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by Jacky
Rated: E · Fiction · Contest Entry · #2195794
Flash Fiction
The Mission

Gerald looked up from his screen and turned to Ronny. “You’re missing the point.”

“I programed it exactly the way Captain Harland instructed me to.”

“Ah, now I understand. Unfortunately, you’re new. You’re from Bethmont, right?”

“Yes...”

“Bethmont is a lovely planet, just a tad innocent. If we follow the program Captain Harland told you to set, we will be six hundred krillons away from our intended destination when we come out of suspended animation. We will not be able to fix the situation without landing somewhere and starting over. Unfortunately, we have no alliances in that sector. So, we’d be shot out of the sky as soon as we stopped moving.”

“How can that be!?” Ronny gulped, “He’s the Captain!”

“Well, he is the captain, but his father-in-law is General Arkwar. He was promoted to captain shortly after he married General Arkwar’s daughter, Trista...”

“And you’ve been covering for him all this time?? Why doesn’t anyone complain?”

“You’re sooo naive... Listen, after this mission, our good captain is being reassigned. And, we will still be in General Arkwar’s good graces. With any luck, Captain Harland will have learned a thing or two, and maybe he won’t be so eager that he kills off everyone on his new ship with his ignorance, though, maybe not.”

“How can something this crazy even happen?”

“Well, after we change the program so that we will live through this mission... I’ll tell you the story of how General Arkwar got to be a general...”
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