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Science Fiction Fantasy Funny

Author’s note: Once again, this story has the same characters as my first short story, Rebel Prince. Also my third short story, A Poem By A Star (No, Literally). This isn’t Part Three, so you’ll understand it just fine on it’s own, but you might want to read Rebel Prince and A Poem By A Star (No, Literally) first to gain better understanding and enjoy this more!


“What on Ash?” I stared at the thing in Arava’s hand and my mouth dropped open.


“No,” she teased. “Not on Ash.”


“Whaddya mean?” I scrunched my face up. “And why are you holding a skull?!”


 My 8-year-old friend Arava was somewhat of an…oddity. To me, in a good way. Arava was a rebel who appreciated her powers. Plus, I had eventually told her I was the prince (she was new to Tyala, so didn’t know about my sucky title), and she literally just said ‘cool’. To the rest of my kingdom, Tyala…in a bad way. Any sort of differences were bad in Tyala, and one of Arava’s differences were powers, which were also bad in Tyala.


Anyways, I had known Arava for over 2 months, but she still amazed me sometimes. In this case, I was amazed and creeped out. Arava wasn’t shy about sharing her opinions, and she had often mentioned she wanted to kill somebody who annoyed her (I think she was being sarcastic. Think.). But I didn’t think she would go ahead and do it!


“Oh, don’t look so horrified,” Arava punched my shoulder. She admired the skull. “It’s not from a human, don’t worry.”


“Surprisingly, I’m still not calm.”


Arava grinned. “Well, it may be from a human. But not from on Ash. This is an alien’s skull!”


I took it from her and studied it. The skull looked like that of a human’s, probably dead for a while. It was just dirty bone, its empty eye sockets staring at me (which was strange, seeing the empty eye sockets had, you know, no eyes). “Where’d you get it?”


“From the moon,” Arava said.


I pushed it back in her hands. “What?”


“I got it from the moon,” she repeated.


“But…how? Nobody’s been to the moon before!”


Arava held her chest high. “I’m the first!”


I sighed and plopped down on my bed. I glanced at my clock—it was 1 pm—then said, “Get that skull out of my room, then come explain.”


*****


“Woah,” I breathed, “that’s cool.”


“I know, right?” Arava seemed extremely pleased with herself. “I rock.”


“Much like the hunk of rock I visited,” she added.


I snorted. “Haha, so funny.”


Ash’s moon did a full orbit of our planet once a year. It orbited in an oval from the bottom to the top of Ash, getting dangerously close to the tip of our planet as it passed over the North Pole. 


The moon would be completing its orbit by passing over the North Pole tomorrow, I knew that. What I didn’t know was that people—actually, a single person—would be going to the moon tomorrow, too.


As Arava explained, Scientist Ozai had decided it was time to visit the moon in search of alien life. They would be sending one person a year, when the moon finished its trip around Ash. The reason that time was because it was the easiest—our moon was super magnetic, so all the person had to do was hold a giant magnet while standing on the North Pole. Then, they’d search for whatever and wait a year on the moon until they could hop off the moon to get back on Earth.


It sounded really, really awful. A year? On the moon?


Arava had gone as a test a couple days ago, apparently. She had flown on a rocket—Scientist Ozai decided to send somebody as a test so that when they sent the person tomorrow, everything would go smoothly.


Arava returned to Ash after a day—once she had finished dropping off an insane amount of supplies (needed by the unlucky human who would go to the moon tomorrow) and searching for alien life. She didn’t find any—although she did find some alien death.


“So,” Arava said, “guess what?”


I grinned. “What?”


“I said,” she said flatly, “guess.”


I gave her The Look. “You found an elephant who can juggle and adopted him and named him Frisby. Then he turned into a frisbee so you cried. Then you decided crying was for losers and came here to call me a loser. Was I right?” 


Arava laughed the simple, joyful laugh of a young girl who was holding a creepy skull 10 minutes ago. “Not at all.”


