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!
I am now – when I remember to do so – updating these in a podcast feed (dubbed “Radio Free Steven the Nuclear Man” by Laurence). You can subscribe with this link (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Ideatrash) in your podcatcher or phone.
The astronaut tied to the chair moaned through the gag.
“I know you’re not a man of science, so hopefully you’ll forgive a small lecture.”
The man strained against the plastic ropes, tipping the chair over.
“Sound is transmitted by molecules vibrating against one another. And space is a vacuum. No molecules.”
The man saw the bomb, just out of reach.
“Well, not quite a vacuum. Just very few molecules. They have to move a long way to hit another one.”
The bomb’s timer ticked down to zero.
“So scream loud.”