“You have got to hear me out! What I saw is beyond anything ever imagined. It’s beyond Buck Rogers!” the young man told his friend. A look upward and rolling eyes were the responses he received. ” Please listen,” he pleaded. ” I don’t want to forget a thing. Whatever happens to me, it doesn’t matter. I have seen the future and it is……well, fascinating!” Exasperated, she took a seat to hear a far -fetched tale.
Pacing up and down the room quickly, his face lit up as he remembered the events of the day. One moment he had been dodging gunshots in a neighborhood gang fight. The next he was surrounded by strangers in uniforms, looking out at the universe. The words came pouring out of his mouth almost faster than he could speak. He was in an odd sort of office, giving the impression of being in a skyscraper with a window view, except everyone looks out the window instead of at the walls. The view was of distant planets and stars and many of the wonders of space that few bothered to pay attention to in the 1950s.
He glanced at his friend, who was looking at him like he had either spent the afternoon drinking or gone off his rocker. Truth be told, she suspected both, but kept her lip zipped and continued to listen. He told her about the quest for universal peace and that peace was still sought after. He explained there were still bad guys and good guys and the ones caught in the middle with an opportunity to choose their direction. “They pulled me,” he explained. “I was about to go down to a bullet and somehow they yanked me out of there and up to where they were so I could understand why it is important to continue my path to achieve and get away from this life. There is something better for me up ahead and no matter what it takes, I am going to survive and reach it.”
At this point, she was a bit intrigued. The idea of him snatched out of harm’s way made her think of guardian angels and she hesitantly asked if he thought that was a possibility. He shook his head no and continued on. They were actually traveling in a starship, on the order of an aircraft carrier but with flight capability.They were nowhere near Earth but had received notice of his danger. It was important to their mission and the fate of Earth for him to survive, because in the future he would join their crew. His destiny was that of a leader, not just a runner for the mob. His assignment was to learn as much as possible and remain safe until he was called at some point in the years ahead to take his place as Science Officer and First Officer of the Starship Enterprise.
Author’s note: I could not resist this story of an image showing a young Leonard Nimoy in the movie “Kid Monk Baroni” from 1952. The opportunity to write this story was fascinating, indeed!
Original work of the author 6-2-11