THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 101
…”I don’t know what I love, been chasing after the brass ring so long, I have lost track of my North Star.”
Roy points to the early night sky and Polaris, the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor…
“I have been avoiding my fiancée, some boring media banquet he wanted me to go to. Sometimes he treats me like a station commodity, not a future wife.”
“It sounds like you don’t see things his way.” Roy dares to test her loyalty.
“Have you set a wedding date,” he forces the issue?
“A date, we’ve had 4 June dates and counting; not in the same year and I have managed to tiptoe into July every time,” like it is a Girl Scout badge. “Aren’t you going to ask me if I love him? I don’t know what I love, been chasing after the brass ring so long, I have lost track of my North Star.”
Roy points to the early night sky and Polaris, the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor.
Francine nods and goes on,“He has done a lot for me, but we are losing touch, both kinds.”
“Sometimes that happens,” like Roy has ever been serious about a girl since his high school physics teacher.
Deke and Gus choose this moment to settle a dispute, “Didn’t you choose Mom & Dad to go to Mars because they were the best astronauts for the job? Bobby says that his Dad told him that it was for advertising.”
“That would be a publicity stunt, Gus and no that is false. A husband/wife team was first put on the table years ago,” Roy directs his recollection at Bobby.
“My father said they flat-out screwed up,” another 15 year old’s blather.
Francine steps in, “I think your father should get his facts straight! Who is he to say something like that?”
“Then he needs to get his facts straight, nobody screwed up here.”
“What Miss Bouchette means is that the Senator from Oklahoma needs to reconsider his position, pending the results of our internal investigation.” He puts his arm around Bobby’s scrawny neck. “The entire world is rallying in support of Gus’ Mom & Dad.”
“THE 1st people on Mars and we are damned proud of them!!!” punctuates Deke, who has been encouraged never to swear… but there are exceptions.
Adolescent squabbles are best settled over high-tech video consoles. Bobby apologizes to the adults and off they go to the house.
“Thank you for defending Sampson & Celeste with such vigor.”
“I hope to have the privilege of meeting them soon,” she is sincere.
“I’ll hold you to that.”