Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WEP - Unraveled Yarn - The Lower Levels

The Lower Levels of Outpost Station #6



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Somewhere out there in the vast darkness and bright stars at the edges of civilized space, the only law is what you can enforce. An abandoned space station can be like an old west town, where the yarn is always unraveling. . .

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(Continued from The Outer Reaches, the first Outpost story )

Noot had just sat down with a  coffee (at least that's what they called it) when he heard a knock on the door. Slowly he got up, putting down the reader he had found from decades prior. A fella can't sit down for a few minutes, oh no. . .

Opening the door, he was surprised to see the pilot that he had found on the lower levels. He appeared slightly agitated. 


"Can I come in?"

"Sure, sure. Why not? You need something?"

"Just talk right now. I was listening to an old short wave radio I found and I heard some talk about raiding this old abandoned station. It didn't seem to be coming from a distance, but closer if not on the station. It seemed to me that they were trying to contact someone here."

"You sure about this? I can't go to the Boss with some cockamamie story."

"Why would I make it up? You can come and listen for yourself, Noot."

"Right. But first, sit down and tell me more. Where is this radio? You sure this isn't some kind of set-up? You show up here, and shortly after, you hear about a raid on this derelict old station. Nobody usually bothers us, most don't even know we are here, and that's the way we like it."

"I swear, Noot, I wouldn't do such a thing. Do you know if there are people on some the lowest levels? I'll do my best to defend any kind of trouble on this place. I was a pilot and I did serve time in the fleet before all my stupid mistakes."

"Hmmm. You were in the fleet, eh? That gives you a bit more credibility. As for the information you heard, we don't honestly know too much about the lowest levels. We are all fugitives from one thing or another and most of us scrounge for what we have."

"Maybe they want to strip the metals, I don't know. Does anyone know about those flyers you discovered, other than the the Boss (look for his name)?"

"A few of us, but all are trusted. This is bad news if it's true. We may have to rig some traps for these attackers, if they exist." He looked pointedly at the pilot. A raised eyebrow was all he got in return.

Noot finished his coffee, and grabbed a jacket. "Let's go, then. I want to hear that message if it comes again."

Noot followed Pilot Mondero down to his rooms. He watched as he connected the wires. The 'radio' as Mondero called it, looked like a bunch of toggles, switches and wires. Noot was intrigued, wondering where all these parts must have come from. 

Static burst out as Mondero fiddled with the tuning until all of a sudden they heard, "We have a team ready to breach the upper levels. Those upper levels won't be ..." static interrupted the rest of the message.

More static came back. . .then the voice continued.

"...Received. Time plan is set. Keep this talk to a minimum. See you at ......."(more static). 

Noot and Mondero looked at each other, both surprised and alarmed. An attack might be imminent. They tried but couldn't pick up the signal again.

"We have to notify Odiwa right away. He'll know what to do. Let's go, Mondero. Sorry for my earlier comments. You may have just saved us from a rude surprise."

(To be continued at another WEP moment.)

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WEP Write, Edit, Publish, a flash challenge

It's time for another WEP challenge - with the support team of Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim adding their imaginings and creativity. Thanks to Denise for being the host. We also want to wish Yolanda, the other host, a swift recovery.

The challenge:
Create an artistic entry using the given prompt: a poem, a flash fiction piece of 1000 words or less, a non-fiction piece detailing your personal experience or someone else's experience, write a script, draw your dreams, or post a photograph or a photo essay. The genre and the artistic choice are yours!


Be sure to check all the other entrants on the WEP participation list! 

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Is an abandoned space station appealing to you? Or a little creepy? Do you think you could survive on one? Do you have scrounging or life skills which might help you?


Please leave a comment to let me know you were here. I'll respond. Thanks for stopping by.

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30 comments:

  1. Wow. I am super impressed at the way you and Olga are able to use successive WEP posts to expand your stories. Colour me awed.
    And anxious for the next challenge.

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    1. It's the characters who make us want to write about them. Thanks for the kind words.

