My posts during April form part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is Jazz and I've selected a variety of classics from across the board. I've mixed up the performers a bit though ...
They'd met at NASA, both scientists, both having been fascinated with space and space travel since childhood. But Jolyn was determined not to be caught out by Marcus' quiet charm. Nothing was going to divert her from her ultimate goal - travel to Mars. As they proceeded further and further through the training and selection programme, it became clear that they were a good professional fit, with complementary skills and work ethic.
Finally it was announced - the crew to make the first trip - and they were both on it. After all the strain, hard work and deprivation, the winning team were encouraged to tie one on, to kick back, to party ... which they duly did, except that Jolyn ended up seducing Marcus. Worried that it could have a potentially negative impact if the news of their being a couple got out, they kept it firmly under wraps. Having been such good friends throughout, no-one seemed to notice.
They made it through the final weeks before lift-off, through cyrogenic sleep for the lengthy journey, got through touchdown, even the rough months of extreme exhaustion and hard labour while they set up their base on the inhosbitable surface. They were just beginning to settle into a routine and expecting the second and third crews when it happened ...
Jolyn had set up a small flower garden alongside their subsistence crops and Marcus had popped in there to cut her a rose. Except that a thorn pierced his suit and he'd slowly lost consciousness on the journey back without realising that anything was wrong.
Now, twenty years after they'd arrived, she'd had her pick of the arriving astronauts and scientists but no, in the words of the inimitable Ella "... I got to love one man till I die, can't help lovin' dat man of mine."
© 2017 Debra Carey
A classic certainly, with music by Jerome Kern and words by Oscar Hammerstein, for their famed musical "Show Boat", I went looking for a new voice. And I found LaChanze. An actress and singer, coming in at only a few years younger than me - and I'm one old lady - she's not exactly new. But you don't win a Tony for nothing ... so please do click and enjoy!
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