The halls of a university lecture room were filled and busy of students pushing their way through for the new year. There was a one excited former student who finished his classes heading into the university to see someone. He was a brown haired mid twenty’s male with slightly over sized clothes that didn’t quite fit him but of course only wore clothes for conform. “Excuse, me, excuse. Gotta got see someone I know!” he cried like a excited child. He paced around the rooms looking for someone who knew until his head sneaked into a lecture room and found the one he was looking for. He waved his arms at him with wonder, “Hey. Vincent Lamour. How are you? Been looking around for you for a while at the university,” he cried out.

Vincent Lamour looked up from the desk in the lecture room giving a puzzled but familiar look to him, “Mr Fyn Yates. My very smart but very strange student. What are you doing here? Your classes were over from last year,” he noted to him.

“Oh I know that Vincent but I wanted to invite you to my place tonight. My home is on the land I brought a few months outside of the city town. My big invention is complete but I don’t want to tell you anything because it’s a surprise. I have waited for many years to build this special thing. You know I love to explore and do science type stuff right? This is the one,” Fyn told Vincent. Vincent knew of Fyn’s excitement over small things and of his past science failings but he was curious to find out what it was. “I am free tonight Fyn so I’ll come around and see your place and what you have made. You were always a interesting student to watch over. I’ll see what you have made.” Fyn gave a beaming smile and grabbed a note pad out his pocket writing down some notes, “This is my address and come at 7pm. We can have some coco or tea if you like. It’s going to be great to see you here. I’ll see you soon!” he cried slapping the note on his desk and dashing off out of the lecture in a hurry. Vincent smiled to himself curious and wondering what could be the very thing that has his former student so excited for. He adjusted his brown jacket and pants as he settled into some exam marking, “I’ll find out sooner or later what all the fuss is about. Hmm.”

 

The night had come for Fyn Yates to reveal to Vincent Lamour what he had created over the past few years. Vincent’s car drove up the driveway as he viewed a small and tidy house with a fairly large shed out the back of his land. He didn’t remember seeing the last time he saw his house. The car stopped and he climbed out while locking the doors. He came to the door and the door opened with Fyn excited, “I heard you coming up my way so come in, come in!” he replied. Vincent came inside and had prepared two cups of tea at a table. Fyn rubbed his forehead and looked around the lounge room, “Right, now no one can know about this invention of mine because well no one has created anything like this before. Like your secret that you are hundreds of years old,” he explained to Vincent. Vincent nodded slowly, “Yes my secret that we shouldn’t be talking about at all. Fine Fyn but I don’t think your invention is a one of kind. Let’s go and see it.” Vincent answered. The two men came out the back of the house and Fyn walked up the large light brown shed outside. It seemed it had a recent paint job on it as Fyn pushed up the rollers by hand. Vincent’s face widen with surprise at the sight of the invention, “It’s a spaceship. What? This can’t be. This is just a model right? It doesn’t work at all. It’s like a prototype correct?” Vincent suggested looking at the spaceship. It was was white oval shaped ship with red and blue strips across the middle of it. There was a large LCD neon screen that wrapped around the the ship’s front like a pair of glasses where the pilot of the ship would see out into space.

“Wake up Nippy! Time to meet your first visitor,” Fyn said giving a small tap on the spaceship the LCD screen lit up green with two smiling faces showing on the screen. A few quirky noises came from the ship as a sort of hello speech to Vincent. Vincent looked at Nippy the spaceship and looked back at Fyn, “The spaceship has a personality? It’s alive” he asked surprised and confused. “Well yeah I wanted to make a special spaceship. Something that can be a someone. He’s pretty cool and fun to talk to. Well he doesn’t talk in words but that screen panel shows up different images to describe what he’s feeling Oh he runs on food, no fuel needed! Even food scraps he loves too. It’s easier than rocket fuel or anything else. That would be very hard to find over and over again,” Fyn explained.

“What’s inside the ship. I would like to see how this operates from within. How did you work all this out from your house. This would have takes years and years by other people. A team of people would have taken ages to get this right.” Fyn waved in over where he pressed a button on the side of the ship and a door came moving down touching the ground. Vincent came inside to see a large screen TV in front of him and to the left two seats to help pilot things. He noticed two small beds on each side of the ship and a desk at the end of the ship with some a couple database machines making beeping and odd sounds. Vincent pointed at the desk section first, “What’s those computers doing down the back?” he asked.

“Oh those things, well make sure that Nippy is fine and gives you details on conditions on different planets and worlds. It helps me out when I do go out to space. Why don’t we just go out for a small spin Vincent. Just into the lower areas of space. I mean I remembered you telling me you had some strange adventures with other people in your life. Others worlds you spoke of,” Fyn said to him. Vincent nodded, “Let’s try it out,” answering smiling and laughing amazed over the invention.

Fyn and Vincent sat down at the pilot seats and Vincent lifted a eyebrow and tapped the steering wheel at the controls, “This is a spaceship, not a car Mr Yates.” “I only know how to drive a car so I thought a steering wheel would be easier to learn,” Fyn answered not knowing how silly the idea was. He pulled down a lever and the ship slowly moved up and carried them out of the shed. “All the signals are reading nicely. Nippy’s screen is green which is a good sign he’s happy and we can go!”

Nippy the spaceship and Fyn and Vincent carried off towards space to discover what the earth looked like from up above. The rocket boosters were quite effective as Vincent could heard Nippy making chipping noises, “Does he normally make funny noises like that?” he asked Fyn. “Oh yes he just loves being quick and finding new things. That’s why i called him Nippy.” Fyn turned the wheel and soon enough they entered the lowest areas of space but not outer space yet. Nippy hovered over the planet and Vincent looked out seeing the planet, “This is just amazing Fyn. What a wonder this little ship is. What are you going to do with Nippy as you call him?” “I don’t know really. Go on a adventure or two. Go and explore different places. I’m planning to go for a trip soon but his fuel amounts are funny. Nippy needs alot of food resources which is hard because I don’t eat alot by myself you know,” Fyn explained. Vincent leaned back in his seat. “Right so you need to improve on that aspect. I think you can do it. You have achieved plenty in a short amount of time. I’m proud of you. I’m sure some of my different friends would you interested in meeting you but one day that might happen,” Vincent noted patting Fyn on the shoulder.

“Thanks for coming Vincent. I don’t get many visitors around to my place. It was nice seeing someone,” Fyn replied with some sadness.

“Keep up the good work and don’t let other people get you down. Knowledge and learning are the key to understand everything around you,” Vincent said as the two just watched the planet Earth move around the universe ever so slowly.