Contest is concluded.
The rules of this challenge were:
Somerwhere in the story someone has to say "I need a beer."
That's it, however the following 'goodies' would be welcome in the story.
A pare of silly shoes.
A black kitten.
Someone trying to pop microwave popcorn in the reactor room.
Sparks gets loopy wile on duty.
A pare of fuzzy dice.
A rubber spider.
(As of April 19 2020 one of the entries was removed at the request of the author.) And the winner is:A Mission to Remember by Sue Kite *posted 14 Oct. 2008