Written for the Trifecta Writing Challenge. A story about escaping a crippled starship begins after the image.
Genre: Science Fiction/Humor
Emergency Pod Dock
Aaron crouched beside the luxury starship’s last escape pod. It was malfunctioning and the crippled ship’s remaining air was fading fast.
He closed the maintenance door and said, “That should do it.” The lovely Margueritte, who’d assisted him during the last repairs, clapped her hands and kissed him suddenly.
Feelings had built in Margueritte for two days while assisting Aaron’s repairs. She’d been knocked unconscious when the ship was crippled. Her boss, Senator Edwin Harker, had fled the cabin without her. Aaron found her and saved her from a certain death by oxygen deprivation. And now, by repairing the damaged pod, he rescued her again. She no longer saw a skinny geek with uncombed hair. She saw a hero.
Senator Harker, whom they found later, sat up from napping nearby. “Fixed yet?” he said.
“Well done.” He pressed the button under the seal reading, “Emergency ck,” smartly avoiding the one that read, “Emergency Air Lock.” He gestured absently to Margueritte. “Come along. Our escape pod awaits.” To Aaron, he said, “I’ll be sure to recall you fondly in my memoirs.”
“What?” said Margueritte. “We’re all going!”
“It’s a two-person pod. We’ll consume air too quickly before a rescue ship arrives. Let’s go.”
“No!” she glared and took Aaron’s hand. “All of us or none.”
“How quaint. You would choose him over me?”
Angrily, she nodded.
“As you will. He entered and he closed the hatch. He pressed the activate button and disappeared in a hiss of escaping air.
Margueritte spun, “Tell me there’s another pod you can repair!”
“So we’re going to die?”
“No again,” said Aaron. “The labels for the Emergency Air Lock and the Emergency Pod Dock are written on the seals. To fix the seal for the Pod Dock, which houses the escape pod, I borrowed part of the seal from the Air Lock. That’s why the Air Lock reads, Emergency ck.’ ”
“Yes, the pod is still here. The good senator just spaced himself!”
Each week, writers from near and far join to write for the Trifecta Writing Challenge. This week’s prompt is the third definition of the word, “quaint,” which must be used in a story between 33 and 333 words long. The prompt page may be found here: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2014/01/trifecta-week-110.html