Friday Fictioneers – 4/24/15 — ‘A Trip To the Stars’

So good to get back to Friday Fictioneers this week. If you’d like to join in with your own 100-word story, follow the link to learn how. The photo prompt this week is thanks to Douglas M. MacIlroy.

PHOTO PROMPT - © Douglas M. MacIlroy


“You’ve got to be kidding!” she said looking at the row of four observatories.

“What do you mean, Honey?”

“When you described a package deal called ‘Honeymoon Under the Stars’ I thought you meant a warm, exotic beach.”

“But, Sweetheart, it’s the only place on earth to spend a week in a real observatory and study the heavens.”

“Harold, I don’t want to study the stars. I want to feel like I’ve been carried there by love … and speaking of that … how can we … you know … in that kind of place?”

“Don’t worry, my love,” he said, kissing her thoroughly. “I’ll give you a trip to the stars whether you ever look through that telescope or not.”




47 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – 4/24/15 — ‘A Trip To the Stars’

    1. Well, it’s that communication problem that gets ’em every time. I don’t know where this idea came from, but it hit me almost as soon as I looked at this picture. I’m sure it’s a photo of Doug’s “workplace,” but that didn’t seem to make any difference to my muse. I’ve just been in some kind of weird mood all week.
      Thanks, Rochelle.

    1. Thank you, Gerry. I think this photo is actually of a work station where the photographer spends whole nights watching the heavens. But I just couldn’t seem to shake the first idea that popped into my head for a story.

  1. As a lover of astronomy I think I’d probably enjoy a romantic holiday in an observatory. The place looks a little too cold for my tastes though! Good story. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I was thinking as I wrote it that I would probably appreciate staying in an observatory as well, because I’ve always loved astronomy, but, of course, if she had loved it, I wouldn’t have had a story. I’m pretty sure this picture is of the place where the photographer works. His job has to do with observing the night sky for certain scientific purposes, and I honestly can’t remember exactly what all he has to record. Anyway, it’s a fascinating job, but evidently a very cold place.

  2. This is exactly why my wife insisted she plan the honeymoon. Great dialogue, although methinks hubby might be setting the expectations a little high… 🙂

    1. I think it’s more that he’s just totally thoughtless — like so many of the male species that I know, bless their hearts — but then she’s so totally naive that I’m not sure she can straighten him out. Maybe if they stick together long enough, they’ll both grow up.

  3. There she has the opportunity of a totally unique honeymoon, and she yearns for the usual. I’d take this observatory any time… but he seems to be sufficiently romantic to make this a promising beginning. Great story.

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