C O U R A G E O U S BY: Mike Mezz Part Six (a poetic narrative story)
PART SIX Godspeed to you
In the three weeks since our rocket test We have successfully built two of the four crafts Each vessel can hold thirty- seven people at best We need to hurry because the water is rising fast
There should be enough time to finish the other two Simon and his wife Tonya will fly the third ship Myself and Bethany shall pilot the last one Several others can fly if in pinch
Nate and LeRon will take up the first flight LeRon is an excellent pilot that's why he'll go first We will be launching him and the 37 others in daylight We have to start getting people off the Earth
We'll be go for liftoff later this afternoon It's amazing what all of us have accomplished We all learned from each other about how to grow food Building towns and rockets makes me so astonished
A quarter of us will be in space by the end of the day I have no idea if any of our communications will work But I know LeRon will easily find the way And I also know around every corner danger will lurk
It's almost time for the first craft to head out We had hoped that this planet would heal Our abuse of this place left very little doubt That we wore out our welcome and she no longer wants us here
We didn't listen as she continually cried Even though she wept loud and clear We constantly ignored all the warning signs She kicked us out so she could shed the fear
Someday this planet will heal her deep scars But not in my lifetime and the end is near We have no choice but to head for the stars She took care of us and we destroyed her atmosphere
"We're go for launch" Simon said as my daydream was disturbed " To all 35 brave people on board, Godspeed to you." "Ready for launch Undisturbed" "IGNITION" Simon's words are true
I couldn't stop watching and I'm hypnotized I am in awe of this accomplishment What a beautiful sight in my eyes But did Simon say thirty-five?
LeRon, can you copy?" I said into the radio. "Copy, Captain. The station is in site and we're granted entry" "Roger that, LaRon. How many on board? That was a beautiful show" "We're carrying 35 total Captain. Tell the Earth goodbye for me."
"I will, LaRon. Let them know more are coming." "Copy that, Captain.They said they got plenty of room" "Cap, we're heading in for our landing." "Roger that, we will see you very soon. Godspeed to you."
"Damn" I said under my breath "We're not going to have enough room for everyone," " Hopefully I'll figure out the rest." At least the evacuation has begun.
To Be Continued........
On the next episode of Courageous.... Rising water forces the people of Courageous to attemt a dangerous and near impossible feat. Copyright © 2020 Mike Mezz (All rights reserved)