This post is written for Mondays Finish the Story where we are given the first line and then asked to finish the story in 100 – 150 words. My story follows the picture prompt. For other stories just click on the blue frog at the end of this post.
On March 9th, 2015, three objects were reportedly seen in the skies over the Borracho Todos los Tiempos Vineyards.
Staff Sargent Vince Amotto was rigid at his console at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale Arizona. Sitting beside Vince, were two fellow officers, Sargent Bill Wilson, and Sargent Roger Smith or “Dr. Bob” to his comrades.
All were Predator Drone pilots. The Predator Drone, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), was capable of flying over six hundred and fifty miles, loitering overhead for fourteen hours and then returning to base. The Predator, flying at 25,000 feet, was invisible from below.
Sitting at his desk Vince was capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not. The local wine growers were at war with the government over the production quota imposed upon them.
Tonight their mission was to seek and destroy a major wine-producing company and its current crop of grapes. This mission was a critical part of the current administrations war on wine.
Locking on his target Vince called over his mike, “No wine before it’s time,” and released his missile.
Written for Mondays Finish The Story. This is a flash fiction challenge where we are provided with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. Our challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided.
Finish the story begins with: “Racing down into the atmosphere, the unidentified object crashed, leaving behind one heck of a huge crater and a plume of smoke that could be seen from miles around.”
My story follows the photo; for other stories click on the blue frog at the end of this post.
Racing down into the atmosphere, the unidentified object crashed, leaving behind one heck of a huge crater and a plume of smoke that could be seen from miles around.
“Damn, and after all the research!”
“I told you it wouldn’t work Jeff.”
“I know people said it was noisy and an invasion of privacy, but still. I mean it’s not like I loaded a gun on the thing. It was just a package for God’s sake. I know, I know, five pounds was to be the maximum but it still should have been able to deliver its payload. The software was ten years in development. Ten years Ralph. Ten frigging years of my life to get that bugger to fly and look at what happened. I think the software was hacked. I bet it was the North Koreans. They brought down Sony and now they want to take down my company.”
“Jeff, Jeff, just let it go. Focus on your core business. Remember books Jeff?”