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By Emma Jane As the Space Transport ship Wentworth prepared to dock, the captain informed the passengers to get their things prepare to leave the ship. As soon as he did. Many on the ship commented that this was most unusual procedure. Normally there was plenty of time given for disembarking. Captain Erikson looked at the space debris they called a space station and shook his head. The sooner they dropped off their passengers the better. This place was not one he intended to stay any longer than necessary. Bonny stared out the porthole in her cabin. She was shocked at the look of the station. This was where she was supposed to meet her family? She didn't realise things were so bad that they had been willing to be stationed at this place. She shook her head in despair and resignation. What else could go wrong? This trip had been jinxed from the beginning. Her first bookings were lost. Then the next one was over booked and they refused to return her credits, claiming she hsd paid for a standby ticket. The credits were non refundable. She had managed to scrape the last of her credits together to get a ticket on this bucket of bolts. Her room was not much bigger than a broom closet and the food was barely edable. She suspected they were been fed emergency food rations. Bonny felt the ship dock. She slid of the narrow bunk and picked up her meager belongs and headed for the space ramp. She saw the crew was nervous as they tried to herd everyone off the ship as fast as possible, without making it too obvious. The moment the last passenger had stepped off, the Wentworth made a hasty retreat. Bonny watched from the docking station. She began to wonder if she should have stayed on the ship. But she knew she had no choice. She was now almost penniless. Also she had been lucky her family had managed to find her a job. With overpopulation and very poor wages. Finding a job that you could be paid enough to live on, without requiring to live off emergency rations was a luxury. She joined the lines as they were processed. She looked around. She didn't see her family. That was strange, they said they would be waiting for her. By doing so it would make the process of been processed go faster. So she reluctantly had to go join the longer and slower queue. She was not more than 5 minutes in the queue, when a security officer pulled her from the line. His face did not look friendly. 'You, to the security desk.' he ordered, pointing in the direction she was supposed to go. Bonny nodded and headed in the direction he pointed. Once there, her bag was taken and examined. The whole time no one said anything to her. All she got was cold stares. She was then taken to one of the interview rooms. 'Sit' ordered her escort in a less than friendly voice, once she had done so, she was then left to stew for a while. Bonny placed her head in her hands and groaned. Could things get any worse? They did. For the next few hours she was grilled. The not so friendly security officer accused her of helping to bring in drugs. 'How many more times do I have to repeat myself.' she wailed. She looked at him with her face covered in tears. 'I have done nothing wrong and I know nothing about any drugs!' But no matter what she said, he appeared not to believe her when she denied his accusations. 'Is that so?' he sneered. The look he gave her sent chills down her spine. Then as abruptly as the interrogation had happened and with no explanation she was escorted out and handed a plastic bag. 'You can go now.' the security officer said in a less than friendly voice.. When she opened the plastic bag her heart dropped, she saw that her precious bag she that had so lovingly looked after and been ripped to pieces in their 'search' even her clothing didn't look too good. But there was no apology and no replacement of what they had damaged. She was just unceremoniously pushed through the door and it was locked behind her. Shocked and dazed at her treatment, she just stood there and then sank to the floor crying. When was this nightmare going to end? Those that saw her cry as they bustled passed, most ignored her. She even got some hostile
stares. A little later she dragged herself into a standing position and looked around. She still didn't see her family. She went to one of the information desks and with one of her last few remaining credits, had an announcement sent to tell her family where she was on the station, in case they were waiting somewhere else. An hour passed and still no one came. Bonny then used another few credits to try and call them on the video phone. After her second attempt, she got through. Her brother Sam answered the Video phone. 'Bonny, where are you?' He asked in concern. 'When we got to the station, after been delayed due to a minor accident at at our housing unit, it took a while to clear the docking station. When we got to the station, you were not waiting and when we asked about you, we were told that they had no record of you ever been processed. In other words you were not on the station according to their records.' Bonny was shocked by this revelation and she told them what had happened. She saw the stunned look on her Brother's face. 'Stay put sis, we are coming to get you. Once we have you settled, we will help you lay a complain with the Station's Manager for what they did to you.' She nodded. Sam could see her lower lip was trembling. She was on the verge of tears once more. After her call to her family, Bonny then found some seats near the exit where they would meet her. She wearily sank into the chair. A few minutes later she was still waiting. When she heard a young child cry, but no one turned or stopped to see why the child was crying. They carried on as if the child didn't exist. Then for a brief moment there was a gap in the people passing Bonny. She saw the child. She was about 3 years old, clearly very upset and appeared to be lost. Still no one went to help the child. Bonny got up and went to her. She then knelt down in front of the sobbing child. 'There , there.' she said gently as she wiped away the child's tears. 'Why don't you tell me what is wrong, so I can help you.' The little girl looked at her, she stopped crying for a moment. Then began to cry even harder. 'I want my Mommy!' she wailed. Bonny gently held the child, trying to comfort her. 'I tell you what, how about you come with me to the information desk? We can ask the attendant there to call on the intercom system for her.' This seemed to placate the child. Who now stopped crying. She sniffed and nodded her head. Bonny asked her her name. 