“Tell me!”


Arava smiled. “So. Guess who signed up to go to the moon tomorrow?”


“You?” I shrugged. She shook her head. “Scientist Ozai?” Nope. “Somebody in the world?”


“Yeah,” Arava said, “but no. Guess!”


“Bob. Jeff. Frisby. Me.”


I expected her to shake her head. Maybe we could roll on the floor laughing over my ridiculous answers. Instead, she shook her head at my first answer, said ‘nope’ to my second answer, rolled her eyes at my third answer…then nodded at my last guess.


What?!” I exclaimed. “You’re kidding, right?”


Arava’s smile stretched ear-to-ear. “Surprise!”


“No! No, I didn’t! I never signed up! What’s happening! Aaargh, EXPLAIN!” I sputtered.


“I signed you up. There’s no way your dad would let you go to the moon cuz it’s dangerous, so it’s rebellious. I don’t want to not see you for a year, but it’s part of your training, so yeah!”


I grunted in frustration and held my head in my hands. I felt dizzy and extremely unfocused at what Arava had just said. Sadly, she was Miss Literal—I was definitely going to the moon. “My dad wouldn’t let me go because it’s dangerous, yes, and I don’t want to go because it’s SO FREAKIN’ DANGEROUS! Not going to the moon, no thank you!”


“You’re welcome,” she beamed. “And one more thing.” I glanced at her expectantly and she added, “Guess.”


My hands curled into fists as I growled, “Arava! What else did you do?”


“Oh, nothing else. Just wanted to mention: you can’t cancel, and you hafta be at the North Pole by 4 pm.” She jumped off my bed and flounced out of the room, singing ‘You're Welcome!’ from Moana as I buried my face in my hands. 



*****


I couldn’t believe Arava.


I called Scientist Ozai to get all the facts, and let’s just say I didn’t like them:


  1. Yep, I had to be there by 4 pm.
  2. ‘There’ was a hotel, which I would stay the night at
  3. Tomorrow I would train
  4. Tomorrow evening, when the moon ‘rose’—although on that particular day, it would be more like ‘looks like it’s hurting towards us cuz it is’—I would hop on
  5. I’d have a camera to explain my findings 
  6. I’d be finding ‘findings’ for a year
  7. In a year (and a day, since I was leaving tomorrow), I could come home.
  8. I’d be treated like a hero, which is why it was ‘an honor’ to go
  9. Even though it’s ‘an honor’, literally nobody volunteered
  10. ...yeah, you can’t un-sign-up for ‘this honor’.


Once learning all this I formation, I got super, super scared.


I didn’t want to go to the moon!



Everybody knew going to the moon was dangerous. If somebody wanted to be the first to walk on the moon—that was hypothetical, because wanting to is different and, right, different is bad—they would want to because it was their dream. But they would still understand how dangerous it up.


I understood how dangerous it was, but going to the moon wasn’t my dream. So I DIDN’T want to go. I was scared to go.


I could hide in my closet.


I could hide under my bed.


But wherever I physically hid, I couldn’t hide from the fact I was being sent up into space.


Unless...


What if I hid? Like, hid, hid? If you can’t find a poor, scared teenage boy, you can’t make said boy go to the moon.


No, I scolded myself. Thousands of people are on board with this. I can’t hide anywhere.


It was the same reason my dad, king of Tyala, couldn’t let me not go:


While was furious that I was going to the moon, he couldn’t stop it. Because he was the king of Tyala, not the rest of the world.


And, as I already mentioned to myself, lots of other kingdoms were in on this moon business—Scientist Ozai had been meeting with other scientists from all over. Anyways, I was going, or else there would be war.


Luckily, I was the prince, so I had access to a variety of resources—including a private jet to fly me to the North Pole.


Unluckily, I was the prince, so I had access to a variety of resources—including a private jet to fly me to My Doom.


By 4 pm, I was there.


The North Pole.


The place where I’d leave Ash for a year.


