Every day I write fiction. Here is where I post my first drafts. Follow along! Or pick up a book of finished fiction I wrote on Amazon: MAN FROM ZERO First time here? Start FIRE ESCAPE here--it's the novel I am working on currently. It's one of many novels that takes place in the MOMENTA universe.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 5/19/18: Turns Out Options ARE a Thing!
through the doorway I’d just blown open and immediately found a ladder. I
climbed up it and found two more doorways. One went back in the directionI’d
come but over the hold. The other went in the opposite direction. The good news
was both were left open. I guess they didn’t expect me to, well, do what I did.
They probably thought that I was the insurance company office assistant that
even I thought I was up until a bit earlier that same day.
through that doorway that let me keep going is the same direction. It led right
into what looked, to me, like a cockpit. I could see right through the
windshield to the stars beyond.
Is that even
the right word for it? “Windshield”? That makes no sense since there is no wind
Whatever you call
it, it was kinda stunning because the thing curved around about thirty percent
of the round outside of the ship. It was like a panorama view. Well, not “like”
but actually, literally.
Looking at the
controls I could see nothing that made any logical sense as to like how to fly
this thing or shoot any weapons it might have.
I started to
get antsy.I started thinking about how
dumb it was going up there like that. How would an alien ship be easy for me to
fly?!? Why was I suddenly feeling so confident about alien technology?!? I
mean, alien technology! I had zero experience with it beyond two summers
selling some of it when I was a kid!
minute... that experience wasn’t nothing. I decided to take another look at the
thing still made no sense to me.
Then I started
getting antsy again. The antsy quickly evolved into anxiety. Then my brain felt
like it was locking up again.I could
feel sweat starting to bead on my forehead and I started to get even more
frustrated. My eyes darted around the console in front of me.I placed my fingers on various buttons but
was just totally sure I was about to do something horrible again.At least I wasn't blacking out again.So, maybe I wouldn't totally commit a
massacre this time.Maybe if I--
thinking and just started pressing the buttons that, somehow, deep down, I felt
like should do things.
know it--the entire dashboard lit up and a bunch of augmented-reality-style
graphics popped up in front of me.I got
excited that I had gotten so far, but then I heard what I would politely
describe as a computerized fart sound as all the flashing and moving lights
froze and turned red.Something that was
definitely an error message flew right at my face but stopped a few inches
short.I knew it was an error message
because it was red, flashing slowly, and had a symbol on it that was like an
exclamation mark, only it looked more like a shocked face.There was also some text in some language I
did not recognize.
I tried pressing
some more buttons but every time I did, all I got was that stupid computerized
fart sound over and over.That error
message also kept flying at me over and over.
experience was getting really annoying!
I stared at the
floating error message and, specifically, the alien words of the error
can't do anything more because..." I said to myself."...something is missing.I'm doing something wrong or I'm not doing
something.It's probably not about
pressing a button... maybe it's a key?Or a pass?Or something else that
everything needs to go?Like a
thumbprint on a locked iPhone.
Then I noticed
a little circle in the corner of the message that had another character inside
it.Bot the circle and the character
were white, unlike the rest of the alert.I touched it with my finger and an animation appeared in it's place that
showed a sort of round-looking thumb drive thing being inserted into a port
somewhere."So, that's what I need
to do.It's a car key that looks like a
rod-shaped thumb drive.Fair
I looked down
at the dashboard and found the port.Then I looked across the dashboard for the round, thumb-drive-looking
thing but could not find one anywhere.I
looked behind me at some shelves and cabinets built into the wall opposite the,
uh, space screen?Whatever, I'm just
going to keep calling it a windshield.
luck.Where could that thing be?
Then it hit
me.It was probably on one of those guys