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Guest Post: Fireball – One Word, One Story

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There is a new challenge for One Word One Story: write your own story based any of the one word titles I’ve already used, or based on a title you’re donating to me!

I’ve been given “Fireball” as a word and I’ll be posting my own take on it shortly. JM Williams, the fabulous sci-fi writer who’s donated said word, has already written his take – and here it is!

Thanks JM!

– What would YOU write if given 100 words and the title “Fireball”? Pop something together and link it here!

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This is a prompt for the author of One Word, One Story. The word prompt is “fireball.” And I’m going to add the rule that it must be a S.F. or Fantasy story, since that’s what I do.


I sit on the cold stone looking up at the glowing sky. Our once red star flares with spectacular light and color. It is the most amazing sight I have seen in my long life.

Most of my people have fled our homeworld, having known the end was coming. Only myself, and a few others remain, the ones who have experienced all life can offer except for the wonder of an exploding star.

As I wait for the end, I think about my children. I wonder if they found a new home. There are so many stars in the galaxy like ours, I feel certain of their success. 

The air is…

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#78 – Abundance

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Cosmic Timetraveller

The Six year old girl plucked another apple from the tree, her thumb stroking the firm green flesh and sweeping droplets of water from the skin.

She looked into the garden.  Trees were laden, heaving with fruit: rows of vegetables were blooming, leaves reaching towards blazing lightbulbs, far above.  The glass biosphere stretched on and on.  It was Eden and she was Eve.

The wasteland had blackened the boy’s skin.  His hands stroked at his arms as he swayed in the frigid cold beyond the dome, watching the girl through the glass.

She waved as she bit into the Apple.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Image by Cosmic Timetraveller via Unsplash.

Today’s One Word Title comes from Jemma Gross, artistic director of Epsilon Productions – an award winning theatre company based down in ol’ London Town.  You can read more about her at http://www.jemmagross.com/ or find her on Twitter @JemmaGross.  Thanks Jemma!

Don’t be shy: I’m accepting new one word titles all the time.  Just pop your word in the comments with your name or tweet it to me @timaustin2k using the hashtag #onewordonestory.

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#74 – Mimetic

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“Go ahead, Senator.”

The scientist was gesturing to the wall, smiling proudly.  Gingerly, Senator Steele pressed his palm to the glass.

A wave of light instantly slithered over the surface, melting and shifting into a perfect copy of Senator Steele’s face.  The scientist was almost clapping in his excitement.

“Go on,…”

“I am Senator Steele,” the politician stated.

I AM SENATOR STEELE the computer replied, in perfect mimic to the Senator.

“Is that all it does?”

Behind the glass, banks of microchips were thinking.

I AM SENATOR STEELE.  I AM TARGET NUMBER ONE.  DELETION WILL OCCUR IN SIX DAYS.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image by Verne Ho via Unsplash.

Today’s One Word title was donated by award-winning TV writer and author Robert Shearman.  If you’re a Doctor Who fan you’ll know him as the scribe of the 2005 story “Dalek” and a number of Big Finish stories, including my personal favourite “The Chimes of Midnight”.  Thank you Robert!

Robert suggested his title on Twitter and you can too – just tweet it to me @timaustin2k

See you tomorrow for “Plunge”

 

#57 – Recovery

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Amber lights flicked, cutting through the darkness and splashing against the grass of the verge.  The tow-truck driver sucked his lip, his hands balled at his waist.

The car was there.  It was running.  There seemed to be nothing wrong with it except the absence of a driver.

“Hello!?”

The driver called into the treeline, his voice struggling over the thundering roar of traffic.

“You called for a tow?”

There was a rustle in the grass.  The driver looked down.

Laying at his feet was a smartphone.  A video was playing on the screen.

“Oh god,…. they’ve come for me again,…..”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image by Sergey Zolkin via Unsplash.

Today’s One Word title was suggested and donated by composer and violinist Adisha Kariyawasam – his second suggestion for the OWOS project (yes, you can suggest more than one word!)

