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Montoya looked out across the devastated city from the naked hilltop. "Oh wow. Now that there is what I call a mess. What happened?"

"The Xendarae dropped a clanger."

"Clanger?"

"Yeah, you know. An iron chondritic asteroid. We call'em clangers. The defence system got overloaded, and this one got through."

"Big'un?"

"Nah. We got lucky. This one was only a piece of the one they tried to land on us. Only a hundred and fifty metres. The big one was ten kilometres."

"Ouch."

"Yeah. That one would've cracked the mantle open. No doubts."

"Insurance?"

"No.

"Then why am I here?"

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    Neville Hunt about 4 years ago

    Scary stuff. The last line made me chuckle, Jeff. Confirms one's view of insurance guys...! (hope that's not your line of business!...if so, sorry!)

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    Jeff Taylor about 4 years ago

    Insurance? Oh heck no! 😊 And thanks Neville 😉

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    Jeff Taylor about 4 years ago

    Insurance? Oh heck no! 😊 And thanks Neville 😉

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    Neville Hunt about 4 years ago

    Phew!

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    Drew Martyn about 4 years ago

    Haha, I guess the ordinary world of insurance would still come into sci-fi stories. Really enjoyed this, especially the new interpretation of a "clanger".

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