Emergency Pod Dock – Trifecta

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.

“Yes!”

“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!”

“Sorry, no.”

“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.’ ”

“Oh my.”

“Yes, the pod is still here. The good senator just spaced himself!”
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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

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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25 Responses to Emergency Pod Dock – Trifecta

  1. obeseelephant says:

    I laughed. Great twist ending!

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  2. J. Milburn says:

    Ha! If only other senators would be so generous as to space themselves 😉 Great story!

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  3. Lyn says:

    Oh I do love an ending that is happy and has a touch of poetic justice with it 🙂

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  4. Ha ha ha and your audience cheers “hoorah!” I also love the phrase to space yourself, I might start using it somehow. Nice write! Thanks for sharing!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yay! Love to hear the cheers. Feel free to use the phrase. “To be spaced” is the widely understood fate of pirates and other miscreants in Scifi. It seemed apropos that the Senator would do it to himself. Thank you so much, and thanks for commenting.

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  5. nadig7 says:

    This is so cool 🙂 LOved reading it!!

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  6. steph says:

    Funny… and all of us here in the U.S. are imagining 535 reps and senators spacing themselves. Hip Hip Hooray for that image. Nicely written.

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  7. jannatwrites says:

    Love the ending. Of course you probably guessed that readers wouldn’t feel much sympathy toward a ‘spaced’ Senator, right? 😛

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    • EagleAye says:

      Uh, yeah, I didn’t think too many tears would be shed for the good senator. Glad you enjoyed the ending. It left me with a satisfied feeling. 😉 Thanks for stopping in!

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  8. Lala Rukh says:

    Lol spaced himself ? Okay 😀 Great twist ! Loved the story.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Just in case you’re unsure of the term. A terrible death in space would be if someone is placed into an airlock and ejected into space without a spacesuit. This is called “Spacing.” Very happy to hear you loved the story. I love hearing that. Thanks so much!

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  9. Indira says:

    You made me very happy with that nice ending. lol, what a phrase senator just spaced himself!’
    Air lock and pod dock so confused me, had to read it twice.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Glad you liked the ending. I thought there might be confusion, so I tried hard to keep it clear. In short, the labels got switched. One should only exit the airlock in a space suit because you will enter space directly. The other, Pod Dock, houses an escape pod which allows you to enter space in a tiny space craft, without the need for a spacesuit. I expect you’ve already worked that out, but I just add this for clarity. I would’ve added more details, but I was running out of words. Still, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the ending. Thanks so much for another pleasant visit from you!

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  10. Aaaah! Nothing like political humour well-told! Way to go, sir! 🙂

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  11. Draug419 says:

    Gotta love the good guys get the good ending kind of stories.

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  12. Suzanne says:

    Awesome ending! I love when jerk politicians get their comeuppance. 🙂

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