I had fun with this one today, and it’s actually put me in the mood to maybe write something more. The prompts came from Flash! Friday. There are a lot of super talented flash writers who write for Flash! Friday, and I love to go out and read what they have to say after I finish my story. So here’s mine:
Fly Me To The Moon
Sitting on the corner of hope and despair, chin resting on her hands, suitcases loaded to the brim beside her, Charlotte looked up at the moon. The clouds passed in front of it, in and out, changing the shadows around her.
She knew Tad was up there, somewhere, bouncing around on the new settlement. She wanted to see him. She looked back at the door behind her, hoping against all hope it wouldn’t open. It wasn’t the first time she’d thought about leaving, and it wouldn’t be the last. She kept telling her mom she wasn’t a child anymore. Twenty-Six years old and married.
“To a spaceman, yar?” Her mother chuckled the words out beside the cigar that was perpetually stuck in her mouth.
Charlotte stared at the moon, imagining Tad hoeing away at a garden in a biodome, stuck in space. She hadn’t heard from him in months.
“Probably screwing some space chick,” her brother had said.
The taxi cab pulled up.
“Fly me to the moon?”
“Can’t go that far,” the man said, scratching his beard.
“Take me to Plasco Station.”
“You might get a pass,” the driver said. “I heard they were opening it up to civilians again.”
That’s what she’d been hoping to hear.