This picture is an extension of the image I made for the Pride Month Art Challenge, and in some ways follows a similar theme. Another influence for this image is that I recently read the Discovery tie-in novel The Way To The Stars, which features Tilly trying to find acceptance and finding her place at the academy. With this in mind, I came up with an idea to create the bedroom of a teenager called Alex, who lives in a mining colony. His parents expect him to continue their work at the mining facility, but he wants to see the stars (as evidenced by the telescope, posters, starship models etc.) His parents don't approve of his plans to move away, however. On the monitor is his acceptance letter to the Academy, and underneath it is a handwritten note to his parents explaining his decision. There is also an IDIC on the desk, which he leaves in the hope that his parents will come to understand that it takes all sorts, and that some day they will understand his decision. In the background is the ship that will take him away from home to his new life. Hopefully this narrative comes through in the picture, and in any case I hope you enjoy it.