Trust me, Jupiter is not the place for a picnic. The whole place stinks of horse poo and there is no one to complain to. Whoever said it was a must do experience for influencers was obviously being paid to lie. I looked out into the distance – it looked so serene and beautiful from this vantage point.

Oh my god, I’m stuck in this dump for a year! Even with my questionable numeracy skills I knew it equated to twelve earth years. Perhaps I would get used to the smell? I opened the air brick I’d been keeping for a special occasion and plugged in my lungs and savoured the taste of fresh air. It reminded me of one of the last days I’d been outside. The wind had blown in my face and the birds had sung. It had all been super annoying to me at the time. I’d had to reshoot my video five times – total nightmare. The wind had blown my hair around causing a make-up malfunction as my eyes had watered all my mascara down my face. The birds had chirped too loudly over my monologue so I had gone back indoors to fix my make-up and finish my video in peace and quiet. What I wouldn’t give to be back there breathing fresh air and complaining about the birds.

Jupiter’s many moons did nothing to encourage my mood to improve. It just seemed as if they kept the air static and the stench from clearing. I took out a sandwich from the wrap just as another waft of stink passed my nose. Curses! My air brick had run out. Happy Earth Day, I thought as I looked out at the blue dot in the distance. I bet they are down there celebrating right now.  A tear rolled down my face and I wiped it away; there was no mascara to worry about today or any day for the distant future. Welcome to Jupiter, the new polluter’s prison. Line up for a room with a view of the amazing pale blue dot we call Earth.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

Who knows, maybe sending people away to other planets as a punishment for polluting the Earth will be a reality. The English used to send criminals to Australia. You made the experience realistic, Nia, with your vivid description of Jupiter-prison. Welcome to the Club!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Welcome to Voice.Club, Nina. So is this influencer being punished for polluting?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

A warm welcome to voice club, Nia. What a well deserved punishment after polluting the earth. Very well done, Nia.

Susan Giles
Susan Giles(@susan-giles)
30 days ago

Nia, you do a good job of showing how when things don’t go our way {“the wind had blown in my face . . . The birds chirped too loudly. . .} we forget about the beauty and simple joys of innocent times. Hopefully, we can come to see and appreciate the joyous aspects of life.

Deborah Goulding
Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
14 days ago

I really enjoyed this story Nia. It tells of one’s inability of selfishness. My take away is to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. I won’t take it for granted.

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