The Lottery Ticket – Part 2

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The Lottery Ticket – Part 2

The ticket flutters in the wind, Tim’s mouth is opening and closing, but he’s unable to form a single, coherent word. One-way flight to the moon?Is this for real? What a strange lottery!

The news announcer expectantly glances around the crowd waiting for someone to yell that he or she has won. Except for the crowd muttering to itself, silence reigns.

Tim finally breaks his reverie and yells, “I won!” The crowd swarms around him, pressing in.

“Out of my way, out of my way,” the announcer says as he tries to get to Tim. Slowly the crowd parts and he eventually makes it to Tim’s side. Someone tries to yank the ticket out of Tim’s hand. The cops begin moving the crowd back, using force where necessary.

Tim swallows nervously and eyes the crowd.. This whole experience is surreal. Is he dreaming?

“Ladies and gentlemen may I have your attention please?” The crowd begins to quiet down and look expectantly towards the announcer.

“Sir, what is your name?”

“Tim Ryan. Is this a joke?”

“No, sir, it is not a joke. Lunar Landings is offering this once-in-a-lifetime prize to help populate their new development on the moon. The prize includes the one-way shuttle flight to the moon, a job at Lunar Landings, plus your own house. The only requirement is that you must stay with the company for at least 10 years and if you decide to return to earth you will have to pay the cost of the return ticket.

Tim grins. A job, a house and his ex-wife and her mother far, far away. What could be better?

“When do I leave?”

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About Tessa

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh is now in her 60's and still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Despite that she is active in Mental Health Advocating, writing for www.IBPF.org (volunteer for non-profit) and has 5 blog posts already published by them. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). She keeps her blog filled with useful content, daily devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She has 3 blogs so far http://www.tessacandoit.com and http://www.finallyawriter.com and http://www.sunnythoughtsandprayers.wordpress.com She is from Deptford, NJ. Her family and blogs keep her busy.
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14 Responses to The Lottery Ticket – Part 2

  1. Writer Group says:

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  2. Lumdog says:

    I can see the appeal of getting away from the ex, but many questions remain. I’m anxious to read more! Very well done.

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  3. Wow, ten years is quite the commitment. The ex must have been a doozy. Thanks for linking up with us this week. We hope to see you back tomorrow for the new challenge.

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  4. jannatwrites says:

    I’ve had some awful exes, but none bad enough that I’d jump on a one-way ticket to the moon 🙂 I hope he’s a writer, ’cause he might have lots of alone to time to write a book!

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  5. habibadanyal says:

    Hahaha. Sounds like an interesting offer. The 10 year part is a bit scary though 😛

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  6. Wisper says:

    I’m glad you returned to this story. It really makes me wonder what happened that he’d be willing to take them up on that deal. Great job!

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  7. Linda Vernon says:

    Wonderful! This is the perfect set up for your science fiction novel. It would make a good movie too!

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