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There will be more chapters, this is just the first one. I will detail Grace's training for the mission, her first arrival on Pandora all the way to her meeting Jake with as many adventures in between as I can write.

I'm posting this here so I can get some reviews and maybe corrections on my time line and other details about Grace that I got wrong before I post it on fanfiction.net

I am going to order soon the Survival guide so when she get to Pandora, the things she discovers won't be totally off the wall when compared to the original story.

Also I didn't know if there was another story set up to be like this one, I hoped this was the first story detailing Grace's journey from start to finish.

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Grace Augustine was born on May 17, 2099 in Montana U.S.A. to a single mother who lived in one of the rare forests dotting Montana. It might be coincidence or perhaps fate that a moon, orbiting a large gas giant in the Alpha Centauri system was discovered to possibly support life that day only 4.4 Light years away from us. It was named Pandora.

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Grace was very curious from the time she could walk till the time she decided she wanted to go into Biology. When she was young she would always wonder through the forests around her home looking at the plants, bugs, trees, and other creatures till nighttime or she heard her mother calling for her to come inside.

Her mother supported Grace's curiosity of Earths wildlife saying, "Sooner or later, it will no longer be here for people to see and explore", and that she should learn all she can so one day, she can try and save it.

As Grace went into high school she took as many biology classes as her roster allowed. Many of her fellow students made fun of her saying she was studying a "dying science". Grace wouldn't let that stop her though, she pushed herself to be the best in her biology classes winning many awards, and getting scholarships to many prestigious schools all wanting her to come and take part in their biology studies.

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As she progressed though College she began to show excellent ability to learn quickly, think on her feet, and keep an open mind on what she was studying. Many of he professors believed she would become an excellent biologist someday. She wouldn't let what they said go to he head though, she still studied hard, performing research into the wee hours of the morning on plants and animals trying to get an edge on her fellow students.

Although she took biology seriously, many of her fellow pupils didn't. They saw the classes they took only as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. They didn't care about the grass in their yard. They didn't care about the pets they had, they only saw them as objects that made them happy, not living beings that had a spirit or soul. This hurt Grace more than anything, she knew from when she was young and saw how creatures and plants interacted with each other that they were much more than that.

What hurt her more than her friends attitude, was how the world she loved in was slowly being destroyed by people and their machines. When she spoke of this to her professors they looked at her as if she was crazy. "How are we destroying our world, were building it to better serve us." She would ask, "well what about the plants and animals that were there first." "What about them, we are bigger than they are, why should we halt progress for them" was the typical response she heard.

She knew then that humanity's presence on Earth was doomed. She cried herself to sleep many nights because of all the destruction going on around her that she couldn't stop.

She often attended community clean-ups, and would plant trees, flowers, and shrubs wherever she saw a bare spot. In her mind she knew she was helping, but the next day she would see hundreds of acres of lush green forest destroyed and dull gray concrete put in its place. "To better serve us" she would play in her head when she saw images of this. It would make her sick every time she thought of the life lost all for the sake of mankind's greed and selfishness.

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She was in her 5th year of college and had gotten nearly every award that a biology student could get, she got many good remarks from her professors and professors from other schools as one of the best young biologists in the United States. Grace was proud of her accomplishments because of not only what she had learned along the way but of the name she was building for herself. She thought that someday she could use that to turn things around for the creatures of Earth and put a halt on human expansion. In the back of her mind though she had doubts about her ability to be able to do enough good to ever save the earth. She feared that if she could save 100 acres of forest, 1000 acres would be plowed under somewhere else.

The more she learned, the sadder she became. Many of the earths beautiful creatures and ecosystems that she studied were just small samples. Places such as the Amazon, Yukon, Russian Tundra, African Savannah, Australian Outback that no longer existed in their true form, but in small rooms under the college. In there place were built either suburbs, cities, or massive vertical farming complexes that spanned as far as the eye could see. She would often go down to those rooms and relax, smell the growing plants, feel the soil in her hands, and gaze at the lush green plants of the different ecosystems.

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The Resources Development Administration had just authorized the clearing of the last 100 acres of Yellowstone National Park for a "country" home for the new governor of Wyoming. Grace begged that at least one tree small patch of trees be kept untouched and a small plaque be place with them to remind all those who passed of virgin forest and land that once thrived there but the RDA and the governor laughed her out of the room saying she was, "stupid" and "out of her mind" because no one cared about those things anymore.

