The theme of outsiders saving the day continues with Jeff Doten’s story, “Trips”. Unlike the previous Megan story, however, the main character in Jeff’s story is an outsider by choice.
The trauma of the crash left Sandra will little hope for the future of their little Mega colony—how could they continue on with so many important lives and resources lost when the ship hit that planetary ring?
Sandra’s father and the other elders often meet to discuss the state of the camp and the levels of their resources. He often tried to convince Sandra to join in their conversations and help them develop solutions, but she preferred to keep to herself.
Her father sat with the other elders powwowing their way to a better future. She didn’t care what they were on about; she just wanted her coffee.
Even when she is dragged into conversations, she tries her best not to participate.
Sandra looked at the older woman from over her coffee. That had been a mistake. Now Stevie would think that she was interested in what she was saying. She turned away and watched the room as she sucked at her coffee and acted like she hadn’t heard anything in the first place. She didn’t want to talk or discuss or plan. She just wanted to be left alone.
So, how does an outsider-by-choice get talked into saving the day? You’ll have to read on to find out.