From the day the chancellor asked him, for the mission, Daniel's life had completely changed. In addition to having to undergo a hard workout and changes in his diet, from dawn until dusk people sought him as a celebrity, initially only his companions, lead by his main subordinate Ivan, appeared day after day to celebrate with him, bringing alcohol and food that the man couldn’t taste.
–I always believe that you were the best one, captain. Ivan said every time he got drunk.
–Thanks man. Dan smiled awkwardly.
That became a daily situation, but all got worse when the chancellor announced the trip, calling it the beginning of a new era, and suddenly, he didn’t spend a moment outside the LIFE center without somebody coming to ask for an autograph, looking at him like a real hero. Always alone, the excess of attention overwhelmed him and more when he realized that had begun to attract people who always rejected him. So he end up cloistered in his cell at the research center.
One day while training, one of the assistants approached him.
–Landon, you have a call.
–Whose? –He wondered.
He reluctantly followed the young man to the communications center, a round, inverted cone filled with tables with speakers and answering machines.
–I'll give you privacy –The boy said, leaving him alone.
He sat in the nearest position, sighed deeply and pressed the button. Immediately a screen was laid out in front of him showing a young girl with short, thin hair and with a big smile, his sister.
–Dani! –She said excitedly.
–Hi, Daphne. He answered smiling at her.
–Why you didn’t say anything about the trip?
Suddenly a big man, red–faced and wearing only a dirty shirt, interrupted her, annoyed.
–Because he doesn’t give a damn about his family. You're a selfish Daniel, you don’t have the slightest consideration!
Dan just stared at the screen while his father screamed. He knew the way his family was, but didn’t expect to be wanted and less after so long. They hadn’t looked for him when returned from the desert to the brink of death, or when his mother and brother died, and suddenly they were there demanding that he would go on a journey of years and hadn’t warned.
Then the man shouted one or two more things and hung up. Dan didn’t even know how to react. He left the room and continued his work. The whole day went by without much mishap but at the moment of sleep an idea kept spinning in his head. What would he find in his adventure? What things would he have to do? Would there be a chance to get out alive? And in fact, why did he do this? Just because they ordered it? Because he wanted to save his world and family? Or because he had nothing to lose? Hundreds of ideas stole his bed time, curious, fearful perhaps, and anxious.