Trash Disposal – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story about disposing of trash in space begins after the photo.

Photo by: Douglas M MacIlroy

Trash Disposal

“Well, that’s the last of Earth’s refuse,” sighed Mitchell, as their freighter pulled away from the orbiting starship. “In a few hours it’ll fire rockets on its way to burn up in the sun.”

“You realize, we’re rich now?” commented his lovely co-pilot, Aubrey.

“Yep. After five years work, we’re heroes. I’m looking forward to book deals and speaking engagements.”

“I’ll start a line of fashion clothing,” smiled Aubrey.

“And they said shipping Earth’s radioactive waste would be dangerous.”

“Pshaw. As if!”

“We came out of this without a scratch.”

“Right, you are!” Her eye-stalk winked and she high-fived his tentacle.
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Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields calls the legions of Fictioneers together to write up to 100 words from a photo prompt. All are invited to join this creative festival. Here’s this week’s prompt: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/27-december-2013/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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43 Responses to Trash Disposal – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Excellent story, high fiveing one’s tentacles is sure to take off. Enjoyed it very much.

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  2. Ye Pirate says:

    Really very well written, in many ways, description, suspense. Well done.

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  3. Al says:

    Haha Brilliant. Hope you had a good Christmas Eric

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Al! Yes, we had a great day together. Seeing the Hobbit was a highlight. Evangeline Lilly was a highlight of the highlight as I mentioned earlier. Really, a quiet day at home laughing and watching movies at Christmas with my beloved wife made it a wonderful day. Hope yours was great too.

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      • Al says:

        Fantastic. Had mine today. The kids were at their mum’s yesterday and didn’t want to be there. Well, next year they are with me and after that they make up their own minds where they want to be.

        I think when my money gets sortedm, I will see about going to see the Bobbit πŸ™‚

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      • EagleAye says:

        Good for you! Sounds like they want to be with poppa anyway. I hope you can see the Hobbit soon. You’ll love it.

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      • Al says:

        Thanks πŸ™‚

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  4. Dear Eric,

    I think you must have a few tenticles loose. Funneeeeeee!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! It’s not only tentacles loose, but also a few screws loose, and a few bricks shy of a wall. As long as folks are laughing, I’m happy. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping in Rochelle!

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  5. Hahaha! Lovely. Excellent scene setting and what a payoff! πŸ˜€

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  6. Jan Brown says:

    Great story, with a suspenseful start and a very amusing end. Loved it!!!

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  7. Sandra says:

    Killer of a last line! Well done.

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  8. kz says:

    hahaha very entertaining, very imaginative. πŸ™‚

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  9. rgayer55 says:

    I’d be happy if they could just get rid of the disposable diapers (and Depends). Very clever story, Eric.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I think disposable diapers count as hazardous waste. They could go into the sun with the other volatile materials. πŸ˜‰ Thank you much, and thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

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  10. And what a book-deal for that glowing tentacle man… I wonder if they are let back again.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh I think a book deal is the best they’ll get. Though truly heroes, the public wouldn’t likely appreciate their transformations. The radiation seems have addled their brains as well as bodies.

      Thanks kindly for stopping in and commenting!

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  11. MissTiffany says:

    Psssssh danger? What danger? I hear tentacles are all the rage now. Good job!

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  12. liz young says:

    good one – this made me smile.

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  13. claudia says:

    haha… thanks for the smile… now she should start thinking about fashion design for tentacles…smiles

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    • EagleAye says:

      My pleasure. Smiles are what I’m aiming for. Unfortunately, she’ll have to do it for her partner alone. The rest of Earth is quite intact having escaped the ravages of radiation because of our intrepid heroes. They’ll have to enjoy their fame in solitude, I’m afraid. Thanks for writing in!

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  14. That was really fun. Lovely story. Scary future.

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  15. As always, dynamic fun, EagleAye! It’s wild enough, but that final line just takes it to another level. Well done.

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  16. Oh, this is great! I love the last line. I couldn’t believe nothing would come to them. Your surprise surpassed my expectations! Happy Holidays!

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  17. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Eagle Aye,

    We used to joke about our tentacles while sitting at Feed Station in Lower Level Engineroom of our submarine. I got a kick out of your story.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh my, a bubblehead! What was it like being in something hard, black, and full of seamen?;) Glad you got a laugh out of this. I’ll bet for you, working near one of Rickover’s reactors, this hit closer to home. Thanks much for writing in and it’s good to meet a brother in blue. Awesome pic, by the way!

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  18. Mike says:

    A great story, especially that last line. The words, ‘Her eye-stalk winked and she high-fived his tentacle’ conjured up some great images in my head.

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