Wish You Were Here

My gloved hand paused over the airlock release button. The cameras were on. All I had to do was walk outside. The first human on Mars. Everyone would know my name and, eventually, my secret, but I feared they may forget his.

“Franklin, this is for you. A fractured airline took you away. I am so sorry to be doing this without you. So sorry you did not finish this journey.”

I ready my best smile and hit the button. I take the steps, plant a flag, and start my new life alone. That is, until the baby is born.