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Kaleida 34

Shannon is a new writer graduating from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey with a BA in Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. She writes primarily flash fiction and poetry: short, sweet, and to the point.

Entry: Year 1
My name is Jill. I am 6. Im going to space camp! Mom sayz Kate cant come with me. That makes me sad.
Entry: Year 2
This is a long camp! We've been on the spaceship a long time. We learn a lot from Ms. Jones. The hole camp is 30 kids. I thought that was alot but mom said in her eemail that its not!
Entry: Year 3
I want to go home. We learn a lot about space on the ship but I miss mom. My friend Tessa says her mom told her she was only gonna camp for a week! Mom never told me how long and I never asked her. I asked Ms. Jones if I can go home and she says we are to far.
Entry: Year 4
Today we learned about a planet called Kaleida 34. Its gonna save us! Its just like Earth but 20 years away. Mom emailed me! Kate turned 4 and can talk good now! When I get back from space camp we will talk.
Entry: Year 5
Ms. Jones is the only grownup but she sometimes cries. Us kids pretend we don't see because that would embarrass her.
Entry: Year 6
Ms. Jones cried again today. She said we are heroes. I don't get why.
Entry: Year 7
I forget what Earth is like. Ms. Jones mentioned Kaleida 34 is going to feel warmer than Earth once we get there, eventually.
Entry: Year 8
I don't think I'm coming back from space camp.
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Author Comments

This story was difficult for me, as science fiction isn't a genre I often attempt. Once I thought of potential futures for a world like Earth, it became a lot easier. Overwhelming, but easier.

- Shannon E Stolz
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