Another Hard Day

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PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer

I wiped the sweat from my brow and looked at the small plot of cultivated land, my life’s work.

Yesterday I struggled for 16 hours, all grueling, manual labor.  Today looked just as long.  The heatwave is endless and the humidity relentless.  My blisters have blisters and I’m beginning to think that the hoe and shovel are becoming my appendages, they are in my hands so often.

There is a romance of opening a new frontier, being the first to conquer a new land.

If I knew colonizing a planet would be like this, I would have stayed on Earth.

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I had to have a second go at this prompt.  I almost went this way at first, but the temptation of the pun was too tempting to resist and so I did the other instead …

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Word count = 100

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32 thoughts on “Another Hard Day

  1. pennygadd51

    I love that insight into the scifi dream of colonising a new world. They would have sophisticated equipment but there would be a limit to the weight they could ship. Hard, physical work would be unavoidable, as you point out. Well written, Trent!

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  2. prior..

    I did not read the first one yet – but will next – and here – love the two parts in your short fiction. Before we get to the part about colonizing a new land – you grabbed some universal labor that was really well written. Blisters have blisters… ahhhh

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For some reason I felt I had to do a sci-fi story for the photo… Yes, there are other colonists, male and female, so other generations are either there or on the way.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is. It is, very hard work. For some reason, after the little joke at Russell’s expense on seeing this photo I thought it would be great to make a sci-fi story from something this low tech.

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