Part 5: the Couple
the DIGITAL DAILY news----2000 World Standard Time----4
Cosmic Couple Meet in Space
The 2nd Convention for Interplanetary Diplomacy was held in
SpaceCity. The Cosmic Couple were joined once more, and the rest
of the world tagged along via TelComNet.
Among the subjects discussed was the agreement that neither of
the two Envoys should appear in the Advertising & Entertainment
Medium, so as not to cheapen their image as the Representatives
of Earth. It was also decreed that Niels would resign from the
Solar Rangers before the Descent, re-enlistment afterwards his
option, so that the mission itself would not be under Military
After the official program, Niels invited Marucia to see his
quarters, and of course, the cameras of the world followed them
to his humble Lieutenant's cabin in SR Section of SpaceCity. His
fellow officers were all lined up to meet the Brazilian beauty.
The young pilot then invited his guest on a quick orbital
flight, and was granted permission to take out a 2-man 627
Zipship. Ten minutes into flight Lt Tordenskjold turned off the
TelCom transmission. The Cosmic Couple was out of contact with
their audience for almost 2 hours. Transmission was restored ten
minutes before re-docking.
the DIGITAL DAILY news----2400 World Standard Time----4
TelComNet agents were visibly upset with Lt Tordenskjold's
manouevre: 2 hours of airplay is a very expensive commodity.
They had to fill the airtime with news briefs and
Lt Tordenskjold responded to ther complaints that it had just
been agreed upon that he and senhorita Alexandre were NOT to be
considered media entertainment.
Beside him, the lovely Marucia grinned and said, "My Hero!"
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----0600 wst----5 Aug 2164
COSMIC COUPLE TAKE OFF
Oh, they got away from us last night, didn't they, folks?
They're just so cute, flashing around the Universe in a souped up
Zipship and turning US off like that! What do you suppose they
did in those two hours of perfect privacy? What did they talk
about? Did they talk?
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ZERO GRAVITY SEX?
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----1600 wst----10 Aug
We've heard from a reliable source that the impending wedding
of Marucia Alexandre has been postponed again. She is
engaged to marry the fabulously rich Eduardo de Ouro, but
word is that he's become quite jealous about you-know-who, and
that the "Orbital Quickie of the Cosmic Couple" was too much for
PIRATE TRANSCRIPT OF SECRET SURVEILLANCE
location: SRspacecraft #Z369 type Zip 627. orbital
flightregist # 315 NSW @800 km. 1811(wst) 4/8/64
NIELS: There, how about some privacy?
MARUCIA: Did you really just turn them off? Muita obrigada!
NIELS: De nada.
MARUCIA: Fala português?
NIELS: No, working on it, but don't quite speak it yet. Anyway I
figured you must be about as tired of all the attention as I am.
MARUCIA: They're everywhere; journalists, cameramen, people with
opinions. I never knew how far one had to go to get away from
NIELS: Well, we're on a two-hour orbit 800 kilometers above them
all now. Let's hope that's far enough. If not, there's always
Jupiter...hey, we'll be reaching Sunrise in 15 seconds. Watch
MARUCIA: Oh! It's so beautiful. O Deus mio.
NIELS: First time in space?
MARUCIA: Yes. I've been putting it off. I've always been
afraid of it. Like the ocean, an entity of nature too vast to
NIELS: It's not so dangerous any more, not since the Jupiterians
gave us MEST-technology. It's fantastic: the Universe is really
finally open to us, and it's just Now that it's all beginning to
happen. I feel so incredibly lucky to be a part of it!
MARUCIA: I wish I had your attitude, that would make it
easier...do you really WANT to meet the Jupiterians?
NIELS: Yes! Absolutely! Don't you?
MARUCIA: To me they seem even vaster than all the other forces
of nature: huge, eternal, superintelligent, godlike. I don't
know what they want with people. Because we TASTE good, who
knows? And why ME specifically, why us? Don't you fear them
even a little?
NIELS: Yes, sure. But we can't let that stop us, can we?
MARUCIA: No... Well, no, of course not.
NIELS: Sometimes...sometimes being afraid makes an experience
really GREAT, really powerful, when you ride it through to the
other side with everything screaming and rattling and about to
explode, and you MAKE it! It can be a rush.
MARUCIA: Is that what you tell all the reluctant virgins?
NIELS: (laughs) I don't know any reluctant virgins.
(26 seconds of silence)
MARUCIA: That must be Denmark.
NIELS: Yeah, that little spot.
MARUCIA: It's all one spot now, that World down there.
NIELS: So are you getting married with Eduardo as planned?
MARUCIA: I suppose. (pause) Why do you ask?
NIELS: Just seeing if the Scandal Rags have their facts
MARUCIA: Would they lie? Are you really sleeping with that
NIELS: Hah, I was just at the same party, I know you better than
I know her. And all I know about you is what I read in the
MARUCIA: Same here.
(13 seconds of silence)
NIELS: You know they'll say about this little trip: "Cosmic
Couple Escapes Chaperones: for the first time in a year they get
away with shutting the bathroom door."
MARUCIA: I can hardly wait to read it.