Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A to Z Challenge Story

I'm back from vacation. Did you miss me?


 I want to thank everyone again for contributing to the story. Without you my A to Z Challenge would have failed. I would like to especially thank those of you who came by everyday or almost everyday. And also a very special thanks to DL Hammons for filling in for me for the last week. You're the best!

Finishing our story off is Elise Fallson and her sentence is:
"Do you have the documents we need?" he asked.
"I've got zilch for documents, but I do have the flash drive..." and before I could finish my reply I was teleported into the airship.

Here is the story in it's entirety:

    The alpha coefficient was too high; the risk too great. Losing my balance, I plummeted to the darkest recesses of the canyon. I had to release my tenuous grip on the briefcase, so I could pull my chute in my panic; it spilled classified papers all over the floor of the ravine when it exploded on impact. Struggling to free myself from the parachute, I cursed the debacle this mission had become. After finally getting the parachute to release me, I started to ponder over the enigma of where I was.  
     It seemed odd to think that only thirty hours ago I had been sitting in a Starbucks having coffee. But then that man with the formidable mustache had sat down next to me. He made me an offer and I'd run through the gamut of usual excuses, but to no avail. And actually, I couldn't pull off the hypocrisy of not wanting a million bucks. But I played it casual and said, "How ironic, you of all people would need my help.
     The safety of that coffee shop juxtaposed with the danger I was in now.
     "Ironic? No. You and I are practically kindred spirits and you need the money," he said, placing a briefcase on the table. I had to admit that he was right; and after all, money had been the first real love of my life. Until that monumental moment when I was forced to weigh what was really important. Since that time though, I'd been on the run nonstop. Always with the fear that some omnipotent being was watching me.   
     But I think it's time I palliate this fear and bite the bloody bullet, yeah? My Quixotic quest for understanding could wait until I was on a secluded beach somewhere, sipping run-filled fruity drinks brought to me by bronze bikini-clad beauties; right now I needed to get the Hell out of this canyon. And that's when I saw it, nestled in a crevice, a riant sight that would teleport me to the airship Hindenburg IX. 

    Then a sinister feeling washed over me. They wouldn't let me on the ship without my papers. And they were currently being blow down the canyon. To hell with the papers I thought, harnessing my emotions and casting aside the timorous voice inside my head, all the while praying the flash drive still in my pocket would be enough to gain access to the airship.  After all, we were united in our goals. Or, at least, I was the means for them to achieve theirs. I reached out for the crevice to grab hold of the walkie-talkie, but just then the wind filled my parachute and I began to be blown away. With a valiant effort I struggled to hold onto the branch that was keeping me in place. With determination I untangled myself from the parachute and with wanderlust, grabbed the walkie-talkie. It was like a xenium from the gods as I turned hit the button, said my name, and someone answered.
     "Who is this?" said the voice.
     "Agent Smith!" I yodeled. "Come and get me!" "Do you have the documents we need?" he asked.
    "I've got zilch for documents, but I do have the flash drive..." and before I could finish my reply I was teleported into the airship.

What do you think? Do you like it? Are you surprised how it turned out? How was your A to Z Challenge? Are you happy it's over?



Em-Musing said...

Welcome back and...loved the twists and turns in the story. This was fun.

Chris Fries said...

Welcome back (and also a hearty "huzzah!" to D-Bone for filling in for you)!

This was a fun A-to-Z concept, and although I stumbled upon it late in the game, I definitely enjoyed it!

I also liked how the story evolved, and even though the "one sentence" guideline got a little free and loose towards the end (LOL), I enjoyed how the story wound up.

Anonymous said...

I love the story! Now I'm dying to find out what will happen next, lol. Alas.

I didn't do the A to Z challenge this month, but I've been blogging like crazy nonetheless.

Elise Fallson said...

This was a great idea and lots of fun. It really helped stretch the old imagination. Glad you're back. (:

Jessica Salyer said...

Chris- Thanks!I enjoyed the story. When I was picking the words, I never imagined that's where it would go. Thanks for coming by. :)

Sabrina- Thanks! It's been a busy month!

Jessica Salyer said...

Chris- Thanks. And DL rocks! Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. I'm glad it worked out. :)