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Prompt: "The day Sims walk on the moon is the day pigs fly." (fuzzy_spork)
Characters: Nick, Alice, Steven, Peggy, Nettie
Rating: G
Summary: It’s the space race!  Except Nick doesn’t buy it.
Notes: Canon.  I’m undecided as to whether or not it will appear in a future chapter, so can be spoilery.  The italicized text is from President Kennedy’s “To the Moon Speech” he gave in September of 1962 at Rice University in Texas.
Word Count: 226

Nick and Alice were seated on the sofa in the television room, Steven was at the chess table as usual, and Peggy and Nettie sprawled on the floor looking at their magazines while the evening news played on the set.  It was airing part of a speech that the president had given earlier that day in SimTexas.

“We choose to go to the moon.  We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard…”

Nick shook his head.  “That’ll never happen.”

Steven looked up.  “I’m not so sure, Dad.  After all, both we and the Simviets have managed to put a man in space.  How much harder can it be to put one on the moon?”

“The moon’s a far way away, and it’s not so much getting him there as it is getting him back safely,” Nick replied.

“Oh, I don’t know,” Alice said.  “The president has put quite the emphasis on the space program.  With those kinds of resources, I’m sure they’ll figure something out.”

Nick shook his head again.  “The day a man walks on the moon is the day pigs fly.”

“It’ll happen, Dad.  Maybe not before the end of this decade, but someday.”

“I’ll believe it when I see it,” was all Nick said in reply.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 29th, 2013 06:38 am (UTC)
Heh. Nick is becoming a crusty old man sooner than expected! I guess he's always been slightly on the conservative side, or traditional, anyway.
Nov. 29th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Nick's not taking all the "newfangled" stuff so well. Then again, he's all Serious (seriously, 0 playful), so he doesn't necessarily have too much imagination.
Nov. 29th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Was Nick always this stuffy? I suppose he was always rather serious.
Nov. 29th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
Well, Nick is Serious (0 playful), so he can definitely be stuffy, though it's coming out more and more in his old(er) age.
Nov. 30th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
I can just imagine the looks and responses he's going to get when they finally do reach the moon.
Nov. 30th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Nick'll be eating crow, and he won't be too happy about it (but he will totally think it's cool that they did put someone on the moon).
Dec. 1st, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
LOL! Oh Nick. The 60s and 70s are going to be so hard on him.
Dec. 1st, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, poor Nick's going to have a tough time of it as he gets older.
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