Radio - A 100 Word Story
August 15, 2011 flash fictionYup, it's flash fiction time again! As always, this is based around Laurence Simon's weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. It's a great exercise for writers - writing a good drabble is a lot harder than it appears, but is still a "small" task so you can get around that idea of it being too much work. And then you get a random (and often bizarre) writing prompt to shoehorn you out of writer's block! Go read the rules for the Weekly Challenge and participate!
The player below should have the audio for this week; if it doesn't, you can find the audio here to download. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries (and vote for your favorites) at the 100 Word Stories podcast site!
There's nothing but static.
Just the crackle-hiss-pop of solar radiation imitating breakfast cereal. Listening is dangerous - they might detect my radio, but I'll risk one set.
A brief whistlescream from the speaker: the electromagnetic death whine of an orbital station. Damn aliens. They gated to the surface instead of coming through low earth orbit, but they're making up for lost time.
The speaker comes fully alive. Some fool's broadcasting the national anthem.
I listen, and turn on every radio in the place. I salute, wondering if they'll vaporize me or the broadcaster first.
And I no longer care.