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Arthur sat at the controls, index finger tapping the faulty drive light, hoping this time it was just a dodgy bulb.

Four day’s previously he’d left Titan, Saturn’s sixth moon, for the fourth time in as many years, hoping nothing would break.

He’d spent his whole life, a considerably short one at 24 years, working towards this goal, this goal that will crown him as the first human to leave the Solar System.

The light flickered, then went out.

Arthur eased back into his plastifoam chair, feeling the gentle pressure of acceleration against his chest.

This time he will succeed.

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    Bryan Thomas almost 9 years ago

    For a minute I thought Arthur wasn't going to make it... I'm glad he did though.

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    Kimberly over 8 years ago

    This sounds like the beginning of a novel length work.........

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    Pearl (Bea) over 8 years ago

    Hope he makes it to wherever he's going.

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    Doting Mom over 8 years ago

    I need to know more about this story!

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    Iarwain Olofsson over 6 years ago

    As we see, it is not always bad, when lights go out. ;)

    Nice one.

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    shaun almost 6 years ago

    Okay. This has thrown up a kind of Groundhog Day train of thought in me. Faults? Repeated attempts? Light flickering and going out. I thought Arthur may be stuck in a loop. Very thought provoking. Thanks.

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    Arthur Cole about 5 years ago

    I would like to see a sequel to this Drablr! Good one!

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    Peter Henderson almost 4 years ago

    An open end...I enjoyed it

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