Planet of Tranquility
The Robinsons have determined to finish the journey that they undertook over four years previously. But first, they plan to fulfill a promise to visit their underwater friends from the planet, ssHreana. It appears to be a planet of tranquility, an idyllic paradise, but looks can be deceiving................
I want to thank my friends from the GWwritersforum for their patient assistance in helping me edit this tale. This story is dedicated to them. I have gratefully borrowed the Robinson clan for the duration of their flight in my imagination. They, the Jupiter II and the Robot are the property of Twentieth Century Fox. Murreena, the flutter-dragons and all the others are the inventions of my warped little brain. I have thoroughly enjoyed having them as guests in my stories. If you want to use them, just ask. I am sure, as their agent, we can work out a deal.
Professor John Robinson lay quietly on the narrow beach, only half listening to the waves that were slowly making their way toward his feet. The sound of the waves, the ocean itself, had relaxed him a great deal in the last three weeks. So much so that the beating of his heart, the leisurely in and out of his breathing seemed to pattern themselves after the currents that flowed around him. Sighing languidly, he turned over on his side and caressed his wife’s shoulders.
“Oh, John, that feels so good,” she
murmured without opening her eyes.
He continued his light massage, working his way from her
shoulders to her neck and then running his fingers through her
sun-lightened red hair. Maureen Robinson giggled when his fingers worked their way
around her ears, and then she woke up in earnest when he drew her to him
in a fierce embrace, which ended in a long, deep kiss.
back slightly, he looked steadily into her intensely blue eyes, eyes
that mirrored the sky and the sea.
‘It is unbelievable that
we have been together for an entire month and a half.
No interruptions, no conflicts.
Like a second honeymoon. I
love you, Mo,’ he whispered in her mind and then took her in
another embrace, his love fierce and possessive.
After another passionate kiss, he lay back in the sand,
comfortable with life. A
short distance down away, their two flutter-dragons were rolling in the
sand together, squeaking in pleasure.
a contented sigh, Maureen ran her hand across his chest, her fingers
finding their way through the dark thatch of hair.
Lovingly, she gazed at him, drinking in his strength, his
passion, his love. Her
hands were still caressing his chest.
you are an incorrigible romantic.”
She leaned over and reciprocated his kiss, but this one was not
so long. She sat up,
panting slightly. “I am
going to have to go back in. I’m
starting to feel oxygen deprived.”
I have that effect on you?” he teased, but his hazel eyes
darkened slightly. He
reached over and stroked her neck lightly.
When he accidently touched the small device at the base of her
skull, John mentally shuddered.
saw the look in his eyes, felt his slight touch and sensed the fear that
wouldn’t totally go away. Sighing,
she said, “John, it’s been two weeks and there have been no ill
effects. This procedure is
perfectly safe, reversible, and you just can’t imagine what you are
missing. The children are
learning so much from Murreena and her pod.
The procedure might very well help you with your problem.”
rebreather is sufficient,” he responded tersely. He really wasn’t interested in debating his phobia at this
just think about it some more. You
might want to try the adaptation device for just a short while and see
for yourself,” Maureen said, leaning over and kissing him quickly.
John began, feeling his frustration turning into anger. Then he stopped.
He saw the hopeful look on his wife’s face, knew that she was
only thinking of his well being. He knew that she felt nearly as helpless as he did over this
phobia of his. Sighing, he
said, “Maureen, I simply am not ready right now.
You know I would if I could, but I can’t force myself to do
this. It’s too
John,” she said, leaning over and kissing him again. “I understand. I
just wish there was something I could do to help you.”
is something you can do. Go
have fun. Give my love to
smiled and got up, not bothering to brush the sand from her body.
He sat up as Maureen walked into the ocean.
Too soon the waves swallowed her up. He watched as Maggie dove
into the water and followed Maureen, unaffected by the change in
environment. Silverado had
followed them and now sat bobbing on the waves, squeaking sadly at him.
ahead, I’ll be here when you come back,’ he told his zanling companion.
come with me,’ the little lizard begged.
He just shook his head and his friend disappeared under the
over on his back, he looked at the turquoise sky above and thought about
their journey that brought them to ssHreana.....
There was a slight hint of rain in the air,
and the sky to the east was dark and dreary.
Dar, the heir apparent to the throne on Krimlon and John were
walking slowly toward the Jupiter II, where all was in readiness for the
impending launch. Dar spoke
as they walked. "Guardian,
I will miss you and your family. It
seems that the time has been entirely too short."
I will miss all of you as well,” John told him. He had long since ceased trying to get his Krimlon friends to
stop calling him Guardian. “Tell
Litha to take care of herself and congratulations
to you both,” he added with a smile.
know she’s expecting?” Dar looked at him in astonishment.
