black and white stars during night time
Elvis Amaya at Unsplash

Day seventy-two and it’s all the same, Histon mused.  He was getting tried of these Mars runs.  He had only signed on for a year, and here he was five years later still doing the supply runs to the India Station.  

“Why didn’t I train to do the deep runs back on earth?” he said aloud.  “At least they only last a week.”  But despite his love of the sea, he given in to that “Reach for the stars” poster at the Employment Exchange.  Mars is hardly “the stars,” he thought, but I do get to see enough of the stupid things.  Oh well, same old same old.



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