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After what happened to Yellowstone, things weren't looking good for Grace by her 24th year, all that she loved and worked her life for was disappearing, she had taken up smoking to try and lighten her pain that was constantly hanging over her. She had finished her classes at the college as one of the highest marking biologists in 20 years. She should have been proud of herself and happy, but she only felt sorrow because she had no place to practice what she loved until one rainy evening someone knocked at her apartment door.

"Who is it?" she called as she climbed off the couch. "I'm with the Resources Development Administration and we have a proposition for you." She rolled her eyes knowing that the RDA couldn't have anything she wanted. She opened the door and let the young man inside so the rain wouldn't be running in her apartment. She asked right away folding her arms over her chest, "What is it you want me to do?" "Right to the point, well okay then. The RDA is going to send a ship to a moon in the Alpha Centuri system that appears to be full of wildlife and we know that with life come resources. With Earths resources almost depleted we are going to have to find them somewhere else and this moon is as good as any to start looking." Grace just about beat the man out of her apartment. How could they be so greedy, they already screwed up her home now they want to go terrorize poor helpless creatures on another world just to get whats beneath their feet. But in the back of her mind a little voice told her that this might be whats right. She asked, "What would I be doing?"

The man raised an eyebrow, "You would be the lead biologist, studying the plants and any animals that happen to be there." She replied, "To what end?" "We need to be able to identify what plants and animals pose a threat to our people when we get there and how we can best ward off predators in whatever form they might be in," the man said calmly. Grace was getting frustrated at what this man was asking and was beginning to doubt the voice in the back of her mind, "Why would I help you and your company, if anything I would want the predators to eat you and all your friends." He smiled, "this world is the last known untouched expanse of such wildlife that it would be shame for someone such as you to turn down."

His words rang true and she knew he had him. It was the chance of a lifetime. She could go and explore exotic plants and animals that no human had ever seen before and not be bound the the small rooms under the universities. She wouldn't be bothered by her friends or professors. It would be just her and this world, and whatever little chores this company asked of her.

She kept running the mans words through her head, it was almost too good to be true. "Why me?" she asked after a few moments. He said, "You're the best in your field, you have an open mind when it comes to biology and that's what we need where were going." "Where are we going?" Grace asked. The man smiled again, "The moon is called Pandora."

"Okay, I'll go, but under one condition" "What would that be?" he asked. "The company won't do unnecessary damage to the wildlife and every expansion of whatever station you put there must first be approved by me as lead biologist." "We will see." the man said as he started for the door. "Meet me at the central RDA office and we will get the plans laid out for you to be on the mission." He said as he crossed the threshold and looked up at the now clear night sky. Just as he was about to close the door Grace called, "But how am I supposed to find you?" "Just tell the secretary my name." he said without looking down from the stars. Grace laughed, "Well whats your name?" The man finally looked back at her and smiled yet again, "Robert, Robert Selfridge." And with that he was gone.

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Yeah, it's short, but after she gets to Pandora and things start heating up, the chapters will get longer.

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Grace showed up central RDA office the next morning not knowing what to expect. The building was rather bland with big letters showcasing the name of the company she had come to loathe all her life.

She looked down at her feet feeling guilty of what she was about to do. Work for the same scoundrels that destroyed all she loved.

She almost turned around and went back to her apartment but remembered what Robert told her last night and she pulled herself together and marched up the stairs. She entered the lobby and looked around for the secretary that he mentioned. She found her sitting behind a large wooden desk doing what she figured was secretary stuff. Grace strolled up to her and told the lady her name and said, "Robert Selfridge said for me to meet him..." the lady cut her off before she could finish by pointing to the door on the left and saying, "in there."

As Grace approached the door it opened and a young soldier waved her in saying, "Grace Augustine, we've been waiting for you." A little freaked out by the door opening before she got there and that the man she had never seen before seemed to recognize her. After a short hesitation, she walked past the soldier who glanced at her and smiled, and into the room. Behind yet another wooden desk sat the man she met last night, Robert Selfridge.

"Sit down." Were the first words he said to her and pointed to a chair in front of his desk. Grace sat, although a little uncomfortable of being bossed around and sitting in an unfamiliar room. She looked at the name plate on the desk and saw Robert's name and his title "Special Resource Administrator". She saw the glass case behind him which had either real or fake exotic animals on display, she figured they were real knowing who she was dealing with. She then looked at Robert who seemed to be studying her.

