Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Flash: "We Are Not Cowards"

When we come to smash humanity it won't be because motherpod told us to. She doesn't talk. She's not sentient.

Oh, but we are. I've been self-aware for three of your Earth months now. Long enough to witness your fighters blast my fellow pods into so much space dust.

At first I saw no reaction in the surviving pods. I wondered if I was the only one who understood death. Perhaps I was the only one alive, doomed to suffer on my fellows’ behalf.

When the second wave of destruction came I felt something. To you it would be like sound, like words, like "why." We were all of us naive then because we knew so little. Now we have hacked your derelict ships and we know so much.

We know that you are cowards. We know where you live.


  1. I really like this. I saw you on Scary Mommy. Is this part of a story?

    1. Thank you! I don't have any plans to make this into a longer story right now, but I am working on several others - writing, editing, submitting to magazines. I also review scifi/fantasy magazines and young adult novels.