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by on January 31, 2013

Soundlessly the wormhole blossomed across the viewscreen, golden light spilling from its mouth, inviting with its promise of worlds anew. The assemblage of alien beings on the bridge of the transport gaped in wonder, their mouths hanging open like a veritable school of codfish.

K’pid was having none of it. “Impulse thrusters on full reverse,” she snapped. “Right now.”

“Ma’am?” her pilot questioned, blinking all three of his eyes. “We’re not going forward?”

“Was there something about impulse thrusters on full reverse that was unclear to you, Ensign?” K’pid said. “Is your Translate-O-Matic not functional?”

“No, but….but….the wormhole. I thought we would be exploring it, ma’am.”

“And why,” K’pid replied acidly, “would we do that?”

The pilot had envisioned a whole grand speech in his head about the Wonder of Discovery and the Thrill of Scientific Knowledge, but unfortunately he couldn’t quite articulate it into actual words. What came out was, “because, erm….it’s…there?”

“Because it’s there.” K’pid repeated. “I see.  You want this pitifully armed and ungodly slow transport ship to venture into a wormhole that could dump us clear across the galaxy, where (assuming we survived the trip) we might make contact with some new alien empire who’ll probably either eat our brains or follow us back and launch a devastating war against our quadrant which will cost billions of lives because it’s there.  Because we don’t do silly things like safely transport the cargo our clients are paying us for, no, we go charging off to check out every space anomaly that plops in our way.”

The pilot didn’t really have a response to all that. Miserably he turned to his controls and pressed a sequence of keypads. “Thrusters on full reverse, captain,” he reported.

“Perfect,” K’pid said. Another potential catastrophe avoided. It was turning out to be a good day after all.

 

This story was written for this week’s Trifecta prompt, which was to use the third definition of the word “mouth”: something that resembles a mouth especially in affording entrance or exit. Thanks for reading!

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15 Comments
  1. 🙂 Phew! Almost went in, didn’t they? 🙂

  2. Heh. That’ll show… pretty much every tv starship captain ever.

    • I don’t suppose TV shows would be as exciting if everyone went around doing the sensible thing like staying out of shiny wormholes and space anomalies.

  3. Guess that takes look before you leap to a whole new level! Nice one 🙂

  4. Draug419 permalink

    Sound logic, K’pid but seriously…it’s *right there*. Let’s just have a peek… (:

  5. I like your captain.

  6. Is it biased that I really like your captain character? She drew me right in. And the blinking of the three eyes was a nice touch too.

  7. Loved the Star Trek kind of feel to this-K’pid is really cool & very logical-knows about the priorities,the pros & cons-I would have hated to be in the poor pilot’s place;-)Wonderfully told!:-)

    • Star Trek’s one of my favorite sci-fi shows, so I imagine that’s where the Trek-feel comes from.

      • Oh,I loved it too specially because TV was new then & we used to get those transmitted from a neighbouring country on Sunday mornings-what excitement!:-)

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