“Optomism! That’s the watchword you need. Optimism! Seeing the best in everything. Optimism! Do it with a smile!” Bubbly and bouncy, the words were delivered with childlike enthusiasm and a youthful lilt.

“I’m optomistic,” deadpanned Captain Swann. “I’m very optimistic.”

“Well, then, show me! How do you think your voyage is going to end?”

Swann turned to his co-pilot. “Do we really have to go through this?” she said. “All I need is navigational clearance.”

“Well, these beacons were designed to be chatty. And most of them haven’t had a live contact in so long that they’ve started to go a little loopy.”

“Come on, then!” the beacon said over the open channel. “Sing me your optimism song! I want to hear it rattling the timbers of your noble vessel!”

Inspired by the song ‘Oval of Cassini’ by Hiroki Kikuta, released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

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