100 Word Challenge – Week 75.1: For Tomorrow

image011The Grand Canyon; 227 miles long, 18 wide and over a mile deep.  It took two billion years of nature’s fury to carve such a wonder.  Or five seconds from a Bri’nell warship. It was a frightening preview of what Earth would soon be if they failed.

Andromeda to all ships, Charon Station reports enemy fleet approaching; estimated strength outnumbers us seven to one.”

Though the bridge around him was silent in weighted dread, they all knew what order was coming. It was the only one they would accept. “Trinity acknowledges. All ships, we hold this line at any cost.”

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Entry #1 for this week’s 100 Word Challenge from Julia’s Place. I’ve never actually been to the Gran Canyon yet, only seeing it from the sky. But whenever I do, I always think of what it took to make it, and what kind of raw power that must be.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy.

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5 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge – Week 75.1: For Tomorrow

  1. deanabo says:

    This is terrific! Really enjoy sci-fi work.

  2. sandraconner says:

    Good job on this one too. I read your other piece on this challenge first, and you’ve done a great job using two completely different genres to create two equally unique stories from the same picture.

  3. Mayumi-H says:

    Nice! I like how you compare the actual to the sci-fi world; it’s a great use of transition to set the piece in time and space.

  4. Delft says:

    Now that is really different! I love the twist of how the canyon came to be.
    I wonder about the doomed ship: is it defending the earth? Or did it blast the canyon, and will now be in turn destroyed?
    Love it!

  5. Good moment of crisis for a military sf story! I like the comparison between the geological time needed to carve the Grand Canyon and the power of the attacking aliens – that really conveys how dire the danger is.

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