I checked into the hotel—which was extremely sucky compared to my cushy, 11th-floor room—and went to bed early.


The next morning, the day I was being sent off into space, I went to the lab.


I trained. I trained and I trained and I trained. It was way less fun than training in powers and being rebellious with Arava—I had to wear a heavy space suit and practice walking.


Do you know how humiliating it is to be learning to walk again? 


It seriously felt like I was a toddler the way the scientists spoke and explained it to me.


Finally—although in this case, ‘finally’ is BAD—it was 9 pm. Which meant the moon was about to pass just yards above our head.


Scientist Ozai gave me a giant magnet and we walked into the middle of a snow-covered field. Everybody left and I stood there, waiting.


Then, the moon came around.


*****


Everybody who wasn’t stupid knew the moon came super close to Ash. Everybody who wasn’t stupid also hadn’t experienced when the moon came close to Ash.


Somehow, the moon entered our atmosphere. It started hurtling at the space just above me from the side.


I panicked.


It’s really freaky, having the moon visible in life-size. Just imagine the biggest rock you’ve ever seen, with no edges, entering your line of vision. 


And you just stand there, like a deer caught in the headlights, as it comes towards you.


It didn’t make a sound, but I did.


I screamed.


Duh.


I couldn’t run, though. Even if I tried, I would fly through the air as the magnet in my hands clambered through the sky to reach the moon.


A moment later, the moon passed over me, and I flew up, up, up, until my magnet connected with the moon. 


*****


I’ve flown before. Hovered, anyway. I have telekinesis, so Arava and I flew pretty often. I was used to levitating myself. I was not used to shooting through the sky.


 I stuck to the moon like an ant in honey, and…nothing happened. I just flailed around a bit.


Then, another moment later, the moon had zoomed far enough away from Ash that it gained its gravitational pull back, sorta.


Let me set the scene: the moon had its own gravitational pull, even though it was partially in the atmosphere of a giant planet with its own gravitational pull.


Don’t ask me. I had no idea about the science behind it.


I could tell when the moon got its force back. I shifted from hanging—which lasted less than a second—to standing.


On the moon.


Have you ever truly given gravity a thought? Thought about how you were upside down right now, but it felt like you were right side up? It’s freaky, right?


You know what freakier?


Being able to see that you’re upside down.


The moon was exactly what I would imagine it like. It was bumpy gray that seemed to stretch in all directions, with huge craters. My spacesuit let me breathe normally (as normal as you can breath on the moon), but I was still breathless.


As I stood on the rocky expanse, I felt totally normal—in the sense it felt like I was right side up. But above my head, I could see Ash—but it wasn’t a distant planet, either. I saw the houses. I saw the people. I saw everything.


It was like in the first 5 minutes of an airplane—you see stuff. It seems small, but you see it pretty darn well.


The moon orbited extremely slowly, so I knew I would still be generally close to Ash—in its atmosphere, even—for the next couple of days.


I shook my head to clear it, then started to explore.


*****


Hardly any gravity was fun.


Knowing you would have hardly any gravity for another year…not so fun.


As I walked around the moon, I could see how Arava would enjoy it. But that was when she was taking a round trip. Me…well, I was taking a round trip where ‘round’ meant ‘’round the planet’.


I FaceTimed with the scientists as I explored.


Yeah, I FaceTimed.


It was kind of cool, exploring. 100% freaky, but a little cool.


I saw tons of things, meaning I felt tons of things. What can I say? I was curious. Plus, the scientists wanted loads of information, so I provided it—although I felt like I was in a haze the whole time.


I wouldn’t see my family, my friend, for another year.


I finished the night’s work, and went to the easy-assemble space station Arava had built. It was tiny, like a metal camping tent—it had a bed and not much else. Surrounding my metal tent was, like, an acre of supplies—canned food, bottles water, etc.


