A woman seeks escape
|Despite the warnings. Despite the obvious dangers. Charlayne had decided she would go. She would make a “Free Jump”. She would suit up, mumble a prayer, throw salt over her shoulder, click her heels three times and sail herself into the wormhole she had selected from the catalogue.
To her family, she was running away. Running from two ruined marriages and several children lost to miscarriage and childhood disease, such as PAIDS, that new pediatric strain affecting children only. Created accidentally as a cure for AIDS it was now laying waste an entire generation, driving men and women to avoid conception altogether. The future of man looked bleak. And Charlayne had had enough. She would not stay in the abject misery of this world, when there was a chance for a new life in another. The fact that her family did not support her only rubbed salt in Charlayne’s wounds.
She made her way to the portal of wormhole 643. Marketed in the catalogue, as the most likely to arrive at a happy place where disease and misery had long been extinct. Since no one had ever made a wormhole jump and returned to testify, she knew they were lying. But the promise was just too good, and her heart was just so sad.
She geared up. Donning the “jump” suit, then stowing her weapons and survival tools in various pockets, she prepared to jump.
Charlayne turned. It was her Father.
“This is suicide Charlayne. It is marketed as a chance at happiness but it is no chance at all. Wormholes are proven to be un-inhabitable by any living thing. Did they tell you that? There is no answer in self-destruction Charlayne. Please stay! We will make it together.”
“Oh Daddy” she said. Eyes brimming with tears. She rushed into his arms.