These things tend to be short pieces that may or may not be the beginning of something else. Originally they were 101 words only. I’m less strict about that now. They dont always finish, I just like to try and evoke a certain feeling or scene.
I’m going to tie them to M’s prompts this month. The prompt was “The explosive egg hunt” which had me thinking about the film alien and all this eggs filled with creatures just ready to burst out and crawl inside you…then there was the idea of the easter egg – the type that gets hidden in games and such. Anyway this is what came of it. Seems my preamble is longer that the piece itself.
Caleb brought the ship out of sub space, her beam engines humming into life as the faster than light drives fired down.
Desi unbuckled protesting “Dad’s going to kill us Cal, we shouldn’t be out here.”
“Oh relax sis” Cal answered “he’ll never know. I just wanted to check.”
Cal tapped the holo screen that appeared before him and initiated a scan of the area. “there must be something out here” he insisted. “It’s meant to be out here somewhere. The old charts in the vault pinpoint it to this sector.”
Desi looked out from the cockpit across the inky blackness of space, stars littered the darkness but nothing more. “Cal there’s nothing here, let’s go home.”
Cal turned to her, frustration etched across his face. “But the charts Desi, why do you think Dad kept them locked away. It’s for a reason surely.”
Desi looked up at the holo screen, it blinked confirming what she already knew.
“Earth isn’t out here Cal, It’s been gone for 8oo years now.”