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18 February 2007 @ 11:25 pm
Ficlet - Word #1 - "Find the Answer in the Stars"  
Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: Shouldn't Word #1 come before Word #2? Well, yes, theoretically it should...but I actually didn't write this ficlet until after I wrote the other one so that's why it's in this order. However, from now on, they will be in the right order on a weekly basis.

Title: Find the Answer in the Stars
Fandom/original: Original
Characters: An unnamed cryptologist and commander
Rating: PG
Word count: 550

The young man leaned over the paper, eyes squinting at the code before him. He had never seen anything like it before. Was it some new language? Or maybe just one that was unknown to humans? Whatever the case may be, that was the reason he was here, slaving over this jumbled, garbled code into the wee hours of the morning.

Sighing, and rubbing his blood shot eyes, he moved the lamp closer to the paper, positioning it to where the light would come in from the side, effectively lighting up both the top and the bottom of the paper in front of him.

“At this time, I’m willing to do anything…” he said to himself.

In that moment of unknown brilliance, re-positioning the lamp light had worked! Not only was there text written on the top of the page, but also on the bottom as well! There were old-fashioned-type runes on the top and Braille-like dots on the bottom of the paper.

Clearing his throat, he sat up straighter, eyes widening at his new discovery. Not really knowing what to do, he began to trace over the dots that shown through from the bottom of the page, and then he connected them to the runes. He sighed again; this still didn’t make any sense!

He thought it would be a good idea to take his eyes away from his work for a minute, and in doing so, he also got up to stretch. Walking over to the window, he glanced out the porthole-shaped glass at the stars. They twinkled merrily, and the young man chuckled cynically to himself as if the stars were mocking him. He rubbed his eyes again and blinked, leaning in even closer to peer out the window even further.

No, the stars weren’t mocking him! They were helping him!

Realizing what the dots on the back of the paper meant, the young man hurried over to his desk and flipped the piece of paper over, retracing the dots. He then pulled his star charts from his desk drawer and placed the piece of paper over it, circling the planets in specific coordinates and orbits described by the dots and his tracings.

He now had a fairly good idea of what the garbled message on the other side met. It was a map, directions of some sort leading to…

At that moment, the young man grabbed the piece of paper, star charts, and anything and everything else related to the mocking puzzle, and took off running down the thankfully empty corridor. (He would have unfortunately run into anyone if they had been occupying that hallway.)

Running full speed, he reached the officer’s quarters. Panting for breath, he knocked on the door. He could see light flooding out from underneath the large metal door as the commander turned on his light.

“What’s the meaning of this?” a harsh, burly voice demanded as the stubble-faced, muscular commander flung open the door to see his cryptologist almost falling over in his doorway, even having to grasp the door frame for support.

Handing over everything he had in his hands, practically throwing it at his commanding officer, the young man gasped for breath and quickly let out, “They’re coming!” before his eyes rolled back in his head and he fainted.
 
 
Residing: my dorm room
Feeling: lethargiclethargic
Hearing: "Do No Wrong" - Thirteen Senses
 
 
Katie: 15_minute_fic - creativity in a hurrykatiefoolery on February 19th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
I like the way you gradually build up the suspense and tension in this piece. Nicely done. :)
Me: jack sparrow - fangirlspridefulpenguin on February 19th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Why thank you very much! I knew how I wanted it to start and I knew how I wanted it to end, so the middle was actually a gradual buildup in my mind too!