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!
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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