I took off my suit and got in my tent. The thing about Ash’s moon—it had oxygen, but actually too much oxygen. It was best to wear a suit to filter the air, although we could go a little while without it. My tent contained vents that filtered the air, the same way my spacesuit did, so I could sleep fine. 


I closed my eyes and started sleeping my first night (day?) on the moon.


*****


By the time it was 12 pm (I went to bed crazy late, remember?), I was up.


After 10 hours in my tent, I was done thinking.


And thinking.


And thinking.


And I had decided, as I gazed at the planet in the night sky:


I was going to do whatever it took to get back to Planet Ash.





Author’s Note #2: Okay, sorry for the half-cliffhanger! I had the story plot for this short story all thought out but it was getting long so I decided to cut it. I’ll do Part 2 of, well, Part 3 as soon as the right prompt shows up—but I’ll be flexible with the prompt, so hopefully you won’t be left hanging for too long! So…yeah. I hope you liked this, and Jax’s journey will be continued soon!

July 29, 2020 19:56

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20:00 Jul 29, 2020

Hi, guys! A couple things to say: 1. Whoever has problems with the science behind Ash’s moon, I’m sorry. It seems crazy, right? Well, let me introduce you to fantasy. Jax has powers, as does his friend, so please don’t read to much into this. Fictional world’s have new rules, like how Ash’s moon has too MUCH oxygen. 2. I dunno why I’m putting this here, but this IS a ‘part’. You’ve got to read this if you want to read Part 2, okay? Actually, if you’re here, you’ve probably already read this. Whatevs. 😁😁😁 3. Sorry that this doesn...

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Batool Hussain
11:17 Jul 30, 2020

This is really good. Keep it up! Also, I think I do know the answer to today's riddle. Its 'dozen.' Isn't it? :)

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11:51 Jul 30, 2020

Thanks! Yep, you’re right! Congrats!

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Batool Hussain
13:41 Jul 30, 2020

Yayyy!

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00:15 Aug 11, 2020

GREAT STORY!!! Riddle answer is stream or river...

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Thanks so much!

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Rayhan Hidayat
11:04 Aug 04, 2020

Awesome job. Your sense of humor is really something else, and the dialogue between Jax and Arava is legitimately really entertaining. Personally, I liked the way the moon was portrayed! The idea of using a magnet to fly up to it is so fun and creative, like something out of a cartoon, which goes perfectly fine with the type of story you’re telling here. Can’t wait for part 2, keep it up! 😊

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12:22 Aug 04, 2020

THANK YOU!!! This means so much to me cuz all of that was pretty much what I was aiming for. Haha, thanks! Quite a few people have downgraded the moon so I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yay! I’ll write part 2 soon, hopefully. But I’m starting to realize I might have to be flexible with the prompts... Thanks again, Rahyan! 😁 ~A

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Rayhan Hidayat
12:53 Aug 04, 2020

It’s no problem 😁 So far you’ve done an excellent job of adapting the Jax story to fit the prompts though! Since you’ve shown that the world he lives in has so many possibilities, I’m sure you’ll be able to work something out no problem. Keep writing! 🙂

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Thank you!

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Moonchild Ezra
14:24 Jul 31, 2020

Answer to your latest question: silence😁

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14:39 Jul 31, 2020

Yep! 👌

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Moonchild Ezra
15:02 Jul 31, 2020

Thanks 😊💜 It was a good question Looking forward to more... 💜💜

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15:31 Jul 31, 2020

Yay! I’m glad you enjoy the daily riddles.

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07:58 Aug 06, 2021

I love this! I haven't read the first two, so I'll go back and do that.

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Haystaffarststqtqtsfxfauiqis noooo an old story- But ty lol

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19:50 Aug 26, 2021

Haha :) One of the reasons I love all your stories on this website is because most of the other stories I've seen here are about depression and stuff and then you come in with your hilarious sci-fantasy stories and no "it's all a metaphor for DEATH" or "and then Jax realized the crushing weight of society and peer pressure so he ran away and died alone, with no family or friends." I always wrote for contests on ReedsyPrompts (past tense - the 5$ fee stopped me from sending in my writing, which sucks) stuff very different from my usual writin...

