“Do you think this is going to have a happy ending?” He shouted as they marched through the dust storm.
Wind whipped their clothes, embedding dirt and sand into every crease and fold of clothing. Her heir was a tangled mess and her skin stung from the thousands of particles fired at her from the storm.
“What do you mean? Happy is a retaliative term.” She shouted into the wind.
“Like not total disaster.”
“Which would entail what exactly?”
“I don’t know!” He huffed and walked faster leaving her slightly behind him. “Why are you so infuriating?”
“I’m just trying to understand you.” She muttered too softly to be heard over the storm.
“Hurry up, we don’t want to get separated in this weather.”
She obliged walking faster over the slippery sand to keep up with his long strides. He seemed to never run out of energy while she was getting exhausted from battling the elements and trying to keep her footing.
“What if we can’t find them?” She stumbled over the sand.
“That would be bad.”
“Well us not finding them and then dying would be the worse case. A not happy ending.”
She nodded her understanding, though she doubted he saw it through the storm. The wind seemed to be lightening up a bit, but sandstorms could last for days.
“I see you’re ship!” She pointed excitedly at the hulking metal structure just visible though the blasting sand.
They took off running towards it. He pounded on the hull of the ship until they opened the hatch to let them inside.
“I’m so glad we found you!” He panted shaking sand out of his clothes and hair.
“Did you think we would leave without you?” His captain asked.
“I know you would not leave your first mate behind, we were worried you were also lost in the storm.” She said to the captain.
The captain nodded, “We leave this desert of a planet in fifteen minutes, get to your stations.”
“You’re coming with us, right?” He asked taking her hand in his.
“I cannot, I have to stay here. This is my home.”
“I left my home and I’ve been doing okay.” His smile didn’t reach his eyes.
“Space does not agree with my species. You know this.”
“It would be a happy ending if you did.”
“Is it disaster if I stay here?” Her voice broke on the last word, betraying her.
He touched her cheek. “I would break my heart.”
She sobbed tears running in trails down her dirty face. Her eyes stung from the salt. Leaving her planet would mean death, but staying meant never seeing him again.
“Hey, I didn’t mean to make you cry.” He soothed.
“I cannot go and I cannot stay.”
“Ten minutes.” The captain announced.
“Can you stay here instead?” She pleaded.
“I’ve got to help run the ship.”
“But…” She sighed knowing it was useless to argue with humans, “I need to stay on my own planet.”
He lowered the ramp and she hopped out. She scurried away from the ship to avoid being cooked by the lift off procedure. Once at a safe distance she looked at the majestic ship and waved. dust stuck to the places on her cheeks that were wet from tears. The storm raged around her as she shuffled back to her people.