Flash Friday: Ludicrous Speed

Ludicrous speed: the speed at which things don’t make any darn sense at all.

A thin voice crackled: “Thirty tensies for wash and fuel, 45 for micrometeorite repairs to starboard.” The gentleman placed a hundred-tensie note on the polymetallic countertop. “Thank you, sir.”

“Micrometeorites getting bad out extra-Mars, especially sub-c. But… I’m the one who signed up for Freelancer Patrol. Better see a pay increase. Soon.” He sighed and marched to the craft deck.

Scrawny hands counted 25 tensies, but he had departed. “Sir?”

Running ondeck, he winced, shielding his eyes to light-wash of super-c travel, sighed, and returned stationside. “I’m sure he will come back yesterday to pick up his change.” Reviewing yesterday’s ledger, he noted the withdrawal and reconciled the till.

 

FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to invigorate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

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9 thoughts on “Flash Friday: Ludicrous Speed

  1. Awesome. You told a story — and a complete story! — in just this little bit. Love the “classic” sci-fi world you introduced us to here. And great way to make everything wrap up in just that last sentence.

  2. Heh, I figured it was my turn to write a time-travel one, since that’s been the latest fad around here!

    I thought to myself “How do I work time travel into something,” as someone almost forgot her change here at the shop today =)

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