THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 78
…Suddenly, stranded & pregnant in space is trumped by, “Are we taking off?”…
“This is your last clue: One thing leads to another and we gave “it” a name,” Celeste Prompts.
“What did NASA tell us about the efficacy of birth control in a semi-weightless environment?”
After a flood of possible emotional responses runs its course, he concludes, “I wonder if Engineer Karl had the foresight to build a nursery into (NASA’s rescue ship) New Mayflower’s medical bay?”
“WE don’t need to worry; women have been giving birth in unusual places for four millennia.”
“In space, damn Cel, are you sure you’re pregnant? We don’t need to be distracted by a false alarm.”
The mother-to-be runs her hands through her blonde hair front to back, “It has been about 15 years, but yes I am 100 percent sure and this time feels different, maybe the daughter you’ve been wanting?”
The tender family moment is stunned back into present realities by a vigorous combination of a good healthy belch and a Winnie the Pooh sound effect.
Suddenly, stranded & pregnant is trumped…
“Are we taking off?”
Sampson pauses to identify the cause of the quaking. “No, no we’re not, but I think it is time we more thoroughly assess our newfound sanctuary.”
“Along those lines, I think we should give this thing a name, since we can’t read extraterrestrial and just because we can.” Celeste thinks on it, while Sam starts scanning the bridge of this bucket of unknown metal. “Newfound sanctuary, Newfoundland Province Canada… how does the
“That’s a good one, the NEWFOUNDLANDER! So it shall be from this day forward,” Commander McKinney proclaims,
entering it into his continuing log of the newest incarnation of the Space Colony and temporary Mars City. “So let’s check out this galaxy trotter.”—
THE RETURN TRIP