Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge 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.
PHOTO PROMPT submitted by Courtney Wright. © Photographer prefers to remain anonymous.
Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only.
The Waste Land
We searched on Venus and on Mars, on Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Enceladus. We found: nothing.
The search for life in our solar system has been an exercise in futility. It did make the company happy though and that makes me happy, too, because it means I get paid.
A system certified as barren can be mined. There’s helium on the Moon, methane on Titan, rare earths on Mars. What we leave behind isn’t pretty but who cares?
Now we’re on Pluto. A hostile environment with a raw, rough beauty. Same old, same old, I thought. Until I saw the footprints.
Space exploration is about much more than mining, just so you know. 😉
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