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Haha, thanks so much!! :DD And yea, the winners are always sad, mellow dramatic, emotional stories aaaaaand my bad-jokes-and-sarcasm-and-rainbows writing doesn’t quite make the cut ;D

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20:43 Aug 28, 2021

It doesn't win the contests, but it sure does win over my interest and attention! Your writing is far more enjoyable to me than the sad kind of stuff unless one of my pets died or something and I want to read something that makes me sad. But that's rare.

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20:55 Aug 28, 2021

Wait wait wait - this doesn't have anything to do with what we were discussing but I just discovered from your profile that you like Keeper of the Lost Cities (I think - it says something about Fitzphie and Sokeefe). You seem like a really great person and I won't judge you for liking something that I don't (I hate it with a burning passion - I don't really know why), so I'm not going to launch into the long speech that I want to (Reedsy - please take away my privilege of commenting), but - why? (I know I sound like a huge jerk, but - I just...

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Alskwjahsjnsjanshana WHY DO YOU HATE IT?!?! KOTLC is my favorite series ever, and I’ve ready Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Hunger Games…all of the big fantasy series. Of course I love them all (RR is my fav AUTHOR), bu NOTHING TOPS KOTLC!!!!!! Diverse characters, funny jokes, intriguing plot line and a freaking amazing world. Ngl Shannon Messanger and Rick Riordan are my idols for writing urban fantasy, and some of my character definitely seem inspired by their characters. (Like I worry Parker from Color Quest is a cross between Keefe, Ta...

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Cam Croz
03:14 Oct 08, 2020

Yes! More of the Jax storyline! Loved this segment once again, and I cant wait to get to others in the future. These characters are so great! Ash is a really cool world and I like how your created and described it and its srtange tendancies. Worlds that are different, and yet still very simmilar to our earth are always super interesting to me!

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Thankssss! Thank you! I love Dystopian too :D

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Pragya Rathore
10:58 Aug 09, 2020

This was an amazing story! I really liked your writing style. Kudos!!👍 If you get the time, please check out my stories too!!

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Thanks! Sure!

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Deleted Account
15:32 Aug 04, 2020

Good story, Is the answer to the riddle ton?

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15:34 Aug 04, 2020

Yep! 🎊🎊🎊 Well, the answer to yesterday’s. I just changed it a second ago.

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00:28 Jul 31, 2020

𝕋𝕆𝔻𝔸𝕐’𝕊 ℝ𝕀𝔻𝔻𝕃𝔼: ~What can you break, even if you never pick it up or touch it?~ Somebody's heart. Or a habit. Or my spine. And strangely enough, my ability to flirt is broken too but we're not here to discuss that. Hope I got one, -A.

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01:47 Jul 31, 2020

Wow, there’s ANOTHER answer I didn’t think of. At first, the answer was ‘a promise’ Angelina pointed out ‘a heart’ words too. But wow, so does ‘a habit’! Not only did you get it right, but you also created a new correct answer. Congrats! Ha, I was laughing so much as I read that! 😆😆😆 ~Aerin!

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21:04 Jul 31, 2020

My comedy is astronomical. See it's funny cause my sense of humor is a joke. I'll stop. -A.

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21:05 Jul 31, 2020

😂😂😂

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21:10 Jul 31, 2020

I'll go home. -A.

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Y N
04:05 Jul 30, 2020

I love Prince Jax so much! XDDD Keep up the good work! I love your stories!

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Thank youuu!!! I’ll definitely be writing more of Jax Conner, even once I finish Jax Off Ash (Part II)!

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This was great! I hadn't read the other stories in a while (actually, I THINK I read them, not totally sure), and honestly, I was expecting the cliffhanger to be even more brutal than it was (it actually ended in a spot that wasn't bad). Keep writing Aerin! P.S. Was the answer to the riddle "dozens"? Y'know, take "s" away, and a dozen, aka 12, is left?

