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June 2018 ficlet challenge
purplecleric
In ancient Mesopotamian religion, Lugal-irra and Meslamta-ea are a set of identical twin gods who were worshipped in the village of Kisiga, located in northern Babylonia. They are identified with the constellation Gemini, which is named after them. Identical twins are natural clones of each other.

The word prompt this month is … CLONE.

The Clonemasters and the Auronar utilised cloning, it was even mentioned in everyone’s favourite episode, Animals. Who will you clone?

A tricky scenario for our second prompt:

Two choices. Neither is good. Our character/s must choose one. They have three minutes.
 
Hugbot
A Fate Worse Than Death

‘Of course it’s a trap’, Orac said. ‘When you go to Gauda Prime, you will all die.’

Somehow, Avon felt relieved. He wasn’t exactly looking forward to meeting Blake again, anyway.

‘However, I also managed to tap into a source of meta information about our current situation’, Orac continued. ‘If within the next three minutes you don’t set in motion the chain of events that will eventually lead to your demise on Gauda Prime, the current script will be abandoned. Instead, you will have to enact another Ben Steed script starring clones of Piri and Governor LeGrand.’

‘Well, now’, Avon sighed. ‘Then it’s all settled.’
 
Lorna
Hugbot wrote:

A Fate Worse Than Death

‘Of course it’s a trap’, Orac said. ‘When you go to Gauda Prime, you will all die.’

Somehow, Avon felt relieved. He wasn’t exactly looking forward to meeting Blake again, anyway.

‘However, I also managed to tap into a source of meta information about our current situation’, Orac continued. ‘If within the next three minutes you don’t set in motion the chain of events that will eventually lead to your demise on Gauda Prime, the current script will be abandoned. Instead, you will have to enact another Ben Steed script starring clones of Piri and Governor LeGrand.’
‘Well, now’, Avon sighed. ‘Then it’s all settled.’


AngryAngry
 
Travisina
Brilliant, Hugbot! Grin
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There's no point being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes
 
JustBrad
Hugbot wrote:

A Fate Worse Than Death

‘When you go to Gauda Prime, you will all die.’


And find Anna there working for the Shadows?
 
Hugbot
JustBrad wrote:

And find Anna there working for the Shadows?

I knew you would get the reference! Smile
 
Lurena
A very tricky trap, Hugbot! LOL!
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
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Anniew
So good Hugbot. So. GOOD


The Choice

It was the first time he’d underestimated Vila.

Of course he would have preferred not to have had to take anyone with him. It was regrettable that the alarm raised by Orac hadn’t come five minutes earlier...the damage to his knee might have been prevented and he could have risked escaping on his own. As it was, he knew he would stand a better chance if he was accompanied by someone who could look out for him.

There were, in the event, only two choices. Dayna was dead, Tarrant dying. That left Vila or Soolin. Which one to save? He had only minutes to decide before someone discovered the body of the guard he’d strangled and the chance of escape was gone.

It wasn’t an easy choice. Both would undoubtably be annoyed, to put it mildly, about the Gauda Prime debacle and there was strong possibility they might wish to take out their displeasure on his rather damaged body. Vila certainly had no cause to love him but Avon was sure he could cow him into backing down, however angry he might be - Soolin was an altogether more formidable opponent. But then Vila’s skills as a thief were outweighed by Soolin’s prowess with a gun. Orac was the deciding factor. While neither had much time for Ensor’s creation, Vila was the more likely to be persuaded that it was in his best interest to keep Avon alive until they could retrieve it -if only for its salvage value. And once Vila had got him to Its hiding place, Avon could kill him without much trouble. Not something he was likely to achieve if Soolin was his companion. Yes all the odds favoured rescuing Vila.

It was, he realised later, the first time he had underestimated the thief.

And it also proved to be the last.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
Travisina
Excellent, Annie!
Twitter: @TravisinaB7
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There's no point being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes
 
Lurena
WOW Annie!
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
http://lectorisalutem.webs.com/
littlesue
Huggy...tea all over my keyboard...againGrin
Anniew...crumbs, very short, very neat, very good!!!
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
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Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
littlesue
A certain rather nice computer expert has to make a decision....
And Lurena provided the piccie!
I've gone ever so slightly over word limit.....

