It took months of travel and secrecy to get her to the planet. She had explored the rich cities, realizing how similar their worlds were. There was a lot to gain from an alliance for both sides, but tempers were high. They had tried for an open alliance hundreds of years ago, and it fell through because of a similar circumstance as the one currently threatening their relationship.
None of the general population ever knew of the alliances, and the parliaments were ready to back out. They were terrified of the influence the other planet would have over their people if contact was formally approved.
She hid in the wings of the debate hall, her supporters near by ready to push her out into the spotlight when the time was right. Her hands were sweaty, and her mouth was dry. The proposal was introduced, Amark planet three alliance with Sun planet three. She twisted her hands together as each of the leaders gave their reasons why the alliance should not pass. There were only three who were in support out of ten. She got the signal and walked out onto the stage.
The crowed gasped at her. Humans and Sasida looked very similar, both being bipedal, with forward facing eyes, and similar skull structure. The differences were mainly in height and physical ability. It almost looked like she was looking out over a crowd of humans instead of aliens.
She wiped her sweaty hands on her jeans and took a deep breath. “I am from Earth, and I speak for all of the people of Earth as decided by the SGAC.”
There was stunned silence, one of the leaders stood up as if to counter her argument. She placed the paperwork on the table before all the leaders.
“I am here to let all of you know that Earth is willing to try to start fresh. We know were were the ones to fail you last time, and we regret it. Our planets are like sisters, evolving like twins separated at birth. Identical suns, planet positions, and habitats.”
There was a murmur of discontent. She pulled out her phone, “What is your personal calling number?”
The delegate closest to her whispered their number. She quickly typed it in and hit call. Much to everyone’s surprise the call went through.
“Even our technology is similar. My phone from Earth should not have been able to place that call unless you have networks almost identical to the ones back home. We are more similar than we are different. We are attempting to build bridges after thousands of years of isolation. We are well aware of our imperfections and our dark past. We should all proceed with caution, but Earth is going to attempt to make it right and move forward, we hope you do the same.”
She bowed and hurried off the stage.