by RABID KOOKABURRA
They've known each other for
years, but tonight they meet for the very first time.
Author's Notes: Thanks to
'Virgil4Ever' (Webmistress' Note: Now known as 'LMC') for her
encouragement and beta-reading skills. Thanks, Chris!
sorry! I didn't see you o-over there! Excuse me."
right. You can stay if you want."
sure? I mean, i-if you want to be alone..."
uh, say so. I-if I may ask, what are you doing out here,
anyway? I thought you would want to spend some...time with
your, uh, brothers after being in space for so long."
I guess I've just gotten used to being by myself. I just felt
like I had to get away, you know?"
know how that is."
you doing? Looking at the stars?"
Don't seem to want to stop."
uh, didn't mean to interrupt..."
not interrupting anything. I...I could use someone to talk to,
and I don't feel like going back in just yet."
Thunderbird Five is so quiet. After a few minutes around my
noisy brothers, as much as I enjoy being around them, their
voices sound a little loud."
do you d-do it?"
offense, but they all look...alike to me. The stars, I mean."
Really? In that case, you might want to look a little longer."
sorry, I d-didn't mean to offend..."
offended. Just look up at the stars for a bit."
"They're...different sizes. And have, uh, different b-brightnesses."
"What am I
you see anything different?"
then, do you know where the constellation Orion is?"
The th-three stars in a row."
Now, do you see that one up and to the left?"
Betelgeuse. Do you see anything unique about it?"
rea...wait, i-it looks kind of orange-ish."
what I was, uh, looking for? Color?"
You're right! I-I can see different colors i-in some other
seem quite that difficult to pick out individual stars now,
not! Well, I-I think dinner's, uh, just about ready, so I'll
head o-on in. You coming?"
Wait! Before you go, I want to show you something else."
here, to where I'm standing. You see that palm tree near the
outer curve of the pool over there?"
twenty degrees up, and to the right. It's the first really
bright one you come to. See it?"
It l-looks nice."
named that one Lucille."
"Your...your mother's name."
It's official. Registered and everything."
think of a, uh, better way to honor your mother's memory."
got the idea from when Mom told me...oh, never mind."
it. It sounds silly."
can t-tell me."
it's just that...it doesn't sound very...just forget it,
late. You've piqued my interest. Now I h-have to know."
know it sounds dumb, but when I was a kid, Mom told me that
when people die, they turn into stars and watch over us from
the heavens. When I discovered that star, it was like...I just
started thinking about Mom, and I guess I thought that it
really was her. Though you're probably thinking that this is
the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard."
all. The fact that I-I'm hearing this from an astronomer
a-actually lends it some c-credibility."
You're not just saying that?"
After all, n-nothing's impossible."
what you believe, huh?"
I-in fact, all of International Rescue's equipment, e-even
the, uh, Thunderbirds were designed on th-that principle.
While some things a-are more p-probable than others, n-nothing
is e-ever truly impossible."
there's a deep thought for you. Well, all this thinking is
working up an appetite. What say we get something to eat while
there's still some left?"
then! By the way, it was nice talking to you. We should do
this more often."