Sunday Photo Fiction – Three Choices

Sunday Photo Fiction – Three Choices

photo by A Mixed Bag

Sephtis stared at the space suit hanging next to the escape hatch. It was a NASA circa 1970 model. All space stations carried one on board for luck, so he thought. Sephtis now knew otherwise. The suit served an unimaginable purpose.

“You have three choices.” The recorded voice was soft, sensual, and female. An attempt to lessen the impact of the words. Sephtis thought she was a cold-hearted bitch.

Did he misunderstand? Sephtis replayed the message.

“… spacecraft malfunction…. living in a dream state…. technology to return you to your own time is imminent…. three choices”

Sephtis’s heart pounded in his chest as reality set in. His world was a thousand-year nightmare, interrupted for one purpose only: to make a choice. He could go back to sleep for another 100 years and hope someone figures out how to get him home. Or, Sephtis could remain awake and help the scientists solve the problem, hopefully before he dies of old age. The final choice: put on the spacesuit, open the hatch, and step out. The suit would release a toxic gas, killing him as he floated into space. The humane choice.

Three choices, thought Sephtis. But really only one.

This story was inspired by Sunday Photo Fiction and the idea of writing a story prompted by the weekly photo using 200 words.




13 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction – Three Choices

  1. Actually poison would hardly be necessary. Just step out into a vacuum and pop the seal on the helmet. He’d die in less than a minute.

  2. Interesting, does he choose to die or live? I think if you had a hope in hell you’d choose life. Well written post.

      1. ” Do not go gently into that good night / Rage rage against the dying of the light” – Dylan Thomas – “Do Not Go Gentle Into The Good Night” — sorry I couldn’t help myself 🙂

  3. Go back to sleep for another 100 years. Hope someone figures out how to get him home. Another one that reminds me of Interstellar, and with Mandi’s response – even more so,

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