And where did you say we were going again?
We’re going… to… sorry, would you bang that bit there – thank you. We’re going to Avalon.
Surely not the Avalon I’m thinking of?
Nope, never been to that one. This Avalon boasts a hundred moons –sky’s full of them.
Surfing’s got to be incredible there.
It is, really. Hang on – pull that lever, and–
Another splendid landing, Captain. I shall never grow tired of scraping along the ground, careening hideously to a crunchy halt.
Very funny, very funny. She’s in one piece, though, that’s what matters.
Is it? I think I might have broken a few bones when I was thrown violently to the floor…
She takes care of herself, and you’re faking. Coming?
Hang on, let me make sure all my important bits are still attached.
A hundred moons, Douglas, and you’re wasting them being silly. Can’t we go?
Lead the way, sir.
Faster, Douglas! We’ve only got a few minutes until they start shining. I have to admit, I didn’t expect it would be this crowded…
I’d expect any place with more than a handful of moons would be a pretty popular spot.
Oh, for goodness' sake, run, would you? We don’t have time to walk!
You might think we don’t have time, but I say we do. Unless this planet is extremely out of the ordinary, we can see the sky from anywhere we like. We could stop here and still see it. The moons aren’t going anywhere.
Yes, but I know a spot – the perfect spot. A bridge, on the outskirts of town. Far away from the noise and all these people, where you can see it better than anywhere else. But we have to hurry, or we’re not going to make it.
This is your perfect spot?
Doesn’t look like much now, but just give it a minute. It isn't quite moonrise yet.
When you said "outskirts," I thought you meant somewhere that could still be loosely defined as part of the city.
No one comes out here anymore, not since there was a mine collapse nearly two hundred years ago. At this point, almost everyone’s forgotten about it. That’s what makes it perfect. It’s dark, and it hasn’t got tourists jammed together like sardines.
I bet this is where you bring all your dates.
Th-the last time I came here, a long time ago, I was… by myself. Very by myself. I promised myself that even if I did find a companion, I’d keep this place a secret. Something for me to have of my very own.
And now you’ve brought me, and quite on purpose. I’m flattered.
...It's running a bit late tonight...
Well, if there's anything we've got plenty of, it's time. Song titles involving space.
What? Oh. Um. “Space Oddity?”
Good choice. Bit obvious, though. “Across the Universe.”
Giving up already?
Douglas, it’s starting.
What about – oh.
…Why did we come here, Martin? It’s hardly the slam-bang, exhausting business we usually put up with. I’d say this is almost downright pleasant. Not to say that I don’t find everything else… mildly enjoyable, but you must see the discrepancy.
Well… we-we-we came here, b-because… I mean, I hoped that, we, I…
…I thought you’d like it. This. The-the-the whole… moon. Thing. You’re right, it – well, it’s not explosions or mysteries or running–
You did just make me run not ten minutes ago–
Douglas! It’s just that… you do a lot. You put up with a lot. And I-I appreciate… having you. I mean! No! I don’t have you! That isn’t – what I meant is, th-th-that I like… being with you! A-a-as-as-as my companion! And I… oh, sod it, I can’t…
Martin, please. Breathe. You’re turning purple.
I've ruined this whole thing. I’m sorry.
Actually, I don’t think you have.
D-Douglas? What are you doing?
I thought it was obvious. Don’t like it?
No! No, I – I mean – I just… yes, of course I like it. I… no one’s… held my hand in – in quite some time.
Can’t imagine why, especially not if you make a habit of bringing people to places like this.
Not often, no.
I have to admit: you were right. I do like it – it’s beautiful. Can I ask: why are there so many of them?
Nobody really knows. They don’t care so much, here, just like it because it's pretty. Want to go back and find out?
A little mystery never hurt anyone.
I am glad, though, Douglas. You don’t have to come with me. You could have asked to go home a long time ago.
As a matter of fact, I don’t think I could. I’ve grown accustomed to this. Being a pilot seems awfully boring once you’ve travelled the stars. To put it bluntly: I’m happy, Martin. More than I would be anywhere else.
Could I… I mean, would it be all right if… do you…
Still haven’t quite clued in, have you? The answer is yes, Martin. The answer’s been yes since you asked me to come with you.
I rather think that’s your cue, Captain.
In other words, hold my hand…
Do I know that one?
You might. Come on, Martin. We’ve got some flying to do.