John pointed to the silver lizard on his shoulder. Silverado squeaked pleasantly.
“I suspected, but the zanlings can be incurable gossips when
they want to be.”
laughed and then stroked under the chin of his own zanling.
It cheeped appreciatively. “If
we have a boy, he will be named John,” Dar stated.
flattered and honored, Dar.”
rest of the Robinson family emerged from the space ship to say their
final farewells. All were
in silver flight suits, as was John.
As the family re-entered the ship and closed the hatch, several
tilons galloped over the hill. Their
other Krimlon friends waved as the ship rose gently on its repulsers and
then shot toward the upper atmosphere.
Pensively, John watched the aqua-colored sky turn dark as Don
announced their impending passage through the questing gate.
Tensing slightly, the professor waited for the actual transition.
When it came, it was an almost imperceptible motion, which along
with a shifting of stars, accompanied the change back to their own
the monitors, John breathed a sigh of relief.
“All indications show a successful return to our own galaxy,
Don. Good job,” he said.
“Robot, do a diagnostic. Make
sure there was no hidden damage due to the transition through the
gate,” he said over his shoulder to the B9 environmental robot.
for once everything went well,” Don said brightly. “Where to now?”
where to now?’ John thought for a few moments.
The silence after Don's question was only broken by the
whispering of the internal mechanisms of the computers and the Robot
along with the rustling of his grandson, Mark, who was crawling around
on the floor of the observation deck. “Home,” he finally murmured as
he stood watching Karturm swing majestically below them.
Remotely, he felt Maureen’s hand on his arm.
you mean Earth, dear?” she
I mean Alpha Centauri. Now
that we know the way, that’s where we belong,” he clarified.
her head against his shoulder, Maureen sighed.
“Yes, I agree, John. Our
arrival to Alpha Centauri is long overdue.”
John felt tendrils of alarm from Penny, abruptly shut off.
Daddy, couldn’t we visit Murreena first?
We did promise. And
we wouldn’t be there long,” Penny pleaded.
that was before we ended up being chased all over the galaxy,” John
replied. He could
understand his daughter’s longing, though.
Some time basking on a beach, swimming in an ocean did sound
I just looked up the coordinates for ssHreana.
There would be very little deviation from our path if we stopped
by Murreena’s world,” Don pointed out.
it’s obvious you want to go. What
about the rest of you?” John asked.
would, Daddy,” Judy said, quickly.
John saw Maureen nodding her approval.
are right, Penny, we did promise Murreena that we would visit her world
before we went to Alpha Centauri,” he said, looking in her direction
and winking. Flushing, his
youngest daughter nodded. Her
flutter-dragons swirled into the air in a dance of happiness.
right, Don, go ahead and punch up the coordinates for ssHreana,” he
hours, the bright streaks and swirls of hyperspace were flowing around
the spacecraft. A week
later, the Jupiter II shifted back to normal space and approached
ssHreana. As they neared
the planet, they were welcomed telepathically.
‘We greet you, Jupiter
II.’ Looking around,
John realized that everyone else on board had ‘heard’ the message as
well. The flutter-dragons
flitted in the air above their heads.
toward the communicator, John answered, “Thank you. We are here by invitation of Murwon and Murreena, two of your
we know, and have been awaiting your arrival.
However, we must tell you that Murreena was beginning to
worry.’ The telepathic voice was full of bright laughter.
had a slight, unavoidable delay,” John answered with a chuckle,
remembering briefly his excursion through questing gates and across
are sending the coordinates of a landing place into your ship’s
telepathic voice told him.
beautiful,” Penny said softly, watching the approaching planet in rapt
attention. “I feel the
voices of so many. They are
so friendly, welcoming us to the planet.”
Turning, she looked at her parents with shining eyes.
“Ever since I met the ssReelen, the companions, I have dreamed
of coming here.” Her mind
was filled with the music of the ssHreana oceans and with scenes of
wonder beneath ssHreana waves. Closing
her eyes, Penny made out details of various creatures sending her their
messages. She felt the
merging of her thoughts with theirs, and also the presence of her own
four flutter-dragons. She
longed to be swimming in the Mirin grotto right now, a place she saw as
vibrant shades of color- blues, greens, reds and yellow. The fronds of seaweed waved majestically from the sea floor,
towering like ocean skyscrapers. Pink
and orange corals were anchored on rocks of luminous white.
She heard the music of the ssReelen companions and the Shamiril,
dolphin like creatures that were dancing in the center of the grotto,
their soft skins belied by the acrobatic twists and turns they made in
time to the ocean melodies. Penny watched Corellus paint in the sand
with the rainbow inks of the Klitees arthropods. Opening her eyes in surprise, she wondered where the names
had come from. Then Penny
felt the tiny tendrils of bright laughter in her mind.
