The Daring and Amazing Adventures of Captain Francis Aristarchus
Now floating in total darkness, Captain Francis Aristarchus wished for light, and just like that, a soft morning glow revealed that he was tightly confined by a strange membrane.
He struggled with his arms and legs to escape, only to see that he was now floating in the center of a chamber the size of a stadium. He wondered why he remained weightless; instantly, he stood on firm ground. Hoping he had oxygen remaining to explore whatever this was, his spacesuit melted away and a suit of shimmering metal as soft and light as cotton replaced it.
When Aristarchus realized a sentience must be controlling this environment, his mind suddenly erupted in a cacophony of voices and images as his own memories reverberated against those of a thousand other species. He gripped his temples and was alone again. Upset at the unexpected psychic intrusion but curious about its origin, his ears were then fit snuggly with small earphone-like devices. He now harmoniously perceived the expansive consciousness of the Cosmic Nudibranch intermingling with his own.
A spark of energy and he disappeared in ripples, reappearing alongside his former vessel with its airlock still open. His head free of a helmet; looking down at Earth and up at this mysterious colossal entity, he wanted nothing more than to explore the universe. And so began a long and fruitful friendship.
Decades later, the remarkable device that bonded Captain Aristarchus and the Cosmic Nudibranch was found to pair wirelessly with an exceptional range of human audio devices.
Campfire Discoveries #2: Day 1 – Inside the Nudibranch