“Go to Mars,” they said, “It’s great!”

So great that I stood in a never-ending queue. Shuffle, stop, shuffle, stop. At least the gate’s arch was visible over the crowd. Finally I was there, the eight metre portal spiralled with a myriad of colours.

One step forward and my stomach churned at the nauseating tug of the wormhole, the universe spinning around me.

Stumbling out the other side, I was greeted by my first view of Mars – through plexiglass. An uninspiring landscape of red, shadowed as the weak rays of sunlight fell below the horizon.

“Shoulda stayed home,” I muttered.

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Juma
Juma (@juma)
1 month ago

Ha, ha Carrie – a fun read! Like Elton John said “Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids.” That picture is great – is that one of your creations? Surely you didn’t just find the perfect picture?

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

I enjoy your story, Carrie. The sensation of spinning is unpleasant. Ha ha. He/she should have just stayed in his/her house. Nice read.

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Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago
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You’re welcome, Carrie.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
1 month ago

Carrie, I enjoyed this very much! How disappointing for your protagonist that Mars isn’t all they made it out to be. It was great fun to read.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
1 month ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

So true, Carrie ?

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
30 days ago

I think we’ve all experienced ‘Shoulda stayed home’ at some time or other, although in locations or at events much closer to home. I love the build up and had a good chuckle at the end. Well done, Carrie 🙂

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