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Ten Green Bottles

Posted on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 @ 3:59pm by Lieutenant Tracy Fallstaph
Edited on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 @ 6:51pm

Earth Michigan July 2242

"Tracy can you hear me?... I sent Fran for help." A voice called down from somewhere far above the little boy's head. The children had been playing hide and in an abandoned copper mine, on their uncle Ewell's property. TJ had lost his footing and landed in a deep hole.

"Athena?" the terrified child cried out.

"Yes TJ I'm here," His sister said, hoping to keep him calm. "Are you hurt?"

"I can't feel foot!" the boy answered, "I can't see you, where are you?!"

"Hold on TJ I'll try to find another light"

"Don't leave me," he cried.

"I won't go far," the teen said and began to sing an old song their grandmother had them.

Ten green bottles hangin' on a wall
Ten green bottles hangin' on a wall
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
They'll be nine green bottles hanging on a wall


The frightened little boy joined in the old song with his preadolescent voice.

Nine green bottles hangin' on a wall
Nine green bottles hangin' on a wall
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
They'll be eight green bottles hanging on a wall

Athena found small work light propped in up so that her brother could see her. They kept singing their voices filling the small cavern came until their father came with a crew of men to get him out. He had a broken ankle and a mild case of hypothermia. Their father ground them both for a month and their uncle Ewell told that story every change he got.

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TJ awoke with start dream had been so real, he could still hear his sister's voice singing 'Ten Green Bottles' in his head. That had been one of the most traumatic experiences of his life. He still suffers from claustrophobia. Then he was struck by realization that it never happened, he was never in that mine all his memories before coming on board the Constellation G never happened... Athena had three brothers not four...

The comm. chirped =^= TJ?

TJ looked at the clock, "It's three in the morning Karl."

=^= Did I wake you?

"No, what up?"

=^= I can't sleep.

"Me either, meet ya' in the mess hall, I'll fry you some eggs." He said getting out of bed.

 

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