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Thanks so much! ☺️☺️☺️😁😁😁 And yep, that’s the answer!

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Nicooo <3
22:41 Jul 29, 2020

Hey! I'm here as promised :) I enjoyed this read- it was pretty entertaining. The sarcasm was fun and the characters overall gave me a good vibe. However- and I know you've told other commenters to leave it be- the science behind the moon is a little... off. Yeah, it IS fantasy- but that doesn't excuse you from writing sloppily. From the greater fantasy novels to even your local bookstore sellers- most of the things in fantasy make sense, even if they're outlandish. They all have a method to madness. It lowers the readers' sense of enjoyment...

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Thanks so much for the feedback!

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C.J Dunstall
03:39 Aug 31, 2020

🎉CONGRATS!!!🎉 You have won writer of the week. you got the highest amount of votes this week. Happy writing -CJ

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Yaaay, thank you so much!

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C.J Dunstall
22:35 Aug 31, 2020

Your welcome. You deserve it. :D -CJ

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Nobody Really
12:58 Aug 14, 2020

This is amazing! and waiting for part two so eagerly!!!!

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Thanks!!

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Estelle Westley
11:17 Aug 08, 2020

Sorry could only get to it now. A super read for me. Thanks

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12:57 Aug 08, 2020

Thanks!

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Eve Naden
23:28 Aug 02, 2020

I have no words. This is fantastical - just the kind of story I needed to read. You have created such complex and brilliantly layered characters that I can imagine them standing in my living room. I love the way you write!!!!!

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Ohmygosh, thanks so much! Actually, this story is kind of like a Part 3. Rebel Prince is the first story with Jax Conner, where his whole background and stuff is explained. Arava is in that story, too. You might want to read Rebel Prince to gain better understanding of this story, and A Poem By A Star (No, Literally)—another short story starring Prince Jax! I’m glad this makes sense on its own, though! Thanks again, Eve! It really means so much 😆 ~A

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Anupama Iyer
06:21 Aug 02, 2020

Hey Aerin ! First things first, a really good take on the week's prompt. I would definitely read part 2 (eagerly waiting for it!). As far as the science of the moon is considered (I read your first comment), this is fiction. The beauty of fiction is that you are allowed to do as you want to. No rules. So don't worry about not being right! There are a million galaxies in the universe, have scientists explored all of them? No! So keep writing as the words flow through your imagination!

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12:44 Aug 02, 2020

Thanks so much! YESSSSSSS THANK YOU! A couple other people have not downgraded the moon, but you’re the first person who is actually in support of it! Thanks a million! Thanks again! 😊😊😊 ~A

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Anupama Iyer
15:59 Aug 03, 2020

You're welcome ! Looking forward to part 2 !

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Thanks!

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Corey Melin
03:48 Aug 01, 2020

Enjoyed the fantasy element. When it comes to your imagination you can do whatever you want. Doesn't need to make sense. If someone criticizes it then I feel sorry for their lack of imagination. Keep up with the superb imagination.

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THANK YOU!!!!

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Whitney Trang
16:37 Jul 31, 2020

I enjoyed the story! Looking forward to the next part!

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Thanks! Sadly, this week’s prompts aren’t amazing for it, but hopefully Part II will come soon!

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Sarah 🖤💖
12:55 Jul 31, 2020

Hi Aerin! Sorry I didn't see this sooner, I thought when I followed you I would get notified but oh well. Great story btw! Another look into the crazy life of Prince Jax of Tayla. Can't wait to see what you have to offer us next. Bye! Ans the daily riddle...how about..idk the word "break". It's early in the morning I should probably give this more thought. I will be back....

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Thanks! Sorry, that’s not it! Although I only posted it like an hour ago, sooo...I’d be amazed if anybody got it that fast. Keep trying! 😆😆😆

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