Time for the Friday Fictioneers with another prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.
Watching the Wheels
“You’re a genius.”
“It seems to work.”
“Does it ever. Kids love it. Parents follow along.”
“And so we get ready to return.”
“You’re not very talkative today.”
“No. I’ve only now come to realize that there’s no alternative. We must build muscle, we must use the centrifuges. Painting animals on the centrifuges, playing roller organ music, and pretending to have an amusement park doesn’t make that necessity disappear.”
“It’s vital. Just imagine, we’ll be weighing three times what we do here on Mars…”
“I know. It’s our only chance. Otherwise, we won’t survive back on Earth.”
100 99 words, hah!)
I’m adding a few links for those who are interested. I didn’t look too deeply into the gravity effect on the human body (yet), but that ought to be a major problem for anyone who has lived on Mars for some time, and wants to return to Earth.
The title comes from John Lennon’s Watching the Wheels. Happy 75th Birthday, John, wherever you are.
Featured image: The 20G centrifuge at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3A20G_centrifuge.jpg