M4. The Twist

“Today’s the day you reclaim your humanity. Do you remember how to make the mind-linking cable like I taught you?”

“Oh! Oh, yes!” A red tentacle popped from the ground beside her. Its tip split into two, and each of those tips split into two, and so on, until the tentacle ended with a fibrous cable. “Like this, right?”

M1. The Fall

Professor Akayama could not quantify the duration of her fall after the Hurricane ripped her spaceship in half. Each half of the Zephyr’s head spun into space in opposite directions, while she seemed to spin in place until she lost consciousness. Each time she woke and opened her eyes, she saw the red Hurricane Planet approaching beneath her. She lost consciousness like this seven times, and each time she prayed she could hit the ground and die before she woke once more and had to see the Hurricane again.

She wasn’t so lucky. She splashed face-down in a deep ocean of warm, pearly, pulpy liquid.

She had no strength to swim, but she floated to the surface and rolled face-up. Her lab coat kept her afloat as she languished in half-awareness for, it felt like, nine days. She had to guess at the duration because she saw only red Hurricane Planets speckling the black sky; she would die without the familiar sight of the earth and sun from her moon base. She was too distant to see even the Milky Way.

J3. LuLu’s Space-Time Acceleration, S2 E13

Lucille settled into her Commander’s chair in Zephyr Alpha Blue’s cockpit. ZAB’s chair was angular shark leather which was either blue or just appeared blue in the giant head’s ambient lighting. Lucille pretended to press a few buttons to practice the layout of the control panel. She twisted the steering column left and right. She held the head of each lever to count them. She adjusted her seat to moon-base military standard, then kept adjusting it until she felt at home in the head.