Congrats to Ralph L Angelo Jr, the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.
The winning entry is recognized with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.
Without further ado, here’s the winning story:
by Ralph L Angelo Jr
“My-my God,” Lassiter breathed, “Do you know what this is?” he turned to me in abject disbelief.
“A sub?” I answered, feeling a bit foolish and whimsical at the same time.
“No Rodney, it’s so much more than that. Look at the gauges, the dials. Can’t you see how modern, how futuristic this all is?”
Again I shook my head, not understanding what he was getting at. Though in truth perhaps I did know already and was simply denying the truth of what my scalded senses were trying to compute.
“Look at the symbols and glyphs, they’re all Mayan, a dead language.” he rambled on, “This is no mere Submarine, Rodney. Look, come here.”
Lassiter jumped out of the hatch and ran around to the back of the strange looking vehicle.
“Where’s the rotor or screws? This machine is not just a submarine, it’s powered by some strange source we don’t understand; perhaps magnetism or anti-gravity.”
Lassiter looked at me then, the blood drained from his face, giving him a ghostly pall. He wet his lips unconsciously as a deep seated fear ebbed outward on the tip of his tongue.
“Rodney, this is a time machine, from the future.”
“What? But how? That’s preposterous.”
“Preposterous or not that is our truth. Men from the future where the Maya are a dominant race have come to our era.”
“But why? What do they want?” I stammered.
“That my friend is what I fear we are all about to find out.”