Junior Earplug Adventures: We Stand Accused (Part 12)


Then, as the wan light of a distant sun illuminated the shuttle…

…it’s pilot adopted a nose-down position to begin his approach to the planet. It was at this moment that the passengers discovered the changed face of  the former Red Planet…

“Flipping heck.” One of them bellowed as he stared with incredulity through his porthole. “I didn’t expect this!”

He then added: “I wish to register a complaint. No one told me to pack either my snow shoes or my thermal underpants!”

Surprise in space can do strange things to silicon life-forms. So, naturally, a shouting match erupted. Many earplugs told other earplugs to…

“Shut thy face, thee spawny wassack!” And “I’ll punch you right up the throat if you don’t shut your stupid great gob!”

Since the transformation of Mars into an ice planet, the Shuttle Conductor had seen it all before. He merely stood to one side with a vaguely bemused look upon his face…

Other passengers were actually quite pleased with the altered situation on Mars…

…because some of them loved watching biathlon and ski jumping on TV, and now they might get the chance to try it for themselves in a lower gravity environment.

By the time everyone had calmed down, the shuttle was streaking across the upper atmosphere…

A short while later the reversing thrusters blasted like a bunch of loonies…

…and before long everyone became aware that they had landed a short distance from…

…the Future Museum of Mars.

“Sorry everyone,” the Conductor said with an apologetic tone in his voice, “but the docking ring is iced up. You’ll have to walk the final kilometre to the museum. But don’t worry, the air is now breathable, and if you run at a gentle pace, you’ll keep nice and toastie warm. Just don’t run like heck and build up a sweat: you’ll freeze to death before you get half way there.”

Several didn’t like the odds, and chose to return to Earth. But others decided to take a chance…

…but they weren’t entirely sure it had been a sensible choice. And others, who had brought wooly scarves in their hand luggage…

…positively enjoyed themselves. Of course Billious, Kraken, and Narlden fell somewhere between the two extremes…

But when the snow began to fall again, Billious considered voicing his doubts…

© Paul Trevor Nolan

 

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2 Responses to Junior Earplug Adventures: We Stand Accused (Part 12)

  1. Jayne higgs says:

    Loving these bright Earplugs especially the pink one.Fab.

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