Return to Earth!
Chapter 1 Mystery Planet
Zack Nelson sat at the kitchen table. He was in his house on the planet Nebulon. His dog, Luna, curled up on the floor beside him.
A holographic, 3-D image of stars in space floated above the table.
“This planet-collector that dad just brought home from Nebulonics is so grape!” said Zack. He ran his finger along the screen of a small handheld device.
Luna tilted her head and yawned. Then she scratched her ear with her back paw.
“It’s a game that lets me keep track of every planet I’ve ever been to. When it shows me a planet I’ve visited, I have to place it where it belongs in space.”
The 3-D image of a small blue planet appeared among the stars.
“That is Araxie,” said Zack. “It belongs over here.”
Using his finger, Zack moved the floating planet to a far corner of the star field. Then he tapped on the device again.
A planet covered with orange specks appeared.
“That’s Cisnos,” Zack said. He moved the planet to where it belonged among the stars. “It has orange mountains.”
“Arrrrr,” moaned Luna, stretching her front legs.
“I know. Weird, right?”
Zack added a few more planets he had visited since he and his family moved from Earth to Nebulon.
The door to the kitchen elevator slid open. In walked Otto Nelson, Zack’s dad. He was home from his job at Nebulonics.
“Hey, Captain, that looks great!” said Dad. He looked up at the planets orbiting above the kitchen table.
Luna jumped up and ran over to greet him.
“Those are all the planets I’ve been to,” Zack said proudly.
“I think you’re missing one,” said Dad, “and it’s an important one. Nebulonics is actually sending me on a business trip to that same special planet. I think you’d really enjoy coming along. My boss, Fred Stevens, is going. He’s bringing his son, Seth. We thought maybe you could keep Seth company and show him around.”
When Zack had first arrived on Nebulon, he and Seth got off to a rough start. Although Seth could still be a bit tough to get along with sometimes, the two had since become friends.
“So, it’s a planet I’ve been to?” Zack asked.
“Yup,” said Dad.
“Juno? Plexus? Gluco?” guessed Zack. He looked up at all the holographic planets floating above the table.
“Nope,” said Dad. A big smile spread across his face. “It’s a planet called . . . Earth!”