MINI-READ Twenty-first Installment
This twenty-first mini-read installment ran for two weeks from 01/06/20 to 15/06/20 which features the twenty-second chapter of Participant In Entropia by Andrew Jenery.
Participant In Entropia
Second Rock From Calypso
'New planet!? I wonder how they managed to find that out.' The two Tripudions in Biodome 8 that still hadn't moved, suddenly became unimportant.
I responded in the only way I could think of at that precise moment. 'W, what? Where?'
'On the reader...' Delos confirms Jenna's blockbuster revelation, still partly watching the Tripudions just as I was. 'Heck! It's true! On the personal message reader.'
I cast my left eye down whilst also watching the creatures, still certain that the one to the right would move first. All too clearly in vivid red was “Astro-survey finds new habitable planet officially named Rocktropia” followed by “This new world of endless possibilities and adventure awaits all Entropian colonists - see Information Terminals for details”.
Meanwhile, Dillinger was still shuffling left 'n' right in his inimitable manner near the teleporter also watching the two giant frogs, as the fifth member in the team came in with a much needed reality check. 'They've been saying this sort of thing for years already and no planet was actually ever found. Besides, there's no info terminals here so we'll have to go back to the control room to find out. If it's true it'll probably cost a small fortune to get there anyway. In the meantime this wager's still on. I still bet that the one to the left moves first. John! I think you'll lose this time...'
'Lets wait and see Ben. Then we'll all call it quits here and see about this Rocktropia...'
The Tripudions had been motionless for minutes already, so one of them had to move soon, especially as they were no more than fifty yards away from us - and I still knew that the one to the right would move first in spite of Ben's misplaced confidence. Any competition was won before it was fought. Suddenly the one to the right bounced towards us and everyone opened fire. Then the second one and a third rushed in. Moments later it was all over with the carcasses in a heap before us. 'John – I don't believe it! The nearest Tripudion usually always jumps first!'
'Not always. It depends. Anyway, better luck next time.' Noticing the slightly sheepish expression on Ben's face, I walked over to the pile of credits on the ground and transferred them to my personal inventory in the usual way.
Minutes later we're back in the control room and Jenna has made a beeline for the nearest information terminal. 'Hey everyone! It says you can get there from any teleporter on Calypso, from here or from Crystal Place and creature spawning areas have been introduced. Costs fifty PEDs from here or C-P or forty from Calypso. Heck – that's one way only!' Whether forty PEDs or fifty PEDs, this seemed a small price to pay to me. This was a whole new frontier – a once in a lifetime opportunity.
'Then it has to exist. No doubt Entropia's “powers that be” want to recoup some of their costs for finding it...' I paused, thinking there might be more. 'What else does it say.'
'Cool! There's a “City of Dreams”, a “Lemmy's Castle” - a whole lot of other places, and EBN has a broadcasting station there already...' What Jenna was saying, was almost unreal. I ran over to the next nearest information terminal to see for myself. 'What the... Someone or someone's have been here big time! There's over twenty teleporters here! That means there's colonists there already. In a month the place will be chock-a-block. If we don't go now, we'll lose out.' Delos rallies to the cause.
'I'm in! Sounds like fun to me...'
'O.K. I'll join, even though I just lost a hundred credits. I'm bored with the asteroid anyway.'
'Don't know – fifty credits is a lot to get there for me at the moment and I'm a bit low on funds. But what I'm really worried about is not making the next rent on my apartment which is two days time. Remember that the nano cleaners and heating switch off when the rent is overdue...' I hadn't thought about this, but then considered that we wouldn't be there for too long anyway for a first trip. 'Yep, that's a good point, but I'm thinking of just three or four days to begin with, maybe a bit longer if it turns out to be worthwhile. Apartments should be O.K if they're not left unattended for months or something...'
'Yea – maybe you're right. I'll join you, but we share the loots equally on team hunts...'
'Of course! Don't we ever... Anyway, according to the e-map – which seems to have been updated by the way, as I'm sure Rocktropia wasn't on it yesterday, we can go to Lemmy's Bridge, City of dreams or Studio Street.' Jenna had already made her mind up as to where she was going to go.
'Lets see what City of Dreams is like. Sounds interesting...' Minutes later we had a unanimous decision for the same destination. The trip to the new planet was on. 'Lets go to the teleporter...'
End of this mini-read instalment. Click here for the next chapter or chapters of Participant In Entropia which runs from 13/07/20- 27/07/20.