A Rare Commodity

Photo by: Ted Strutz

Mika ate the last bite. “Best tuna sandwich ever! But still, $500 is too much.”

“I know,” said Bill. “But there’s chipping charges. It had to be shipped into Earth orbit.”


“Then through the hypergate to Ross 154. And through that hypergate to Groombridge 1618. Finally arriving at the colony here. There’s charges at every point.”

“Oh, no wonder.”

Bill sighed, “Problem is, tuna is really hard to get out here. Moving it through the New Tokyo colony customs officials was the worst.”

“They demanded bribes?”

“They didn’t ask for money.”

“So what happened?”

“Well, this one-pound tuna sandwich…used to weigh five pounds.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2020/06/03/5-june-2020/

Author’s Notes:

The stars Ross 154 and Groombridge 1618 are real stars:

It wasn’t easy to be funny after the tragic events in Minnesota. There’s a lot heavy things going on in our country, and the world just now. I hope you all are dealing with it as well as possible. I’m offering a little levity, not to ignore our travails, but to offer a brief respite from them. Hang in there and stay safe.

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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19 Responses to A Rare Commodity

  1. Corruption isn’t restricted to us Earthlings then unfortunately

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  2. Lyn says:

    Tuna casserole yes, tuna sanga no. 😀

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Dale says:

    Don’t ever stop supplying the levity. As you said, we are inundated with so much negativity, we need a break.
    And this was a fun one!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. msjadeli says:

    Everybody gets a cut, I see capitalism is alive and well in the future 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  5. draliman says:

    Good job there weren’t many more hops or all they would have received would have been exactly what’s in the photo 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Archon's Den says:

    I thought that achieving FTL made things get bigger…. 😳
    They need a caterer on that ship of yours. Great little story about unreal reality. 🙂

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  7. James McEwan says:

    Yep, every middle man takes his cut – I am surprised there was any Tuna left.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Dear Eric,

    Loved this. I would have ordered pastrami or corned beef on rye. Not sure about tuna. 😉 Set my coffee aside…nostrils dry. Thanks for a little humor in the midst of the darkness.



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  9. granonine says:

    Too funny. Refreshingly so. We need more good humor right now!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. tedstrutz says:

    You will be pleased to know that that wrapper did indeed hold a tuna sandwich. Or turkey, one of the two.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Shey says:

    I love tuna sandwiches but if it’s as expensive as this, I would only request it as a Christmas present! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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