In February 1971, Lona and Paulus made passionate love inside their small bedroom, on the mattress, on the floor, while The Delfonics’ “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)” softly played on the portable cassette player perched on the side table.
The cassette player and the cassette itself had been a wedding gift from Dr. Yamada who had visited eight months before.
He had come to Bandung, West Java, to observe the planet Venus apogee from the Boscha Obeservatory. Lona had been his translator and reminded him so much of the sister he had lost during the war that despite her frequent grammatical errors, he had been enchanted to the point that he would write her a recommendation to continue her study of the Japanese language at Ryuku University, Japan.
He had known about her planned wedding and promised to attend but sadly died shortly after arriving back in Japan from chronic liver disease. He would drink Suntory whisky by the gallon and had done so for many years.
His cassette player was now a memento of a good man given with love to an equally good, young woman.
Lona and Paulus conceived their first child from their union that night. He was born under the planet Jupiter and they named him Ari. They would have two more children but their names are irrelevant at this time.
Ari, constantly forced to communicate in his mother’s preferred second language, Japanese, and his father’s inherited Dutch, eventually studied astronomy and Lona believed that in some inexplicable way, Dr. Yamada had influenced her son’s fate, somehow. She never mentioned it to anyone though.
“Dr. Ari” gained his tenure at the Universitat de Barcelona at the age of 32. He would marry Irena Ortega, the junior librarian at the university soon after and twelve years later, he would discover BDSSp T36922.24-1189899, the almost identical star to the Earth’s own Sun quickly dubbed Sun 2, by sheer coincidence as he was calculating radian distortion of a relatively nearby Messier galaxies.
A mere three months later, he discovered a gem of a planet orbiting his last discovery which he named “Lona”.
The planet Lona was eventually identified as 98.77% likely to be able to support human life and for the next 47 years the world came together, people talked with each other and technology leaped to incredible heights so that hyperspace-sloop technology enabled mankind to reach Lona and confirm that we are not alone in the universe…
Now, didn’t that blow your mind?