Friday, April 19, 2013

Seating Rearrangements

Janx fidgeted nervously as he received confirmation the Council vessel had arrived in orbit. Once they’d retrieved their two inquisitors perhaps he could get back to his real work on this accursed world.

As a final demonstration of his proficiency, he’d requested to personally translocate the Review Committee from their ship to the small club he’d booked for the night.

He’d barely begun the not-inconsiderable task of materializing 15 separate individuals when things went very badly awry. A foolish native server dropped his burden of glassware with a resounding crash. 

Startled in mid-transit, Janx was disoriented by a blinding flash of light. Regaining his composure, he immediately noticed two very disturbing things. There were no Councilors present and all of the dining room chairs appeared to be…elsewhere.

With a decidedly vacant expression, he slumped to the floor knowing, once again, this would somehow be twisted to make it his fault.

This story was written for the weekly Visual Dare flash fiction prompt: vacant. As a personal challenge, I have been stringing the prompts from week to week into an ongoing story. This marks the sixth such and previous installments may be found here


  1. I like the last sentence

    "This marks the sixth such and previous installments may be found "

    Did you intend to add a link or are we to assume Janx has been up to his tricks and moved the last bit of the sentence....elsewhere! hehehe

  2. Entertaining story for the prompt. Hijinx in outerspace ;-)

  3. I enjoyed the sense of Janx's desperation and the unease conveyed by '...appeared to be…elsewhere.'

  4. You are always so efficient in setting the milieu and atmosphere of your stories. And, I love that last sentence from the "decidedly vacant expression" to the twist that will make it his fault.

    Really well done, Jeffrey :))

  5. Poor Janx!! I'm loving all his misadventures; it seems he's always walking into the situation at the most deliciously tragic moment possible. :)