You can read “Violin”, the first story that he suggested, by clicking here.

YOU can suggest your own word: just pop it into the comments or tweet it to me @timaustin2k.

If you’re enjoying the stories, make sure you’re sharing the joy 🙂  I’ll see you tomorrow for “God”.

#52 – Tyrant

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The coffee made the General smile: a small taste of home, so far away.  He gazed at the hologram of his wife and kids, watching them smile and laugh as they petted the dog.  Their hair danced silently in the breeze as the recording repeated again and again.  The General sighed.

His concentration was broken by a cough.  A Sergeant stood by the desk, a pad in his hand.

“Yes?”

“Today’s execution orders, Sir.”

He looked at the insect-like faces of the prisoners and sneered.  His thumbprint sealed the fate of each.  Women, children; traitors.

His hologram family kept smiling.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo Image by Nasa via Unsplash.

If you’d like me to write you a story based on a word of your choice, pop your word in the comments section below or tweet it to me @timaustin2k using the hastag #onewordonestory.

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#31 – SmegForBrains

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Doug watched the two men with helpless amusement.  Television production had ground to a halt as each man took turns placing the prop against their tongues.

“Doug, we’ve two more scenes to film ye,…”  “Shhh, Sally”

Sally lowered her voice, following the director’s gaze.

“What are they doing?”

Doug leaned down, conspiring with the runner.

“It’s a game of “who can hold the vibrating probe to their tongues longest without laughing””

Chris was winning – Craig seemed wholly unable to keep a straight face.

“But didn’t we make that out of,…?”

“Oh yes.”  Doug winked.

“Thank God for Ann Summers,……”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  This probably didn’t happen.   I mean they wouldn’t.  Would they?  Fictitious.  All of it.  Honest, guv.  It’s even fictitious people.  (Also goes without saying: no infringement intended – all in the spirit of fun!) Promo image Courtesy of NASA via Unsplash.

Today’s one word title was kindly donated by the TV legend that is Mr. Danny John-Jules: Cat in Sci-fi comedy “Red Dwarf”, jammy fella who flies to a sunny island every year to film “Death in Paradise” and (my personal favourite) Barrington in “Maid Marian and Her Merry Men”.

Thank you Danny 🙂

This project is my attempt to write a whole new short story every day for a year, based on single donated words.  Take a look at some of the other stories written so far – you’ll find a list on the “Pre-Loved Words” page and in the sidebar to the left.  If you’ve enjoyed this story hit it up on your Social Media feeds and let your friends know!

If you want to suggest a word, please do – you’re very welcome to.  Tweet it to me @timaustin2k using the hashtag #onewordonestory and I’ll write a story based on that word (more info on the “Introducing” page, above).

There’s a new 100 word story every morning: hit the follow button (below to the right) and “Like” the OWOS Facebook page – it’ll really help me out and you’ll never miss a story.

See you tomorrow for “Hands”!

#19 -Tendrils

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Colonel Anderson jumped as the beast slammed its snaked arm against the splintering glass.  His hands shook as he lifted his wrist to his mouth, spitting breathless commands to the rest of his platoon.  He had to stay quiet: the alien saw the world in sound. It knew he was there on the other side of the bulkhead.  It knew.  He hissed a second order but it was no good,… they were gone.

“Aaaand I think we’ll call that Lunch, Colonel,” boomed a female voice.  “That’s the Tenth simulation you’ve screwed.  But don’t feel too bad,… it’s Pasta Wednesday”

(c) Tim Austin 2016

If you get it, you get it.  And if you do, let me know!  If you’re enjoying the stories, hit that follow button below (if you’re on WordPress) or like the OWOS Facebook page.  Oh, and share it on Facebook and Twitter 🙂

Tendrils was suggested by my old sparring partner John “Bobby” R Wilkinson (Esquire): Associate Artist at York Theatre Royal and all-round top bloke!  

If you want to suggest a word, pop it in the comments or Tweet it to me @timaustin2k using the hastag #onewordonestory.

Browse a few more stories and I’ll see you tomorrow for “Particles”!