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Cleared for takeoff

April 30, 2022

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s story challenge.

April 25, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “up and away.” You can imagine a story from the photo of hot air balloons, a flying superhero, a natural wonder, or any other direction your inspiration goes. Go where the prompt leads!

Cleared for takeoff

This wasn’t his first mission, but that didn’t calm the butterflies. Each launch carried its own dangers, and as an experienced astronaut he knew the risks.

Major David planned on a safe voyage and landing, but was prepared should he find himself on an ice planet like Zeistorun, or worse, a prison planet like BL7130.

He took a deep breath when the countdown reached 10 seconds.

3… 2… 1…

“Up and away!” He jumped and landed with a thud on the wood floor.

“DAVEY!” came the call from Mission Control. “Are you jumping off your bed again?”

“Sorry, mom.”


5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2022 7:05 pm

    haha! In my head I’m seeing Calvin and Hobbes.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. May 1, 2022 6:51 am

    Delightful post! Love the video.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 6, 2022 3:08 pm

    The imagination of a child is such a wonderful thing!


  4. May 6, 2022 3:18 pm

    This story made me smile. I can just see it so clearly especially the reality of getting yelled at the end. Well done, Michael B. ~nan



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