A Talk With Nature – Mondays Finish the Story

Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

A Talk With Nature

The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out. It was tense aboard the research sub as it dived 2,000ft into Antarctic waters. The vociferous global-warming skeptic aboard, Vance Stone, kept the naturalist crewmen constantly on edge with his impromptu lectures ridiculing accepted science. Captain Caldwell reminded him often, “Nature will tell us when we’ve pushed it too hard.”

A day later, Nature sent an angry emissary.

After an “emergency blow” the endangered submarine surfaced. Caldwell and Stone looked out from the conning tower. A giant tentacle from a Colossus Squid, Nature’s apparent emissary, snatched Stone up. Holding him tightly, it began pounding his head into the conning tower.

*Wham!*

XO Jimmy Whitley joined Caldwell. “What’s that banging…Ohmigod!”

*Wham!*

Caldwell calmly lit his pipe. “Seems Nature is explaining…”

*Wham!*

“…in no uncertain terms…”

*Wham!*

“…that we’ve pushed it too far….”

*Wham!*

Whitley stared aghast at Calwell’s aplomb. “Shouldn’t we stop this?”

“Eventually,” puffed Caldwell. “The sub might get damaged.”

*Wham!*

______________________________
Author’s Notes:

I didn’t make up the Colossal Squid. It really exists in Nature: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossal_squid
Submarines in peril will blow all their ballast during an Emergency Blow to surface as quickly as possible: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_main_ballast_tank_blow

Each week, talented photographer Barbara W. Beacham offers up an original photo as a flash fiction prompt. She provides the first line. This week we start with, “The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out.” Look here for more stories anwering this week’s prompts: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/mondays-finish-the-story-may-18th-2015/

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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 A Talk With Nature – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. Do you think that Vance Stone believes him now? 😀 LOL! Great story!

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  2. List of X says:

    OMG, not only this squid is real, and up to 45 (or more) feet long, but according to Wikipedia it’s classified as Least Concern. This information definitely gives me the most concern.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I agree. Anything in the sea is worth concern at this point. The acidification of the oceans due to CO2 absorption is impacting pretty much anything living in the sea. The Colossal Squid is awesome, yes? A genuine sea monster!

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  3. The environmentalist in me salutes you! Well done to you and well done to Colossus Squid!!

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    • EagleAye says:

      We need to introduce more of them to angry Colossal Squids. Maybe they can pound something useful into those hard-headed people. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  4. Danny James says:

    We have too many people that do not believe in climate change (global warning) here in FL. Perhaps we need the Colossal Squid to make an appearance in Miami Beach before those clowns accept the fact that heavily populated areas of this state will someone in the near future be under water.

    DJ

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, unfortunately it’s become a political issue rather than a technical issue. Scientists aren’t politicians, they only look at the data and tell us what’s happening. They aren’t any good at slick, deceptive rhetoric. So unfortunately the silver-tongued hucksters in the denier camp are having their way. I just hope you folks in FL don’t get hammered by hurricanes too much.

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  5. babso2you says:

    *Wham* Trying to get a word in here. *Wham* Will I survive this story? *Wham* Love the story Eric….you had both me and my husband…”Wham*…laughing hysterically! *Wham!” Oh, WordMaster you have an amazing sense of humor…*Wham* Be well…. ^..^ *Wham*

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  6. draliman says:

    Ouch. Maybe after this he’ll become a believer. I can imagine all the crew cheering the squid on – anything to stop Stone’s endless lectures 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Maybe, if the squid can get through that thick skull. He’s a got a 50/50 chance. The crew did come out to have a smoke or some tea and observe the “discussion.” For once, someone else was giving the lecture. A crewman mentioned they should declare, “man overboard” but he was overruled. Apparently, Stone isn’t “technically” overboard until he hits the water. So “technically,” they couldn’t do anything until the squid let him go. 😉

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  7. ansumani says:

    Is that an octopus or your alter ego pounding the poor global-warming skeptics?

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  8. rogershipp says:

    Nice job! Enjoyed the read!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. A bit brutal, but hilarious, Eric. Well done with great dialogue. 😀 — Suzanne

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  10. Shey says:

    Wham, ouch! hehehe

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