The Time Tamperer (part 25)


The three spies from the Museum of Abrasive Materials felt disgruntled and aggrieved by the intrusion of the red alert…

“Honestly,” Wigo Rong complained, “how is a spy supposed to operate with all this noise going on?”

But Wigo’s problems were less than nothing when compared with Tanganika Chunks; because, at that moment, the hyperspace rift ejected an End Cap pirate mother ship…

Naturally Tanganika had read all about earplugdom’s earlier contact with End Cap mother ships…

None of them had been a tea party. And when the aforementioned assumed an attack posture…

…K’plank hit his emergency booster button as he tried desperately to come to the Deathwish’s aid…

But as fast as his ageing saucer was, it was way too slow to intercept…

…a barrage of proton torpedoes as they vomited from the mother ship like a bunch of vengeful and utterly destructive…er…thingies. But Tanganika was no pushover. As the first engine of destruction homed in on her unarmed prototype, she kept calm and retained her composure…

She knew that all she had to was keep her craft ahead of the approaching fireball and give the Dorkan and Dawlish engine time to recharge its expander coil doodads. Then,  when the gauge inside her pilot’s blister showed ‘nominal’, she could simply hit the ‘Go’ button; and the pirates wouldn’t see her for space dust…

But first came the small problem of avoiding the proton torpedoes, which she did by banking at the last possible moment…

Then it was a simply matter of engaging the main drive…

Unfortunately her earlier fear of confusing the ‘Go’ button with the ‘Auto Destruct’ came back to haunt her. Or it did for approximately three nanoseconds, as…

…the Deathwish exploded in a paroxysm of suddenly unleashed and utterly un-earpluggy power.

©  Paul Trevor Nolan 2018

 

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