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How Green is My Crater?

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Fandango’s FOWC is value, the Word of the Day Challenge is dedicate, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are rocket, fortune, garlic, and Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge phrase is “It’s Alive!”

Mary Jo Reilly grew up the daughter in a farming family. By the time she was 19 she knew everything her parents could teach her about diversified crops and organic gardening.

Besides being a first class organic gardener of heirloom crops, Mary Jo had dreams, big dreams. She found a way to grow garlic that increased yield by ten times yet still was 100% healthy, non-gmo, and did not destroy the environment. She made millions, then billions as her patented process was found to work with other crops as well. Before her parents died, they saw their daughter become a multi-billionaire. The value of her patents alone made her the richest woman on Earth.

Mary Jo’s dream was to dedicate her fortune towards terraforming the moon. Mary Jo put up one-half of the funds and collaborated with every nation who wanted in on this project; because of global buy-in, the resources, in both money and brainpower, were unlimited. Using the best technology out there, and creating new technology to meet the needs as they went, the day came when the prototype rocket was ready to launch. Glitches were ironed out after each consecutive flight.

At the end of a decade of increasingly glitch-free flights, the shuttles were ready to begin their terraforming operations. First lunar dozers loosened the moondust in a mile square, chosen to be in a location with the most favorable conditions for sun and shade. Once completed, irrigation pipes, solar-powered, were installed. Next, the fleet of shuttle water tanks carried their precious cargo to be dumped into the waiting reservoirs. The final step was the low-flying “seed-dusters.” They started with grass seed pre-tested for lunar gravity.

On April 25, 2051 the seed-dusters dusted. May 1, 2051, Mary Jo Reilly looked through her electron telescope at the moon and proclaimed, “It’s Alive!”

Thank you to The Prompt-Givers, for Theirs is the Crucible of Creativity.

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