Today was the last rugby game of the season. Todd’s team lost, but after the game, there was a party for Todd. Blynne was there with Rachel. Todd’s friends from the Rugby team were there, as were some of his friends from work.
We all got too drunk and played Flotzel, which is a game Blynne taught us, the rules of which I do not believe are comprehensible sober.
At the end of the night, after most of the rest of the party had left, Todd, Blynne, Rachel, and myself talked about our dreams as we watched the sun rise. It was one of those nights you remember forever.
I saw Jenny yesterday. I was taking a hike through my favorite part of the woods, and there she was!
She had been waiting for me to show up at that spot, so she could tell me that she was alive, and that she was sorry for almost getting me killed by her terrorist friends.
She looked really ragged. She is wanted by both the constabulary and by the Moon Liberation Front. I think she’s been living off of the land.
At any rate, she ran fast away from me as soon as she told me this. I hope she’s all right.
So Todd is going to do it. He’s leaving the moon to be with his best girl.
He leaves in a month, on the next rocket to make the trip from Earth. That will be the same time my sister, Laura, will be arriving, assuming she follows through with her plans.
It feels very weird, like I’m trading my best friend for my sister.
Todd asked me what I thought he should do about Mandy.
I told him that if he went down to Earth to be with Mandy now, that the Moon would be here for him to come back to, but if he stayed, he wouldn’t never be able to go back to Mandy.
It’s hard to advise someone to do something you don’t want them to do.
Mandy, Todd’s girlfriend on Earth, wrote Todd a letter that said that she could no longer handle being in a relationship with someone who was who wasn’t even in the same orbit as her.
She is asking him to give up the moon for her. He doesn’t know if he can do that.
I walked in on Todd crying earlier today. I had never seen him cry before. He looked like someone else.
He told me that his girlfriend on was thinking about breaking up with him, and then he made an excuse and took off from our apartment.
I feel so bad for him. He really loves her dearly.
A moonworm crawled onto my hand today. I was with Todd, and he told me to flick it off before it bit me, but it seemed harmless to me.
It was fuzzy and it looked at me with cold, black eyes. I felt dizzy as I looked into those eyes. I started to stumble, and then Todd grabbed my arm and flicked it off of me.
When we got home, we looked up moonworms, and learned that they possess deadly hypnosis. I owe Todd my life.
The mail from Earth arrived today.
I got a letter from my sister. This is what it said:
How’s the moon? The Earth is shitty. I’ve dropped out of school and am between jobs, so I thought I’d swing upwards and crash at your moonpad for a month.
I miss you, and I want to get away from mom.
See you in a month.
Things will get very interesting in a month.
I wanted to talk to Blynne about the book that I’m reading. He told me that he doesn’t read books.
Apparently, the only moonians that read books are children and nerds. Blynne said that writers are too lazy to add pictures to their stories. He said that anybody can describe things, but that showing things was a real challenge.
I can see his point, but I still like ‘em.
The author of the book I’m reading, a moonian by the name of Miezel is really good writer. It is taking me forever to read the book, because I am not that fluent at reading moonian. I have to look up words on every page, and a lot of the humor doesn’t translate well.
For instance, when I translate “ cocfibllqre fcoqcxlltranrt zoexctff; mquccdphgbvoo, deeeen fjcythiote,” into “The young well dressed man from the rock that anchors was more liver than we were used to,” the good natured humor doesn’t come across well.
I go back to work tomorrow, and I’m glad. I’ sick of lying around doing nothing, but my doctor told me to take it easy for one last day.
I spent the day reading about when men from Earth first came to the moon. The book was written by a moonian. They see things rather differently than we do.
My eyes were open, but all around me was darkness, except for a pinprick of light. I looked into the point of light, and it began to grow larger and brighter. Soon, the light enveloped all, and the darkness was gone.
I knew that I was dead.
I couldn’t tell you how much time I spent bathed in this sourceless light before I noticed a nymph walking towards me. I couldn’t tell if she was the same one I had seen the night before or a different one.
I just watched as she approached me. She leaned close, and I closed my eyes as she kissed me. When I opened them I was in my sick bed, and my fever had broken.
Blynne is sure it really happened, that the fever tried to claim me, but my life was spared by magic. Todd said if it really had happend, the nymph wouldn’t have walked, she would have flown.
I’m just glad to be healthy.
Through my fever, I saw a green skinned dryad dance before me. She looked my way and smiled. As she faded from my sight, I heard her whisper “go to the river.”
All at once, there was a terrible storm, with booming thunder, lightning zigzagging in every direction, and fierce wind. There was no rain, just noise, lightning and a dry heat. In the middle of the storm, I think I saw Jenny. She was trying to tell me something, but I couldn’t hear her over the wind and thunder.
Then I woke up, alone in my sick bed.
When I told Blynne about my dream, he told me that such a vision is a portent of what the future holds.
I would not have thought that the Martian flu would be contractible off of Mars, but apparently you can get it on the moon.
When you have it, your whole body heats to a point where you feel as though your eyeballs might burst, and indeed my doctor tells me this sometimes happens. Fortunately, I got treated early, so I should fully recover within a week or so.
In the meantime, I have fever-induced hallucinations to entertain me.
Blynne and Todd have both decided to delay the expedition into the lost paradise known as Muvidor until I am feeling better. Todd said it wouldn’t be the same without me.
I know how excited they are about this trip. That they would hold off on my behalf, means a whole lot to me.
Meanwhile, it hurts to look at things.
I am sick with the Martian flu. I have not left bed all day. I will probably be out sick from work for a week, maybe longer.
This means I will not be able to plumb the hidden depths of Muvidor this weekend, and also my eyeballs might explode.
Tomorrow, Todd and I will get together with Blynne to plan our trip. Todd is very excited about our upcoming adventure into the unknown. It was all he could talk about today.
Blynne has been wanting to do this for the past month. This is a big deal for him.
I feel like I should be more excited about this than I am, but, to me, the moon holds enough wonders out in the open. I don’t feel the need to seek out the hidden ones.
Todd, Blynne, and I are planning on exploring the lost ruins of Muvidor.
The remains of the ancient city are said to be patrolled by monsters that guard the long forgotten treasures within.
This trip could be dangerous, but we are taking every precaution. We head out first thing, next weekend.
I like to collect moonstones. It has been a hobby of mine for years. The moonians say that they have mystical powers. I don’t know if that is true, but they are very pretty.
Despite living on the moon, the stones are hard to find because they are so valued by the moonians, so I was lucky to get to buy a whole bag of them at an auction today. They are milky and soothing.
Todd had his first rugby match of the season. I went with Blynne and his friend Rachel to cheer Todd on.
Blynne had never seen a rugby game before. He told me about the most popular moonian sport, which sounds complicated. In this sport, who’s name I forget, two athletes are put inside giant rolling balls. The two then race across obstacle courses. It sounded very elaborate.
Todd’s team won!
Some days I miss my family and my friends and my planet so much I just lie down and cry.
But today we found a rainbow. Me and Todd and Blynne walked all the way across it. On Earth, the gravity would make walking on a rainbow impossible. On the moon? No problem!
Days like this are why I wanted to come to the moon in the first place.
When I look at the Earth, sometimes I think about how many billions of people are down there, while there are so few people up here. I think about fast things are on Earth, compared to the moon. I think about the clutter and franticness on Earth, and I compare it to how still and quiet things are on the moon.
And then I usually think about how colonization will eventually make the moon as urban and overfull as the Earth, and I cry.