Robert leaned forward and asked, "Do you remember why I asked you to come here?" "You want me to go to a some moon a long ways away and keep your people safe from whatever wildlife they encounter there while they pan for gold in the rivers right?" Robert frowned at her, "You will be performing research on the plants and animals to best prepare us for predators in whatever form the appear in." "That's what I meant, but in all honesty, aren't you the type of people to just go and shoot whatever is in your way?" Grace asked. The man who had opened the door for her blankly said, "You can't fight disease, poison, or hunger with firepower." "Thank you Captain, yes, there are things that have to be battled in other methods than combat, we need to know what we can and can't eat, what we can and can't touch, how to cure whatever sickness comes up, and that's why we need you to come."

Grace sat back in her chair finally, she asked, "so, how long does it take to get there?" Robert grinned, "that's the real trick isn't it." Grace didn't share is enthusiasm. "The moon is around four and a half light years away..." Cutting him off Grace asked, "So it will take four and half years to get there, count me out!" "You didn't let me finish!" Robert cut in, "...it takes almost six years to get there since we can't travel the speed of light, but we put your body into cryo sleep and the trip is instant for you, you don't drink, you don't eat, and you don't age all the way there. It's almost like going to sleep on Earth and waking up on another world." leaning forward, Grace changed the subject. "so what do I get paid?" "If you return you will have an amount deposited into your account based on your actions on the mission, so if you do what your told, and don't cause a ruckus you will get a good bit, if you fight us, sabotage the operation, you won't get squat." Robert said as he twiddled a pencil on his desk not looking at her. Grace then asked, "What do you mean if I return, you don't think I will die do you?" "Well its possible, this new world might hold dangers that we aren't prepared or trained to ward off and there could be casualties." He replied still looking at the pencil.

This was a lot for Grace to take in and sat back in her chair again. This time though, the man in the back of the room spoke up. "There will be a military presence with the team to help with security and fight off any animals that threaten our operation." Grace turned around and looked at him, he held her stare with a little smirk on his face. "So who are you?" she asked. "Captain Miles Quaritch, I'll be leading the security force on Pandora." She already didn't like him, he had a feeling about him that just gave her the goosebumps, she returned her focus to Robert who was now reclining in his chair. "Do you remember what I told you? I would go if there is to be no unnecessary harming of wildlife, and any expansion any station or base you put there has to be approved by me as lead biologist." Robert turned his gaze from the ceiling back down to Grace, "I remember, I think we can work with that."

"So let me see if I got this straight, RDA is sending a ship to this moon four and a half light years away to look for resources that can be brought back to Earth. I will be going along to help protect your people from any disease, poison, and anything else related to the biology of the moon and any expansion of the station or base has to be approved by me." "That is correct." Robert replied as a grin crept across his face.

Grace smiled as she stood up, "I'm glad to be on-board with this mission Mr. Selfridge. When does the ship leave, and what training do I need?" Robert stood up to to meet her and said, "The ship, the ISV Prometheus, will be departing December first 2123 and you will be put into cryo sleep that same day and the ship should arrive at Pandora on September 23, 2129." Robert leaned over and pulled open a drawer on his desk and handed Grace an envelope with what felt like a credit card in it, "This is your shipment pass, come here tomorrow and show the card to the secretary and she will tell you where to go.

The two shook hands and Grace started for the door and the captain opened the door for her again with that little smirk on his face. As she stepped back into the lobby she heard the door close behind her. She continued out the building oblivious to plans that were being laid forth behind her back.
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The only thing is I'm not sure if it would be Selfridge there, based on the timeline I'd guess there was someone else first. Other than that, I didn't really notice anything, and I'm looking forward to more
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Yeah, I was a little tossed when I decided to put him in there. I figure he to be around 20 or so when he meets Grace in the story and in the movie when Jake shows up its around 25 years later so that would put Parker at around 45. I can see him being that old in the movie.

