As always, this is based around Laurence Simon’s weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. It’s a great exercise for writers – writing a good drabble is a lot harder than it appears, but is still a “small” task so you can get around that idea of it being too much work. And then you get a random (and often bizarre) writing prompt to shoehorn you out of writer’s block! Go read the rules for the Weekly Challenge and participate! Heck, Chris the Nuclear Kid does when he remembers to (and I can drag him away from video games)!
And yes, that pic is from MOTHERF’IN WIL WHEATON’S FLICKR. ::geekasm::
Plasma splashes against the ship’s hull; comm-carried screams dissolve into malfunctioning static. Sheila’s synthesized voice holds no emotion. “Shields have failed. Structural damage to port engine pylons.”
The rest of the crew looks back at me. My lieutenant’s bars never felt so heavy. “Jenkins,” I ask, “have you raised the captain?”
Jenkins looks at me. “The away team are not responding.”
“Enemy ship approaching attack range,” Sheila says.
Damn the captain for taking the whole bridge crew with him. Again. I feel sick.
“Get us out of here,” I say, and the ship falls into the wormhole between the stars.