MidReal Story

The solar system is moved into

Scenario: The solar system is moved into the Andromeda galaxy.
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The solar system is moved into the Andromeda galaxy.
We were over halfway to our destination in the Andromeda galaxy when the shockwave hit.
It shouldn’t have been possible.
After all, we were traveling at nearly the speed of light, and space is a vacuum, right?
Still, the wave rippled through the ship, shaking everything in its path so violently that even though I was securely strapped in, my head smacked into the back of my chair with a loud thud.
I blinked through the stars swirling around my head and glanced over at Sarah.
She looked just as dazed as I felt.
“What the hell was that?”
She shook her head, trying to clear it.
“I have no idea.
But whatever it was, the shockwave knocked our ship off course.”
I looked out the window, hoping for a glimpse of the sleek spacecraft that had been our home for the past year.
But when I realized it wasn’t there, panic set in.
“Did they leave us behind?”
Before Sarah could respond, the computerized voice of our spaceship’s AI crackled over the speakers.
“Warning: System failure in progress.
Please evacuate immediately.”
The escape pod lurched forward and then plummeted toward the unknown planet below.
Sarah and I both screamed as we fell, but I couldn’t hear her over the roar of air whipping past us.
I kept my eyes squeezed shut and waited for the inevitable crash at the end of our free fall.
But instead, we glided to a stop, landing on an alien world that looked exactly like Earth—or at least what Earth used to look like before it was moved to a different galaxy.
I unbuckled my seatbelt and stood up on shaky legs.
Sarah emerged from her own pod just as cautiously as I did, looking around with wide eyes.
Our ship had been powered by a black hole—one that had been created by humans back on Earth.
We’d harnessed its power to propel us through space faster than light itself, but I never imagined it would be strong enough to move an entire solar system.
I shook my head in disbelief as I watched our sun dip below the horizon, looking so small next to some of the other stars in this galaxy.
Sarah clapped her hands together.
“Maybe we can use it to go back home!”
I stared at her like she’d lost her mind.
Do you have any idea how much power it would take to move an entire solar system?
If we’re not on Earth anymore—”
“—then what about our families?”
she whispered.
Tears welled up in her eyes, and I reached for her hand to comfort her.
But before I could say anything, Captain Roberts called out to us from over by his escape pod.
“Listen up, crew!
We need to get our bearings and figure out where we are so we can send out a distress signal to Earth.”
I swallowed hard and fought back a wave of nausea.
If Earth was still there.
Captain Roberts frowned at me.
I thought I told you to secure your helmet.”
I tightened my grip on Sarah’s hand and squeezed my eyes shut as the computer scanned my vitals yet again.