Armstrong’s Last Words, A Flash Fiction Story

29 Jun

Armstrong’s Last Words, A Flash Fiction Story by Raymond Daley.

Every human alive is aware of the most famous sentence spoken by astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Those immortal words heralded a new beginning. Little did we know it was not the bright future we had long hoped for.

The morning of July 20th 1969 was like any other apart from one thing. Men were approaching the moon for the first time. Human beings were going to step forward onto the surface of another world.

Capcom radioed the craft as it slowly drew closer, eager to get a better opinion on our closest celestial neighbour from someone who was within visual range.

“Hey Neil, how’s that moon looking up close?”

There was pause.
Capcom expected as much due to radio signal delay.
They didn’t expect the response that followed.

The response that went down in history.
The last message received from the craft was a warning.

“That’s no moon. It’s a space station.”



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