Escape Velocity

She left behind what held her down

Freed from the tyranny of Earth’s gravity, she floated past the cryo-pods where crewmates rested in dreamless slumber. Machinery hummed like human breath. How far they’ll travel, pioneers.

She remembered another traveler, sent from a dying planet. A child, falling from the sky. Saved, he grew into secret powers. How odd the only things that hurt him were fragments from his lost home.

She wiped frost from the viewport and bid goodbye to Earth before her own cold rest. A beginning, without prejudices and limitations. She wonders — when they reach that distant place, will she be able to fly?

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