Mondays Finish the Story – A Whole New World

A flash fiction challenge, to finish the story, using this image–

Copyright 2015 Barbara W. Beacham
Copyright 2015 Barbara W. Beacham

And this initial sentence– “They finally made their escape.”

Hmmm…not sure this works, but I gave it a whirl…

They finally made their escape. The jeeps splashed through the mud and rain to the ridge. There they paused to look back. The blue sphere of light filled the valley.

“It’s becoming unstable,” the physicist said. “An hour, maybe less, it’ll collapse.”

“When it does,” the engineer said, “it’ll take the entire facility with it.”

“Too bad about the workers,” the general said.

The physicist shrugged. “Nothing we could do. We had to get the data out. That’s valuable.”

“Where they will end up?” the engineer said.

“Who knows?” the physicist said. “The effect is running wild. They could end up anywhere in this universe.”

“Or the next,” his assistant said.

Everyone clambered back into the vehicles. They sped off.

The PhD student climbed out of the brush where he had been hiding. He hefted the backpack, heavy with the spare technical manual, up on his shoulder, and started back down the ridge.

17 thoughts on “Mondays Finish the Story – A Whole New World”

    1. Then that probably means I need another hundred words to make the meaning clear– sorry– PhD student + tech manual + out of control reality tunnel mechanism = (maybe) he can at least pick where the facility and the trapped workers land…but it will probably be a wild ride. Probably worth an HBO series…. 🙂

  1. This is a great take on the prompt that I’d really like to see more of! I’m curious as to where the facility will land. I think maybe that PHD student has some interesting times ahead of him. 🙂

  2. Brilliant, I love this sort of thing. An experiment gone wild. And what will the student do with the manual, I wonder? Go to the press or try to recreate the experiment? The latter, I reckon!

  3. So would I– I’m giving some thought to a story that expands the narrative in both directions from this point. We’ll have to see if I can pull it together. Thanks for reading.

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