Small Step- Photo challenge #126

Niel walks across the strewn field of boulders and sand.  The warehouse is empty but him and a few props.  The smell of the desert fills the room with a tinge of smoke.

“Hello, they trucked in all of Los Alamos. This is just crazy.  I understand why Buzz is upset about it.  We should have tried it in real life.  I hate the promise the next one will be real.”  Nielsen pushes a rock with his foot.  His belief in the system a recent casualty.  The American public seen them lift off days ago.  Few saw them splash back down an hour later.

He waits as the curtain draws open.  The lander prone on the Lunar surface.   It’s stairs deployed.  Thin cables hang down from the winches high above.  The rest of the actors are in denial.  But they are backstage waiting to swallow their pride.

A thin man in a black suit approaches Nielsen and hands him the space suit.

“Okay, let’s hear your lines Niel.” The man lights a cigarette.

“One small step for a man.  One giant leap for mankind.” Nielsen drones on “Oh yeah.  Houston, the Eagle has landed.  Then the small step thing.”

“You need to put your heart in to it!  We’re selling America here! The military already landed there.  We can do it, but you don’t want to be another lunar corpse or a God Damn Hero!” The man explains on clear English.

“Buzz locked himself in the dressing room,  sir!”  A sickly private comes running to the man.

“Okay, we shoot the walking sequence first!  Niel, you need to talk sense into him! Get dressed and climb in. We roll in sixty.” The man walks to a set of stairs connected to a boom loaded with cameras. 

Inside the lander a sweaty Niel waits for the cue.  His cables are hooked up.  He’ll descend and then bounce to raise a flag.  History made for TV.

“Okay, Niel open the hatch.  Pause and descend slowly.   Don’t look across the surface.  Wait til right before you jump off.”  The man voice fades.

A hatch opens.  A single man emerges to crawl down a ladder.  The pauses are prefect.

“One small step for man! One giant leap for mankind!” Niel says heroically and jumps to another world below. 

Written as part of a challenge,

17 thoughts on “Small Step- Photo challenge #126

  1. I enjoy your take on his. Using the so-called rumour, the moon landing was staged. It suits the picture prompt well. I had to look at it quite while before something crossed my mind I wanted to write. The pic is great, just many possibilities. You chose a great one!

    Liked by 1 person

      1. That’s the mark of a great conspiracy theory! It tugs at the edges just enough. The only way it could happen is everyone building the stage and film end up dead quickly. I wonder what statistics for mysterious illness were in 1969 & 1970.😉


      1. He really was supposed to say “That’s one small step for a man” and it lives as :One small step for man”. They made him practice for weeks to get it right. Crazy parts of history are best


    1. I was a little to young to know what happened live. But have seen the grainy images many times. Not that I believe the conspiracy…but it fits the picture just a little too well. All those radioactive rocks surely would kill all the people exposed to them. Just saying it could have been. 😉


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s