Now that Erik was an interstellar smuggler, he had a bit more free time on his hands. He set about upgrading the engines of his spaceship, installing a wormhole generator that would take him… somewhere.
The wormhole generator performed perfectly! After a rocky trip through the wormhole, Erik found himself in an unknown quadrant of space. Then something appeared on his ship’s sensors: a planet! Erik landed his ship carefully and set out to explore this strange new world.
The alien world was teeming with strange plant life. Erik took a few samples – perhaps they could be incorporated into the family garden?
Erik also picked up some interesting space rocks as souvenirs. He considered himself fortunate that rocks were all he found inside these strange formations.
Just as he was heading back to his ship, Erik came across one of the natives. She seemed quite friendly, and took only moments to assimilate his language. From her, Erik learned that this planet was called Sixam, and that the aliens here had been visiting Earth for some time, blending in with the local population to learn more about them.
The alien also mentioned that they had a portal back to Earth that Erik could use to get home in moments. It seemed more appealing than another long space voyage. When he returned home, he was surprised to find his spaceship there as well, even though he had left it on Sixam…