All the lights were on in the spaceship. I floated over to the window. I gazed out to discover darkness accenting a perfect view of the Milky Way dancing with thousands of glistening stars. We approached the center; It was magnificent. I inhaled a peculiar fragrance of raspberries… and rum? I had gone to heaven. I focused my attention on Earth. At that moment I felt horribly homesick, but the spectacular vision of the limitless sky stole my focus. It glistened. I couldn’t believe I saw a marvelous scene like this up close and in person. All the wonder of space had proven to be awe-inspiring and above all unforgettable. A new journey began.