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Last Seen At The Terminal

Its been her dream to occupy that coveted corner cabin. It had the best view of the open skies. The very skies that fascinated her since childhood. Looking up, darting her eyes towards the starry deep blue skies, she always had thought of being one amongst them. How wonderful it would be to float in the crowd of the galaxies, she had wondered, all thorough out the days of growing up. Utter silence, floating in anonymity… aha what a solace! Solace that she was searching for since childhood.



“She is a star material”, most of the teachers had opined about her while growing up. May it be academics, extracurricular activities or sports, there was not a single corner of the life that she had not sparkled with her achievements and participation.

Following her passion, she took up Astro-Physics and was soon selected as the research scientist at world renowned Space Center, post her masters. Aided by out of box thinking and hard work, a rare combination one would note, she managed to acquire the position of the Team Lead soon. A Team Lead at Extra-galactic Explorations division, at an early stage of life, was no mean feat! 

She was happy. Not for the perks that fetched the promotion, but for two distinct reasons. One was getting the corner cabin, that was pretty isolated. Here she could carry out her trials without any disturbance, she had thought well in advance. And second, she would now be able to lay her hands on reserved resources of the space center.  She now was so near to realize her dream, she had thought. Just one more milestone and she was done!

Soon, her cabin turned into a miniature R & D lab. She was found most of the time experimenting with the light sources and gauging devices. Tweaking various algorithms and programs was another thing that she was busy indulging at her terminal.  At times, the fire alarm went off courtesy her failed experiments. Occasionally thin sheet of smoke and burnt smell enveloped the entire top floor owing busting of circuits and the gadgets. The in house fire and safety department also got used to it. Her sheepish grin was enough to melt away the cobweb of lines on the forehead of the Safety Chief!  The notice board in her cabin was half filled with the clipped "Show cause" notices, though!

On hearing the loud bang and then the subsequent fire alarm, one fine day, no one was startled. However as a part of the duty, the Safety Chief brought himself to her cabin. A thick layer of smoke covered every inch of the cabin. Coughing and adjusting his eye sight, he called out…

“So what’s the celebration this time around, Ms Asta! Found a new supernova, eh?”

His question was lost in the smoke. Sensing something ominous, he reached out to his walky-talky. A waft of air whispered in deep tone…

“Don’t worry mister, this was the last”

Before he could pull it out, he felt a gentle breeze passing by and the smoke was cleared, as if something had vacuumed it. Not a trace of it was left behind.

The charred remains of the terminal, innumerable wires and circuits and a revolving chair greeted him. And then where was she? There were no human remains to be seen. As the support staff banged into the cabin, they saw their chief standing in the centre of the cabin, dumbfounded! The silence was broken by the fluttering of the pages coming from the diary at the corner of the table. He walked towards it almost hypnotized and held the diary in his shaking hands.

“Tomorrow, I will be one amongst them. I will be in the company of  many orphans, just like me, my clan… Yes, these stars and galaxies are orphans. No one mocks them for being abandoned at birth. Isn't it cool that they are not bothered about their origins! I am Asta, the star, and will remain one forever.”

The dairy fell off the chief’s hand as it stopped echoing  the words.

Umpteen server dumps from Ms Asta’s account later, confirmed that she was working on tele-porting ! "A bright star is spotted from the M42 nebula", announced the official statement from the Space Agency…


The case of mysterious disappearance of Ms Asta was marked unresolved and yet closed with the statement of the Safety Chief…

“Last seen at the terminal”

 -----By MocktailMommy Anagha

*Asta- Name with a Greek origin, meaning "a Star"
*M42 nebula is 20 light years across earth and can be seen with naked eyes in the night sky. It is the nearest nebula from earth.
* All pictures courtesy Pixabay
  


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45 comments:

  1. Oh my Anagha your suspense building is just amazing and in this story too you held my attention unwaveringly! What a brilliant take on thr prompt! Love how you have ended this story with that tantalising line!!!

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    1. Oh Shalini, I am glad that you liked it! And thank you dear for encouraging me with your lavish praises, as usual!!
      -Anagha

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  2. Miss Asta literally disappeared into thin air. A gripping story narrated fluently.I hope to join Ms Asta in her new world, someday :)

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    1. How I wish, we could also teleport ourselves! Thanks Sulekha for visiting and sharing your views.

