Only the four bravest, smartest, and purest Himmincats would be chosen. Everyone was to travel to one of the 12 big cities on Orth to be in the contest, to see if they would be chosen.
Far away from the capital city, in a little village on a lake, the news of the contest soon reached a hunter’s family.
A young girl Himmincat ran in to her mother from school that afternoon and said “Mother…have you heard? There is a contest to decide which of us will go on the rocket ship to another planet.”
“No Lyla, I have not heard. Where did you get this news?” her mother said.
(A hover-bus was like our school bus, only it floated on a cushion of air and could travel over land and water.) “They said that we must all travel to the city to be in it to see if we are chosen.”
“Hush Bendle…don’t interrupt your sister,” said their mother gently. She looked at Lyla again, “When is this contest, Lyla?”
“It begins tomorrow, mother,” continued Lyla. “They said we don’t have much time. They have to choose quickly so that the chosen will be ready to leave on the rocket before the supernova.”
Her mother looked up, sadly, but with a fire in her eyes and said, “Alright children, sit down and eat. We must sleep tonight so that tomorrow you will be strong for the contest.”