Drones overhead revealed the enemy territory via LiDAR readings.

The enemy’s shield-tech was far advanced, blips of movement only appearing sporadically on each soldier’s heads-up-display. They couldn’t get a complete picture.

But it was enough.

Orders remained. Subdue at all costs.

A military unit moved out in small groups, silently diverging through the forest toward the enemy.

The unit advanced on the clearing, emerging through the brush at once.

The scene that greeted them froze them still.

The enemy, frail creatures, frantic, broken, scurrying around the remains of a crashed star-ship, were vulnerable.

The unit commander demanded a fall-back.

© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner

June 3, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story being leashed. Is it literal or metaphorical? Who or what is leashed. How does it set the tone? Go where the prompt leads!

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    1. Thanks so much Simon! Glad you’re enjoying them. I’m inspired by the possibilities of a Mars colony, and far future terraforming too! I wish I could see it one day, but writing sci-fi is the closest I’ll get to the real thing, and I’m grateful for that. It’s such a powerful genre.


    1. I’ve enjoyed exploring and crafting that twist on the genre. There’s a place for both for sure, I’m in the middle of an Alien and Predator marathon at the moment actually, and am enjoying its horrid brilliance. But it seems this alternate version calls louder for my attention. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Michael.

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    1. Thanks Nicole, I’m glad you enjoyed it! This is inspired by my WIP, a sci-fi mystery novel. Every week I post pieces like this as a lead up to the full story on release. However, it’s only in draft phase and will be my debut, but if you keep an eye on my posts, I’ll keep you updated! Thanks for stopping by.

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