Junior Earplug Adventures: We Stand Accused (Part 11)


But Billious needn’t have worried too much: after all Mars was still a long way off. So he didn’t argue when the others dragged him to the ticket office…

…where they waited patiently until some one arrived at work and…

…turned on the lights. Although the door into the Mars Flight ticket office was illuminated so delightfully, still the three earplugs prevaricated. They really weren’t convinced that it would be enjoyable…

“Oh, I’m not sure  it’s the right thing to do.” They would say. Or: “Is there such thing as space sickness.”

Then the door opened, and two passengers from the returning Mars Shuttle emerged…

“Hi-ya.” Kraken said as he intercepted the extreme vacation junkies. “Was it fun? Did you enjoy it? Were you space sick? Are the on-board in-flight sandwiches reasonably tasty?”

Naturally the returnees answered: “Yes. Yes. No.” And: “A little bit.”

Then it was forwards on their return journey home for them…

…leaving the boys lining up to enter the ticket office.

The computer in the ticket office was still warming up when the threesome entered…

Then its operator flicked on the cubicle light…

…and asked: “Can I help you?”

“Tres billetas para Mars, por favor.” Narlden responded enthusiastically. “Ida y vuelta.”

Five minutes later the Mars shuttle was blasting into space…

The ship’s resemblance to the K T Woo was remarkable. Only its lack of size gave it away…

But it was mighty fast; and by the time it took for the three newest passengers to eat their cellophane-flavoured sandwiches, and suck dry the condensed coffee capsules, the ship reached the half-way point in the journey; went into transition…

…and began the long fall to Mars…

Next stop: the Future Museum of Mars – and a potential appointment with destiny!

©Paul Trevor Nolan

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Writer of silly tales, taker of pictures, and all round good egg
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