It was a cold summer morning in Nome Alaska when Nikki over heard his owner say something to a man in a suit and tie. What Nikki heard made him speechless. The man in the suit and tie talked about a space program,
“We have had animals in space before, but recently there has been competition in the space run for their countries’ space station. And ehh, having Balto and the other one, umm, Star, would bring us in a lot of publicity. We could get our space station commissioned for sure.”
Nikki couldn’t quite understand everything they meant so he snuck out and went to go see Balto. But when Nikki got to Balto’s boat nobody was there. Nikki wandered around and couldn’t find anybody, even Boris. For once, Nikki kept working, to find Balto. He decided to go to Star’s house to get Star. Nikki made the pleasant trek through Nome’s little town ally way, past the barber shop and the nick-nac store and he was a right turn from Star’s window. Star’s owner was out for the day so he was free to roam around.
“Hey, has youse heard anything about a space project?” Nikki lazily said.
“No, for a change I haven’t heard much, especially with my shut-in owner”
“Well that is alright, but we need to find Balto to really find out anything”
So Nikki and Star proceeded to Kaltag’s house.
Nikki and Star made the jaunt back through town to Kaltag’s window. Nikki and Star heard something, something they thought they would never hear. They climbed up a stack of wood covered by a tarp and tried to get Kaltag’s attention. But Kaltag was crying. Star and Nikki jumped up onto Kaltag’s windowsill and listened to what he was ranting about.
“This is the most disappointing, the most sorrowful, the worst I’ve ever felt”
“Kaltag, what’s wrong,” Star said softly.
“What huh, Star! Nikki! What are you guys doing here, sneaking up on me?” Kaltag franticly said.
“Well, we just heard youse cryin’. What is wrong Kaltag?” Said Nikki.
“I don’t want to talk about it.” Said Kaltag.
“But Kaltag-“Star was about to say.
“Shhh, ask Kaltag what youse wanted to say.” Said Nikki.
“Okay Kaltag, have you heard anything about a space program?”
“Oh, well would you like to come with us to find Balto?”
“No, I need some time to think this over.”
“Think what over Kaltag?”
“The most disappointing, worst, the most horrible, this is the worst situation I have ever been in-” Kaltag’s rant went, a little off beat.
Kaltag slammed the windowsill on Star’s head. Star fell ten feet to the soft snow in a daze.
“He never fails to hit me where it hurts.” Star grunted
“Now that, was odd.” Nikki said very, very confused.
Star and Nikki made their way to Jenna’s house. Rosie and Jenna were outside playing on a dog sled as if they were racing.
“Jenna!” Star yelled.
“Oh, hi Star, Nikki”
“Do you know where Balto is?”
“Yes, actually he’s inside with my owner and a man in a suit and tie. About a week ago the same man in the suit and tie came by looking for Balto, no human knew where he was so I went and told him. Balto has been living with us for the past 5 days.”
“What about Boris and Stella?”
“Balto said they flew off on a vacation. Feel free to go in and see what’s up”
Star and Nikki walked up to the sliding glass door.
“I huz never figured out how to open dese doors, they are truly dog proof.” Nikki said.
Star jumped up on the door with his front paws and let out a yelp. This got the attention of the people inside. The man in the suit and tie kept talking to Jenna’s owner while Balto snuck to the door.
“Balto! We’ve been looking all over for you, where have you been?” Star said, barely able to hold it in.
“It is a lot to explain but when I get out I’ll tell you guys everything, it involves all of you.” Balto said very quickly.
“Hey Balto, come over here, we are not done with you yet.” The man in a suit and tie said.
“Well now, that was stranger than Kaltag’s crying, I don’t know what going on.” Said Nikki.
Star and Nikki were just leaving when they heard something from the man in the suit and tie.
“Now has he been neutered?”
“Well no, he is almost wild, is it necessary?” Rosie’s father said, feeling compassion for Balto.
“Well they all have to be neutered.”
“Ahhh! No! Never!” Balto yelled.
This yelled was the most ear tearing shriek that spoke with a feeling of fear that Rosie’s father understood, but had almost no time to react to, because within seconds Balto had crashed through they’re door. They tried to get Balto back but nothing would make him stop running. Balto turned a corner smashing into Star. Star was in a daze, Nikki had a thousand mile stare, just thinking about what the man in the suit and tie had said. Balto got up breathing heavily.
“What about Jenna? Her too? No, they can’t do that, we have pups on the way! Did you guys hear that?” Balto said.
“Did deys say that we were going to lose our dog hood?” Nikki said.
“So that’s how you open the doors, hahaha,” Star laughed.
“Okay Balto, youse has to tell us what is going on.”