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  3. Awesome. A very good read indeed. Good to see you exploring various genres successfully

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    1. Thanks Gayatri for encouraging words. You always have boosted our spirits with your kind words!

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  4. It was an interesting read Anagha. You did keep me glued on till the end.

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    1. Thanks Sudha for dropping by. Glad that you liked it!
      -Anagha

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  5. o my God How can u write so beautifully on it , I could never even think on such lines . The way she disappeared in the galaxy ....beautiful

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    1. Idea of disappearing into galxies itself is so marvelous that it drove me to pen it.
      Thanks Monika for lavish praises!
      -Anagha

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  6. Teleporting Anagha?My absolutely most favourite wish .Very interesting story #writebravely

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    1. Mine too Amrita. Ever since I had seen at in Star Wars, I always wished to be teleported!
      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.
      - Anagha from Team MocktailMommies

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  7. Wow. That's actually wonderfully original... beautifully written.



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    1. Thank you so much Dr Roshan for appreciating my efforts!
      -Anagha from Team MocktailMommies

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  8. Hi Anagha, this is my first visit to your blog. I never saw the teleportation bit coming! Very cool.

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    1. Nikita, a very warm welcome to you on behalf of all the MocktailMommies! Wish to see you more often!
      Glad that you enjoyed reading the story!

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  9. Wow! it was so cool, I had goosebumps! :-) Way to go!

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    1. Thanks Priyadarshani for visiting and encouraging!

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  10. Wow! Such a unique take on the prompt. I am sure you must be actually a science lover. The narration was wonderful. It has all the ingredients of a perfect sci-fi tale :)

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  11. Wow! You blowed it! Such creativity in your mystery! Loved it.

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    1. Thanks Jayanti for dropping by. Glad that you enjoyed reading as much I enjoyed writing it!

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  12. Wow, wow, wow that was indeed superb, on all fronts, Anagha. Eagerly awaiting your next post! :)

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    1. M flattered! Thank you for boosting the morals!
      - Anagha

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  13. Thanks Rohan! The words of encouragement by a veteran uplifts the spirit of the beginner like anything. Thanks for the support!
    -Anagha

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  14. This was just too good, Anagha. You created such suspense and it was well guarded till the end!

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    1. Thanks Varsha for visiting and encouraging me!
      - Anagha

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  15. This made for a captivating read and loved your novel take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks Shilpa for visiting and reading the tale. Appreciate your efforts to reach to us in spite of busy schedule! We are honoured!
      - Anagha

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  16. What a brilliant narration. This is definitely a novel material story... You should write sequels to it �� loved it.

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    1. Rajlakshmi, thanks for propelling me to the new direction! This one is real good suggestion! Will sure give it a try!
      - Anagha

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  17. Anagha, this is the story of many human beings whether they are orpahn or with their family. It is hard to be content in today's world.

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    1. Aishwari, you brought a new dimension to this tale and the discussion thereof. Thanks dear for sharing your view!
      - Anagha

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  18. Wow, may I say out of this world, that seems to be the apt compliment for this brilliant story.

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    1. Thanks Varsha for dropping by.
      Your words of appreciation mean a lot to me!
      - Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

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  19. Wow! This was a superb tale. Wonderfully done.

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  20. Thanks Neha for visiting and for appreciation!

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  21. Such a delightful tale, Anagha! Glad she found herself and her place at last:)

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    1. Everything that ends well is always well, isnt it Mayuri!
      Thanks for visiting and sharing your views!

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  22. Wow! Interesting gripping tale, beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks Payal for visiting and encouraging!
      - Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

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  23. It was an awesome read, the way you described everything is crystal clear.

    Cheers
    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

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    1. Thanks dear for dropping by and encouraging me! Glad that you liked the story!

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  24. OMG!!! DID she ACTUALLY Teleport-ed! Oh my what a wonderful story. I was glued to it, speechless. Wonderful, wish I could too though. but not for forever; just a troll and come back ;)

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