Apollo 19 – The Next Little Bit …..

Back in Cape Town on planet Earth, the families of the two space travellers are being interviewed by a tv crew. “We diddan know theyz waz goin to be afronauts…aar diddan sign a forrum or anythink wot did giv permission for them to take orf in a rockkit for eeyowter space.” said Commander Plaatjies`s mother. 

“Aarm very, very preeowd of maar sun. Aaar think he duz a guut job therr barr space.” Mr Jantjies`s statement is enthusiastically recorded by the doccie crew and later edited for broadcast.

Stilletjie navigates their way to the surface of the moon as Commander Plaatjies prepares for a controlled descent onto a landing zone on the edge of the Sea of Tranquility.

At this stage I should mention that both Afronauts are from families of fisher folk. Their parents and their parents parents have been subsistence fishing in False Bay, near Cape Town, since before the days of apartheid.

Unfortunately, due to unscrupulous fishing practices a large portion of fish species in the bay are close to being wiped out which not only reduces the income of the already struggling families but also narrows down a jolly good source of food for the local community.

Commander Pilletjie Plaatjies and Navigator Stilletjie Jantjies are on a mission, at this time, to seek out replacement subsistence resources and have heard that the Sea of Tranquility might just be the spot for them.

As the moon dust settles all around them and Commander Pilletjie switches Apollo 19`s power systems to `standby`, they look out through the inspection port and see in the distance, a curious figure leaning against a large lump of regolith with one leg resting nonchalantly on the lid of a 3-legged potjie (cast-iron cooking pot).

Pilletjie and Stilletjie look at each other inquiringly, adjust their fishing rod to `maximum cast` and quietly open the hatchway.

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This Short Story entitled Apollo 19 – The Next Little Bit ….. is copyrighted to the author, Simon J Tatt. No persons may reproduce any part of the story in any way for the purposes of financial gain or for any other reasons without the express permission of Simon J Tatt. Law 6785/67 of the Intrinsic Writers Code of 2009 protects the above mentioned work and any infringement thereof will result in a fine of $20 000 and/or a jail term of between 5 and 7 years in a Lithuanian basket making factory. It might also transpire that additional punishment in the form of sensitive parts of the anatomy being heated to several degrees above boiling point might also be carried out.

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~ by Simon Tatt on May 26, 2010.

2 Responses to “Apollo 19 – The Next Little Bit …..”

  1. Where in the name of all planets do you get this stuff from??? Highly entertaining stuff during one’s tea and snoek break.

    • Thanks so much for the feedback, glad you like it. I was inspired by the Cape Coloured accent after living in Hermanus for a year and thought i`d `fit` them into an Apollo mission that didn`t actually go to the moon and see what happens! Myself and a film producer friend are shooting a promo at the moment for the series and we hope to raise some capital to get some episodes shot and get it flighted on South African telly.

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