Tim was very excited about his new mission. Both his best friend, Mike, and he had been chosen to colonize a new planet.
The training had been exhausting. There had been all kinds of tests and they had learnt lots of new stuff. There had also been meetings with the President and his Cabinet.
And now the day had come…
‘It’s finally happening,’ Tim said.
Mike smiled at him and didn’t answer. Mike didn’t talk much.
They were due to leave a six thirty and the whole country would be watching on television.
Tim had been polishing his suit for the last hour. He didn’t know what else to do to make time go past more quickly.
Mike simply sat on a chair and looked at his friend. He just didn’t get what all the fuss was about.
At five, a presidential car came to pick them up. Tim and Mike got on the car and the chauffeur drove them to the launching pad.
There were crowds waiting for them. They cheered them on as they walked past. Tim waved happily, but Mike just looked down.
‘Are you embarrassed, Mike?’ his friend asked. ‘You should be proud of yourself. We are about to embark on a great mission. We will go down in history as the colonizers of planet Bimbo.’
Mike just kept on walking. They finally reached their spaceship and boarded it.
‘Here I come, Bimbo!’ Tim shouted.
Just then a voice from behind him said, ‘Time for lunch, Tim!’
Little Tim wanted to play more, but he didn’t want to disobey his mum so he got out of his cardboard spaceship, picked up his teddy and walked towards the house.
‘Have you had fun? Were you playing spaceships again? Oh, look! See how dirty you’ve made Mike,’ his mum said looking at the little bear.