THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 187

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 187

…So between now and November we have to hang loose, play it by ear – cool our jets or whatever you astronaut-types say these days”…

“What’s the deal… does Braden cramp your style? You are turning 18 and always the one who insists he’s Mr. Self-sufficient.” Roy is setting up the “you’re the man of the house” speech.

“Don’t worry Gus; I’ve made all your meals for the week.” Francine knows the source of his angst and it starts slightly above his waist. “I won’t be going out on the campaign trail every time, but I cannot have the future President of the United States rooming the streets of New York alone.
“The way it is now, with you guys almost done at the Academy and us stumping the country for votes, oh and Braden keeping track of New Mayflower, we are all too busy to worry about our normal, everyday family routine. So between now and November we have to hang loose, play it by ear… cool our jets or whatever you astronaut-types say these days”

“It is ‘take a chill-pill’ Francine and I get your drift; we have been spoiled by your cooking and we miss our Mom.” No one could have predicted that statement: from selfish news anchor-to-good cook & mother.

“And Braden sucks thruster fumes?”

“Stop it Roy!” Gus gives Francine a bear hug goodbye. “Now let’s go out to the Big Apple and kick some Freelove butt!”

“That would be Freelove/Cauley butt! Oh, that reminds me Francine. Would you proof the podium banner my people have come up with?”

“You mean banner #13? Maybe this will be the lucky one.”

Roy unfurls it, “Yes, this one.”

Today the USA

Tomorrow the Milky Way

“It still needs some work,” Francine has another, “but I liked the other.”

Crippen/Walker

Astronaut/Straight Talker

“I am sure the American people will understand that a space-geek has his fingerprints all over it,” she laughs uncontrollably, not because the logos are so bad, rather that Roy is trying so hard to prove that he is a different sort of politician.


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Literary Thumbprint Portraits by Chery Sorg

Episode 187


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 59

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 59

…The wave of rage in the McKinney boys subsides, washing back into the Sea of Frustration…

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Sea of Frustration by Carl Russell

The McKinney siblings are beside themselves when a frenzied Braden King storms into the room. He had hoped to break the bad news in his own way, not by a flat footed surprise from a television station.mckinneys-of-space-001

15 or 16 year old boys are not famously effusive with their outward expressions, but they both run to their surrogate parent (King). He douses the televiewer, now rampant with Space Colony speculating speculators; the fact that their Mom & Dad out there on Mars, for the love of God.

Gus grabs the controller/headset from Braden and out of sheer frustration fires it toward the video screen. The irregularly shaped wireless object glances off the target, breaking into pieces, coming out on the short end of the impact.

Not satisfied, the younger McKinney makes a run at a vase for another crack at it, Related imagebut his efforts are thwarted by Deke, who tackles with a good form tackle from around his thighs, “Mom and Dad are not dead Gus, so cool your jets!”

The wave of rage subsides, washing back into the Sea of Frustration. In the calm waters of the moment, each of the three seeks comfort in their own way: If no man is an island, then why is grief so singular a burden.At the sight of emergent strength and character in young Deke, King lets the scene play out.

How proud Sampson would be, to know that his oldest boy is asserting himself with levelheaded self-control. A tear breaks loose from the outside corner of the guardian’s eye, the thought of father & son separated by fate and space.


 

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by Michelle L. Boettcher (Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of growing up)

Episode 59


 

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