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.
XO Jimmy Whitley joined Caldwell. “What’s that banging…Ohmigod!”
Caldwell calmly lit his pipe. “Seems Nature is explaining…”
“…in no uncertain terms…”
“…that we’ve pushed it too far….”
Whitley stared aghast at Calwell’s aplomb. “Shouldn’t we stop this?”
“Eventually,” puffed Caldwell. “The sub might get damaged.”
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/