Flash Fiction #21







Make It So Number One

The gigantic explosion we were anticipating has occurred. The wave-front is expanding rapidly, and should reach here in one minute and forty-seven seconds.  We need to get the warp engine of this thing up and running, or we’re all doomed.

Pull the yellow di-lithium crystals out of the matrix, and replace them with the red di-lithium crystals.

George, have you found those damned fuses? The football game is over, and the stadium is emptying.  People are streaming down the street.  If we don’t get the lights on and the beer pumps running soon, it’s going to be a wasted evening!


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site, and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.


25 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #21

  1. draliman says:

    A similar idea to mine this week – someone with a big imagination while he’s supposed to be doing something else!
    As soon as I read the title, I could hear Patrick Stewart’s voice in my head 🙂


    • Archon's Den says:

      I considered “Scotty, I Need More Power,” but it was too plot-revealing. I let Sulu/George (Takei) find the fuses, but had Jean-Luc’s mellifluent voice order them installed. 😆


  2. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Archon,

    I supported your comment re Zombie stories on someone’s earlier story. Well said.

    And your story was a gem. I love the swapping of the di-lithium crystals and then the sudden shift to the real world as your Walter Mitty tends to the electrical problem. Very deft touch.




    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx for the head-pat, Doug. I noticed that I wasn’t the only one who’d had more than enough of zombies. I just simultaneously read a cheap sci-fi/men’s action, and a serious Sci-Fi, and zombies were the basis for both. Imitation is the most sincere form of….plot plagiarism. 😦


  3. Dear Archon,

    Walter Mitty meets Star Trek meets football jocks? Loved this take more than I can say. I needed a good laugh and you’ve provided it. Thank you.




  4. Swoosieque says:

    Hahaha, I didn’t see that coming!


  5. Sightsnbytes says:

    Of course I love anything Star Trek related…


  6. BrainRants says:

    Anything with a Star Trek reference is a total win.


  7. margirene says:

    Have you heard of the old Aussie country song ‘Pub with no beer’? Your story is much more imaginative, however, you might like to have a listen and a little chuckle.



  8. MissTiffany says:

    Definitely read with Patrick Stewart in mind, as I’m sure you intended. I like this clever sci-fi take on the prompt! Well done.


  9. I haven’t seen the comment, but zombies have definitely been overdone and not just here. You might enjoy my Oddball Photo, posted today just as I enjoyed the story.



  10. Very fun. I was all over a Star Trek theme then bada-bing bada-boom, reality check. Nicely done.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Star Trek seems to create a schism…either you love it – or hate it. At least no-one here has had any nasty words about it. If Captain Picard had coat-tails, I’d ride on them, but any compliment is gratefully accepted. 😀


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