SF Drabble #312 "Behind The Music"

It wasn’t like the posters.

They wanted heroes, squeaky-clean role-model types, and we weren’t that at all. Old man Miura — who they took at least twenty years off of in all the pictures — had been a hard-drinking ladies man in his day, and was now an even harder-drinking dirty old man who groped the female crew and then later, after sobering up, cried while apologizing.

Matt Cole didn’t die in any accident, he went off his rocker and took a walk out an airlock without a suit. That got covered right up.

But we walked on Mars, dammit.

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