Happy 4th of July to my US readers (and condolences to my British readers).
In case you’re not familiar with 101 fiction: a 100 word story with a one word title is required. This particular issue also required that the word “red” appear in the story. Here is the original version I submitted to the site:
Welcome to Last Ditch Station. That display? Stupid thing has said “ALL CONDITIONS : RED” since I got here. The smell? Cooking and body odors of seven different species. Food court is down that hall – you’ll have to eat standing up, no room for tables and chairs. Watch your step, sweeper bot broke down last month. OK, here we are at your sleeping cubicle. Was built for two, but you’ll share it with five. Final advice: everyone here loves to spread rumors – don’t listen, especially when they say the Reptilons are laying eggs. Reptilons rarely lay eggs. Very rarely. Almost never.
The editor at 101 fiction felt that the ending was weak, and made some modifications. Here is a link to the modified version published at 101 fiction.
Let me know which version you prefer by voting in my poll, and if you’d like, leave a comment letting me know why you prefer that version. I appreciate the feedback.