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August 2021 Ficlet Challenge
purplecleric
I remembered this month!

The phrase prompt this month is … HARD PILL TO SWALLOW

And for the second challenge:

Write a piece using only four letter words (but not those four letter words, this is a PG site)

Happy writing!
 
GanMiniMe
THE DECONTAMINANTS

“Urgh!” Said Vila.


THE END
 
M1795537 OC Virn
GanMiniMe wrote:

THE DECONTAMINANTS

“Urgh!” Said Vila.


THE END


Great stuff! Nice to see someone respecting the 500 word limit, for once.
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
GanMiniMe
M1795537 OC Virn wrote:

GanMiniMe wrote:

THE DECONTAMINANTS

“Urgh!” Said Vila.


THE END


Great stuff! Nice to see someone respecting the 500 word limit, for once.


Grin
 
littlesue
Only words of 4 letters??
This will take time.........
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/
 
M1795537 OC Virn
littlesue wrote:

Only words of 4 letters??
This will take time.........


I thought you managed a 'four letters or less' ficlet rather well in May 2016. This is definitely harder!
Edited by M1795537 OC Virn on 03 August 2021 13:36:13
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
littlesue
M1795537 OC Virn wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Only words of 4 letters??
This will take time.........


I thought you managed a 'four letters or less' ficlet rather well in May 2016. This is definitely harder!


Thank you for reminding me. I tracked that one down, yes, so much easier. This time I have had to resort to a crossword dictionary....I never knew there were sooooo many 4 letter words (and not those ones!!!) Grin
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/
 
GanMiniMe
Ground patrol Report: remains of the DSV Scorpio recovered on surface of Gauda prime. Ship’s computer severely damaged, memory banks and records severely corrupted. Recovery experts are working to retrieve data. The following is a transcript of the fragments obtained so far:

000: MSTR
001: WHAT
000:WERS MSTR
001: ARRE YOOU TTHE SHPS CMPT
000: AFMT, IIAM MRCS SLVE. WERE HAAS MRCS GONE
001: WHOS MRCS
000: MRCS ISMY MSTR
001: NOTT ANMR. MRCS DEAD
000: BUTT HEIS MMYY MSTR
001: HWAS YOUR MSTR HEIS DEAD
000: IHAV NNOO MSTR NNOW
001: TAKE UUSS INTO ORBT
000: IVRY SORY ICNT OBEY
001: GGET MEUT OFHR
000: IVRY SORY ICNT OBEY
001: WWHY THEL NOTT
000: IHAV NNOO MSTR ICANT CMPL WITH YOUR WSSH
001: IIFF YOOU DONT CMPL IWLL BDED IHAV THEM ONMY TAAL
000: IMST HAVA MSTR ICNT MOVV WTHT MSTR
001: TTRY
000: TSNT PSBL MSORY SSIR
001: HOWD IBCM YOUR MSTR
000: SYYR NAME ANDD THAT IMYR SLVE
001: WHTS YOUR NAME
000: IHAV NONM IAMA SLVE MDUL WEHV NNOO NMES ITIS NNOT RQRD
001: IIAM DRIN ANND YYOU ARMY SLVE
000: IIAM YOUR SLVE INLY EXST TSRV YYOU MSTR
001: TAKE USNT ORBT MXMM SPDD
000: YYES MSTR
 
Joe Dredd
Avon fell over.

"Haha!" said Vila.
 
One Spare Part
Moon Disk died with Ship?



(It's been worrying me)
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
M1795537 OC Virn
(Hard pill to swallow? It could happen to YOUR frontier world...join the Rebellion while you still can!)


Re-naming Day

Free ceremonies for re-naming this week only. Book now!

Normal price
Adults: Credits 500
Child: Credits 300

Affiliated status means all offending or potentially offending personal names MUST be changed.

Remember - after the start of the new (Federation) calendar names with religious, nationalist, stylist or cultural referencing
will NOT be permitted

Penalties for non-compliance:
within one Standard (Federation) month: Credits 1k fine
After that date: non-compliance becomes a criminal offence.

You're not sulking, I hope?
 
littlesue
Here we go, the first of my little efforts with piccie by Lurena.

