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FFfAW – Countdown

I thought I’d have my first go at Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This involves a photo (this week contributed by Sonya) and 100-150 words (+/-25).

I immediately saw an Apollo landing thingumy when I saw this picture :-). Click on the blue froggy to read the other stories.

Copyright Sonya

Copyright Sonya from “Only 100 Words”


“What the Hell sort of landing was that? We were supposed to splash down in the sea!”

“I’m guessing we didn’t. Millions of miles of ocean and we missed. Maybe restarting the Apollo missions was a bad idea.”

“Well, we’re back home and safe! The three heroes. Any landing you can walk away from, and all that…”

We’re safe. Lieutenant Wilkins wasn’t so lucky.”

“Why, what’s wrong with him?”

“Scoot round and take a look. His acceleration couch failed.”

“Woah, nasty. That’s just wrong. I’m not cleaning that up. And then there were two…”

“Well, best disembark, I suppose. Just get out of these straps…”

“Careful you don’t slip on Wilkins on the way out.”

“Urgh! Just open the door here… half a million miles and now we’re home… ahhhhhh!” (splat)

“Wow, how’d we end up all the way up here? And then there was one…”


  1. December 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I wonder how the last one would fair judging by his comrades demise I am not too hopeful.


    • December 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      One wonders what horrible and accidental demise awaits the sole survivor 🙂


  2. December 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Hahaha! I’m guessing they landed in a tree! LOL! Lt. Wilkins must have been smashed by his couch. Restarting the Apollo missions probably wasn’t such a good idea. 😀 😀 Great story Ali! Happy to have you join us on FFfAW challenge!


    • December 29, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      There’re not having a very successful end-of-mission are they 😦
      Glad to be here 🙂


  3. December 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Well, that’s quite a start – I fear for the last astronaut, tbh… Great take on the picture, though 🙂


    • December 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Yeah, I don’t give much for his chances either 🙂


  4. December 29, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Hahaha!! funny stuff.


  5. December 29, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    LOL… That was funny as hell! Figures that with budget shortfalls NASA would cut corners on those acceleration couches. Astronauts are expendable, after all and rocket fuel is awfully pricey. Great job!


    • December 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Once Ground Control has all the mission data, it’s just a bonus if the astronauts make it back. I expect the acceleration couches were made by the lowest bidder (as was the re-entry system, apparently!). Glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. mandibelle16
    December 30, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Oh my. Sounds like there was some pretty nasty deaths on the way home from space. Plus, one astronaut who didn’t look before he leaped. Great story


    • December 30, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Such a shame, after flying all that way. Space travel is dangerous! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. December 30, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I’m still laughing. That’s a good one 🙂


  8. December 30, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Well, we’ll hope the next landing, if there is one, will be a bit more successful. Were they wearing “red” by any chance? Hilarious is a dark way, Ali. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


    • December 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

      It couldn’t go much worse! They were wearing red – maybe they should have demanded a less “cannon-fodder” colour 🙂


  9. December 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    LOL mocking the space endeavours brilliantly


    • December 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      I hope the real space agencies put more money into it than this crowd 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. December 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Funny! Yet, not so funny if it becomes reality. Where is our well planned, well financed missions? We may be starting from square one again!!! Great story. 🙂


    • December 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Let’s hope it all remains fiction, especially with all these commercial companies trying to start space flight. I hope they know what they’re doing 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  11. December 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Very amusing, Ali. 🙂 Restarting the Apollo missions definitely seems to have been a mistake!


    • December 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Yep, especially on their presumably much smaller budget 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  12. December 31, 2015 at 1:38 am

    First step is a killer!



  13. gentlestitches
    December 31, 2015 at 4:40 am

    HaHaHa! 😀


    • December 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Oh how we laugh at others’ (fictional) misfortune!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. December 31, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Given where that tower has to be located, that poor astronaut probably landed in a cow pie. Maybe one large enough to cushion the blow enough to leave him merely paralyzed…


    • December 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Phew, merely paralysed. And covered in cow poo. What a relief!


  15. December 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    All’s well that ends well.. he said?


    • December 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Let’s hope the crew which comes to rescue him from the tower is more accomplished than the crew which built the space ship!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. January 1, 2016 at 9:44 am

    LOL! Love your funny gross ones, doc…

    Now I’m going to see your tree picture 🙂

    Happy 2016


    • January 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      I like writing funny and gross 🙂


  17. January 1, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Oh! your tree picture is on instagram. i don’t have that or use that whatever 😦 I can see it here tho…i love christmas tree lights, even on a small tree.


    • January 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      I only joined Instagram a couple of weeks ago. I keep taking pictures but can’t think of/haven’t got time to construct a whole blog post around them, so Instagram seemed perfect for that. You don’t need to be signed up to view most people’s photos, though, I don’t think.
      Happy New Year!


  18. January 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Very funny and totally gross, but it makes for a great read. I like the way you’ve used the ‘and then there were none’ theme. It works really well, and leaves us wondering what type of demise awaits Number 3! 🙂


    • January 3, 2016 at 8:11 am

      I bet he gets his head sliced off by the rotors of the rescue helicopter. That would be “funny” heh heh 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


      • January 3, 2016 at 11:49 am

        That would certainly be very gory. As for funny… Hmmm, let’s see now…


  19. January 2, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I think I must have accidentally unfollowed you at some stage, Ali. I’ve never noticed the little ‘follow’ thingy pop up before, so it must have been recently. I followed you at the beginning of 2015, and thought I still did follow you! I’ll click on it now, anyway. Sorry about this.


    • January 3, 2016 at 8:21 am

      I saw the notification and thought “that’s odd”. Thanks for re-following me 🙂

      However, sometimes the “Follow” thing can be “false” (I just checked with your website on Edge – I usually use Chrome – and it said I’m not following you). This is because I wasn’t logged into WP on Edge (used to be called IE) so it had no way of knowing who I’m following. Also different browsers don’t share cookie information.

      Well, that was more info than you probably wanted 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

        It was all interesting, Ali, but I think it was probably me on my Kindle. I’ve accidently hit that ‘follow’pop-up thing a few times and unfollowed people. It’s in an annoying place in that corner down there (for clumsy oafs like me, that is). Thank you for understanding.


        • January 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm

          Yeah, I’m not sure why they changed that. It used to be a nice thing at the top of the page which told you if you followed, commented, liked etc. And it was out of the way.

          Liked by 1 person

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