“You used the #filter, right?” Zax asks before taking a sip. “Duh, of course, Dad.” “It #unites with the toxic #element in this planet’s water so we don’t #lose our ability to absorb oxygen and die.” With a heavy sigh, Sarq takes back the cup. ##vss365 #whistpr #vssmagic #flexvss
I’m doing another one of these, a 250-word one. My prompts are: genre – SciFi, action – putting on a wetsuit, word (that must be included) – warning
Hogging the Spotlight
Pete shoved a foot into the wetsuit, almost falling over in his excitement. “The chemical analysis is back, Jez. That pool you found is water. Two years looking for life in this godforsaken galaxy, and I’m going to see it today.”
“Shouldn’t we send down the probe first?”
“Look, I outrank you. You’re just going to have to wait. Maybe I’ll name a species after you.” He pulled the zipper up and shrugged on his SCUBA gear. They could breathe under the portable biodome they’d set up over the site, but underwater was a different story.
“It’s not about that—”
“You’ll get your chance when you’re commander. It’s my day to shine.”
Jez monitored his vitals and watched the video feed from his goggles. Visibility wasn’t great even with his headlamp, and she strained her eyes looking for shapes in the murk. “Pete, what’s that off to your right?”
Suddenly the screen was filled with tiny greenish lights. “Well, look at this. Who’s a cute little bioluminescent life form? That’s right, you are.” He captured one in a sample flask. As he capped it, a warning blared. “They’re getting into the wetsuit,” he said, rubbing at his arms.
“Stay calm,” she said, watching his heart rate with concern.
“They’re going under my skin, Jez. It burns!”
“Turn around and swim back.”
But he just hung there, a green glow in the darkness.
It was sort of pretty in the light. He was right. It was his time to shine.
Lord #Xertz, #finifugal as ever, put off his #abnegation of the crown until the very last moment. The Fringians had already taken aim at the planet and were counting down. “Fat lady finally sang, eh?” said Eridic. “Still an #agelast, I see. That one was funny, old man.” #vss365
“Don’t be such a #groke, Peter.” Helen swallowed. “If you wanted a granola bar, you should have brought your own. We’ve got a #chiliad in the pantry. And get a tissue for that #meldrop.” Peter often wondered if Helen was from a different era, but she would never tell. #vss365
Wendy checked the time. It had been a while. “Station Alpha to #Starship #Epsilon Five, #come in, status report please.” “Uh, yeah, Station Alpha, we might have gotten a bit lost.” Wendy was #nonplussed. “You got lost taking out the trash? That’s quite an #accomplishment.”
whistpr #vss365 #FlexVSS #366FF #BraveWrite
“I said to stand up for yourself and take some #initiative, not start a #revolution!” “Oh.” “But you’ve certainly solved the #problem of low worker pay on this planet with your first decree…Emperor.”
bravewrite #366FF #flexvss
“What kind of #galaxy is this? I’m just passing through Golvar-12 on my way to deliver this cargo. Is all this really necessary?” “This is standard security, sir. I’m not familiar with Terran physiology. Do you not have cavities to search?” #vss365
When the #detective knocked, Po squeezed into a vent to hide. “Something fell from the #sky! Did it come in here?” Sam shook his head. Their inter-#species #friendship would be tested. Was a #schism inevitable? Perhaps, but not today.
whistpr #flexvss #bravewrite #366FF #vss365
Sitting there in the lush grass of the park, the #sun bright in the #blue sky, she felt an #unbreakable #calm wash over her. And then the spaceship began to fire. “Not again,” she muttered, moving her blanket beneath the picnic shelter.
“Time is #resilient, but…” She shifted the first man’s body and wiped her hands on his shirt. “Let’s #pretend nothing happened and just pop back to 2020 and assess the damage. We’ll #lie our asses off to the captain. How bad can it be?”
#366FF #whistpr #flexvss