There once was an Astronaut who had a pet rabbit called Lilly. Now, this astronaut happened to be absolutely petrified of space but Lilly was absolutely obsessed about it! The astronaut had a mission to the Moon on Monday and he had been fretting all weekend and didn’t know what to do about his phobia of space! Whilst he was reading his morning Sunday paper, there was some BREAKING NEWS! Scientists had just discovered that the moon was actually made out of Camembert cheese! The astronaut’s favourite! So, the astronaut jumped out of bed on Monday morning and raced to work in his excitement to be the first person to ever taste the newly famous Moon Camembert!
The astronaut blasted the rocket into space, zoomed through the atmosphere and left Earth behind. “Oh No!” he cried, the rocket didn’t have any fuel left in it after take off! So, the astronaut was floating around in space without any help, what was he going to do?! As the rocket drifted weightlessly and aimlessly around, it started to float into the Gloomy Nebula, a very, very cold place. The Astronaut started to shiver and everything inside the rocket started to freeze over. It was getting to sub zero temperatures until the Astronaut suddenly remembered that he had solar panels that could generate power from the rays of the Sun. He quickly activated the panels and the rocket was back into action, it automatically started flying towards the Sun to get more power. “Lilly!” the Astronaut suddenly shouted as his pet rabbit hopped out of a small cupboard under the navigation screen. Lilly had been with the Astronaut the whole time, she must have stowed away in the rocket and she has nibbled her way through all the wires. No electrics to steer the rocket anywhere and now things were getting far too hot! Buttons, switches and screens started to melt the closer and closer they travelled towards the Sun! He tried to change direction but the solar panels were on automatic reload and kept flying nearer the Sun! CRASH! A comet just hit the side of the rocket, hurtling it towards Venus and crash landing on the surface. The Astronaut and Lilly rubbed their heads after the bumpy landing and put their space suits on to be able to explore Venus. They were getting a little peckish and decided to have a picnic on their unusual day out. Just as they were about to tuck into their cheese sandwiches a strong gust of wind picked up and blew their whole picnic up in the air and to the other side of Venus! They were not having a good day at all, so the Astronaut called the Space AA of course to help them tow their rocket back to Earth. They were greeted by Zappi the robodog, the helpful AA repair dog. Whilst, they told him all about their journey and sipped on hot chocolate, Zappi thought something was unusual, he asked them when they left Earth. “Well today of course, Monday 14th September 2014” said the Astronaut. “2014?!” barked Zappi, unknowingly to the Astronaut and Lilly they had travelled through a black hole and were now in the year of 2214. They had travelled 200 hundred years in to the future! And Lilly was the only Rabbit left in the world! Zappi took them back to Canterbury so the Astronaut could see if his home had changed at all. Now we can’t let you know how things are different in the future in Canterbury as that would be a terrible spoiler. But we can reveal that the Astronaut’s house had been turned into a cloning station for all land and sea creatures. All sorts of animals were going out and in and out of his house, the Amur Leopard, the White Rhino, the Red Tail Shark! It must have been created to save species from becoming extinct or even endangered. Before he knew it, Lilly had hopped into the cloning machine herself and rabbit after rabbit starting popping out of it. She had pressed a few buttons with her little nose before going in and she had tapped in 6 billion! Canterbury was now going to be the new home to the only 6 billion rabbits in the world! How will the Astronaut be able to tell who the original Lilly is?! I guess that’s another story waiting to be told in another town, city, or festival gathering near you!