It took two full days of final preparations, but finally Sirod was ready. She thanked all her friends
for their assistance, and said farewell to her Mommy, who was not without reservations about
Sirod's "Journey of Discovery." There had been some discussion and concern on Mom's part
about Sirod's quest for the unknown, but finally Mom had relented, giving Sirod her blessings for
a safe and speedy trip.
Mommy figured that the only way to truly hold on to Sirod was to let her spread her wings. Mom
figured that philosophy had worked with Zira, and would probably work with Sirod. Mom hoped
and prayed that the mission would go smoothly, as she cherished Sirod as much as she did any of
her more Anormal-looking babies.
The mission was slated to begin at midnight that very evening, with a full moon to guide Sirod
swiftly on her way. Sirod double checked her provisions of fruit and twinkies, and found them to
be adequate for the estimated journey's distance. Sirod figured with hyper speed turbo power,
she would make it to Tierra Spectral in about two days, using solar power by day, and twinkie
fusion by moonlight.
When Mom had seen Sirod packing numerous twinkies into the rocket, she was glad to hear that
the twinkies were for propulsion and not provisions. The fruit would sustain Sirod until she could
get back to Mom's good eats.
But before blast-off could commence, there was one more important task at hand, the loading and
implementation of Sooz-bot, the shipboard navigational unit that Zira had graciously lent to Sirod
for the trip. Sooz-bot was a good egg but was known in the past to cause trouble, landing her prior
space traveling employers on the wrong planet, in the wrong space-time continuum, but Sirod
believed in giving trouble-makers a second chance. This was to be Sooz-bot's "voyage of
After Sirod and Sooz argued for a good five minutes about which way they were going to plot the
voyage, a course was tentatively agreed on (after some mediation intervention was implemented
by other more cool headed Baby Face in the gang.) Sooz had fiercely insisted the fastest way was
to go straight down the closest volcano to the other side and then upwards, but Sirod didn't think
the ship's heat shields could take that, so a more direct "up and away" course was ultimately
Finally, midnight had arrived, and Sirod clamored up into the rocket with Sooz-bot, after kissing
everyone farewell. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ... 1!!!!!!! With a mighty thrust, Sirod's craft blasted off
toward the moon, narrowly missing several spy satellites just passing by in the earth's outer
atmosphere. After these narrow misses, it looked like it would be smooth sailing all the way to
Hopefully, Sooz-bot's asteroid forecasts were correct, and Sirod would have no further mishaps
on the first leg of her journey. Furthermore, she hoped that Sooz-bot would navigate true, and not
land the mission on Uranus or Mars, which would just delay the project for months and guarantee
multiple heated discussions between the two Argue-nauts.
Sirod settled back, and was just about to activate the auto pilot, when out in the Event Horizon
appeared a tiny fireball. Sirod decided to check it out, against the advise of that know-it-all
Sooz-bot, and piloted her craft toward the blip on her radar screen.
As she drew near, she was astounded to find another of her kind! This little Baby Face was not
quite like Sirod, she was PINK, and was not prepared for space travel at all, in her snappy pink
outfit. To make matters worse, this pink Baby Face was in a HEAP of trouble, what with her
space craft almost fully engulfed in flames! Thinking fast, Sirod pulled her rocket up parallel to
the burning craft, and offered to take this kindred spirit aboard. The pink Baby Face was more
than happy to see Sirod, and quickly jumped on board.
"Greetings there fellow space traveler, my name is So Surprised Lauren, and thank you, you
have just saved me in the lick of time! "
It turns out Lauren was traveling to Tierra Spectral too, in search of her own answers to the
universe. Sirod offered to take Lauren with her and she gratefully accepted. Sooz-bot was a little
disgruntled with this extra baggage and having to share space, but she came around when Sirod
suggested that if it was a problem, well, Sirod could always chuck the navigational unit over the
side to lighten things up.
With that decided, the intrepid trio again set off for their destination, hoping for no more
surprises along the way, and a minimum of "discussions" between the parties on board.
To be continued...