A young boy and a young girl lying in a field, staring into the night sky. A soft wind causing the tall grass to gently sway around them. The little girl shifts a little and looks over at the boy, "You ever wonder if there's someone out there?" She quickly looks back to the stars as the boy gets a confused look on his face and replies, "Whatdya mean?" A bright shooting star blasts across the black abyss before disappearing. "Like someone up there is looking down here." the girl replies softly, her bright green eyes seemingly counting the stars waiting for a reply. "I dunno, you think we'll ever meet them?" the boys answers, "I hope so, don't you?!" The little girl quickly retorts as she raises one of her arms as though to touch the moon. Another shooting star flies across the sky, lasting much longer than the first before disappearing from view. The wind stops for a moment and the grass stops moving, the boy slowly smiles, "Yeah, maybe we'll all be friends!" The girl lowers her arm and excitedly smiles back, "Yeah! Friends!"
Unknown to the children, the second shooting star was in fact a spaceship. The first of many to leave Earth, to colonize other planets. Within another twenty years a girl who devoted her life to science leads in creating the first faster than light engine designed to carry human colonists to habitable planets. The first ship, the U.S.S.C SERENITY carries approximately 4,500 people, including the now elderly Dr. Heather Graham, to a planet later dubbed Helios. and within another twenty years humanity had colonized five planets other than earth: Helios, Yen-Sen-Gi, Alexandria, Apex, and Zorn. Not to mention the fleet of over fifty star ships transporting and protecting humanity. It wasn't until nearly the beginning of the 22nd century that we made contact with another sentient race. At first the Senterians seemed to only want peace and insisted upon diplomatic meetings constantly. As soon as they found our home-world that changed. The field no longer had tall grass swaying gently, only a large tree devoid of leaves creaked in the hoarse wind. The sky was no longer as bright as it had once been, now choked with smoke and debris. The children's voices echo with an eerie whisper. "Do you think we'll ever meet them? I hope so, Don't you?!" A gust of wind causes some sand to swirl about just as the old tree gives up and comes crashing to the ground. "Like someone up there is looking down here..."
Suddenly a soft rain begin to fall, creating a quiet beat on the ground. The sound in the desolate place had a redeeming quality to it. Shining through the shield of smoke a shooting star launched across the dark sky. "I hope so..." The rain continued for days, its stop gave way to light for the first time in what seemed forever. Soon enough a single sapling burst out of the dirt. "...don't you?!"