The Good Year

Photo by: Jules Paige

Director McKinley stared up at the colony’s windmills. They worked flawlessly. The first year of the colony on planet Kennick went perfectly. “I can’t believe our good luck,” he said.

“Why not?” said Deputy Director Segundo.

“Look back at history. Colonies have struggled in the first year more often than not. The pilgrims who began a colony in America nearly died in their first year. Their experience was awful.”

“Not us.”

“I know. And so much could’ve gone wrong. But the crops are thriving. We have power and oxygen. No machines broke down. The local fauna avoid us. There have been no deaths or injuries. Honestly, all that good fortune is astounding.”

Segundo grinned, “And now we’re preparing for our first New Year.”

A foreman ran up and spoke the words McKinley had dreaded all year. “Director McKinley! There’s a problem.”

McKinley whirled on Foreman Johnson, “The main gaskets are corroding?”


“The power connectors are arcing?”


“The bees aren’t pollinating the plants?”

“No, sir. We’re missing a critical supply.”

“A certain vitamin? I knew it! We’ll all die slowly.”


“What then?”

Johnson sagged. “We don’t have any Champagne for the New Year Party!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

Happy New Year everyone!

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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22 Responses to The Good Year

  1. James says:

    Oy. Maybe they should have made a still.

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  2. As someone once said (worse luck that I’ve forgotten who. She should be famous!):
    “When you’re expecting everything to go perfectly, even a run in your pantihose can achieve the dimensions of a tragedy.”
    Another great little tale, Eric.

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  3. Great punchline! Wonder if they could whip up some substitute champagne? (OK, it’s bright blue and glows, but hey… look at the bubbles…) 🙂 Hope you and family have a great New Year, Eric, and here’s to a great 2018!

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  4. Lyn says:

    How could they have forgotten something as essential as champagne? 😮 Heads will roll!

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    A alcohol free planet, no wonder all is going so well.😉

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  6. julespaige says:

    Honey mead?
    If there’s a vineyard… and bees…
    It’s always the minor details isn’t it?
    Happy New Year!

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  7. Susan says:

    I can’t believe they have gone an entire year without alcohol. Who are these colonists???

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  8. List of X says:

    Eh. An outer first world problem.

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  9. Dahlia says:

    A major crisis indeed!

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  10. Well, horrors! There goes the good year down the tubes. No proper celebrating for them. They need to plant some grape vines double quick. Hilarious, Eric. 😀 — Suzanne

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  11. The world is doomed. No champagne for new years party. I don’t know what the world will do to recover. Great story Eric.

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