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)!
I am now – when I remember to do so – updating these in a podcast feed. You can subscribe with this link (http://bit.ly/stevereads) in your podcatcher or phone, or swing by http://bit.ly/stevesdrabbles.
The mecha’s cockpit slides closed. My comrades stand three abreast of me, our craft hissing as the boilers reach operating temperature. Through the viewport, the XO signals us by semaphore. The English are at the far end of the valley. We are to strengthen our artillery and men emplaced upon the ridge. Our mecha will deny the British this valley; their only logical move will be into the path of our reinforcements.
I move my hands, shifting the mecha’s in a giant salute before my squad moves to the ridgetop.
Surely the English will not enter our deadly embrace.