Kip and Dredge in Outer Space

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers!  We are a community of writers from around the world who post 100-word stories every week, based on a photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.  This week’s photo is graciously provided by the wife of fellow writer, Russell Gayer. Thank you, Connie!

Photo Copyright: Connie Gayer

Photo Copyright: Connie Gayer

Kip and Dredge in Outer Space

by Jan Brown

The landing module began its approach to Mars’ surface.

Kip pointed to the viewer, excited. “Look! The settlers are welcoming us. They painted a smiley face on the landing site.”

Dredge groaned in response. “Don’t be an idiot. That’s a cable. It feeds electricity to the underground city.“

“Then why is it above ground?”

“My guess would be erosion. Our settlements have had adverse effects on the planet’s surface.”

“If we’re living underground, who cares if we mess up the surface?”

“Look, moron, we colonized Mars to get away from the Earth’s poisonous atmosphere. We ruined Earth. Now we’re screwing up Mars, too!”

“One planet at a time….”

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31 thoughts on “Kip and Dredge in Outer Space

    • Yes, I had to zoom into the photo to figure out what it is.

      That Twilight Zone episode was a memorable one. And…remember Charlton Heston running through the streets, warning everyone about Soylent Green? Ewwww.

    • Yes, we are a neglectful bunch. As to Kip and Dredge, My thinking is they couldn’t get jobs on Earth of the future, thus couldn’t afford the breathing apparatus to continue living on earth, so had to make the move to Mars. I wonder what they’ll be able to contribute to the colony? Perhaps they’ll be assigned janitorial jobs and actually put stuff INTO the dumpsters….

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