'Tameran' was the quite reply. Taking Tameran's hand, she started to make her way towards the closest information desk. Only to be stopped a few paces later by a security officer. He had his weapon trained on her. 'Let go of the child and lie down on the floor NOW!' he yelled at her. Bonny hesitated as she saw what the security officer was doing, scaring Tameran, but he interpreted it as defiance and Bonny did as she was told as she saw the situation was getting out of control and Tameran could be hurt. As she did so she pleaded with the officer. 'Please there must be some misunderstanding. The child is in no danger. All I was dong was taking her to the security desk to call for her parents to come and get her. But failing that I would have had her handed over to you people.' But she got no sympathy. He didn't even answer her. She was ruffly taken into custody. This time she was just thrown into a cell. Bonny sat miserably on the narrow bunk and cried. A little later a man appeared he was about a head shorter than her, on the little plump side and was balding. He looked tired and overworked. He then informed her that his name was Nigel and he was her legal representative. She was surprised. She had none the first time round. It also made her become more worried. What were they they accusing her of now, that they felt she needed one? The other worry was, how much did he really do his work. He had her tell him over a few times what had happened. He was quite for a moment. Then got up to leave. He then turned to her. 'Just sit tight, this should be sorted by the end of the day.' he said. She looked at him with hope in her eyes and in her heart was this horrible nightmare of a trip finally over? Only to have it been dashed when a he returned looking very somber. She was accused of attempted kidnapping! There was quite a lot against her. Bonny stared at him stunned. She had tried to help the child not take her. Nigel held his hands up in a passive manner. 'Woa easy there, I said that was what they said. I didn't say I believed them. But the nanny, who was supposed to have been watching the child, claimed she had seen you shortly before, watching her and the child and then you were seen
grabbing the child, the moment her back was turned for a second, dragging off the child as she cried for her.' 'But that's not true.' wailed a very distraught Bonny. 'I know', replied Nigel. He was quiet for a moment. Very much aware of the quiet sobs of his hapless client. Then he told her of his suspicions and could see she, like him, he now suspected that the nanny had accused her, to hide the fact that she had been negligent in her duties towards the child. But how to prove it? 'What about the station's cameras?' Bonny asked. Nigel was quiet for a moment. 'We can try, but I must warn you, that I wouldn't hold out much hope in that department', he replied. She gave him a look of not quite understanding. All stations had monitoring equipment for security reasons. It was then she learned the shocking truth. Like the rest of the station, they too were in dire need of repair. The ones where she was may not have been working. A few hours later, like before, with no explanation, she was handed her bag of clothes dumped outside the security hub and the door closed behind her. She just stood there. She didn't know what to do or think. She was also frightened that if she made a move they didn't like, she would have to go through this process again. She didn't know how much more of this she was going to be able to take. Then she saw her legal representative. Nigel came to her and explained that all charges had been dropped. She had been lucky, the cameras in the section she was in were working. Proving what she had been saying. Also when they looked at the time line of the 'kidnapping' she was still been interrogated the first time at the time the nanny claimed she had taken the child. She was free to go. Bonny cried for joy. He apologised he couldn't stay long as he had another to save from the system. She nodded and thanked him for his help. He nodded in return and left. Bonny then miserably made her way back to the exit she was supposed to be meeting ther family. To her relief they had waited for her. She was greeted warmly and did their best to make her feel better. 'Sorry we were late, again.' Apologised her father. 'But the transport we were using suddenly developed a problem and no amount of fixing was going to help. So we had to borrow another. I hope you got our message about it.' It was then that she learned they had only arrived five minutes before. Bonny shook her head. 'I was delayed, again.' She saw the shocked look on her family's faces. 'Lets get out of here. The less time I spend in this place the better.' replied Sam angrily. As they traveled home in their second borrowed transport, she told them of her trip and everything that had happened till they came and got her.. They were shocked and said now that she was here things were going to get better. She nodded slowly, but said nothing. She had the dreaded feeling that it was far from over. A month or so later, she now had been here at the mines a few weeks. Things were not as bad as her trip, but it was hard work. They pay was good, but barely adequate for the amount of work she did. She returned home every night totally exhausted. Because of the incidents at the station, she was now 'tainted' and any hope of being promoted or even finding another job was now slim. It was a bitter pill for her to swallow. Many who would have tried to befriend her, now avoided her. Afraid she would taint them just by association . It was hard for her family to see her go through this and not be able to do anything. Even their complaints against the station for her treatment had been dismissed with the flick of a hand. A few days later Bonny had returned that evening and had not even bothered to have supper and went strait to her room and closed the door. The others looked at each other with great sadness. She had, had a bad day. A little later that evening the buzzer for the door buzzed. Violet her mother answered the door. Her heart sunk to her toes. More security officers. The one directly infront of her spoke. 'Is Bonny Duncan here?' he asked in a cold and unwelcoming voice. 'She had done nothing wrong then and now. Why must you insist on doing this', Violet asked visibly upset. 'Why can't you people leave my daughter alone?' she begged. The officer gave her a cold look. 'The circumstances do not matter.' he replied coldly. 'All I was told was to come and collect her. Any other problems, you are to take up with the station manager.' Violet reluctantly went and got Bonny.
