The Asteroid

By the Saleswoman

The asteroid was hurtling straight for Earth, and there was nothing anybody could do to stop it.  

“This just in, NASA has confirmed that an asteroid is headed straight for Earth and should hit in two hours. Everyone, spend the remaining time you have with your family and friends.  We will alert you if we get any more information.” The young woman on the TV screen said to the Wilkinson family, who were all sitting in their living room, watching with fear.  Andreanna, the mother, took the remote control and turned the TV off.  The whole room was silent – there was nothing that could be said.  Finally Ron broke the silence.

“Mom? What will happen if that asteroid hits us?” Ron, who was only five years old, stood up and walked toward his mother.  Andreanna looked at her young, innocent son.  All she wanted for him was to live a happy life and get the most out of Earth’s wonders.  Although now, she unfortunately knew that he wouldn’t get that opportunity.  What could she say? That they would all die? She couldn’t tell him that, especially if he didn’t fully comprehend what was happening.

“I’m not sure, Ron. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.” Jony, the eldest daughter shook her head and sighed.

“Wait and see? Mom seriously?” Jony didn’t get her mother’s approach. Jony had a tough-love kind of personality. If something bad is going to happen, then there is no reason in putting any euphemism in it – just say it as it is.  However Andreanna didn’t see it that way.  Andreanna didn’t want to frighten Ron.

“Yes Jony, we’ll have to wait and see.” Andreanna gave her sixteen year old daughter a stern look, hoping that she would understand that in this situation, she would like Ron to stay calm.  Not agreeing, Jony grudgingly followed her mother’s wishes and got up and left the room.  Jony couldn’t believe this was happening. She needed a breather from all the drama.  She ran up to her room and slammed the door behind her.  She walked over to her mirror and stared at her reflection.  There was a scar overtop of her right eyebrow that she got when she was four and accidentally fell down the stairs.  This was the last time she’d look at herself in this mirror.  The mirror that she used to looked through every morning.  This morning felt like such a long time ago to Jony. When she looked at herself this morning she had no idea that these events would occur.

“Why so sad, little crab?” called  her uncle who appeared behind her.  Jony jumped when she heard her uncle’s voice – her uncle who had moved to Toronto five years ago.

“What are you doing here?” Jony asked in complete shock. How did her uncle get here so quickly?

“I’m here to help calm you down. I can make everything better.” Jony’s uncle was dressed in a white tuxedo and had his hair slicked back.

“Unless you can make that asteroid turn around, I don’t think you can help me.” Jony responded and walked over to sit down on her bed.

“Perfect! When should we leave?” Jony’s uncle followed Jony to her bed and sat right next to her.

“What are you talking about?”

“I’m going to make everything better. We are going to turn that asteroid around.” Jony couldn’t believe what she just heard. Was her uncle joking? There was no possible way that Jony and her uncle could turn an asteroid around.

“Stop.”

“Stop what? Oh I see, you don’t believe me. Well then I have to fix that!” All of sudden within a blink of an eye Jony and her uncle vanished and appeared up in the middle of space.

“WHERE ARE WE?” Jony screamed. She was so confused and thought she was hallucinating.

“We’re in space.” Jony couldn’t believe what was happening. She and her uncle were literally in the middle of space floating in the air.

“Shouldn’t we be dead? Oh my gosh, we’re going to die – we don’t have a space suit on.” Jony began freaking out and breathing very fast but her uncle placed his hand on Jony’s right shoulder.

“Calm down. We’re fine. Now if you want to stop that asteroid we better move fast.” Jony’s uncle began – what looked like – flying in space towards Earth.  Jony without realizing how she did,  began following her uncle through space.

“This is incredible!” Jony’s eyes widened as she flew closer and closer towards Earth. The view was absolutely fascinating. The whole planet glowed outwards. The mixture of colours of blue, white and green were overwhelming – it almost looked as though the whole planet was covered in glass because it was so shiny.  The whole picture was indescribable.

“I know right! Now there’s the asteroid.” Jony’s uncle pointed to the grey fast moving object that was flying through space.

“How do we stop it?” Jony asked.

“It’s so easy. All we have to do is think about it physically turning around.”

“What? You must be joking.” Jony’s uncle mustn’t be serious. There is no way that Jony could just think about it disappearing and it actually happens.

“I’m serious. Now we don’t have that much time. Do it now or never.” Jony looked at her uncle and realized he was being completely serious. So she closed her eyes and took a deep breath, then she pictured the asteroid, with flames around it, physically turning the opposite direction from Earth.  She repeated this scene many times in her head until she felt a tap on her shoulder.  She tried to open her eyes but they were glued together.

“Jony!” Now she felt someone shaking her shoulders. Jony kept trying to open her eyes, but it wasn’t working.  

“Jony!” All of a sudden Jony opened her eyes to her mother standing overtop of her, shaking her whole body. “Get up! You have school and you slept in.” Jony’s mother walked out of her room, shutting the door as she walked out.  Jony, confused at first, looked around her surroundings and sighed when she realized that it had all just been a dream – there was no asteroid, she didn’t fly in space and her uncle didn’t appear in her room. However, the next time she saw her uncle a funny thing happened: he winked and grinned at her.