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Lucky Day

by on March 28, 2013

This story was written for Trifecta’s weekly challenge, which was to use the word “lucky”, meaning “producing or resulting in good by chance : favorable.” It follows on from the weekend story where I first introduced Rain. Enjoy!

Rain was still working over a report at her desk when her door slid open. An officer in an overly epauletted uniform appeared. “Lieutenant Rain Sanderson?” he said, reading off a printout.

“Yeah,” Rain said, returning his salute wearily. She hated interruptions. First that ‘bot earlier, and now this. And she had a pressing deadline, too.

“Rain Sanderson, age 23, ID 467-532B, currently residing at 126 Beckley, Turtle Base, current relationship status single?”

Rain blinked. She’d known all this was on file, but she hadn’t quite expected that someone would actually have read it, or cared. It wasn’t like her relationship status was relevant to her military service. Not unless…..oh no.

The officer made a tick mark on his printout. “Congratulations,” he said, in a voice that didn’t sound one bit congratulatory. “Your life has just taken a most lucky turn. The Committee on Volcano Sacrifice Selection has determined you to be an acceptable candidate. The Astronomical Bureau hasn’t determined precisely when the moons align, so the event hasn’t yet been scheduled. You’ll receive notice by messenger ‘bot when it is. You’ll be expected to turn in your laser rifle and verify your relationship status with the Committee within twelve days. You are relieved of duty as of now, so that you can fully adjust to this extraordinary honor that has been accorded you.” He saluted and left.

Rain didn’t do anything for a while. Then, finally, her hand drifted over to a keypad. The report blinked off her screen and vanished into electronic oblivion. Thirteen hours of work gone. But then, it didn’t really matter anymore.

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13 Comments
  1. I’m sorry, but I sort of laughed at this (: Not at the writing, just at the situation Rain has found herself in. I do hope however that she can find a way out of it! Great piece, by the way.

  2. How horrible!

  3. I mean,how horrible to be this kind of “lucky”!

  4. Oh my goodness, I do not like the position Rain is in.

    • It’s certainly untenable, that’s for sure. I’m sure she’ll come through somehow. Hopefully.

  5. This is great. Simple and scary at the same time. Unnecessary comma after pressing, btw. Thanks for linking!

    • Darnit; I hate it when that happens. Little worse than an unnecessary comma. I shall correct it at once!

  6. Scriptor Obscura permalink

    She could always pretend to have a relationship with somebody…Hate to see her just die like that…Grab a man and bribe him to pretend to be her “boyfriend” or somebody…Pretend she’d been hiding it all along. You’ve really interested me here, I wanna know what happens next. I wanna know how she finds her way out of this one now…

    • Bribery. I hadn’t considered that as an option. At any rate, I really want to know what happens next to. 🙂

  7. I’m sure she’ll find a way out! Can’t wait to read what happens next.

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