Angela was a fitness instructor in the suburbs of Mississippi she was nearly six feet tall, athletic, strong, with short brunette hair cut in a bob and her passion was keeping fit, toned, strong and healthy. She was vegetarian and took her diet and exercise seriously. She was not the usual girly girl who loved pink and make up but she relished exercise, weights and a challenge on the treadmill. Yet she was quite cute in a boyish sort of way but she had not had a boyfriend for a year, the men in the gym admired her but she was busy with work at the same time providing for her mother and putting her brother through university. She never liked her education and never wanted an office job which her mother so wanted for her. She thought of her self in a prim skirt and make up and wrinkled her nose in distaste she would rather go running in the rain an extra mile rather than wear an awful skirt.
She was not always a “fitness freak” as her brother called her but she always was strong and healthy and liked sports and when she was in school she fell in love with Scott an intelligent boy who fell in love with her best friend Gaby a curly haired “ dumb blonde” which Scott preferred, it was this incident that put her off anything girly, pink or feminine and she put her anger in rigorous exercise that took away her anger, she met a few other guys at the gym but nothing serious and she had not dated for a year, but it did not really matter to her she was more interested in Joan her client in dropping two dress sizes before Joan’s wedding.
One day as she was sorting out the mail in the mail box she found a confidential bright yellow packet in the mail box addressed to her, she was curious to see what this packet contained but she was late and had to meet Joan in the gym and when she went to the gym she saw Joan exercising with weights as Angela was determined to help Joan get into her goal weight. Joan was a curvy blonde beautiful lady.
Immediately Angela got into their fitness regime, as Joan gave her a warm friendly smile and Angela went back on business as usual. When Angela went home that evening after that workout in the gym she had a warm shower and as she felt the soap suds falling over her toned body , suddenly she heard her mom calling wrapped herself in a grey towel wiping her bob with another towel, her mum wanted her to fix the remote on the TV as usual her mum had pressed the wrong button for the 100th time, anything being the television, computers or CD player her mum could not comprehend, what she did comprehend was cooking especially after learning Angela was a vegetarian and could and would not be persuaded to eat meat even after being bribed by her mum with a new car which her mum knew would not change her stubborn headed daughter’s head once she made up her mind.
As Angela dressed in her favourite jeans and tank –top she saw the large envelope on her bed, she opened it slowly and in it was written secret document FBI, she first thought her brother was playing a prank and in it was a form and cheque to go to New York for a secret meeting but the cheque was real and the form was real with anticipation and curiosity she booked her ticket.
When her plane landed in New York, she saw a man dressed in Black with dark glasses come up to her shook her hand in business like fashion and took her suitcase and lead her to a Black Rolls Royse with Black tinted windows, now Angela started to panic a bit, had she done something wrong or was this a joke or maybe this was a dream, yet when the car descended into some underground tunnel that opened into a great atmosphere of people dressed in black and magnificent rooms with computers on walls and a highly digitally enhanced rooms that lead to an open space with a large glass window what she saw took her breadth away.
As she was looking at the view with her mouth wide open like a gold fish wondering if she was dreaming a tall handsome man with short blonde spikey hair also dressed in a black suit came up to her in a brisk business like manner shook her hand and said you must be Angela please follow me we have to do some tests and interviews, Angela still gaping unable to answer followed him there were more rooms that opened when he held the palm of his hand at the corner of the platinum automatic door . Which opened to a very large gym, swimming pool, and beds with wires and more high tech instruments that Angela had no idea what they were.
He first lead her to a room and asked her to do some simple brain tests Angela did as she was told she was too amazed to ask what they were about, he then lead her to the gym and lead her through various exercises from the treadmill, to other high tech exercises Angela not willing to let go of an challenge performed very well on all the given exercises and this man for once smiled a flashing smile and said well done you are in the top five per cent in fitness and the other four per cent are men, you are strong , Angela still gasping for breadth was quite happy about her performance she had done her best.
The man shook Angela’s hand and said call me Roy you are one of the people chosen for our voyage into out of space. As the man lead Angela into the open window and showed her the awesome spaceship, “ Isn’t she a beauty she is called Voyager Lara 2025” Angela gaped in surprise she was going to be an astronaut she could not believe it and she was chosen. This little suburban Mississippi fitness instructor was going to be an astronaut. But there was more.
There were things to be taken care of first she had to call her mother and brother and tell them she had moved to New York. She then had to prepare mentally and physically for the journey Roy was surprised she was vegetarian but was given good wholesome food. She then met some wonderful people who like her Chosen from around the world and met this gorgeous handsome guy called John who always exercised by her side and many times competed with each other in exercise and sometimes Angela won but more times John won as Angela and John were becoming close in their relationship they were in for a shock the next day.
Roy and the other leaders called all the chosen ones as they were called there might have been a few thousands, some were couples but most were single and what the leaders said were taken in silence.
The great Leader who was an elderly man in his 60’s tall, strong who looked a bit like Gandalf, but had short spiky hair and was dressed in a Platinum body suit, took to the stage and addressed the crowd. He told them this was not just a voyage but a habitation programme into Planet Mars with a hope to procreate and live in Mars, all measures of safety, health, productivity and reproductivity of the human species into another planet. There was pin drop silence and as the couples were called they were given their bodysuits for their journey into space and then couples were chosen by the leaders, Roy seeing Angela and John getting along well were chosen to be a couple. John gave Angela a kiss that made her want more of this handsome man chosen for her.
They were leaving the next day arrangements for her mother and brother to receive financial help every month was done. As John and Angela walked hand in hand into that beautiful Voyager Lara 2025,They were no longer earthians but were going to Martians, This was a journey into a New Life a wonderful life, Two lives of the many thousands going to a New Planet they were going to call home, The Home in Planet Mars.