Zack Lester is the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.
The winning entry is rewarded 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 entry:
by Zack Lester
I pushed the comlink on my helmet and waited. Nothing but the crackle of static greeted me.
“Hello control? This is Samuels.”
“Hello Samuels. Everything alright?”
“No!” I shouted, “Everything is NOT alright! Where did you send me?”
“I have no idea,” Jeffries said with a laugh.
“Jeffries, this is no joke! Bring me back!”
“I’m afraid I can’t do that. After you left the particle transporter malfunctioned. Come to think of it, after this transmission, our comlink probably will as well.”
Jeffries’ laughter filled my ears. A click and silence followed.
I threw my helmet to the ground in digust. I should have seen it coming, but I seriously underestimated the evil inside that man.
I took a deep breath of surprisingly breathable air and surveyed my surroundings. To my right was something that looked like half a large sphere made up of smaller crystalline shapes held together by a metallic substance.
As I started towards the structure, a doorway appeared and a tall bipedal creature materialized. The creature raced towards me.
Steping backwards, I tripped over my helmet and fell to the ground as the monster stood over me.
I quickly grabbed my helmet and flicked the speech translator on.
“Please don’t hurt me.”
“I’m not going to hurt you.”
“Where am I?”
“This is the Observatory, but we call it the Bubble.”
“What planet is this?”
“You’re kidding me right?” The creature said through the translator in my helmet. “This is planet Earth.”