This weeks Flash! Friday asked us to incorporate space travel into a story about the following prompt:
Bicycle Tunnel, double exposure. CC photo by r. nial bradshaw.
A Wrong Turn
The wisps of a nearby galaxy trailed across the window, shimmering oranges and purples. Commander Keen admired the view while twirling his mustache, a retro throwback to the whimsy of the 21st century.
“Plot co-ordinates for Quantum tunneling,” he bellowed for no apparent reason, the computers microphones could detect a fart in the vacuum of space.
“Co-ordinates plotted” was the monotone reply.
“Prepare to execute.” He was going to make history, the first man to fly a wormhole solo.
His twirling intensified, any faster and he would ignite his facial hair. He left a suitably dramatic pause. “Execute.”
The oranges and purples swirled together like an artists palette. Keen prepared to make history, but instead there was a terrible grinding sound. The ship juddered to a halt, the view outside the window deeply disturbing. He panicked, “Situation report. Where are we?”
“Destination reached. Location Sydney, Australia, 20th century, QANTAS tunnel.”
Keen shook his head, “Damn you Auto-correct!”