Here I am, about to become the first man to set foot on a planet in a different solar system from our own. After twenty years of suspended animation and several months’ rehabilitation, I have landed on Alpha Centauri’s only terrestrial satellite.
With cameras rolling, audio recording and my momentous speech prepared, I pause on the last rung and take a deep breath.
I step off.
“That’s one small step for–”
“Excuse me, sir,” a disembodied voice interrupts. “Is your journey really necessary?”
My entry in the April 2020 75 Word Story Challenge at SFFChronicles
Theme: VISIT TO ANOTHER WORLD
Genre: SPECULATIVE FICTION