Just when I had enough time for a big one, Chuck Wendig throws a curved ball and says “100 words, any subject, genre, whatever.”  Or words to that effect.  One hundred. OK.

Centenary 2069

“Ready?” Gail Collins-Ito checked with the landing module.


“Cleared for evac.”

Aldrina Chernyov unsealed the hatch; the ladder unfolded. Her colleague stepped backwards through the narrow opening, bringing each foot to the rung before his next move.

“I’m at the bottom of the ladder,” he reported.

“I am stepping off the ladder.

“That’s one small step for another man; another giant leap for mankind.”

Not bad for the only part-qualified spacers with the right names for the mission.

Aldrina closed the hatch leaving Noviashu Armstrong on the surface.  One mouth less to feed on the way home.

(c) 2015 J M Pett


Friday Flash Fiction: Centenary
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13 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction: Centenary

  • 27 March, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Ouch! You have a mean streak 😀

    I was relieved at the short assignment. I’ve had a hectic week. It’s not over.

    • 27 March, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Comment to David replies to yours too 🙂

  • 27 March, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Cruel sting in the tail today Jemima.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • 27 March, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I’m thinking over-populated world and ‘what can we afford for this adventure’…. I think it might have been Fred Pohl who did a huge number of short stories on the theme of curbing or reducing populations. I wish I could remember, although I remember the stories well.

  • 27 March, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    What a twisted mind you have, Jemima. Great story!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    You’ve a dark side, we know that!

  • 29 March, 2015 at 5:26 am

    That’s nasty! I like it!

    • 29 March, 2015 at 11:23 am

      lol! Sorry I haven’t been commenting much on your recent adventures (especially with Fifi). Just been insanely busy.

      • 29 March, 2015 at 3:13 pm

        No worries, insanely busy has been my specialty this month.

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