When the human race left earth behind, no one expected us to last very long. The men dumped the women and children on a hastily constructed space station, the Gilman, like it was the 19th century instead of the 21st century. Then they went off to seek their fortunes, or whatever it is men do. We never heard from them again. As soon as they were gone, the women started to figure things out. We worked with what we had. We made peace with our new environment. And after 20 years, the High Committee decided that it was time to meet our neighbors.
We knew they were out there, of course. The galaxy is a lot smaller than you’d think, staring up at it from earth. There were hundreds of them, but they left us alone and we were focused on survival. We were understandably cautious, since we weren’t sure if they’d killed our men. And we didn’t want to repeat any of the mistakes made on earth, like starting a war. So we waited until we were ready. We did our research. And we made a plan.
The details aren’t important, except for my part. I’m Jyoti, Official Fashion Designer to the Diplomatic Committee. My sisters Julika and Jeneth and I were assigned by the High Committee to learn everything we can about how these aliens dress and put together outfits so our diplomats can show each species the respect they deserve. I was the natural choice for the job because I’ve been playing with the sewing machine my mother rescued from earth since I was knee-high to a trash bot. Julika knows how to make paint out of just about anything. And Jeneth is the brains of the operation. We were all babies when we arrived on the Gilman, and this is our first task assignment. We don’t want to screw it up.
I’m Jenny Cliff, and you’ve just heard the origin story of Diplomatic Duds, a new comedy web series brought to you by the Cliff-Hanger Productions team. Our intrepid heroines may be able to get by on nothing but their wits, but for us to hear their stories, we need your help. The first season of Diplomatic Duds features 10 exciting episodes. That’s 10 different alien species and 10 different fashion challenges for Jyoti, Julika and Jeneth to solve–a full 60 minutes of fashion on the final frontier! We’ve brought a lot of talented people together to bring you a fresh take on alien encounters, and all that’s missing is your support. And, don’t worry, you’ll get more for your money than just high-quality entertainment. To show our gratitude for your donation, you’ll also receive one of these fabulous rewards. Haven’t you always wanted to know what you’d look like as an alien? Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay in the loop!