It has been almost a week since we arrived at this alien spaceport, and Lala, Momo, and Nana had all left for Deviluke. The rest of us have been spending our time maintaining the starship Astroboy.Since our arrival, there have been many upgrades to the ship. It now has a better warp drive, so we could travel to neighboring stars in half the time as before.
Only Zastin managed to come back, and he brought some unsettling news. It seems that some of the girls’ suitors—not just Lala’s—had been waiting for their return. To make things worse, the devil king had left the planet to deal with other matters, so the three sisters have been preoccupied with entertaining the guests and maintain the empire’s aura of authority. I help but feel sorry for the girls. It must be terrible to have so many responsibilities foisted upon them. I can’t believe the Deviluke king would be so irresponsible!
Zastin said that it would take a long time before the girls came back. He told us that we should go sightseeing on our own. None of us really wanted to go anywhere without the sisters, so all of our plans to tour the other star systems have been scrapped. Instead we settled for day trips out to the neighboring planets and moons. It’s still quite the experience to travel around so many Alien worlds. The home star is a blue supergiant many times bigger than our own Sun. Lunatique-Sensei tells us how its core is layered like an onion with lighter material like hydrogen on the outer layer and heavier elements on the inner layer. One day, the fuel inside the core would run out, and the star would explode in what’s know as a supernova. Luckily, said Lunatique-sensei, that wouldn’t happen for another billion years, so I think we’re safe.
I am learning so much stuff from going on this trip! Every day, I follow Yami around the ship, and listen to her talk about the intricate components that make the Astroboy work.
Yami is filling in for Lala-San as Chief Engineer. As the other designer of the ship, she was the most qualified for the job. Meanwhile, there has been a great shift in everybody’s stations, as we are trying to fill in for Lala, Momo, and Nana. Mea is now the new pilot, and she is teaching Sawada-san how to be the new Navigator. Also, Kotegwa-San and Momikawa-san are now our newest security officers. Every day, I see them training with Zastin.
Actually, I recently managed to rope Rito in to helping me with the kitchen work. It’s a tough job to be cooking four half a dozen people every day. It’s extra helpful when I know his new bedroom is just behind my kitchen. As punishment for tricking me in the rescue mission, I would wake him up early every morning, force him out of bed, and put him to work preparing breakfast. On days when he is especially resistant, I double his workload. When the meal is finished, he is absolutely exhausted. Of course, there’s no time to go back to bed. Thankfully, I am there to take him to the shower room.
Every morning, Rito and I go to the sick bay. After this, both of us go through a full check up, we both have to then give a blood sample. To make things worse, the final thing to do is get injected with that day’s choice of vaccines. Dr. Mikado is trying to prepare our bodies for contact with other life forms. She says that these appointments are necessary for our own survival. I still really, really hate all of those needles poking through my delicate skin. Worse still, some of these shots have really bad reactions, and we usually have to lie on the bed for a while before the pain goes away. *groans exasperatedly*
Anyway, I am enjoying the chance to go sightseeing in this spaceport. On days when we don’t go out to see the other planets, we stay here and experience this city that’s floating in space. My mind still can’t comprehend this place. You’d walk around as if everything was normal, but then you’d realize that the street you are on is curling up above your head. When you look up, you see all those buildings “hanging down” from the “ceiling”. It’s so bizarre!
I really love taking these strolls around the spaceport. Usually, I am walking with Rito. It’s so nice to be alone with him, to talk with him about all the new sights sounds we’ve experienced together. I really adore walking with him in these flower gardens. All of these strange and exotic plant life are so colorful! Like nothing like what we have at home! I especially love it when the simulated daylight is turned off. That is when the flowers begin to glow like tiny lamps lighting up our path. It looks so magical! It’s so great to walk through such a pth, hand in hand with Rito. I wish we could spend more time like this together.
I-I-I mean as his sister of course. There’s no way I could be attracted to him. He’s my brother! Besides, he is already getting married Haruna-san and Lala-san. I don’t think there’s any room for me, anyway. When Lala announced their nuptials, I was happy for them. Deep in my heart, there was this empty spot where something was there before. Yet, when I am walking in the gardens with Rito, that spot disappears.
I don’t get it.
Anyway, it’s nearly dinner time, which means I have to go find my favorite little helper.
Talk to you Later,