Thank you as always to Rochelle for providing us with Friday Fictioneers. This week I’m participating in speculative fiction….actually I don’t know how that is different from any other week. 😉 But this subject has been a recurring thought for me and may be revisited with other words at other times. What if we’ve been test subjects?
“We have failed, Commander. As responsible, I condemn myself to the 12th planet.”
“Nonsense. I’ve read communiques.”
“150 years there, sir, I’ve never encountered a species so self-enamored. They savage passive creatures. Ignore warnings to save their younglings from injurious chemicals. They practice insouciant hedonism. I tried, sir, I did. Some are compelled to a higher life but are mocked by their brethren. Bacon, sir. It kills them, kills the smart, sentient creature as well, but they worship it. I am beyond repair.”
“They’ve doomed their planet. We’ll save the higher and the creatures. You regain yourself. You’re deemed worthy.”
29 thoughts on “Failed Mission”
WOW, just WOW! it’s so true!
Thank you, Phyllis! I appreciate your reading! 🙂
You pack a punch! It’s pretty awesome. Yet you can be tender and romantic and delightfully funny. You are a writer!
Thank you. I may need you to make a recording of that to send to me. haha.
Ah. Some will be saved!
As Robert Burns said “O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us”. Or, in English, “Oh would some Power give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us.”
I like how you provided this outsider’s viewpoint
Thank you, CE. I must read more Robert Burns, which goes with…I must read more good poetry.
It’s hard for us to see our own faults but so damn important.
This was so well told, love the voices. What a great commander these people have. I’d like to have them as rulers.
You may already have them…unobtrusive as they are!
Thank you so much! 🙂
I’m sure we would make no sense to any impartial observer! Cleverly done Sascha.
Thank you, Iain! 🙂
i wonder if you have read this book, the 12th planet, written by zecharia sitchin. if not, you may find it interesting. 🙂
I have not. I appreciate the recommendation! 🙂
interesting book based on mt. sitchin’s interpretation of ancient sumerian writings. who would have thought that adam and eve were the first test tube babies? 🙂
I will definitely have to check it out. Sounds interesting.
I too worship bacon. As they say, a bacon butty is to die for.
Hmmmmm….that sounds quite literal. 😀
I live with a bacon worshipper. It’s not a pretty sight. 😉 We are a self-destructive life form. Well written.
Thanks, Rochelle. It’s amazing when you think about it, how smart we’re supposed to be versus what we do when we know it’s bad for us.
Oh, you caught so many truths in this. An excellent take on the prompt.
Thank you so much, Alicia! 🙂
Thank you, Alicia! 🙂
Oh heck, Sascha. I’m reading this after seeing the movie “First Man” about Neil Armstrong being the first man to step on the Moon. I wonder if that scored any points for us. Now I see myself as a laboratory mammal scurrying around in a maze. I’m hoping for the best. 🙂 — Suzanne
So he is found worthy and would be living a better life on a different planet. Good for him.
Thank you! I appreciate your reading. 🙂
Great minds! Yes, save the animals. The rest be damned. (We’re all going to come back as animals because of Karma–it’ll be a rude awakening for many! Especially the pig-eaters) 🙂
I guess that’s one way to look at it. 🙂