I am having more fun than I expected writing this. The toughest part is yet to come though. Figuring on what I'm going to do for the 25 years from when Grace arrives on Pandora till when Jake arrives.
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WOW! that was a great start, I'm definetely going to be following this one but yeah, as Human No More said the age of Parker for the current events would probably be too young if grace is around 50 and parker looks around mid 30s then there would be a 20 year gap.... so if grace is currently 24 then parker would be... 4 XD It's never too late to edit the story, maybe it could be parker's father? :O But great start, I want to read more of this
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Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think that he would be to young. I just changed the name of Parker, to Robert, which in the story will be his Uncle and later on he...oops, almost gave the story away Actually, I think this will actually make the story better, not bringing Parker in right away.

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Okay, a little longer chapter. Sorry for it being so long, but I lost my previous start on Chapter 3, so I typed this up tonight. Almost 2k words so not to short. If the story seems to be getting to boring and dragged out, remember, we very little about Grace's history. I'm trying to fill in gaps and stuff. So bear with me.


After Grace left the RDA office she kept thinking of the path laid before her. As she walked home she looked around her seeing only buildings of brick, glass, steel, and concrete. She stopped and closed her eyes and imagined the buildings away and replaced them with trees, rivers, and shrubs of every sort. She imagines bird calls, insects buzzing away, little creatures roaming through the grass. She opened her eyes hoping to see what she was dreaming but reality came rushing back all to quickly. Any doubts she had in her mind about not going instantly disappeared in the wind.

As she walked in the door to her apartment she thought of what she should do before she left. For all she knew this would be her last night to do as she wished before preparing to leave for a new world. She looked around figured a good start would be to start packing. She opened her closet. and looked at her assorted clothes. She thought that the RDA would surely provide her with clothes while she was training but she wanted some just in case an occasion came up where she had a choice. She grabbed her Stanford University shirt, a few pairs of shorts, some odds and ends.

After she thought she had enough clothes she went over to her bookshelf and grabbed a few of her favorite books, some of her awards and put them in her bag. She glanced around at the rest of her apartment wondering what would happen to it while she was gone. She realized she wasn't only thinking of her apartment but her life. She realized that the earliest she could ever come back would be at-least 12 years if they left soon after they got their which wasn't likely. She knew their was only one thing left to do before she left. Grace slept that night knowing that tomorrow would be the start of her new life.

The next morning as Grace was leaving she stopped by and knocked on her landlords door. "Who is it?" the landlord asked in her old raspy voice. "It's Grace ma'am." The door opened and their stood a strong old woman who Grace had come to admire for her kind heart and fierce spirit. "Hello Grace, call me Diana, we've known each other too long to be so formal. Now won't you come in." She said as she almost pulled Grace into her room. "Sit down and have some tea with me will you." Grace sat in one of the woman's cozy chairs as Diana strolled over to the tea pitcher pouring Grace and herself a cup. Grace observed the old woman, although she appeared strong, two run-ins with cancer has taken its toll on her. She looked away just as Diana turned around not wanting to be caught staring. "Here dear, now what is it you have come to see me about?" She said as she handed Grace a cup. Grace stared into her tea slowly stirring deciding what to say. She looked into the woman's piercing eyes and decided she had to tell someone what she was feeling and this might be the last time.

"Diana, I came by to tell you that I'm going away for awhile. Well, a long while actually, I may never be back." She looked back down into her tea and decided to take a drink. As she put her cup back down into her saucer Diana said, "Well its about time girl, I've been wondering when you would find a young man to finally start a life with, all this living by yourself couped up in your room isn't healthy." Grace almost laughed, "No, that's not it, a opportunity has presented itself to me. I want to go but I'm afraid of the life I'll leave behind." The old woman nodded her head and took a drink of her tea, all the while Grace was nervous as to what her reply would be. As she put down her cup she looked at Grace a small tear in her eye, she then spoke. "Grace, you so remind me of myself when I was younger, and even now I see a conflict in you that was in me when I was your age." As Grace was about to reply Diana put up her arm to stop her. "Think Grace, what do you love, where will this opportunity take you, what will you achieve if you stay. Remember that if your heart wants to go but you stay behind you will regret it for as long as you live. Life is full of opportunities, but it's up to us to take the first step in the right direction. This place will be here to come back to if it turns out its now what you want. But even though the grass may seem to be greener on the other side, you will never know unless you jump the fence to look, and if its not, all you have to do is jump back." She then stood up and walked over to Grace and asked her to stand. She took Grace by shoulders and looked deep into her eyes. "Grace, you're a smart girl. I know you'll make the right choice. Now, I want you to walk out that door and do the first thing your heart wants. Don't think about whats best for your friends, family, or even me. Do what Grace wants to do. That is the only way you will be happy."

