“Okay, Murray! Let’s bring in the speed-boost panels. Nice and easy now.”

“Hey, boss? We need to talk.”

“What is it, Henderson? Can’t you see I’m busy?”

“Well, I was thinking…”

“Murray! Whaddaya doing!? Don’t line ’em all up like that! You gotta spread ’em out! This is the final course, you know! Let’s at least try to make it a challenge. What do you want, Henderson?”

“I was just concerned that…”

“Oop! Hold on a sec… Murray! What are these item blocks doing so close to the finish line? Push ’em back fifty yards at least. In fact, this whole final stretch could be jazzed up a little. I don’t know! Throw in some more shooting stars. I don’t give a damn about going over budget!”

“About what I was saying…”

“If it’s about that first ramp, Henderson, I double checked and it is up to code. Now why don’t you make yourself useful and grab an item block?”

“What are we doing out here, Boss?”

“Cripes, here we go again. What’s the problem now?”

“You’re serious? We’re building a go-kart track in outer space.”


“The road is made out of light refracted from a prism, Boss! You don’t find all of this a bit weird?”

“What are you gettin’ at, Henderson? This whole construction project has been a career-maker! Now we’re a month from deadline and you’re gettin’ cold feet on me?”

“We’ve been building custom-made racing courses inside of volcanoes and around magma-filled castles for years now. Who’s paying for all this?”

“I’ve learned a long time ago that you don’t ask certain questions, Henderson. Why, when I hired you, you were fillin’ potholes at Baby Park. Now you’re working on the most elaborate construction project in history. They’re sayin’ it’s gonna be the ninth wonder of the world!”

“But it’s still a go-kart course. One that, if not properly navigated, could either hurl a driver into the nothingness of space or incinerate them upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere. Doesn’t that bother you at all?”

“Listen—I won’t pretend to know anything about go-kart racing or space or whatever. All I know is that, at the end of the day, I can say I’ve helped build some of the damned finest exotic tracks in the history of needlessly dangerous racing. Isn’t that worth strapping on a spacesuit for every day?”

“I guess so.”

“That’s the spirit! Well, it looks like I’m due for an air tank switch. I’m gonna head back. Why don’t you and Murray finish drawing smiley faces on everything and call it a night?”

Rainbow In Space at Uneetee