Daily Flash Fiction Challenge 105: The Accidental Astronauts

This is the 105th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.

The Accidental Astronauts, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 16th March 2013

Word count: 957

The story:

“I may have been the only man in the world who is in space, but doesn’t want to be here,” Simon, the young scientist stated, “Bring us back.”

“Prometheus, we unfortunately at this stage a return is not possible. You’re going to have to dock with the International Space Station until we have the problem resolved. Houston out,” the man in ground control disappeared from the small monitor.

“Great now you’ve pissed them off Simon,” Mike said.

“I pissed them off? I? They’ve kidnapped us and put us in space!” Simon shouted, knocking a bottle of coke which subsequently released a few drops of its contents, which floated around and bothered the young scientist.

“Okay calm down, we’re all safe, there’s no need to panic,” Carol said soothingly.

Twelve hours ago they had been visiting the commercial rocket, Simon had won a competition. As they were looking around the cramped capsule it had all gone very wrong. Mission Control would just say that there had been a computer fault.

“Its kind of cool really,” Mike said playing about in zero gravity.

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