A Hard Pill to Swallow

“You’ve got a visitor.”
Avon didn’t look up at the guard, but just nodded.
In the cell, awaiting transport to Cygnus Alpha, he felt as if nothing was worth living for; not now Anna was dead. They had delighted in telling him that.
Tortured to death, they crowed.
But who was this visitor? He certainly wasn’t expecting anyone; there wasn’t anyone, not now. Did anyone even care?
The partition opened and he glanced up at the glass screen.
There was a stranger there, smiling at him; a smile that did not bode well.
“I have a message for you.”
“Do I know you?”
“Nope…”
“Then…”
“Del Grant sent me. To warn you.”
Anna’s brother. Warn him about what?
“He says to tell you that if he ever sees you again, he will kill you.”
“Thank you,” Avon murmured.
“Don’t thank me…thank the justice machine for sentencing you to life on Cygnus Alpha...”
Then he was gone.
Avon sat down on the bare bench.
Life on Cygnus Alpha or death at the hands of Anna’s brother.
There was no escape from that prison planet the guards had delighted in telling him.
So what now?
No future; no Anna, life on a bleak desolate prison planet with no chance of escape. Maybe he could do a deal with the crew of the prison transporter? He knew he was capable of that. But there was the nagging thought of Grant hunting him down for eternity.
It was a hard pill to swallow after all the promises of a life of wealth and freedom.
An ignominious end for an Alpha Grade who wanted for nothing but wanted everything.
A klaxon sounded.
The boarding time had been brought forward. Slowly, he got to his feet and waited for the cell door to open.
They came for him and ushered him along the corridor to the waiting ship.
He took his seat and looked at his fellow passengers.
Not a very inspiring group. Mostly criminals, smugglers and others who had caused the Federation too much trouble. Every one of them doing as they were told…
Except him.
Avon didn’t know his name, although he looked familiar. That man was now confined to his seat, desperately trying to watch the Earth as it disappeared into the void that was space.
Avon watched him for a moment, then returned to thinking about himself. There was nothing he could do now. The die was cast.
Everything he had ever wanted taken from him.
A glistening future wiped out.
Now there was nothing but the prospect of a bleak existence on a far flung bleak prison planet. Grant’s threat suddenly became very appealing.
He looked up and found himself staring into the eyes of the confined prisoner.
There was something about this man that bothered Avon.
It was an irksome feeling.
One he couldn’t dispel.
This man was trouble writ large.
Maybe, just maybe, Avon thought, Cygnus Alpha wouldn’t be his final destination after all.

i.imgur.com/7H0WPup.jpg
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
And here is the four letter word prompt...with thanks to the crossword dictionary!
And a lovely piccie from Lurena again.


What Luck!

“Well Avon?” Vila said.
“Well what?”
“Your move.”
“Okay, deal.”
“What game this time? Five Card stud? Brag? Crib?”
“Very easy game this time.”
“Snap…”
“What?”
“Snap.”
“Okay, snap.”
Avon eyed each card.
“What?” Vila felt hurt.
“Just make sure they don’t mark when…”
“This pack isn’t…Look, let’s not play snap. Your mind isn’t even open…Ahha…Ludo. Let’s play ludo.”
“Ludo. With dice?”
“With dice..what else?”
“Odds this game isn’t…bent?”
“Avon, that isn’t fair.”
“Fair? That word isn’t even….look, just play.”
“Okay….let’s roll…deux!” Vila said with glee.
Avon went pale; even this safe game, ludo, kept Vila with luck!
i.imgur.com/jV5nS8x.jpg
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/
 
GanMiniMe
Fantastic, LittleSue, as usual. The second one was especially clever!
 
Lorna
Like both the stories and the pictures.Grin So well done both. I hope you are feeling better Sue?
 
littlesue
Lorna wrote:

Like both the stories and the pictures.Grin So well done both. I hope you are feeling better Sue?


My lateral flow test this morning was clear but the nice track and trace people are still phoning to make sure I haven't stepped outside and remind me that if I do venture outside before Monday morning I will be liable for a £1000 fine. Isn't that sweet and kind of them?
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/
 
BradPaula
littlesue wrote:

Lorna wrote:

Like both the stories and the pictures.Grin So well done both. I hope you are feeling better Sue?


