Space Madness – Chapter 11
Former astronaut Nancy Line returns from exile after a public nervous breakdown to assist NASA in faking a moon landing.
Chapter Eleven – We’ll Be Together Again
President William Wayne shoots up out of bed in a cold sweat on the morning of the fake lunar landing.
First Lady Mabel Wayne dabs at his brow with sheets. “Honey, what is it?”
“I had a vision.”
“We call them dreams, dear.”
“An evil spirit took the form of a frog. And it emerged from a dragon’s mouth. The mouth of the beast. Like a false prophet.”
The First Lady looks on her husband with concern. “…oh.”
President Wayne glances up at the ceiling of the White House residence’s bedroom. “Something’s going to happen up there today.”
“Let’s get some brown liquor in you.”
That evening, LAPD Detectives Ricky Faulk & Harry Schette have snuck into the North Hollywood movie sound-stage in order to expose the supposed drug manufacturing ring. Breaking in from the roof, Faulk & Schette slink along the catwalk high above the stage floor.
Det. Schette is watching the moon landing live on his phone. “We couldn’t have timed this more poorly. I’m missing the moon landing!”
Det. Faulk looks down over the massive lunar surface set. Astronauts Nancy Line & Tony Graziani are attached to wires in order to simulate lunar gravity. French movie director Arrendise Marche yells, “Action!”
Det. Faulk grabs his partner’s arm and points below, “Harry, I don’t think you’re missing a thing.”
Det. Schette’s mouth is agape as he glances between the live lunar footage on his phone and the even liver scene below. “What in the what?”
After Arrendise Marche yells “Cut!” the astronauts remove their helmets and high-five each other.
“I think we pulled that off!” Tony exclaims. Nancy starts to unzip her bulky suit, “I wish you hadn’t sworn so much. We were live.”
“I was feigning excitement.”
NASA Director Josef Morrow approaches the two. “Great job, everyone. Now there’s something urgent I have to tell you both.”
Detectives Faulk & Schette have descended to the floor and are briskly drawing near to the conspirators.
Det. Schette unsnaps his gun holster. “What’s our play here? Is it illegal to fake a moon landing?”
Det. Faulk removes his badge from his pocket. “I don’t know if it’s illegal, but it’s not very nice.”
Nancy grabs Josef by the jacket collar. “What do you mean the government’s going to eliminate us?”
Det. Faulk raises his badge. “LAPD. We’d like to ask you folks a few quest–“
The soundstage doors are kicked in and White House Chief of Staff Jeremy Wolfe’s black ops hit squad floods the studio.
Josef stands in front of his astronauts and hurriedly whispers, “Run.”
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