Critical Infrastructure

Photo by: Matthew WRight

The spidery alien war machine smashed through downtown. Its feet crushed cars. Its force-beam collapsed buildings and devastated the battle-tanks of the Human defenders. Suddenly, Humans withdrew from the area.

In the command center, General Nash prepared his team to launch a Thunderbolt missile. The heavyweight hyper-sonic weapon hurtled at an astounding velocity of Mach 14 before striking its target. The weapon unleashed kinetic energies equivalent to a tactical nuke, without the radiation. It could easily destroy the alien machine. Unfortunately, it could also destroy critical city infrastructure. Lieutenant Givens scanned maps to insure nothing vital would be destroyed.

“I see a hospital in the blast radius, sir,” said Givens.

“Army field hospitals can take up the slack,” said General Nash.

“There’s an orphanage here.”

“Is it evacuated?”

“Yes, sir.”

“We’ll build another one,” said Nash.

“There’s a Walmart and a McDonalds there.”

“To hell with them!” roared Nash. “Launch the Thunderbolt!”

“Wait sir!” called Givens. “Cavendish’s Ale House is one block from the alien!”

Nash glared at the young officer. “Are you having me on, Lieutenant?”

Givens looked back sheepishly. “Their Ale and their Fish & Chips are really quite extraordinary.”

General Nash turned away, growling, “Critical Infrastructure discovered! Cancel the attack!”
Author’s Notes:

Several countries, including China apparently, are already developing hyper-sonic missiles:

Written for Matthew Wright’s Mega Short-Story writing challenge. Look here for the original prompt:

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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10 Responses to Critical Infrastructure

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Ha ha — yes, you have to have the right priorities when assessing potential infrastructure damage!

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  2. This is brilliant! As we say in NZ, it puts a smile on the dial! (I don’t know where that one came from but I suspect Australia…). The actual sculpture is a huge thing. It was there for several years before I noticed it was detailed even down to having a glowing amber light in the camera lens. I keep thinking one day it will start walking…

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  3. Lyn says:

    Thank goodness for young Givens! Destroying a decent ale and fish and chips establishment would be unforgivable. They need to lure that tripod away to make sure it doesn’t inadvertently destroy Cavendish’s 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      I completely agree! A good place for ale and fish & chips is precious! It needs to be guarded carefully. Eventually, they did lure the alien machine away and destroyed it with a a thunderbolt. Then the command team settled in for some pints at Cavendish’s. 😉

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  4. List of X says:

    Okay, plan B: lure the aliens into McDonald’s and feed them for free until they die of a heart attack.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh, for the love of ale…
    A very interesting story you have here! Thanks for sharing!

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