Starship Shooters…

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Jake Hogan was the best starship fighter pilot in the Federation of the Outer Worlds, but even he was nervous of the odds this time. Coming into view from behind the asteroid belt, he could see the armada of enemy ships closing in, shields up, weapons all primed for firing, led by the only opponent to have ever bested him in one on one space combat. And here he was, facing the same opponent at the head of a fleet ten times the size of his own.

Outnumbered and out-gunned, he directed the Federation fleet ships to the pre-calculated strategic positions to provide his home world Atarious, the best chance of surviving the coming battle. This was going to be a David and Goliath fight, of skill verses overwhelming fire-power…

Along with four other attack craft, Jake Hogan started to zig zag in and out of the asteroids that lay between them and the enemy. He was grateful now for the armament upgrades his and the other ships had been fitted with: laser light cannons, photon Q-bombs, jump drive positioning, every conceivable defensive and attack capability he could hope for. But would it be enough?

POW! POW! POW! The enemy hard started to open fire, blasting a path through the asteroids. One of Jake’s fellow fighters was hit by some of the debris and was now out of action. Jake himself had to dart away pretty sharpish to avoid being hit. The three remaining ships of his fighter squad closed in around him, providing cover fire as he re-directed fire at the enemy lead ship…

Ratter Tat Tat !!! “Bastards!” Jake cursed to himself… Enemy scout ships were trying a flanking manoeuvre, spewing out bursts of laser fire to force Jake’s fighter squad from their attempts to strike at the heart of the enemy fleet. Jake and his fellow fighters scattered in different directions, littering the battle field in their wake with photon mines, primed to explode as the enemy scout ships tried to follow. With sweating hands, Jake swung his ship round to face the pursuing ships and opened fire, setting off the mines. Blinding flashes of light exploded all around. The pursuing ships were blown to bits, the rouse had worked. But the bulk of the enemy fleet still lay protected by the remaining asteroids. Jake gathered the Federation fleet ships for an all-out attack.

“Launch Q-bombs!” Jake ordered. And with that, every last Federation ship launched the equivalent of a thousand bombs, each a thousand times more powerful that the most powerful of the primitive nuclear weapons of the twenty second century. Jake knew the Q-bombs alone couldn’t destroy all the enemy ships, but she shattering of the asteroid belt would provide the additional destruction to ensure complete and utter victory for the federation…

“Yes!” Jake screamed, “Take that you fucking alien bastards!!!”

“What’s all the noise about Jake?” Jake’s older brother asked.

“I just got a high score… This new X-box online game is fucking awesome!”

About echoesofthepen

Middle aged man, aspiring writer and author, one grown up son and young grand son, currently working in the rail industry but actively working to develop a writing career.

Posted on February 7, 2014, in Flash Fiction, Humour, Short Stories and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Cool twist at the end! Hope your work is going well and that we’ll see something published from you soon!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, I’ve missed your visits, though I know you’re busy with your sequel to Reborn (can’t wait to read/review it!). When I resumed my writing back in September last year i promised myself at least a year before publishing anything, mainly just to build up a bit of a readership and some interest, so hopefully soon..

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  2. Lol. This was funny too but I thought it all made sense in the end. I didn’t notice the clue in the name of the planet at first — Atari – ous. Sharp one this.

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  3. Congratulations! You had me engrossed in the tale before it stuck me (like a photon bomb), that I was reading about a game. There was a bit of clumsy grammar:
    ‘Outnumbered and out-gunned, he directed the Federation fleet ships to the pre-calculated strategic positions to provide his home world Atarious, the best chance of surviving the coming battle’
    I would suggest moving ‘his home world Atarious’ to the end of the sentence.
    Apart from that, great work again mate.

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    • Yes, another friend suggested something similar, so again, the final anthology version will reflect that. But thanks nevertheless, you’ve no idea how valuable such advice is (well, actually I’m sure you do, but you know what I mean)

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  4. Lol.. Thanks for saying so – I got the inspiration for this watching my grandson playing on one of those Xbox things..

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  5. Ahhhh.lol. You got me! Nice camouflage. I liked it.

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