2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge – 26 April. V is for Venice

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“Venice. Are you sure?”

My assistant glances at her clipboard, and her glasses slide down her nose. She pushes them up, squints at the paperwork. “That’s what it says.”

I regard the passenger waiting to get on the aircraft. Eight feet tall,  green skinned, four arms, each one tipped with a sharp claw. It smiles at me. Or, I assume it’s a smile. Difficult to say these days now the Interplanetary Spaceport has opened. You get all sorts through here.

I catch its eye, just the one. Address it directly. “Venice.  You want to go to Venice?”

It nods. “Yesss.”

I move sharply sideways trying to miss the slobber. I don’t miss the wistfulness in its voice.

“Yesss. Home. Venus.”

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