Strike Team Alpha - A 100 Word Story
May 17, 2012 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! Heck, Chris the Nuclear Kid does when he remembers to (and I can drag him away from video games)!
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 at the 100 Word Stories podcast site!
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The team deployed from their chopper. Strike Team Alpha looked like any other crack military unit.... except for two things. Their unit patches simply had a Greek letter alpha, and they were completely unarmed.
They went from home to home, offering free hugs, and were met with bullets, knives, and shrapnel.
As the final member of Alpha breathed his last, the Old Man turned off the monitor and gestured to his XO. “Send in Strike Team Omega,” he said.
The XO nodded. He reached into the lead locker and started handing suitcase nukes to the members of the final team.