Hi there! Here’s a free drabble for you: “Attraction” by me.
That’s what the readouts said. All signs pointed to a massive body hurtling toward Earth. We sent bombs—didn’t destroy it. Sent rockets—couldn’t alter its path.
I radioed the Mars colony to let them know we were changing the polarity on their radiation shield to accommodate for an upcoming solar flare. There were less humans on The Red Planet than this one.
“Ma’am?” came the reply.
“I’m not seeing any danger.”
“You will soon. …Signing off.”
They relied on us. I typed the new code. The meteor would hit them instead.
I sighed and hit enter.
Tires squeal across cool pavement. It’s been raining, and cars rush around the bend too quickly to notice the dented guardrail.
Below, James scrabbles for purchase, a piece of metal in his side, big as his fist. No arteries severed, no organs shredded, but he’s bleeding out.
One foot up, two feet back. Mud slicks the incline. He tries to climb, slides on down again, finally losing grip entirely. He tumbles and lands hard against the wreck of his car.
James gasps, clutching his side. Brakes screech. A car leaps the rail. He screams as headlights plummet right toward him.
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