‘Waiting In Advance’ by Jan Strickland

I would also like to welcome Jan, a regular contributor to the mini monthly competitions, with her own interpretation of ‘waiting for news’.  It is always a sign of a good writing prompt when the entries that are submitted are so diverse, and this is a short, quirky piece of writing.

earth shuttle 

  • Jan Strickland says:


    Work was really getting on my nerves!  These dam Robots were on my back morning to night. A robot for God’s sake!! I am good at my job.   I should be; l was top of my class in maths, right through school and university, so l know what I’m doing. But no, apparently old M.A.C.S knows best!!!  (For those of you who are not acquainted, that is our wonderful Machine Automated Control System). Have l made a massive mistake moving here? It’s not as l thought it would be, that’s for sure.  l had thought another planet might be better than over-crowded Earth. I had been told l would soon rise to a position of authority, that the chances here were going to be phenomenal. On this planet large cities had quickly sprung up. The space shuttles plied to and from Earth at an alarming rate bringing more people and advanced machinery to build even further on this alien planet.

    I had travelled here, hoping she was here.  I had heard she was thinking of coming so l thought l would get here first, decorate my living Pod, get a job and be ready for when she came.  Now I’m not so sure.  l haven’t heard.  l live in hope, but I’m still waiting for news.

(c) Jan Strickland

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