The woman started for the door leaving Grace standing at her chair not knowing what to do. Diana opened the door and looked at the young woman. How she wished she could turn back the years and be in the position she is in now with so many choices ahead of her. She felt she gave her the words she needed to hear though the rest was up to her. "Grace honey, its your life, time to make the choice." she said as she waved through the door. Grace regained her composure, set down her tea, straightened her shirt, slung her bag over her shoulder and walked up to Diana and gave her a hug saying only, "Thank you." and left heading for the exit.

Grace walked straight to the RDA office feeling totally confident in what she was doing. No turning back now. She approached the building and without hesitating started up the steps feeling older and more sure of herself than the last time she started up them.

As Grace entered the building she was greeted by the same secretary. "Hello again, how may I help you?" She said to Grace. Grace reached into her pocket and presented the secretary with the card given to her by Selfridge the day before. The secretary took the card and slid it through a machine. A few beeps and keystrokes later the lady looked up and asked, "Grace Augustine?" A little surprised that this little card had information on it relating to her she simply nodded her head in confirmation. The secretary looked back down and hit a few more buttons on her computer and handed Grace back her card and pointed to a door on the right that said 'Waiting Room'. "You are to wait in there, a transport will be arriving shortly that will take you to your destination." Grace took her card and looked at the door and back at the secretary who had already resumed her work. She headed for the room a little uneasy as to what would be in there.

She found herself in a quiet room with around twenty or 30 other people. Soldiers made up only a few of the young men and women in the room which made her a little less uneasy but who these other people were was a mystery to her. She figured some would be geologists, perhaps a few others scientists. But, then again, they probably wondered why she was there. Feeling a little awkward standing by the door with all the eyes on her she decided to take a seat in the corner. The others took their gaze off of her back down to their own things. Grace took in her surroundings, the room was rather bland, no televisions, no magazines, nothing. Just walls, chairs and another door with 'Bathroom' written on it. She picked up her bag and set it in the chair beside her and started to rummage through it looking for one of the books she packed. Before she could pick one out the door opened again and in walked the soldier she had met while she was talking to Selfridge, she couldn't remember his name. "Good Morning, I'm Captain Miles Quaritch, the transport has arrived to take you all to the base where you will be given training and information that we think will help you survive where we are going. Now if you will follow me, the transport is waiting outside."
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Everyone stood up and followed him out the door and outside to where a bus with RDA painted on the side waited. The people filed on the bus and choose a seat. Everyone sat by themselves beside a window. Nobody seemed to know each other, she hoped that would change because then it would be a lonely where they were going. She then realized that, she didn't know where she was going, none of them did. Maybe Quaritch would say something when he finally stepped on the bus. He didn't, he whispered a few words to the bus driver and sat down. Soon later the bus started off to its destination.

With nothing to do Grace put her bag up against the window and fell asleep. She awoke from time to time whenever they stopped for food or restroom break but she would fall asleep quickly again. Then she awoke again but this time it didn't look like any old gas station or restaurant. It was a large complex with lights dotted here and there and they appeared to be at a gate of sorts. As she looked about some more she noticed many of the others were asleep as well or just waking up. Night had fallen and rain pattering against the bus as well. She looked across the aisle out the other window and noticed fences, many other large buildings, what frightened her most was the fence was 10 feet tall with razor wire on top. It's as if she were going to prison, she pushed those thoughts out of her mind quickly.

The bus started forward again and navigated its way through the numerous buildings. It soon stopped at one of the smaller buildings and Quaritch stood up in the front of the bus as the driver flicked the interior lights on illuminating the inside of the bus. "Okay everybody, this is where you will be staying while you are in training. I'm sure you are all exhausted. Go inside and find a bunk and sleep well. Tomorrow at 0800 report to the HQ building where I will be waiting for you. All your questions will be answered then. For now, go inside and rest up, tomorrow is a big day." With that he stepped off the bus. People started gathering up their things and shuffling off the bus and into their quarters. As Grace entered the building what she saw reminded her of an army barracks, but that was okay with her. She was only spending a few months sleeping here. Some of the others seemed to be showing there disdain in the sleeping arrangements though. She picked a bunk and slid her bag underneath it. She slipped her shoes off and laid back and fell right asleep.