The Adventures of Soolin
A Choice Too far
Part 9


“Do you think that this is a good idea?” Soolin asked a concerned Avon.
“It’s a difficult choice…”
Soolin looked at him; his hand hovering over the communications consol.
“Well, you do need help to manufacture the antidote for the Pacification Drug. So…why not?”
“Because I risk revealing the location of Xenon base…”
“That’s a risk you’ll have to take, Avon. In case you hadn’t noticed, the Federation’s expansion is accelerating. People need that drug.”
“I don’t have a choice do I?”
Soolin smiled, “No. Either way we could be finished…”

“I never asked you if you had managed to find that elusive ex mercenary,” Avon asked casually.
“I did,” Soolin replied, “Many of the production companies have ceased trading so he is no longer in the business of cargo hauling…”
“…Because of the Pacification drug?”
“If you get this antidote into full production you will make a lot of people happy…including Vila…”
“What about Vila?”
“I was going to ask you the same question.” Soolin fixed her ice cold eyes on Avon, “What happened on that shuttle, Avon?”
“Nothing…”
“Well, everyone has noticed that he seems to be avoiding you.”
“Really.”
“You know, Avon, it won’t take much to completely destroy what is left of the cohesion of this group.”
Avon avoided her accusing eyes.
Soolin smiled, “Just remember, Avon, I still owe you for those Revels and it seems that I won’t be able to repay you now…”
“Then just let us call it quits,” Avon studied the communication channel, “I may need you around when those Warlords arrive.”
“Surely you trust them?”
“As much as you trust me,” Avon smiled back.
Dayna entered the crew lounge, very excited and babbling about something fantastic created by Vila in honour of the gentlemen that were about to arrive for Avon’s summit meeting.
“You really should see this. It’s amazing…”

In the food preparation area, Vila was standing back eyeing his latest creation; a pyramid of small gold covered round objects.
“What is it?” Soolin asked.
“A pyramid…”
“Well we can see that,” Avon said.
“…made from Ferrero Rocher; a creamy filling, a crunchy wafer and a delicious hazelnut centre all wrapped up in that gold coloured paper and….”
“Oh look,” Dayna cried, “There’s one with a torn cover….”
i.imgur.com/eyvbFuS.jpg

“NO!!!” Vila yelled, but too late, Dayna had removed the offending sweet from the middle row of the pyramid…and the other sweets cascaded to the floor.
“It’s back to the drawing board, Vila,” Tarrant suggested, “Maybe a supporting structure is in order.”

Later, on the surface of Xenon, Soolin waited with Avon for the first of the Warlords to land.
“Well now,” Avon began,” Let us see if I made the right choice.”
“Only time will tell…”
“You said one more thing will destroy the cohesion of the group…”
“And that was an example,” Soolin replied, “One small thing removed and everything comes tumbling down.”
“Remember, you still have that offer from that man on Freedom City. That one small thing could be you…”
“Not yet, I’ll see just how good your diplomatic skills are.”
“And if they’re not to your liking?”
“Then I may, after all, have no choice but to kill you. But don’t take it personally.”
“Don’t worry,” Avon replied avoiding her gaze,” I won’t.”


And so The Revels Saga, latterly Soolin’s Adventures, goes onward to the bitter end that was ‘Blake’…except this story takes a slight detour after that ending of the TV Series.
The saga has a happy ending…well as happy an ending as you can get in the B7 Universe!
So, look out for ‘The Revels Saga: The Finale’, coming to a Forum Monthly Prompt near you………………..
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
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trevor travis
Wonderful stories so far, with more adventures of Soolin (yay!), a short but extremely funny story from Hugbot, and dark Vila from Annie. I like dark Vila stories.
 
trevor travis
HELL HATH NO FURY...

He had moments to make his choice.

There was no way he could carry them both up the ladder at the same time.

He decided on the pilot.

“I’ll be back”, he promised her.

***

The second wave of explosions ripped through the underground base. She cried out in agony.

***

She didn’t die. But they left her for dead. To be precise, one man left her for dead. He looked at her burnt and charred body.

“Help me”, she said faintly, through the smoldering wreckage of the base.

He picked up Orac and left. She could swear that she saw him smile as he departed.

***

It took her a year to finally get off that hell-hole of a planet.

As a telepath, she found the isolation tortuous. Alone!, she often screamed inside her head. But there was no-one there.

She was a vegetarian, but even she had struggled to survive on just nuts and berries.

But hatred kept her alive.

***

The plan was intricate. The Blake clone was perfect. It wasn’t the usual type of clone, and it didn’t consider all life was precious. And it didn’t even realise it was a clone – it thought it was the real Blake.

***

Finally, they came.

And they hit the floor one-by-one, including Vila, who had chosen to save someone else rather than her from those terrible explosions. She still had the third-degree burns.

