Solar Sailor

Author and blogging friend, Cage Dunn, posted yesterday about a writing class that has been posted on youtube and included a link.  (Thank you, Cage!) I watched the lecture on writing a short story last night and today and followed along with the assignments.  What follows is a story I wrote from the assignments.  The target length was 250 words, but mine is about 350.  Please let me know what you think!

Learn about solar sails here

She sipped coffee as she strolled down the LED-dotted corridor leading to the space station’s launch hangar. She had enjoyed her hiatus on Calypso, unwinding with more rum than anyone other than a drunk would find inappropriate, but it was time to do an equipment check on her solar sailer, Nausicaa; making ready for the glide to Europa. Europans paid good money for rum, and as long as she didn’t guzzle too much of the product on the way, she’d turn a tidy profit.

Approaching the ship, out of the corner of her eye Mara saw just the tail of a space rat disappear into the hoverplate. Space rats were the scourge of the solar sailing community because they loved to nibble on sails for their nests, which lead to fatal fabric malfunctions in space.

Everyone knows when you see one space rat, there are at least ten you don’t see. Muttering curses under her breath, Mara flipped open her polycom and tapped “Creature Feature,” a well-known exterminator on Calypso, in. The voicemail message said, “Ms. Feature is down with coronavirus for 2 weeks. In the meantime, call ‘Bug Busters’ at zzz-123.’ “ Tapping in the number sent her straight to voicemail.

What had started out as a bright morning of promise divebombed into what was looking like another wasted day and wasted night. Mara tossed her empty coffee cup into the recycling receptacle and headed to the cantina.

Hugged up to the polished titanium bar and nursing her piña colada, Mara’s vision went dark as two baseball mitt-sized hands covered her eyes.

Guess who, gorgeous!”

Trapper! Just the Wookie I wanted to see. Busy for the next month? Wanna set Draco’s sails for Europa?”

Trapper stroked his beard and raised his bushy eyebrows. “What’s in it for me?”

All the rum you can drink and a full Brazilian Body Braid by the time we land with my 50 cases of rum to sell to rich alcoholics.”

One cabin or two?”

As long as I don’t find any fleas, one.”

Let’s go.”

[348 words]

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    I like the totally futuristic tone of your story.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  2. Sean says:

    Seems like coronavirus is really here to stay! Glad to see that Ms. Feature is self isolating.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Sean. Let’s hope it’s long gone by then.


  3. cagedunn says:

    I’ll have a look at it in the morning and get back to you with a critique.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      No rush, whenever you have time.

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      1. cagedunn says:

        Sent to your contact mail …

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        1. msjadeli says:

          ooh! ooh! I had company over today (don’t tell the social distancing police) and am just reading this. Thank you, will read it presently.

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  4. I imagine that Wookie’s do get fleas. I really enjoyed your story.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Jim. I really liked that 45 minute lecture and how the professor walked us through it.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. memadtwo says:

    We could use a Wookie or two here on planet Earth… (k)

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Gina says:

    i think you have expertly created a world where the virus is just another illness, maybe if we go deeper into your world we will find a cure?!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I would love to continue the story and maybe I will. Yes I will find that cure.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Gina says:

        cheering you on!

        Liked by 1 person

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