Lucy squeaked pleasantly and led the other lizards in another
spiral dance of joy. Turning,
she saw the rest of her family watching her in bemusement.
They apparently had received at least part of the same messages
that she had.
know you have, sweetheart,” Maureen said with a warm smile.
Penny’s enthusiasm was contagious.
much water,” John murmured. “It
will be a wonder if there is a place big enough to land this thing.”
As he was looking out of the observation window, he suddenly
realized that every one of the flutter-dragons were perched along the
top of the control panel staring out the window, chirping softly.
was a place large enough to accommodate the Jupiter II, but just barely.
“What do you use for a spaceport?” Don asked wryly when the
ssHreana welcoming committee walked out of the ocean and onto the beach.
“And how were you able to communicate with us in orbit?” The
Jupiter II loomed barely thirty yards behind them.
Light laughter floated in his head as the water people
flutter-dragons flew in dizzying circles in the turquoise sky above,
cheeping and squeaking in unbridled happiness.
Don felt sensations of freedom and joy floating through his
thoughts and he laughed. Their
little companions spontaneity was contagious.
visitors orbit our planet and come down in shuttles.
Your craft was small enough to land on this island in the Mirin
atoll. We sense that you have a shuttle type vehicle.
Perhaps later you can return your ship into an orbit and return
in your Space Pod,’ one of the ssHreana told him.
‘As to your second
question, we have enhancement devices that allow us to communicate with
over his shoulder, Don mentally concurred with the ssHreana.
There wasn’t much more of the island on the far side of their
space vessel. “Is this
the biggest island on the planet?” he asked.
but it is the biggest one near our main Homeplace.
The largest island is near the southern pole and not very
pleasant for ssHreana habitation, Don West,’ the foremost ssHreana
explained. He appeared to
be older than the others.
is Murreena and Murwon?” John inquired.
are near the Homeplace, awaiting your arrival.
The time of pod celebrations is approaching and many are involved
in the preparations. We
have rebreathing devices for your use, which will let you stay in the
upper reaches for long periods of time.
Later, you may wish to use the bio-adaptation devices to swim to
the home places. By the
way, I am called Weros,’ the more slender ssHreana pointed to
I can’t wait to see the homeplaces.
I think I may have seen them as we approached!” Penny
she sent the telepathic images she had seen during their approach.
that is the Mirin homeplace. Hopefully
you will get to see it during your stay,’ Weros told her.
Looking at the others, he continued.
‘Do you wish to wait for
awhile, or would you like to visit the upper reaches now?’
now!” Penny exclaimed. Then
she blushed and turned to her parents.
“Please, Dad, Mom. Can
we visit now?” she asked plaintively.
She noticed that Dad had a slight frown and she wondered if she
had overstepped her bounds.
looked at his youngest daughter and felt her intense longing.
She had been drawn to the ssReelen companions on Krimlon at the
time that the questing gates were being used to draw the telepathically
inclined. That time in the
not so distant past when those with telepathic abilities were labeled as
abominations and were hunted and killed. Murreena and her pod-mate, Murwon had been caught in that
‘witch-hunt,’ and Penny had cared for the ssHreana companions during
that time and had become very attached to them.
It was only natural that she would want to visit her underwater
friends. However there was
something that Weros said that disturbed him.
we can use the rebreathers, I see no problem in a swim,” he finally
said. Penny gave him a
quick hug and ran back into the Jupiter II to change into her swimming
suit. The others did the same and by the time they had returned to
the beach, the ssHreana had returned with the swimming devices.
are the rebreathers. They
will allow you a great deal of access to the upper reaches.
You simply wear them on your back and breathe through the
mask,’ Weros explained, telepathically showing the family how the
devices worked. They were
similar to the scuba gear in use on Earth, but much more compact and
lightweight. ‘And this is the
bio-adaptation device, which when attached will allow total freedom
looked at the device in horror. It
was a circlet that fitted over a person’s head.
John saw the inside, with the tendrils that attached to the
scalp, making the changes necessary for adaptation.
He saw in his mind a similar circlet, one about the same size,
even the same color. He saw
that the tendrils would work the same as the device with which he had
been imprisoned on Krimlon. He
felt the constricting, piercing intrusion of the controlling device in
his mind and saw that this one worked on much the same principle.
It didn’t matter that the inventors were friends and that the
device had a useful purpose, John only saw . . . and felt, the horror of
his imprisonment and torture, and he mentally recoiled.
“No, absolutely not,” he declared vehemently.