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Week 6 Lab Microfiction: The Astronaut and the Bombs

6 Word Story: "Where's my tether?" said the astronaut.

25 Word Story: When he left the city, he wasn't the same man anymore. Actually...nobody still alive was the same anymore. Atomic radiation can change a person. 

Author's Note: Wow, six-word stories are hard. I looked up some examples and was blown away by the creativity that people displayed in their six-word versions. However, I actually think that reading some examples made it harder to come up with a novel idea. Also, given the themes of my last microfiction, I really wanted to avoid anything depressing sounding. Which, unfortunately, is what many microfictions center around. If I had to give some inspiration for this story, I guess I'd credit the movie Gravity just for the whole drifting away in space idea. The 25-word story was a little more fun and easy to write given the latitude I had. I wanted to try and build the story backward, suggesting an ending and then letting the reader imagine the events…
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