Friday Fictioneers: Titch’s Space Mission

Copyright - Marie Gail Stratford

He had spent months constructing a space-ship console in the kitchen. Each morning, when Ma lay sprawled on the sofa in the next room not recovering from a hangover, Titch reconfigured his glass control levers, filling with empties the slots vacated the night before. Despite Ma never feeding him, he would make a fine astronaut.

Already an expert in drawing up blackcurrant juice from cartons with a syringe, one day soon — probably Sunday — Titch planned to fuel his space-ship from the vein in Ma’s arm, sure she would have enough alcohol in her blood to launch it way beyond the sun.


Image courtesy of Marie Gail Stratford
Friday Fictioneers — 100 word stories 

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

34 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Titch’s Space Mission”

  1. Dear Sarah,

    At least Titch has an imagination to transport him from the pain he must actually be feeling. Great story with much written between the lines. Brava!




    1. Dear Rochelle, thank you.

      Yes, I remember so well how my imagination helped me survive difficult situations as a child. It especially helped me through boarding school, which I totally hated.

      There is a minus side to having too vivid an imagination as a child, too. And that is you can often imagine the absolute worst and half terrify yourself to death!

      All best wishes,


  2. Dear Sarah,

    This great story of yours reminds me of the time I woke from a nap to find the kitchen full of smoke and my toddler son standing on a chair by the stove ‘cooking’ macaroni and cheese without water. I hope Titch’s spaceship flies. Well done.




    1. Dear Doug,

      I’m so glad your toddler son didn’t burn the house down with both of you inside it. Funny you should mention macaroni; my daughter once made macaroni cheese in a cookery class at school. When she brought it home and decided to heat it up for supper, she left the plastic top on the glass dish, so we had what looked like a plastic-cheese lunar landscape come out of the oven.

      All the best,


  3. I don’t know why but Titch’s story makes me think it would make a quirky Buzz Lightyear Origins story – how Buzz came to be who he is, where he came from and why he wants to travel to infinity and beyond.


      1. I did see that post – it was quite sad. I think I have just had enough trying to write for a market. I enjoy writing so I am going to do that for a while.


      2. I’m not ready to give up yet and am going to tell myself it’s just a case of a trend-setting writer finding a literary agent who shares her vision. Onwards, I say …

        Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I’m working on the other project we’ve discussed.

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    1. Dear LHN
      Thank you, kindly 🙂 Yes, I certainly have daydreamed my way through bad situations and, at a certain point in my life, decided to start committing those daydreams to paper rather than losing them to the stratosphere.

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      1. So sorry for not replying to your comment, but it had gone into my spam folder and I’ve only just found it. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about Titch’s and his fantastical imagination 🙂

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  4. On the surface a light-hearted little tale but with a serious bleakness at its heart, which certainly isn’t an easy balancing act to pull off. I thought you handled it very deftly.


    1. Thank you, Blake, for your kind words.

      Thinking of what you’re saying about surface light-heartedness with underlying bleakness, I’ve noticed that a lot of famous comedians suffer from depression in their everyday lives.

      As for Titch, I think maybe there are lots of brave little children like him in this world, who have found a way to deal with the most appalling circumstances in the most imaginative ways.


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