Nikki grabbed Balto by the fur of his neck and dragged him to the boiler room. Balto was shaking and muttering things such as the scenario of never being the same. Nikki was shocked of the poetic fear that came from Balto’s thoughts out to words. Nikki propped Balto up on a sack of flour and said, “Now, Balto, it is okay, youse will be safe here, but youse will need to tell us everything youse know, okay?”
“Okay,” Balto wiped away the little blood from his cuts that he sustained from the glass door, “alright. A week ago I was in my boat asleep when men in black coats came and got a choke collar on me. I was dazed enough when I felt a shooting pain down my back. I turned around and snapped at the man with a needle in my back. I jumped onto the first man in front of me ripped a piece of his throat out, I jumped around so quickly that the men couldn’t see me, they began firing their guns. They hit each other with their bullets, but I kept going, I brutally ripped out chucks of skin. I was complete wolf at that moment, I ran out of the boat, and kept running. When I was 20 yard from the boat the ice gave in and I feel through. The moment the cold water hit me, I became numb for a second, I then began to get tired. Men much like the ones I had mauled started running for me. They pulled me from the water. My eyes were heavy and I gave into the sleepiness.”
“Dat der sounds a lot like a book I read, Call a da Nature?” Nikki said.
“ Actually, I most likely feel asleep when the man stuck me with that needle, what I just said might have been a dream, yes actually.” Balto said.
“So, what else had happened?”
“Okay, the next day, I assume, Jenna was sleeping next to me as I woke up, and Rosie was watching TV. I asked Jenna what the hell happened, and she told me that some men came to get me from my boat because of something special. ‘They’re in there right now, you can try to listen in,’ she said. I went to the kitchen and heard a conversation about me: ‘what we want do is have Balto and all the other heroes go into space with two men, and they will be active for about a week in space and come down. If we do this, the world would realize that we are ready to have a space station built with a contribution from all the other countries. If we don't make such an initiative we might have to pay for Russia’s space station.’ Jenna’s owner said in response to the man’s proposal,
‘Well, I can speak for Jenna and Balto when I say, let them fly to space, but I expect you would pay us, right?’
‘Well, if we win, it could easily be in the millions, but it’s all in the contract. One problem, Balto is wild, we will have to do some testing. ’
‘Okay, just be soft, Balto is shy of humans.’
‘Right, I’ll get back to you in a bit.’
After that, they took me to a vet, they put needles and things in me and gave disgusting pills, but after that they treated me like a king. It was perfect timing because I was about to, never mind, the point is we have to go into space.”
Nikki was in awe.
“I can’t believe that we get to go into space.” Star stupidly said.
“Shut up Star!” Said Balto. “It means we will have to be neutered! I have to get Kodi”
“No, okay, okay, okay I got it, all wes has to do is convince da humans dat we want our dog hood,” Nikki assured everybody.
“Boy, I can’t wait to float in space! Hey Nikki, I wonder if you will float, or stick to the ground. HAHAHA, because your FAT!” Star yelled enthusiastically.
“This situation really doesn’t bother youse does it?”
“Do you even have balls to lose?” Said Balto.
“Flip im’ over”
Nikki jumped on on Star with full force.
“Ouch Nikki, you’re hurting me. Get off!”
“It’s the weight rule, the heavier one dominates, or I'm just fat!”
Balto spread Star’s legs apart.
“His story checks out.” Balto said.
Balto sat back in a slump. Nikki angrily bit Star on the arm drawing blood.
“Ahhhhh! Nikki! A joke for a deep flesh wound! That hurts so bad!”
“Yes, I think that means his story checks out,” Nikki said spitting fur from his mouth.
“Nikki,” Balto started, “Why did you do that, now he’s crying and bleeding and, oh, (to Star) come on, there is some whisky in one of these crates.”
Balto helped Star limp to the barrels of whiskey and the brutally broke the seal letting the dark potent mixture spill all over the floor. He then grabbed Star’s arm and dragged it under the whisky stinging Star’s arm very badly. Star yelped and yelped, drawing much attention.
Nikki warned, “Youse must bes careful about the noise Star!”
“Nikki, it hurts,” Star whimpered.
As Balto was ‘cauterizing’ Star’s wound he and Nikki talked over what they would do.
“I say wes go back and try to give them a hint wes do not, want to be neutered,”
“I think you’re right but- Wait, I hear someone coming.” But before Balto could finish a man came in, they thought they were done for, but he had Jenna and let her go. She ran to Balto and pleased him not to run, she began licking his healing cuts and told him what happened after he ran away.
“After you left they came apron an agreement and they will let you guys keep-“
“Our Dog Hood! Oh Jenna, youse da best,” Nikki said.
“So you guys get to go into space tomorrow, all of us!”
