Friday, July 6, 2012

Toasting The Unexpected


The fuel cells were at 17 percent and failing rapidly. The environmental scrubbers had gone offline sometime during the night. His food and water reserves were long gone. Jaled drank more Salderan brandy, saluting the Universe for its infinite capacity to twist Fate.

As a cosmic volcanologist he'd evaded many fiery, molten deaths. How ironic then the asteroid impact that hammered Tralonkus IV out of its orbit and placed it on the fast track to a perpetual ice age.

With no relief ship near, Jaled's end was certain. His bluing lips offered a final bitter toast to the unexpected.

13 comments:

  1. Depressing, but very well written. I rather like how Jaled faces certain death.

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  2. I like it, myself...but then I'm sort of into the depressing and downbeat tales. Great snippet!

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  3. Great snippet. Situations like this can be the making of a hero... or a tragic popsicle.

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  4. Good snippet! I like the concise descriptions and how they perfectly set the somber mood.

    Is this your first time posting for SFFSat? If so, welcome! If not, please ignore my ramblings.

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  5. It is my first time. Have meant to before but Fri/Sat gets very hectic. Thanks for kind feedback

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  6. No water left, but plenty of brandy?

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  7. I like this very much. Can almost feel the remote, and desperate, predicament his in. Welcome to SFFSat!! Good to have you here!! I'm looking forward to more -- is this a work in progress or a finished book? If finished, where can we get it??

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  8. Neither a WIP or finished product. It is just something I tossed together.

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    1. Urg! So we'll have to wait each week to see 'what happens next'. ;) Such a tease!!

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  9. I like this downbeat snippet. Is all hope lost, though?

    Welcome to SFFSat, Jeffrey. :)

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  10. Hopeless situation. Good thing he has brandy. Oh, and welcome.

    Kind of scary I have so much trouble proving I am not a robot.

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  11. Great details. You really sucked the reader down into the moment. The desperation is clear and so interesting.

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