Knights of Gallaston Act 1: The Passage

Percival struggled to stand straight, look stoic, and focus, but inside was an electric chaos of excitement. This was it, his first assignment as a real Gallaston Castle guard. Working in the castle was every frog’s dream. Becoming a Gallaston Knight was a fairy tale, and yet, Percival was on his way to doing just that.

It wasn’t long before his daydreams of fighting machines and defending the King took over, and he began swinging his spear at invisible foes.

Hah! Yah! Begone evil Steamworks!” Percival shouted under his breath.

Misjudging the length of his spear, he jabbed backward and slammed the butt of the spear soundly against the stone wall. The spear reverberated in his hands as a loud echo poured down the hallway. Percival quickly stood stock-straight against the wall, hoping no one had seen him.

After a few moments, no one appeared, and Percival let go of his breath. Then there was a loud crash behind him. Percival sprang forward and spun almost losing his balance.

A section of the wall had collapsed where he had struck it. Percival approached. A cool gust of dusty air blew across his face.

“Is this… a hidden passage?”

5 Words Prompt #5

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Today’s words are:

  • Return
  • Quickly
  • Void
  • Stone
  • Breeze

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. Write a story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. Link it or leave it in the comments! #5words

The White of Space

“What was that…?” Professor Hopkins whispered to himself as he stared out the portside window.

“What was what?” asked Captain Callahan.

“Oh er… ah, nothing. Nothing, I’m sure. I think staring off into this infinite darkness is starting to play tricks on my eyes,” replied Hopkins.

“Well, it’ll do that. I assure you. Best to keep your mind occupied with other things while you’re up here. Nothing out there to see anyway, right Professor?” said Callahan.

“Oh, uh. Yes. Nothing…” said Hopkins, tearing his eyes away from the inky blackness of space. He wrinkled his brow slightly, then laughed. “Ha… haha, you know, I’d almost swear I saw a shark. Imagine such a thing!” shaking his head.

“A shark! My, Professor, your imagination really does run wild doesn’t it,” laughed Callahan. Hopkins nodded, slowly turning his eyes back to the porthole.

“Haha, yes, I suppose it does…” Hopkins trailed off as he saw something glint out of the corner of his eye. He shook his head again, looking back at the starship captain. “Uhh, er, say Captain.”

“Yes?”

“What do you think happened to the crew of Gemini-I? I mean, in your opinion as a spaceman, what do you think could have happened?” asked Hopkins.

“Well, Professor, outer space is an unforgiving place. An unforgiving, inhospitable, vast, vacuum of nothingness. Any number of things could have gone wrong with Gemini-I. Explosive decompression, solar radiation, equipment malfunction, even pilot’s error can’t be ruled out. The truth is, Professor, there is no place more daunting, more dangerous, more deadly than outer space,” replied Callahan. Hopkins nodded, paused, nodded again.

“Yes…” He looked out the window, rocked back to get a better view, then leaned forward quickly. “Captain.”

“Yes?”

“Why do you suppose they would have me accompany you on this mission? Why do you think they would choose me, a marine biologist, to fly to outer space to investigate the disappearance of a starship? Why a marine biologist, Captain?” asked Hopkins.

“Well… Honestly, Professor, I’m as puzzled as you are. I… I just don’t know,” replied Callahan. Hopkins stared out the window again, nervous. He gripped his slacks, released, clinched his fingers again. He stomped his feet and looked at the Captain with excited fear.

“Suppose, Captain, just suppose. Say there were something out here. And suppose this thing were alive. Suppose that a living creature could survive here in the vacuum of space. Not just survive, but that this was its natural habitat. Suppose something lived out here, Captain. Suppose it was capable of attacking a starship. What if, Captain, what if they chose me because they knew something lived out here. Something like… a shark,” said Hopkins, his lips quivering.

“Now, Professor…” started Callahan.

“Sir! Something showing on the radar,” Navigator Carlson cut in.

“What is it, Carlson?” asked Callahan, leaning over his shoulder.

“It… it looks like an asteroid field of some sort… but there’s nothing like this on the charts…” said Carlson.

Professor Hopkins stood and staggered toward the men. He stared straight ahead, eyes fixed on the wide forward window.

“No… Not asteroids… not asteroids…” said Hopkins, the words tumbling from his pale lips.

The two men turned their eyes slowly toward the window. In the distance, thousands of tiny shapes began to come into view. Shiny, gray specks on the horizon. Not asteroids. Something new and ancient. An unspeakable horror, seen only once by human eyes, converging on Gemini-II from all directions. An uncharted nightmare swimming through the infinite dark depths of space.


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5 Words Prompt #4

Today’s words are:

  • Clandestine
  • Tea
  • Stairs
  • Cloud
  • Go

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. Write a story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. Link it or leave it in the comments! #5words