6. #RRBC: What’s the Nitednations, Papa?

Nonnie Jules is the founder and President of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, as well as interviewer of RRBC authors in the famed, “Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie?” interviews. Her interviewing skills are legendary and she decided to accompany Author, John Fioravanti, through space and time to another galaxy 700 years into the future. Nonnie’s goal is to meet the key personalities on planet Genesis featured in Fioravanti’s series, The Genesis Saga, and utilize her formidable skills to find out something more about these characters. This scene is the sixth of many, which will follow.

Setting:   Nonnie and I have followed our host, Professor Marco Rossini, into the cozy kitchen of his home on the University of Genesis City (UGC) campus. We are drinking coffee around his table and munching on cookies he baked himself. Marco interrupted a story “Marco Leaves Nonnie Hanging” about Jethro Hodge and his young grandson, Joachim, in order to serve refreshments. It looks like Nonnie is anxious for him to continue…
 

Nonnie:       (She swallows a bite of cookie and looks at Marco) “I’d like to hear the rest of the story here, Marco. I just love the view of your yard… such a lovely campus!”

 

Marco:     “Thank you, Nonnie! I love it too – it’s a great distraction when I’m marking papers. John, do you mind if we continue the story here?” (John smiles and indicates agreement with a thumbs up signal)

            (Marco chuckles) “I see you’re a man of few words today, John!” (That prompted a grin from John and a long look from Nonnie in John’s direction)

            “Alright, lets get to it. According to the archives…”

  

             Two days later, JoJo crept into his grandfather’s reading room only to find him fast asleep in his chair. The boy stood still in front of his beloved Papa and gazed at his peaceful face. Very carefully, Jojo climbed up into his Papa’s lap only to find him wide-awake and grinning.

“Did I wake you, Papa? Are you mad at me? Can I hear more of that story? Please?”

            Jethro Hodge laughed heartily, “Can I answer one question before you ask another?” The boy nodded, settled himself on his Papa’s lap and looked expectantly at his grandfather. “Alright.” Hodge began. “I’m not angry with you, JoJo and I’m happy to continue the story. Where did I leave off?”

            Joachim scrunched up his face in thought. “Um, people were fighting about their Gods and made their enemies sick… I think.”

            “Good lad! This was a very special disease, called a virus. The virus could actually think for itself!”

            “Was it a person, like us, Papa?”

            “No, but he thought like a person. He decided he was going to kill all the people on Earth. They began to call him Omega…”

            “How come, Papa? I never heard of a Mega before.”

            “Omega in the Greek language means ‘the end’, JoJo. Omega had decided to put an end to all the people on Earth.” Jethro paused; saw that JoJo was attentive, so he continued. “The scientists who created Omega tried to find a cure – a way to stop the death. They failed. As people all over the world continued to get sick, everyone looked to the United Nations for a solution.”

            “What’s the Nitednations, Papa?”

            “It was a group of people from every country in the world. It was their job to help solve people’s problems.”

            “So they were nice people?”

            “Yes, they were, JoJo. They decided to try to save as many people from every country in the world as would fit in our spaceship.”

            “You mean Divine Semper, Papa?”

            Jethro smiled and ruffled the boy’s hair. “That’s the one, lad! They flew about a million people to the Space Agency Base on the Earth’s moon, and boarded them on the ship…”

            “Wow! A million people, Papa?” JoJo searched his grandfather’s face as he thought about it. “Is that a lot… like a hundred?”

            “It’s a lot more than a hundred. Anyway, the people got on the spaceship and it left on a long journey through space to find Genesis.”

“What is Gensis, Papa? Are we there yet?”

            Jethro laughed and ruffled JoJo’s hair once more. “Almost, my boy, almost! ArcGeneral Hastings told me today that we’re a few days travel away now. To answer your first question, Genesis is a planet – like Earth. It will be our new home.”

            Joachim looked troubled and his lower lip began to tremble. “Papa, what about our house? Can I bring my toys and Rex?”

            “Of course you can bring your dog and your toys! It will take a while, but we’ll build everyone new homes to live in.”

            “What about Semper, Papa? Can we bring that too?

            Jethro Hodge smiled and hugged the little boy tightly to his chest. Good question, Joachim… he mused.

 

Nonnie:       “Marco, that was such a sweet story! Tell me, is Liz Hastings related to the ArcGeneral in the story?”

Marco:     “Yes, he was an ancestor of hers – and from what I can tell in the archives, Liz inherited Thomas Hastings’ leadership qualities. He staved off a confrontation brewing between the Navy Marines and the Crusader Army, that likely would have derailed the mission on Genesis before the capital city could be built.” 

Nonnie:       “Hmmm I smell a book in that story! But I have to tell you honestly, Marco, I want to understand how the United Nations could organize a long-range space mission in the midst of the Omega emergency. I know a little about the 21st Century on Earth (winks at John who is looking on feigning ignorance), and the UN had NO magic wand…” 

Marco:     “Indeed. Let me fill in the gaps… but I think we should retire to the other room before I begin. Shall we?” 

            (Nonnie and John agree and follow their host…)

 

 

Join us next time as Marco explains the UN mission to Genesis…

 

 

About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

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