After an exceedingly long walk through numerous corridors, we make our way to the secondary deck for transports. It is only large enough to take in small transports, but has three sets of large transparent sliding doors. We walk toward the central one to take the view in.
“It’s a strange feeling, isn’t it? Standing here staring directly at Earth. I often visit here to clear my thoughts after a tough day.”
“It certainly is. It feels like I’m free falling, yet not actually moving an inch. Though, the view is amazing!”
A lone man walks in from the left and takes in the view right next to the closest door. I notice the silver hair immediately. It’s the same person from last night. Now with much better lighting, I see that he doesn’t look quite as odd as he did before, but still a little bit off. Maybe it was an optical trick of that dim lighting last night.
He temporarily shifts towards us and says, “Visiting here every solar cycle is a great way to unwind after my maintenance shift. Seeing Earth like this brings our work into perspective. Keeping things running is important to everyone down there.”
We both look at him and nod and then start heading toward the back of the room.
Leena says, “I’ve scheduled a short break. Let’s take in this view for a few minutes.”
The back wall is lined with substantial metal benches that attach directly to the floor and back wall. Each bench can probably fit three people and has an armrest on each end. It’s almost like they were going for the look of wrought iron park benches you often see on Earth, but of course, without the whimsical styling. It must have been an add-on after they realized what a great place this is for viewing space. Sometimes structural plans, or even 3D renderings, don’t convey the grandeur of a place in real life. It’s nice that the Government recognizes the feelings of their workers, at least a little bit. Requisitioning this added feature probably took some time and a lot of paperwork.