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Long Night’s Journey Into Day

Ian plucked his shoes off with his heels and set his feet on the cool floor, feeling the rumble of the cars engine on his soles as he stared out the window watching the scenery zip by; he had spent the day sleeping, waking just in time for the falling curtain of sunlight to unveil the cascade of stars. Ian’s family traveled frequently, but rarely with him and this was his first chance to see the myriad stars he had always read about in books. He saw a galaxy of stars that were kept hidden from him all his life by the lights of the city, so many thousands in a cluster that there were patches of near-solid starlight the size of his fist; Ian would collect (and discard) numerous other passions over the following decades, but the impact of that specific sight at that specific age cemented a lifelong love of space, fueling his drive to become an astronaut.

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