Come Hell or High Water

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart

I watched the palm trees do their calisthenics as the rain lashed the restaurant window. 

The flight was obviously cancelled again and so here I was, stuck in a stupid hotel as Ralph or Romeo or whatever the Hell they call him grinds up central Florida.

I gulp the whiskey instead of sip it.

Damn, it was just my luck, wasn’t it?

One thing after another.  Would I ever get a break?

My phone vibrated.

Next launch window in two weeks.

Come Hell or high water, or both at once, as now, I’d be the first man on Mars yet.

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word count = 100

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43 thoughts on “Come Hell or High Water

  1. Bill

    Oh, Trent, your story reminded me of this.

    I was working in Titusville, FL and staying in a condo directly across from the shuttle launch pad. An often delayed launch was at 5 AM (still night but the last window for a long time). I sat on my lanai with TV on, coffee in hand, able to see and feel the rocket launch live.

    The rocket engines shook my bones, I could see it live, and the TV gave me close ups. It was awesome. Thanks for the reminder.

    Great story.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That is very cool. I have never seen a rocket launch, and I am sure the shuttle was something special, not to mention the mixing real-life live and live TV. Perhaps when Artemis spools up I’ll make a special trip just for that….
      Thanks.

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  2. Bear

    Into every life a little delay must come…. hehe! Hubby watches all the news pertaining to space flight. Me, I’m content with my own little world and writing about other ones.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yep, nobody can avoid that bit of delay, and nobody is bigger than the weather… I do follow space news and seem to, on a whim, always turn on the NASA Youtube channel at the exact minute soemthign big is happening. But the hurricane did delay the latest moonship, so…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      After traveling that distance it wouldn’t do to have a months long planet-wide dust storm raging as they show up… No matter how advanced we are, we are still at the mercy of weather.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a very large Universe, and the urge to explore it is very high, so when a pesky, mundane Earthbound issue hits that delays it… lol, fortunately hurricanes aren’t too mundane. Yet.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Nope, now matter what we accomplish, I think it will be a very long time before catch up with nature, which is fine with me. Well, the destruction caused by hurricanes isn’t fine, but conceding that humans still have a long way to go and still need to respect nature for many, many years is fine.

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  3. msjadeli

    Trent I love the trees doing calisthenics and the rain lashing the windows. Such good imagery. Good for him on being first man on mars. He’s got a lot to win yet a lot to lose with this storm.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I understand being as far south as possible for a slight added boast by the Earths rotation. And I understand an east coast launch pad so any falling objects fall into the sea. But seeing how many times they have scrapped the latest Moon rocket… Yeah, two weeks should matter, but in two weeks there might be a fuel leak.

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