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  2. Hi DG - this just adds to that mystery ... and I'll enjoy next month's post. What is happening down below ... and will Mondero have any bright ideas. How the space ship is surviving is anyone's guess ... lots to consider for your story and question ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I've thought about the logistics which make trading impossible. There is a barter system. More details to come as we go.

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  3. Thanks, DG, for the warm words. I couldn't miss this one, although it was close when the computer crapped out too. :) Feeling better all the time, but taking my time to make this one stick.
    Love this story and look forward to reading more. I think in a similar situation, and no health issues, I'd be a fighter. Always a take charge individual, I'd either be a great leader or someone who pi..es off the others and is done away with because I'd be so gung-ho and determined to survive.

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    1. Great, I'd want you in my corner. A person should always fight for their home, and order is what makes this derelict station workable.

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  4. Creepy and threatening. I definitely want to know more.

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    1. And you shall, Alex. I have other ideas (for stories) about this outpost.

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  5. Excellent continuation. I remember your story from last time. It captured me and I was engaged in what was happening.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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    1. More to come, will try to keep it interesting.

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  6. How intriguing. I must read the next installment to find out what happens next.
    I wonder about the concept of an abandoned space station though. Where do they get food? Do they have a hydroponic section? A huge storage of old food supplies that keep for a long time? New deliveries? Then it's not abandoned.
    Questions. questions...

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    1. No deliveries, as they want to stay off the grid. They do have a food supply area where residents trade work in the garden sector for free room and board.
      A lot of recycling is done with a few machines that were left behind.

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  7. What could be lurking down below may be a surprise, but good that they are now aware. Great addition to the last entry indeed.

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    1. The pilot is going to be a factor in the conflict which is brewing. Knowing the enemy, when the enemy doesn't know you know, can be advantageous.

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  8. Hi D.G. Intriguing for sure. These fugitives live interesting lives. The concept of an abandoned space station is a good hook. We all want to know more,,,please continue next/soon challenge. Lovin' it.

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    1. If the prompt fits, I will. I like these characters, and there are more tales brewing.

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  9. It pleases me no end when the prompts are used for a serialised story! I remember both characters from your earlier flash. The tension is great, glad they are aware of the danger now. Thoroughly intrigued and looking forward to more.

    I'm an ardent admirer of the stars - but firmly from the Earth :) so I'd probably freak out if I suddenly find myself on an abandoned space station. I mean, where would one get a mug of morning coffee for starters? Unless they have some vast stores in the upper levels...

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    1. I will bring out more info in the coming stories, but you notice coffee or a facimile is what Noot was drinking.

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  10. It takes great skill to tell a story this way, using each month's prompt to expand the tale. Great work!

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    1. Thanks, I just thought flash posts would be a good fit for a serial longer story. Some of my earlier WEP post had several parts of a story about the same setting and characters.

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  11. Convenient, those static interruptions! The pilot could still be plotting something.

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    1. Yes, he could, but Noot is a good judge of people. Maybe the pilot will gain trust during the confrontation.

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  12. question:
    where does all the food come from
    that everyone seems to be living on?

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    1. There is a section for this purpose-a gardening level, as importing goods isn't possible except on the black market for a station which has been deregulated.

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  13. An intriguing fast paced sci-fi tale. I wonder what happens next. What will they find?

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    1. Confrontation and a new threat to stability of the station.

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  14. Hi again, D.G. I told you I read every story at least twice but don't always comment twice. I love how people have asked questions about your story. I hope you can answer some. Perhaps they're things you hadn't considered yet? Perhaps you have them under control. Hmm. Yes. The food.

    The next prompt is CHANGE OF HEART. I wonder if you can incorporate your serialised story into it. I hope so.

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    1. Yes, I have considered the basics like food production, energy to run parts of the station and shelter. A lot of equipment and some goods would have been too difficult to transport when the station was deregulated. Those who chose to stay assessed what was left to them. With the next prompt, we will see what develops

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  15. Your idea of serializing using the WEP prompts is great, and it's quite a challenge. Loved reading the questions that others posed, and they saved me having to ask. Thanks for the intriguing tale.

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    1. The questions are great as it allows me to elaborate more.

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