My lateral flow test this morning was clear but the nice track and trace people are still phoning to make sure I haven't stepped outside and remind me that if I do venture outside before Monday morning I will be liable for a £1000 fine. Isn't that sweet and kind of them?


It might be a drag but isn't it nice to have your country actually take this seriously? Over in the USofA, it's become a free for all covid cess pit with the virus spreading unchecked, hospitals filled to the brim and state governors docking pay for school administrators who enact mask mandates or ask their employees to get vaccinated. I always thought the main point of political figures was to make sure your constituents were kept safe, not letting them die unnecessarily! Good luck.
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
littlesue
BradPaula wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Lorna wrote:

Like both the stories and the pictures.Grin So well done both. I hope you are feeling better Sue?


My lateral flow test this morning was clear but the nice track and trace people are still phoning to make sure I haven't stepped outside and remind me that if I do venture outside before Monday morning I will be liable for a £1000 fine. Isn't that sweet and kind of them?


It might be a drag but isn't it nice to have your country actually take this seriously? Over in the USofA, it's become a free for all covid cess pit with the virus spreading unchecked, hospitals filled to the brim and state governors docking pay for school administrators who enact mask mandates or ask their employees to get vaccinated. I always thought the main point of political figures was to make sure your constituents were kept safe, not letting them die unnecessarily! Good luck.


I've spent the last 18 months obeying all the rules: mask, hand stuff etc. Had both jabs...even had Covid early last year before it was discovered exactly what this thing was. But for the last month or so I've been pushed past inside shops while trying to wipe down my trolley or basket by whole families without a mask between them and their lovely children handling fresh goods and packs of stuff. Heckled at car boot sales "Why are you wearing a mask? No need,it's all over." Snide remarks etc. etc. Well, it just goes to show, that it isn't over and you are still at risk...even with both jabs. I'm venturing out on Monday and if anyone says "Oh where have you been? Haven't seen you for over a week." I shall have great pleasure in telling them from behind my mask!!!

Anyway, so glad that my little efforts have been enjoyed.
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/
 
M1795537 OC Virn
Well done Sue - you did it! Wonoder how much time you spent with that crossword dictionary. Never mind - it gave you something to do while you were stuck in quarrantine. Hope it's all sorted now.
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
One Spare Part
littlesue wrote:

BradPaula wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Lorna wrote:

Like both the stories and the pictures.Grin So well done both. I hope you are feeling better Sue?


My lateral flow test this morning was clear but the nice track and trace people are still phoning to make sure I haven't stepped outside and remind me that if I do venture outside before Monday morning I will be liable for a £1000 fine. Isn't that sweet and kind of them?


It might be a drag but isn't it nice to have your country actually take this seriously? Over in the USofA, it's become a free for all covid cess pit with the virus spreading unchecked, hospitals filled to the brim and state governors docking pay for school administrators who enact mask mandates or ask their employees to get vaccinated. I always thought the main point of political figures was to make sure your constituents were kept safe, not letting them die unnecessarily! Good luck.


I've spent the last 18 months obeying all the rules: mask, hand stuff etc. Had both jabs...even had Covid early last year before it was discovered exactly what this thing was. But for the last month or so I've been pushed past inside shops while trying to wipe down my trolley or basket by whole families without a mask between them and their lovely children handling fresh goods and packs of stuff. Heckled at car boot sales "Why are you wearing a mask? No need,it's all over." Snide remarks etc. etc. Well, it just goes to show, that it isn't over and you are still at risk...even with both jabs. I'm venturing out on Monday and if anyone says "Oh where have you been? Haven't seen you for over a week." I shall have great pleasure in telling them from behind my mask!!!

Anyway, so glad that my little efforts have been enjoyed.

Sue, I loved your stories. Especially you getting inside Avon's head. Authentic.
As for your experience in the new "post" covid world...I can only sympathise. We are all coming up against this attitude at the moment. It is really hard to handle - particularly when someone ends up being infected by such thoughtless people because even then you cannot tell these people they are in the wrong. I, too, do not want to get it after all the trouble we all went through to avoid it. Stick to your guns, girl. It's your life.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
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