Friday Fictioneers: Occupational Hazards

This is my entry for this week’s Friday Fictioneers Challenge run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s picture prompt was provided by Douglas M. MacIlroy. The challenge is to write a story within 100 words.


PHOTO PROMPT – © Douglas M. MacIlroy

Occupational Hazards

“Situation report, SR1.”

“Data collected, Sir,” Lena responded. “Returning to base.”

“Affirmative. Beware storm from northeast.”

Lena quickly calculated her best course. It wasn’t a long trip, especially along the ridge-top path but, although her flit was designed for the icy planet, it would be unable to make headway against the driving winds. The southern path would be a safer choice.

The avalanche took her completely by surprise.

“Damn it!” Lena cursed as the simulation ended. Three times now she’d died. Maybe she should face facts. She’d never be good enough to join the expedition.

But, perhaps one more try…

Word Count: 100

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54 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Occupational Hazards

  1. Sounds to me that Lena was prepping for an off-planet job. I am a super Sci-Fi fan and I want more about Lena. Please! Can we have a 500-word expansive story? Even in 2-3 parts? Take us to the 5th planet in a giant sun 16-light years from Earth. I know you can do it; stretch a bit. OK?

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  2. Yes, you listen to Ad Dawg. You have to! This is a great start to a SF novel. I know there are no fairies in it, but this is excellent – I know a good SF story when I read one – even if it’s only the first 100 words 🙂

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    • I need to learn to write flash fics that tell the whole story in the word limit! At the rate I’m going I’ll have fifty or so works-in-progress by the summer. I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’ll see what I can do about continuing it. 🙂

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  3. Poor Lena, she must be getting frustrated. Maybe she’ll scrape through, or she’ll fail but still be put on the expedition thanks to a mysterious benefactor with ulterior motives (dum dum DUM) 🙂
    Great story!

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