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Salvage (Friday Fictioneers)

January 2, 2020
Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Random items I’d collected on this voyage lay over instrument panel. I’d investigate what they were when I got home.

Upon reaching Skyworld One those plans went out the portal. If portals opened, if they were real and not digital displays. I brought my ship into dock and saw it. Blast damage. I kind you took from shipboard weaponry… Big ship style guns. Something had happened while I’d been away.

I ran, my boots thudding through corridors, my heartbeat pounding “too late” in my veins. My quarters door ripped open. No wife, no kids, no dog.


They’d found me.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

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Word Count: 100

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  1. A lot of action packed into a few words, Laurie

  2. Oh! How could you DO this to us, leaving us hanging on the edge of a really good story 🙂

  3. No wife, no kids and no dog; what is he complaining about? Seriously I enjoyed the action and the building suspense, a great read.

    • Haha! Thanks James. I’m glad it worked. I wasn’t sure if I was jumping too quickly to the action

  4. Terse, robust writing with clipped sentences gives exactly the right tone to this piece.

  5. bearmkwa permalink

    Oh, what a horror to come home to. Great write!

  6. I hope this is a beginning of an adventure to find his family and not a devastating end.

  7. GHLearner permalink

    Very suspenseful. I love how you manage to describe so many details in that harassed, breathless voice. And they still have dogs. I love that, too. 🙂

  8. That was rather mean of you… excellent job on the suspense!

  9. Dear Laurie,

    Tight and tense. Well done.



    PS I think this might be a typo…”I kind you took from shipboard weaponry”

  10. I hope the hero finds his family! Edge-of-the-seat anticipation!

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