Decades before Baby Drake came to Earth, the planet was divided into hundreds of countries, some smaller than the most enormous of cities, some bigger than the smallest continent. The most powerful countries didn’t get there by being friendly and concerned with equality. No, they did everything they could to become the strongest and never missed a chance to show how strong they were.
It was no surprise when the world’s superpowers found a new avenue to prove their might—space. After the first man left the Earth’s orbit, the race to go farther and step foot on more remote parts of the Earth’s solar system began.
It only took a decade for Captain Alexander and his crew to reach the Moon and land upon it. Now, you may think that Captain Alexander was the oldest astronaut in his crew. He wasn’t. In fact, he was actually the youngest.
From the first time he saw a rocket launch, Captain Alexander wanted to go to space. Fortunately for him, he was a once-in-a-generation genius and physically gifted as well. While other teenagers were worrying about the prom, the Captain was being vetted for his country’s space program. He was successful and the rest is history. This story isn’t about Captain Alexander.
It’s about the first tower Captain Alexander’s crew built upon their landing on the Moon.
As the first humans to step foot on the Moon’s surface, the astronauts didn’t know what to expect. The scientists back home weren’t too sure about the conditions on the Moon either. They knew that the gravity would be different, they knew that there would be no oxygen on the surface of the Earth’s satellite, they knew that it would get very cold at night and hot during the day.
With that in mind, the scientists prepared a simple collapsable base unit the astronauts would be able to set up after landing to protect them from the heat and the cold, as well as supplying them with oxygen.
The scientists expected that there would be no life on the satellite, so the only defenses the base, called Base Tower 1, had was geared to guard the space heroes against the elements. The assumption that there would be no living beings on the Moon was the scientists’ biggest mistake.
Captain Alexander and his men successfully set up their base tower and started doing what they came to the Moon to do—take samples of the surrounding area for the scientists back home to mull over.
For a while, it was all calm and peaceful. A Moon week later, when Captain Alexander was in the middle of a routine mission gathering samples, he heard a strange… skittering in the distance. He turned towards the sound, in the direction of a small crater they sampled and drilled at the day before.
Suddenly, a horde of small crab-like creatures with six armored legs and hard shells enveloping their purple bodies emerged, swarming towards Captain Alexander.
Now, the leader of the space mission was not a scaredy cat; however, he wasn’t equipped to fight off these unexpected creatures. There was no doubt in his mind that the creatures had aggressive intentions, so he turned back and ran to the base, taking advantage of the lesser gravity to make huge leaps towards the base.
He managed to enter the tower and close the door shut just before the weird critters reached him.
For the next day, the astronauts were held hostage in their own base. They had no weapons to defend themselves with. They had to figure out what to do because the mass of the critters was excruciatingly slowly chipping away at the tower’s walls and they were unable to indefinitely stay there. The Mission Command didn’t plan for a very long mission, after all. Someday, food, water, and oxygen would run out.
Just before his crew lost hope, Captain Alexander had an idea. If they could activate their ship’s takeoff sequence for some time, until the thrusters went off and then stopped it before the ship could actually leave the surface of the Moon, the attackers would be burned away by the heat, while the Base Tower 1 would protect the lives of the astronauts themselves. At least that was the hope.
With nobody else having a better idea, the plan was voted on and agreed upon. That’s when it finally dawned on the crew that there was no remote launch button in the Base Tower—somebody had to reach the ship to start the launch sequence.
As the one in charge and the most experienced in jumping on the Moon, Captain Alexander volunteered. The rest of the crew decided to use the back entrance to distract the crabs.
As soon as the crew had the crabs’ attention, Captain Alexander opened the door and bounded forwards, towards the ship. Unnoticed, he managed to get inside. Looking through the window, he saw his crew get back to safety and the crabs come back to the front door, to keep chipping away at the wall with their armored claws.
Gathering himself and hoping for the best, he pushed the huge red launch button and anxiously waited for the right time to stop the sequence. The engines of the ship roared to life, a countdown started.
The whole ship started shaking.
Smoke came out of the thrusters, a huge Moondust cloud formed and obscured his view.
The thrusters started heating up.
A ring of fire spread out underneath the ship, licking the walls of Base Tower 1 and burning away the weird Moon crabs. NOW, Captain Alexander thought and stopped the launch sequence just in time.
The ship stopped shaking, the fire disappeared. A moment later, the fire-singed door of the Base Tower opened. Cautiously Captain Alexander’s crew came out and looked around. Seeing that they were safe, they leaped forwards, towards the ship. In their hurry, they forgot the samples. Due to the unforeseen circumstances, however, they didn’t care.