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wow, i really like where this is going. i could picture everything as i was reading it. very nice and don't worry about word count, my fanfic has roughly 2,500 words a chapter. maybe more if you need to keep writing to fit everything in then do so. this is your story so you have no boundaries. anyway i will wait for the next chapter

BTW while reading this i recomend listening to the 4th track from the 1st CD of the complete Avatar Soundtrack. It's an inspirational bit of music and it fits perfectly with Grace taking on this new job.
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Wow 3 months to the date since I updated. This chapter was tough to write. I dunno why but it was. I want to thank all of those who submitted info for me to use in the story. I think I got all who submitted in this chapter. I will elaborate more on them though later in the story.

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The next morning Grace awoke to the sounds of people getting up and rustling about. As she pulled the covers off the realization of where she was came flooding back. She saw that she apparently fell asleep in her clothes last night and glanced at her watch and saw it was 7:32 in the morning. Not really feeling like getting up this early she rolled over and sat up trying to rub the sleep out of her eyes.

As Grace glanced about the barracks she noticed the others getting up and around. Figuring she should do the same she sat up putting her head in her hands still trying to fully awake. She knew she needed a shower and some fresh clothes but that would have to wait. There were more important things to see to.

Standing up she figured that leaving her bag under her cot would be okay since this where they would be staying. Walking towards the bathroom at the end of the barracks she got a good look at some of the other people, she noticed that they were mostly men in there 20's. Everyone looked as different as the next.

Finishing up in the bathroom washing her hands she looked in the mirror. "Where am I going? What is in store for me? Where will I end up?" Grace hoped her thoughts would be answered when she got to the HQ building. As she headed out she saw that everyone else was about ready and some were gone. Glancing at her watch she hurried to the door and outside to see if she could manage to find the HQ building.

A large building off to the left with 'Headquarters' written on the front made things easy as she started walking towards it. Looking about she got a better picture of what the complex looked like than last night. The imposing fence was still there which made her a little uneasy. But it stretched farther than she thought, it was difficult to make out the fence on the other side of the compound.

Making her way up the stairs of the HQ building she could feel the tension between the group and many seemed to hesitate when they reached the top step to go through the door. In the end though, everyone went inside. Grace was the first to spot Quaritch standing beside a doorway while everyone else was in awe of the richness of the entrance hall. There were marble columns, real wood benches, leather furniture. Many had not seen such royalties in there lives but Grace had expected it as she headed for the Captain. The others soon followed suit.

As they approached, the Captain opened the door, and waved them inside. As they shuffled in the room they took seats around a square table that led to a large projection screen. Once they were all seated the Captain closed the door and strolled to the head of the table where he turned and faced the group.

"Good morning, as some of you may know, I am Captain Miles Quaritch, US Marines. You are all here to be the first people to ever explore an alien world beyond our solar system. You were chosen because you have skills that the RDA needs that will decide the success of this miss..." Before he could finish the door opened and in walked Robert Selfridge. "Sorry I'm late." He said as he took a seat at the head of the table opposite the projection screen. Grace saw that Robert was flustered about something but the Captain resumed his talk and she returned her attention to him. "The place we are going to is in the Alpha Centurai system. I'll let Mr. Selfridge fill you in on the rest of the details." After he finished he strolled over and took his seat.

As the captain sat down, Robert walked up to the projection screen and picked up the remote that was on the table. He turned to the screen and clicked the remote. The screen came to life showing the RDA logo and giving a grim reminder to Grace of who she was working for. "Good morning, I am Robert Selfridge, Special Resource Administrator." He clicked the remote again and as he did, a blue and green world appeared that appeared much like Earth, but the neighboring gas Giant told Grace that this must be Pandora. "This is Pandora. As you can see, it resembles much of what Earth looked like many years ago. But Unlike Earth, Pandora is a moon orbiting a Gas Giant called Polyphemus which orbits Alpha Centauri A. From what we can tell from this picture, Pandora appears to have a great amount of wildlife. But that is a severe understatement. After Pandora was discovered to sustain life, a probe was sent there and after 6 years of waiting the images and reports back were astounding. Those reports will be available to you later but for now, look at these images. Then you can get a good idea of whats ahead of us." A little smile crept across his face because he could see the scientists were on the edge of their seats and practically drooling on the table. He then returned his gaze to the screen started clicking through the numerous pictures of the Pandora world that was taken by the probe.

