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The fair was in town. In Elkton, Maryland to be precise. Kenny Landers was there every day of its three-day stay, intent on going on every ride three times, spending a whole month's allowance in the process. By lunchtime of the third day he was down to his last five dollars and had achieved his triple-go target. Kenny was feeling pretty pleased with himself and, though he knew his stomach would hate him for it, he planned to spend his leftover cash on a burger and milk shake. As he approached the burger van Kenny noticed a tent in the distance which had previously escaped his attention. He changed his leisurely stroll to a brisk stride past the burger van and straight to the lonely tent. There was no sign outside the tent to indicate its purpose and there was no one to ask. With a touch of trepidation, Kenny pulled the tent flaps aside and entered. "Five dollars for the ride of your life" said a voice from behind him, and Kenny turned to see a burly skinhead blocking the exit. ...read more.


He was on the moon's surface, alone. Kenny walked along the crater ridge taking in his surroundings and pondering his predicament. "It can't be real," Kenny muttered. "I'm able to breathe out here for one thing. I should be dead by now." There was dryness in his throat and he was finding swallowing increasingly difficult. Kenny noticed the peppermint flavour of his gum was weakening. Gum? He didn't remember putting any in his mouth and peppermint wasn't his flavour. From his trouser pocket he removed a packet and read the ingredients. It was all scientific mumbo jumbo and the only thing he understood was the flavour, and that there was only one stick left. He was sure, if he could be sure of anything, he hadn't bought this packet at 7-Eleven. Kenny popped the last stick in his mouth and as he chewed the gum swallowing became easier. Bouncing along the lunar surface enabled Kenny to make quick progress, though he wasn't entirely sure where he was going. Then he saw a scene of such spectacular beauty he could not conceive his being, never mind his doing or going. ...read more.


The ship's computer selected his appearance to fit in with your society." "You're kidding, right?" "Nope. It's time to spin the wheel again, Kenny." "No. You'll let me off this blasted ship now," Kenny said vehemently. "I'm afraid the only way to get off is to spin the right co-ordinates for your home world." Kenny didn't know what he could do. Attacking Thando wouldn't do him any good. He studied the wheels for a moment before spinning each in turn, mentally willing them to be the co-ordinates of Earth. Thando chewed his bottom lip as he studied the readings on the control panel. "Well it's not Earth," Thando announced, "but I think you'll like it here." Kenny frowned. "Where?" "You'll find out in a moment. See you in five minutes." "Five minutes?" "What do you expect for five dollars?" Suddenly Kenny found the hot sands beneath were burning his naked feet. Again he was alone on a desolate strange world, chewing another piece of the peculiar peppermint flavoured gum. This time he did not know what planet this was, and he hoped he would not have time to ask the alien creatures who were rapidly approaching. 1141 words ...read more.

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