Aphelion Issue 278, Volume 26
November 2022
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
Dan's Promo Page

Mare Inebrium

by Dan L. Hollifield

To the tune of "Lola" by the Kinks

I took a late flight out to old Bethdish
'Cause I'd made a big sale and I got really rich.
Man, I was loaded, L-O-A-D--Loaded.
I caught a hover-cab in the City of Lights,
then it leapt in the air and to-wards downtown
it gently floated,
F-L-Oa-T--Floated, F-L-Oa-T--Floated -- Floated.

I asked the cabbie, Bert, for the name of a bar
where I could have a few drinks an' party real hard,
'cause I was lonely, L-O-N-E--Lonely.
He said "I know just the place that you need to go,
It's a multi-species bar for those in the know,
The Mare Inebrium, Ma-Ma-Mare Inebrium -- Inebrium!"

We drank and sang and danced all night,
Under the fusion candlelight.
With Max mixing drinks - he put 'em in my hand-
He said "Here Sir, this'll make you feel grand!"

Well, I'm not the world's most intelligent guy,
so when I took a big gulp it nearly straightened my spine,
Krupnik - K-R-U-P--Krupnik, K-R-U-P--Krupnik,

I sat my glass on the bar,
I got up from my chair,
I felt my ass hit the floor,
I climbed back to my knees,
then I looked at m'drink and it looked at me...

And that's just the way I wanted to stay
And I knew right then that I'd be back someday,
To Mare Inebrium,
Ma-Ma-Mare Inebrium.

Space will be time and time will be space,
its a mixed up muddled up shook up place,
out there on Bethdish,

Hey I'd left my office just a week before,
and I'd never ever had that liquor before.
Well, Blanche took my hand and helped me to my feet,
Said "Pretty boy, let me show you a seat."

Well I'm not the world's most intelligent man
but I know I'll be back just as soon as I can
to Mare Inebrium,
Inebrium -- Ma-Ma-Mare Inebrium, Ma-Ma-Mare Inebrium,
Inebrium -- Ma-Ma-Mare Inebrium, Ma-Ma-Mare Inebrium!

© 1978,1997 Dan L. Hollifield

Dan Hollifield (Aphelion's Editor, by the way) was born in 1957 at almost the same minute that Sputnik II was launched. This seems to have warped his point of view in the fact that he has always been rather a nut on the subject of spaceflight. He lives in Athens, Ga. USA. More biographical info can be found at The Mare Inebrium website- if you need that sort of thing.

If you like this story and you wish to tell me so you can e-mail me by clicking here. And thanks for visiting Aphelion!

Find more by Dan Hollifield in the Author Index.

Comment on this story in the Aphelion Forum

Return to Aphelion's Index page.