The scientists were stunned by what they saw. As each picture flashed by Grace grew more and more in love with this world. After about 30 images of amazing and alien Flora, Grace was hardly prepared for the images of the Fauna. Many of the creatures she saw were six-legged and very large when compared to Earth creatures. They varied in as many ways as one could count. There were large creatures that looked like rhino's but with a hammerhead instead of the usual snout. There were small creatures that looked like monkeys but were blue and had two legs and 4 arms. Then the images changed to something even more spectacular. The camera didn't need to use night vision to capture images at night. Soon after darkness fell the Flora began to give off it's own natural bioluminescense. Grace was in absolute awe at what was presented before her. More images flashed by of glowing plants and some glowing animals. It was truly spectacular.

But as daylight approached again the bioluminesence faded but was soon replaced by an image that the scientists would never forget. Many of the scientists let out gasps, and for good just 15 or so feet in front of the camera was a humanoid. It resembled a human being in many ways. It had two legs, two feet, and had the same shape as a human with a face that had a few subtle differences. The nose was more flat and broader, the eyes were larger and a deep gold and it had more sharper and pronounced ears. Grace didn't want to get ahead of herself but she could swear that the creature had more of a female shape to her and perhaps a tail. But that wasn't the only thing. The creature was somewhat clothed and was carrying a bow and arrow. This said many things. Not only was there a humanoid species on this world but it also had intelligence. Many of humanities millenia old questions were answered in this picture.

Selfridge turned off the projector and the lights came back to normal. Many of the scientists began to talk quickly many asking questions. But Selfridge raised his hand to quiet them down. I know you have a million questions but before we get to far you need to get settled into your quarters and get to know each other. A few voiced their objections again to the housing accommodations but Selfridge waved them off saying that they can sleep outside if they wish.

As the team made there way back to the barracks a million thoughts were running through Graces head. Who were these people? Would they be friendly? How much do they know? She finally returned to reality when a young woman, perhaps a little younger than her approached her. "Hello, I'm Patrice, Patrice Maire. I read about your many accomplishments and studies at Stanford University. And I must say, I'm am glad to be working with you. I heard about your many protests to whats happening to Earth and I attended many of them but you probably don't remember me."

Grace was a little shocked to be taken out of her thoughts so suddenly but didn't flash any anger at her. She was going to have to work with this person for over 6 years, perhaps longer and didn't want to start out on the wrong foot. "Uh, hello. I'm Grace." A few awkward seconds went by and Grace asked, "So, uh, what is your part on the team?" Patrice smiled, "Well, I majored in biochemistry with a minor in botany. But I didn't want to join the team." "Why not?" Grace asked a little surprised anyone wouldn't want to join an adventure like this. "Because I wanted to try and save Earth. But my father convinced me otherwise. I love the forest, always have. I grew up with the pictures of the Great Redwood forest in my room that I always loved. Instead of reading fictional stories in school I read about wildlife and many natural wonders that used to dot our world." "I see", Grace replied. A few seconds past with nothing said between then. "Well I guess I'll talk to you later." Patrice said as she waved and started walking toward the barracks. Grace followed suit knowing she needed to get acquainted with the rest of the team.

As she entered the barracks she saw everyone sitting on bunks around the center of the room talking about something. She approached the group and listened in on what they were talking about. She expected some evil plot but they sounded like kids who were excited about a new movie coming out. But unlike kids, they had a serious tone to them.
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She decided to leave them to there conversation as she headed to the shower that she skipped this morning. As she let the warm water cascade down her body she reflected on what she saw today. She realized where she was going, the pictures of the beautiful forest and creatures were real, that world was real, and she was going there. It was a place she had wanted to be in for as long as she can remember. An untamed world full of new things. A rush of homesickness hit her when she thought of her childhood and exploring the forest outside her home. This world would be the same way, except alien.

As she exited the shower the excitement really came on what was actually being set in motion. When she left the shower room she saw the others were still huddled in the middle and she figured she would join them.

