4. The Crystal Eggs, Part IV   1 comment

Meanwhile in Space…

Episode 4: The Crystal Eggs, Part IV- The Trade

 

Colonel Graves stood in the middle of the war room on the S.P.A.C.E. Headquarters watching the officers hurriedly go about their daily duties. The idea that an enemy ship was floating just outside their security system rattled them. “Anything yet?” he asked.

“Nothing yet, sir,” said Sergeant Harriman. “If the Space Chickens are out there, they are scrambling our long range scanners.”

Graves was going to give the order to unscramble the scanners when the room began to shake. Everyone braced themselves against whatever they were next to. The shaking stopped momentarily, enough time for everyone to recover.

“What the hell was that?” the colonel asked.

“Sir, we are taking fire from the Space Chickens!” Sgt. Harriman replied. “We are getting reports from across the city of laser shots from above.”

“Find that SHIP!” Graves shouted.

Sgt. Harriman got to work. Colonel Graves sat down in his chair in the middle of the room as the room shook once again.

The doors to the war room slid opened and Sundance and Timmy ran in. They both approached the colonel’s chair.

Sundance was about to report their findings at the museum when Sgt. Harriman chimed in instead. “Sir, we’ve managed to pinpoint the ship’s location.”

“It’s about damned time!” Graves said, standing back up. “BLOW IT TO HELL!”

“You can’t, sir,” Timmy objected.

“The chickens have the curator,” Sundance informed. “She’s on the ship.”

“Our planet is being pummeled right now, Sundance.” The room shook once again. Dust was beginning to sprinkle down upon them. “I’ve got to defend an entire planet.”

“I can go get her back, sir.” Sundance beamed with confidence. “We have what the chickens want.”

“The Crystal Egg,” Timmy added.

Graves knew where they were going with this. He nodded his head and sighed. “Fine, but hurry it up! Sergeant, power up the Final Cannon.”

Sundance and Timmy ran out of the war room and headed straight to the vault where the last Egg was placed. Once they showed their clearance to the guard, they were able to retrieve the Egg from its locker.

With the Egg in tow, the two heroes raced to the docking bay where many small rocket ships sat waiting to be of service. Sundance ran past all of the newer models to come to an old, rusted, and well loved rocket ship, the StarTango. Sundance and Timmy rushed to the back door as it lowered into a ramp. They stepped onboard and shut the door behind them.

“Do you really think that the Space Chickens will release Astralyn without a fight?” Timmy asked as they made their way up to the cockpit.

“Or at least stop firing at the base long enough to make a trade,” Sundance replied. He jumped into the pilot’s seat and started up the engines. “Buckle up, Timmy. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

“My favourite, sir.”

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“Look at your precious little planet, lady,” the Chicken Queen said. She pointed to the large view screen and cackled. “This is your fault, you know.” She looked back at Astralyn who was tied up and gagged and being held by two massive chickens. “All you have to do is tell me where to find the last Crystal Egg and you can go.” Astralyn growled a muffled, angry response. The Chicken Queen leaned forward to make out what she said. “That doesn’t sound a location I know. Send another volley of lasers!”

A chicken at a control panel pressed a button and a barrage of lasers flew towards the planet. Astralyn struggled to get away, but her captors held her tight. She cried as she watched the bright orange marks hit the planet. She began nodding her head, signaling that she was ready to talk.

“A smart woman,” The Chicken Queen said. “Un-gag her.” One of the chickens untied her mouth gag. Astralyn took a deep breath and let out a sob. “So, you were saying?”

“I gave the Egg to one of the S.P.A.C.E. agents,” Astralyn admitted. “I don’t know what they did with it. I don’t have it anymore.”

“You better hope that they had the good sense to keep it intact.” The Chicken Queen walked over to another chicken at a communications console. “Send a message to the S.P.A.C.E. Headquarters.”

“Actually, a message is already coming through from them,” the communications officer reported.

“On screen!”

The viewscreen’s image changed from the planet getting a beating to Timmy and Sundance’s face. Astralyn expressed excitement upon seeing them. Her captors put her gag back on and hid her from view.

“Space Chickens, this is S.P.A.C.E. Agent Captain Sundance Starmont. You have a prisoner aboard and we demand that you release her.”

“I am Chickadee, Queen of the Free Range Chickens. I believe you have something that belongs to us.”

“Belongs to you?” Timmy asked. “The Ovarium Crystal Eggs were given to us as a sign of peace and prosperity by the Chicken King Chanticlair!”

Queen Chickadee laughed. “Those eggs weren’t given to you; they were stolen from us by you humans! Those eggs were a symbol of Chicken Pride and Solidarity for us and you came and stole them from us!”

“Well, we could argue about this until the cows come home,” Sundance said.

“You leave the cows out of this,” the Chicken Queen shouted. “Just give us the Egg and we’ll cease fire on your pathetic planet!”

“And return the prisoner?” Sundance asked.

“And we’ll return the woman to you.”

“See, that wasn’t so hard.” Sundance clapped his hands. “I’m assuming the trade is happening at your place.”

“We will meet you in our docking bay,” the Chicken Queen said. She commanded the cease fire. “How cute. See how quickly they came for you? Come.” She led the way off the bridge. Astralyn struggled as her handlers dragged her away. While she was happy to see Sundance and Timmy, she knew that they were heading into a trap.

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Posted September 23, 2010 by Xanto P. Jones in Flash Fiction

One response to “4. The Crystal Eggs, Part IV

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  1. “You leave the cows out of this!” – Hahaha, does this mean we’ll be seeing some space bovines in the near future as well? Perhaps they could be an ally to the humans? Or are they a third party who hate the Chickens and the Humans? There’s a lot of possibilities with that. 🙂

    I have to agree with what you said about Timmy in your post for this chapter. He could use some scenes to help develop his personality. 🙂 I would expand on his relationship to Sundance as well. Do they butt heads a lot? Does he disagree with how Sundance is going about this rescue mission? Think about how each of them approaches a problem. Would this have gone differently if their ranks were reversed?

    I can’t wait to see more! This is getting exciting. Is he really just gonna give the egg to these bozos? lol 🙂

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