Everyone was extremely upset as they saw her with her tear stained face, been escorted away. Her shoulders drooped in defeat. They would never let her be. She was taken to the station. But to her surprise was not placed in a cell. Instead she was taken to one of what was considered the luxury apartments on the station. Her escort had now been reduced to one. She then saw a well dressed man enter the room. He was tall dark and lean. He indicated to her escort to leave. Bonny watched him go. Then turned back to the man in the room. She was angry and no longer held back. 'Why couldn't you people leave me be. As station manager, you should know by now I have nothing to hide and I am not guilty of anything. You have ruined my life enough.' she said glaring at him. The man didn't give an answer to her angry outburst for a moment. She could see he was shocked at her reaction to him. 'Were you not told the reason I requested you to come here? He asked quietly. She glared at him once more 'Requested? If I had not gone willingly, they would have dragged me out of my bed if I hadn't.' Bonny saw anger show on the man's face. She took a step back. Brax saw this and realised she feared he was going to hurt her. But his anger was not aimed at her. He told her so. She looked at him wide eyed. 'You're not the station manager?' He shook his head. It was then Bonny learned that he was the father of the little girl she had tried to help. The reason he had asked to see her, was to apologise for what had happened resulting from her trying to help. But now she had opened his eyes to an even bigger problem. The station manager and any of his lackies that were not doing their duties, would be seen to. He would make sure of it. Seeing the look in Brax's eyes Bonny knew he didn't make idle promises. 'The reason I wanted to see you was to make you and offer.' he replied. Brax saw the look of surprise on Bonny's face. 'You know you made quite an an impression on my daughter. Now that I fired her former nanny for letting her get in harms way and getting you into trouble. I am in need of another nanny for her. I know that this is not something you were trained for, if you are willing to take the job any training you may need will be done on the job at my expense. Though by what I have seen, you have a talent for it and I suspect you will not need much training. The pay isn't much, but you would have all your accommodation and food seen to. So what do you say?' He asked. When she didn't answer right away. Brax took it that Bonny needed time. I am afraid I will have to push you for and answer. I am scheduled to leave the station later this evening. I hope you will be joining me on it.' Bonny looked at the clock on the wall it said 2:15 am in the morning and she nodded her head. Brax took her nod to be, that she was going to think about it. 'You can use this apartment and rest while you think it over. In the meantime I am going to have a few words with the Station Manager about his conduct. I doubt very much I will have need of the apartment as I suspect this will take some time to sort things out. In any case, if I do need it, I will get another.' 'I am sorry but you misunderstood me.' she replied quietly. He gave her a look of not quite understanding. A tear fell down her face, she told him she would take his offer of the job. Life after this for Bonny became so much better. Within a month Brax knew he had made the right decision in hiring her. His daughter was happy and well looked after. As the months and years passed, Bonny had many offers with even bigger salaries to leave her present employment and come look after their children as her reputation grew for good quality care. But she turned them down. Brax and his ever growing family treated her with respect and as time passed, as part of the family. Also as time passed he even helped her family find better paying jobs. Though she had neither asked or said anything to him in that regard. Bonny reflected on the disastrous trip that had started this all. If just one event had gone differently, she would not have been where she was today. She could easily still have been sitting in a job that barely paid enough to live on and with no prospects of going anywhere. However, she was now engaged to a lovely young man, with means of his own. But most of all he truly loved her. Although it had not felt like it at the time, of her disastrous arrival, she now knew there was definitely someone out there watching out for her.