the Goat Goes Into Space
Once upon a time there was a Pony named Bob, a Goat named
Casper and a Duck named Edgar. They were best friends and always did everything
They went to school together; played soccer together, went camping
together, and went to each other's houses for dinner and sleepovers. They were
One day they were playing in the park when Duck said
"shall we go fishing in the big green lake this weekend?"
"Yippee!" said Pony excitedly.
But Goat shook his head. "Sorry guys," he
explained, "this weekend I'm going on a rocket to the moon. It's something
I've always wanted to do and I've been saving my pennies in a big jar in my
bedroom. Finally I have enough so I'm going to realize my dream."
"Goat. Please don't go." pleaded Pony.
"Rockets are still very dangerous. They sometimes break down in
"Yes", said Duck, "and I've heard the moon
isn't very interesting anyway. Just a load of dusty old rock. It'll be much
more fun fishing with us."
But Goat wouldn't be dissuaded.
Weekend came and Duck and Pony set off for their fishing
trip, and Goat made his way excitedly to the rocketport.
Goat had to have a medical and then he had to listen to an
hour's safety lecture. As the safety officer explained about the emergency
procedures Goat's excitement began to give way to nerves.
When he finally
stepped out of the lift and into the rocket he was terrified. He wanted to turn
round and run back to his home. But what would Pony and Duck say.
He closed his eyes and tried to tell himself that the rocket
was his dream.
He said a little prayer as the rocket took off.
He was pushed
back in his seat by the power of the engines. After a little while the rocket
seemed to be just floating in space, although it was really traveling very fast
When the lady brought round dinner Goat refused. He was still
After a couple of hours the rocket's engines stopped.
"We apologize for the delay due to a slight technical
problem." said the driver.
Goat remembered Pony's warning, and he remembered reading
about the rocket that broke down and was left forever to drift through space.
But a few minutes later the engines restarted and they were
on their way again.
The rest of the journey passed without problem and the driver
landed the rocket right next to the entrance to the Hotel Moon.
Goat was shown to his room. Most of the guests went to the
restaurant or bar, or up to the observation room at the top of the hotel. But
Goat just sat in his room and cried, feeling very homesick and very alone.
That night Goat couldn't sleep at all. He was worried about
the rocket breaking down on the way home.
At around 4am he got out of bed to get a glass of water. He
looked out of the window and saw the most beautiful, incredible, amazing sight.
It was planet earth glowing like a big blue ball in the dark sky.
of his friends, smaller than little dots on the surface of that wonderful ball.
And he realized how wonderful his planet and the entire universe really was.
He got dressed and took the lift to the hotel observation
room. Already there was an old rooster. "Amazing, isn't it." he said.
"It sure is." replied Goat, realizing that his
dream had been a good one all along.
Next day Goat got up bright and early, ate a huge breakfast,
borrowed a space suit and went for a long walk exploring the mountains and
craters of the moon.
He thought how long this had been here without anyone
touching, or even seeing it. And he felt very small as he looked at the
vastness of space around him, but he felt very important and privileged too to
be a part of all this.
He went back to the hotel in time for lunch and joined the
rooster on a bus tour in the afternoon.
They returned in time for a truly delicious dinner of
moon-fish and chips.
Goat felt sad when the rocket driver announced it would soon
be time to leave. It had taken him a long time to save up for this trip and
maybe he could never come back. But he felt happy that he had been here and
seen everything he'd seen.
The journey back was a smooth one and when they got to the
rocketport he was delighted to find Pony and Duck waiting to greet him.
"We're so pleased you got back safely." they said.
"No problem." said Goat, "It was
After that the Pony, the Goat and the Duck remained friends,
but not as close as before. Pony still works in the pony ring, Duck still
drives a bus. But Goat quit his job at the Petting Zoo to become a airplane pilot.
And sometimes he still goes fishing with his old friends.