FIRST FLIGHT: (SunWe, 03/30/14, April Fools) Dream on Monday; 3,31,14/ Out of this World

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The Challenge:

Write a story, or a poem about a prank, something silly or foolish, or a humorous situation. Or you can tell me a joke.


The List of Things to Do:

Add this Challenge Statement to the post: Write a story, or a poem about a prank, something silly or foolish, or a humorous situation. Or you can tell me a joke.

Lets leave this world behind. Write me something that takes right out of, or away from this planet Earth.

I have four words I’d like you to insert.

Mars

atmosphere

Flora

Face

 

FIRST FLIGHT


© 2014 by David Wainland


My faceplate fogged over. Mars is a cold planet with a very thin atmosphere. Face it, setting me down in Crater Flora is not one of NASA’S better plans. My ship tilted on the edge and I doubted that I could right it. I fully expected to spend what remained of my life on this barren planet.

Worse, I had to relieve myself and the only fire hydrant was several million miles away. I licked the glass shield of my helmet and caught a visual of the famous Mars surface face. From where I stood it looked more like a range of mountains than a man, but I determined I needed to get a closer look.

My proprietary oxygen tank read half, maybe enough to make it to the landmark and back, then again, maybe not. Ultimately my bladder would make the final decision.

The suit was confining and I developed a terrible itch. A genetic urge and millions of years of inbreeding demanded scratching.

The hell with it, I turned for the comfort of the ship. My tail thumped against the interior of the suit. If they wanted a detailed report they should have launched a human for the first trip, not a dog. I salivated at the thought of a treat waiting for me in the cabin.

 

With luck the rescue ship would arrive before I died. The world demanded they save the first dog astronaut on Mars and at least least the ship was free of fleas.

Dream on Monday; 3,31,14/ Out of this World

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