A “Walk the Plank” Adventure!
You know me, I’m a glutton for a Flash Fiction challenge. It doesn’t even have to be a competition with prizes. Just throw down the gauntlet and my writerly glands start to salivate. So, when I saw that the YA Buccaneers team had challenged their readers to write an “adventure-themed” piece of flash fiction, I couldn’t resist. Besides, look at the challenge rules:
- The piece must be on the month’s theme (which this month is “Adventure”)
- It must be 200 words or fewer
- It must begin with the specified prompt words (included in the word count). This month’s words are “I set sail…”
- It must end with a specified set of words. This month’s words are “my adventure continues.”
AND… there are bonus points for hitting 200 words EXACTLY! How can I resist…?
I set sail at 2 a.m. with the smell of blood fresh in my nostrils. To Captain Benn and the crew of The Ominous, the haul was worth it. But I’d had enough. No amount of money is worth the murder of innocent people. I wanted out. But no-one who quits this life moves on to another. Captain Benn sees to that.
I’ve never felt so alone, surrounded by darkness, only the hum of the engine keeping me company. The Ominous is silhouetted against a distant star in my rear view, too far away to notice me—I hope.
I see a flashing yellow light to my left. I punch up the rear view. There are now five black dots near The Ominous, growing larger by the second. I panic. This is my first time flying an escape pod, and I can’t see the hyperdrive button. If there isn’t a hyperdrive, I’m dead.
I punch buttons, some labeled, some not. Screens flash, things pop out, but my eyes are on the monitor. The black dots slowly morph into assault ships. Heading for me. The sweat starts to pour. I thought I’d done with excitement, but it seems my adventure continues…
The challenge is open until the end of the month. Check out the YA Buccaneers blog to join in, and to read other stories!