THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 182
…”I remember where I was when”…
Though it has been almost two years since the Mayflower Incident and 2+ years out from the last audible words spoken by the McKinneys, no one seems willing to let go of the dwindling hope, admit to their apparent demise, and pay final tribute to the first two true colonists in space. As the country regularly follows the growth into manhood of the brave remaining McKinneys, Deke & Gus, the gloom of the past is set aside for the promise of the future they represent. The pioneering spirits of Sampson & Celeste live on in the persons of the two young up-and-coming astronaut-brats; raised on all things space and flying head-on into its present future. —
— But it is time. With the hot humid days of late spring 2032 settling into the American Southwest, the memory, not the bodies of Sampson J. McKinney and Celeste Bergestrom-McKinney are to be laid to rest.
The stage is being set for one of the most memorable memorial services in recent times. The other notables:
- 2030 — United Korea wails in shock over the elimination of Kim Jung-Un
- 2025 — The passing of the ageless Sir Paul McCartney
- 2018 — All of Britannia mourns Queen Elizabeth
- Any ISIS reign of terror
- 2012 — The Sandy Hook school shootings
Before the “I remember where I was when…” eyes of one million+ people in Houston and the billion+ linked by satellite, the grieving heart of the world in splayed for all to see.
The nearest and dearest are here to console each other:
- The Bergestrom’s from Sweden attend in great numbers,
- As do the Scottish/Irish McKinneys headed by Aunt Sassy.
- Braden King whose heart has been torn from his chest.
And of course, the McKinney children:
1.1 Deke McKinney, the oldest son who is the new rock of the family.
1.2 Gus McKinney, the eager, bright-eyed dreamer who has his sights set on the stars.