It was the strangest feeling: like being drunk, but only for a few minutes.
The Polixaci Captain made the routine warning announcement. By then we were out beyond Neptune’s orbit. We were up in the observation area, a small group of humans amidst countless other species. We were as much a curiosity to them as they to us.
The ship made an odd noise, a hum I felt through my shoes and into my stomach. Then the universe around us… got smaller somehow. I guess my inner ear didn’t like that. Nature’s way of saying: ‘this isn’t supposed to happen’.