Once again it’s time for the Friday Fictioneers and their collection of imaginative flash fiction based on a picture prompt that has been provided, as every week, by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can find all the stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.
Photographs and Memories
Last night I dreamt of home.
Waking up far too late again, I glance at my photograph of the toits bourguignons, Dijon’s multicoloured roof tiles. One of these tiles leans against the wall next to the picture. That’s all I can afford to take with me: a keepsake. Space allowance is limited, as is mass.
Glancing out of the window I see bright stars, black sky, and Mars. Four more days and we’ll be there. Forever. For the future. For humankind.
Why am I here? Only twenty-six days* in space and I am homesick already. There is no going back.
* The trip from Earth to Mars would take seven months with current technology. However, if the problems with the fusion drive can be solved, travel time could be reduced to thirty days.
The title comes from Jim Croce’s song “Photographs and Memories.” The YouTube file doesn’t belong to me and is probably illegal somewhere. Enjoy while it lasts.
Featured image: "Mars Direct Base Art 001" by Doctorheredoctor - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mars_Direct_Base_Art_001.png#/media/File:Mars_Direct_Base_Art_001.png