And then only Avon was left. The man who had left her for dead.

He raised his gun when he saw her remove her helmet, to reveal her dreadfully scarred face. But at her telepathic command, her men - also disguised as Federation guards - shot him down.

None of them were dead, except her Blake clone. She had stunned them, rather than killed them.

She knew what unbearable pain and agony was like.

By the time that she had finished with them, so would Avon and Vila.
Edited by trevor travis on 15 June 2018 10:00:16
 
JustBrad
Very dark, TT, and very Blake's 7.
 
Lurena
oooh very, very, dark and neat story TT. That's what happened in that last scene....
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
http://lectorisalutem.webs.com/
One Spare Part
Annie and TT - you have brilliantly destroyed all the excuses I made for Avon & co when they turned to the dark side. Vivid stories getting right inside their minds.
Littlesue - as a newcomer to your Revels saga all I can say is your story really gave me a Boost! Wink
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
Travisina
Wonderfully dark story, TT!

LittleSue, with these chocolate stories you are spoiling us!
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There's no point being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes
 
littlesue
One Spare Part wrote:

Annie and TT - you have brilliantly destroyed all the excuses I made for Avon & co when they turned to the dark side. Vivid stories getting right inside their minds.
Littlesue - as a newcomer to your Revels saga all I can say is your story really gave me a Boost! Wink


GrinGrin
There are only a few more stories to go....The Finale: Episode I, has just 'popped' over to Lurena today.
This little Saga started way back in 2016 when PurpleCleric suggested the word Choice...and it's grown from there. I'm currently collating all the stories and hoping to put them together as one long PDF and put it up on my 'bookshelf'.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
littlesue
PC asked...Who would you clone?
Well Servie.....
Piccie by Lurena.
Nothing Like The Real Thing…


Commissioner Sleer surveyed the scenery from her veranda and was pleased. The white peacock chair that she reposed in was an added luxury, as was the glass of fine wine she held in her hand.
“Excuse me, Lady.”
Her attention turned to the man who was suddenly standing beside her.
“Yes, Carnell.”
“There is a gentleman to see you. He did not give his name but he has all the clearances…”
She gestured to allow him in…
…but her guest was already standing there.
“You may go, Carnell.”
“Very good, Lady.”
“Oh, I agree, very good,” her guest remarked, “but they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
“And are you flattered?” she asked.
“As always, Ma’am.”
The real Carnell took a seat next to Sleer and the proffered glass of wine.
“Would I be correct in presuming that all this was made possible by your acquisition of that gold from Zerok?”
Sleer smiled, “How did you know?”
“Since that debacle with Coser, I have made it my business to know. I presume that gold also helped you persuade the remaining Clonemasters to create ‘him’.”
“Oh yes. I decided long ago to surround myself with…”
“Decorative Officers?”
“…with those I found..attractive.”
“There are more?”
She raised an elegant eyebrow, “Do you see that tall young man over in the vineyard, harvesting the grapes?”
She beckoned to the man in question to approach.
“But that’s Tarrant,” Carnell exclaimed.
“Not quite. I was only able to acquire a cell from that of his brother after the incident between Teal and Vandor.”
“I see, and me?”
“A strand of your hair from our meeting on Space Command Headquarters…”
“Is there anyone else?”
“Oh yes. I actually was fortunate to win him at an auction, but I never had the chance to put him to use, so I did the next best thing.”
Sleer rang a small bell and seconds later a man appeared; on his outstretched gloved hand a majestic bird of prey.
“Avon…”
“Mistress.”
“Would you show my guest how well you have trained Blake?”
“Blake,” Carnell spluttered into his glass of fine wine.
“The bird, sir,” ‘Avon’ explained.
On cue, it soared into the sky, then returned at ‘Avon’s’ bidding.
“Remarkable,” Carnell admitted.
“Will you stay for dinner?” Sleer asked.
“Of course.”
“Please advise the Chef that there will be two for dinner.”
“Yes, Mistress,” both Tarrant and Avon replied, then bowed and left.
“How did you ‘get’ Avon?” Carnell asked.
“While on Terminal, I had my people take a cell from him.”
“You have been busy…”
“There’s still so much to teach them though…”
“And I take it that you have devoted yourself to ‘teaching’ them.”
“Oh yes,” Sleer smiled knowingly, “I presume that you will stay the night?”
“I have no other pressing engagements,” Carnell replied, returning her impish smile, “Not yet anyway.”
“Oh good,” she whispered, drawing a long manicured finger over his hand, “There’s nothing like the real thing…..”

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Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
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