After the ordeal, Balto, Nikki, Star, Kaltag, Jenna, Kodi, Steele, and Dixie boarded a new model beech craft, on a leash that, that brought them from snowy Nome to sunny Juneau. After they de-boarded the beech craft, they boarded a Boeing 747-400 series, the nicest out right now. Instead of forcing the dogs to go in the separate cargo space, they got to sit in the first class seats. They refueled in Seattle before heading to Edwards Air Force Base in California. After a trek and 22hour trip, they had reached their secret destination, about an hour from EAFB.
The team met up with two nice men, one was named Andrew, and the other Alex. They were in blue jump suits, and as the dogs walked in, they ran towards the men mainly because they smelled teats behind the mens’ hands. It was the first impression the men had to become friends with the dogs, and they did a good job. Nikki felt extra feelings for the men, because he loved bacon flavor treats. They loaded the dogs into a customized Globe Master. They were expecting another long flight but when they got into the plane there were no seats, just padded walls.
“Is dis it, are wes going into space?”
“I wouldn’t think so,” Kodi replied to Nikki.
Then all the sudden a red light began to blink, then it went solid green and all the dogs lifted into the air.
“HAHAHA! THIS IS AWESOME!!! I’M FLOATING!” Star yelled.
“Wow this is space!” Balto exclaimed.
“That was so easy, I didn’t feel a thing,” Kodi said. Steele was enjoying the ride most of all. He was floating around like a pro.
“Hey, hehe! Tag! Can’t catch me! Up here, down there, everywh-“ right as Steele was about to finish he felt heavy again.
“Hey, look, I can actually hold Nikki,” Star said.
“I’m going to-“ Nikki said. As everybody was about to say their things they all fell to the ground.
“I don’t think that was space,” Jenna said.
“And I think that you are right,” Steele said as the Globe Master begun to line its self up for landing.
“Maybe the gravity will come on again,” Star said.
“Youse mean go off,” Nikki said.
“I hope so, that was fun,” Balto said. But within minutes the plane had touched down. The dogs were unloaded and brought to a bus, which took them to the space shuttle. Star was the most in awe. The group was shocked and the bus took them closer and closer to the shuttle. When the bus dropped them off at a futuristic elevator that brought them to the control room. Andrew and Alex were getting dressed up in their space suits while they were talking to a man who looked like a general.
“The dogs did very well from what we saw in the simulated anti gravity test. They actually enjoyed it! They won’t be getting motion sickness.” Andrew said.
“Yes, and they respond to human language very well.” Said Alex. The general look-alike
Liked what he heard and briefed them once more:
“Once you low orbit you can unstrap the dogs, and get the video feed back to us right away. For nights you will go into the separate compartment. Have fun, and Andrew, you will be handling manual re-entry.”
“Great,” “Got it,” the men said together.
“1 MINUTE 30 SECONDS UNTIL LAUNCH,” The automated voice said.
“I don’t want to do this anymore,” Star said.
“No backing out now Star” Balto corrected Star.
“Dese straps are so tight.” Nikki said.
“1 MINUTE UNTIL LAUNCH,” The computer rang.
“You good, dogs?” Asked Alex. And to their surprise, the dogs all barked back.
“They really do understand English,”
“30 SECONDS UNTIL LAUNCH,”
“I love you Alex,”
“Kissy Kiss,” Alex replied laughing.
“20 UNTIL LAUNCH,”
“Do you think that we will-“ Star was about to say when Kaltag interrupted him.
“Shut up Star, just shut up!”
“10….9…..8…..7” the shuttles engines roared and at 1 the shuttle accelerated from 1 to seventy in eight seconds then seventy to 140 in 4 seconds then onward the shuttle was already at 5,000ft. Everyone was pushed into their seats.
In about five minutes they reached a low orbit and Andrew and Alex unstrapped the dogs, but as Andrew and Alex were untying the dogs there was a big crash and explosion and the two space men were knocked into the safety airlock chamber, which separated. They were forced to begin early re-entry. But the dogs were stuck on the rest of the space shuttle. Balto managed to gnaw his way through the straps, but what will they do next…….
I got very bored writing this story when the men found Balto, Star and Nikki. I got so bored that I left the ending open for anybody to finish, so left your interesting and creative endings below. LOL. But seriously if you feel it, write your best ending from any point and send it to me and I'll post it in my article.
This is my first story, I don’t expect it to be good, but don’t be trollin’. PLEASE DO NOT COPY AND REPRODUCE MY STORY. THE CHARACTORS ‘Andrew’ and ’Alex’ ARE MINE, THE REST ARE COPY RIGHTED OF UNIVERSAL. PLEASE ASK PERMISSION BEFORE REPRODUCTION.I don’t feel I need to write that but but still.