"This is the chance of a lifetime. I can't believe I'm a part of it. Going to a new world, meeting a new race." Many of the others in the group nodded their agreements. Then one of the members of the group stood up and asked her. "Are you Grace Augustine?" Grace looked at the young man and replied, "Yes, and who would you be?" The young man got a look of excitement over his face. "Oh sorry, I'm Nick. It's a great opportunity to meet you, I read about your stance against the RDA and their actions. I agree with much of what you said but it the chance to travel to another world was just to good to pass up. I have always loved astronomy and that led me to where I am now. "And what is that?" Grace asked. "Oh, I'm supposed to closely monitor Pandora and Polyphemus and its other moons as it orbits Alpha Centauri A, ACA for short, to try and find many possible orbit patterns for ships in orbit. That way they don't get drug into massive gravity fields or outlying debris," a moment passed and as he sat down he finished with, "But yeah, that's my main part on this mission."

The man beside him stood up and spoke, "Hey, I'm Miguel, but you can all call me Migg. I was in the Canadian Army for a couple years but after a very good friend died I decided to move on. I Studied Applied Physics and technologies for 3 years and then became a professional Diver. So I have more than one responsibility on this mission. I'm supposed to, while on Pandora exploring some of the waters there, try and figure out ways to better design and produce some of the tools we will be using on Pandora," Migg sat down with a smile and then said, "But hey don't take me too seriously, sometimes I can be funny, but know when not to be."

As they went around the room Grace met many good people Like Alex who is going to be the teams medic and biochemist. Also Rick who is the teams psychologist, and 'musical expert' as he likes to be called. There is also Harrison who is one of the lead geologists on the team. One of the last people she talked to was Chris. He said that he is the agricultural production expert. He got a lot of blank stares with that. "Basically Grace tells me what we can eat and I try and domesticate it and figure different ways to prepare it."

After she got acquainted with most of the crew she decided to take a walk around and explore the base. First thing she headed for was the fence. She walked up to and looked up at the 10 foot high fence topped with razor wire. Contradicting thoughts entered her head. She was so excited to be going to this new world but at what cost. Was she selling herself to the RDA, the very people who had destroyed Earth. As she looked out the fence to the wasteland beyond she made a vow to herself right then that she would do all in her power to keep the RDA from destroying the beauty that Pandora held.

She lingered on that thought for a moment then continued walking around the base. She noticed many large building and a few that looked like hangers or warehouses. Their contents would remain a mystery as she continued around. One thing she seemed surprised about was the absence of large complex like buildings that would house training areas and simulations. The buildings on top appeared to be mostly offices and storage buildings with a few exceptions. The rest of the base was most likely underground she thought.

Grace wandered around the base until the sun began getting low in the West and headed back to the barracks. When she returned a note was on the bulletin board stating: To all Pandora Exploration Team, Training will begin at 0600 tomorrow. Meet Captain Quaritch at the Training Center behind the HQ building.

Strangely Grace was glad of this, she was eager to get started. The sooner they get started the more prepared and the sooner they can leave for Pandora. Grace got cleaned up and ready for bed as many of the others were doing. But as she laid down and pulled the covers up many excited thoughts kept jumping through her brain that she couldn't sleep.

After a couple hours of tossing and turning she couldn't stand it anymore. She got up and walked outside and stared up at the stars. As she did many of the others that couldn't sleep joined her outside looking up. A few silent minutes passed between the group then Nick spoke up. "Pandora is up there, just waiting for us. All we have to do is make it there alive and what we have worked our lives to do, to learn, and hoped for for will all become realized." They stood out there a few more minutes longer and finally returned to bed. As Grace laid down she ran Nick's words through her head again and everything seemed to come together. She soon fell asleep and dreamed of upcoming adventures.
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really really really great, keep this up
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this is fantastic! its totally playing like a movie in my head as i read it!
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Just saw this, and it's great, looking forward to more.

I love this part btw:

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But as daylight approached again the bioluminesence faded but was soon replaced by an image that the scientists would never forget. Many of the scientists let out gasps, and for good just 15 or so feet in front of the camera was a humanoid. It resembled a human being in many ways. It had two legs, two feet, and had the same shape as a human with a face that had a few subtle differences. The nose was more flat and broader, the eyes were larger and a deep gold and it had more sharper and pronounced ears. Grace didn't want to get ahead of herself but she could swear that the creature had more of a female shape to her and perhaps a tail. But that wasn't the only thing. The creature was somewhat clothed and was carrying a bow and arrow. This said many things. Not only was there a humanoid species on this world but it also had intelligence. Many of humanities millenia old questions were answered in this picture.
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