Year 14

A surgical strike

by Escher - 7th Aug 1999
Concealed in a cloud of chaff, a small fighter craft hung silently, waiting. Within the cramped cockpit, the pilot dozed, dreaming of home. The steady pulsing of the sensor sweep lit the cabin an eerie green.

A quiet tone indicated a ship had dropped out of hyperspace and into the kill-zone. Quickly, the ship’s computer verified that the ship was it’s designated target, before bringing the engines on-line.


‘Zero-two hundred hours, course adjustments for Vendorian gravity well laid in, sir.’

Tiny jets flared briefly into life on the hull of the GC transport vessel Dulwich, turning it ever so slightly on it’s journey to VDS1. The vessel’s captain smiled grimly at his navigator. ‘Anything from the surface?’

‘Negative, sir. Scanners are zero.’ he blinked. ‘Wait a minute, sir. We just picked up a blip.’

Frowning, the captain activated his own console, and checked the scans. ‘You idiot, that’s just a cloud of debris.’ He sighed and relaxed back into his chair.

‘Sir, I’m certain I spotted up an energy signature.’


The fighter pilot watched as the larger ship drew inexorably closer. The computer chimed to indicate that weapons systems were ready. The computer’s display brought attention to the vessel’s bridge. The pilot gripped the throttle, and waited, eyes narrowed. The target vessel continued it’s path, presenting it’s great slab-like flanks for assault. Perfect.

Gently, the fighter nosed its way through the cloud of debris. There was a momentary flare, and the ship’s three engines roared into life. On a funnel of white flame, the black ship streaked towards it’s target.

The pilot casually armed the ship’s primary weapon, and placed a glowing crosshair over the Dulwich‘s bridge. The larger vessel was travelling quickly, there would only be one shot at this, as the fighter intercepted from the side, almost on a collision course.

One shot was plenty.

The fighter shuddered as the mass-driver’s coils charged up, then the cockpit shook as the burst of super-energised matter left the weapon’s muzzle.


‘Sir, it’s moving! It’s on an intercept course, two kliks and closing, heading three-one-nine...’

For a second, the Dulwich‘s shields were awash with light, the thick armaplas windows as bright as a sun. In the second that followed, the crew barely had time to register shock as their tiny world shattered around them.

Everything exploded.

The front of the ship tore away as though a toy in the hands of a giant. In an instant the ship was surrounded by twisted metal, spinning white-hot fragments and billowing clouds of supercooled gases dancing like flies around the now-headless ship.

Emergency bulkheads slammed shut, klaxons sounded, and the engines shut down. All over the ship a dozen automated systems shrieked the awful truth.

The fighter rolled and banked, soaring across the bow of the stricken vessel and away, soon to be lost in the silent skies.
21 Jan 19, 19:09
cdsqdv says:
20 Jan 19, 09:12
daisejlx says:
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18 Mar 18, 22:30
MikeL says:
Read the five chapters of Mike in onw sitting and enjoyed them SO much. TY! :)
18 Mar 18, 21:50
Mike L says:
I will be looking at the new stuff and i am sure i will like it. Hope u r well <3
18 Mar 18, 21:50
Mike L says:
Sorry i have not been checking in. I am always thinking about your website and your screations.
1 Oct 17, 09:02
E.E. says:
Another chapter up. More coming tomorrow.
29 Sep 17, 09:41
E.E. says:
Okay, here we go, something new: crossover fiction.
28 Sep 17, 07:42
E.E. says:
Ugh. Forced to update Skype to include the latest rubbishy unwanted nonsense.
19 Sep 17, 13:07
E.E. says:
Funny thing: while assembling his StormWolf model, Isegrim somehow managed to put one of the parts in his mouth and chew it up.
4 Sep 17, 07:16
E.E. says:
Thanks, Mike. I'll be posting up something soon.
13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
So what i am saying is, you just do what you want, :) --- a supportive reader.
13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
At the same time, Whateley websites are always being plagued by people who are rude and crude and uncomplimentary and even abusive of the authors. Famously, it is said that this is why Diane Castle left. And her stuff was awesome!
13 Aug 17, 16:48
MikeL says:
TY 4 your post. Don't feel bad about "Dawn". I bet DaVinci had a bunch of paintings in his attic he didn't try to sell because he thought they weren't up to snuff.
16 Jul 17, 17:26
E.E. says:
I'm still alive! The Dawn story got some bad feedback on the Whateley forum, so Ive backpedalled a bit. Working on something new.
3 Jul 17, 22:34
MikeL says:
Just want you to know i still think about you, about the characters in Verity's Ark, and hope things are going well for you.
21 May 17, 06:27
JimmiXzSq says:
19 May 17, 13:28
MikeL says:
i should have said "hopefully in favor of nice real life stuff you like". <3 :)
19 May 17, 13:26
MikeL says:
I'm checking for updates/new chapters on Dawn. I know that you are winding down your web stuff hopefully in favor of real life. Lots of thanks and compliments and love.
2 May 17, 18:45
MikeL says:
Just wanted to say thank you for everything :)
20 Apr 17, 17:12
MikeL says:
I found more of Dawn on the Whateley site and enjoyed reading it very much :) ty!!
20 Apr 17, 02:02
MikeL says:
Read the first chapter of Dawn and the only criticism is it was too short! I was done reading it too soon. More, please. :) Most enjoyable!
5 Apr 17, 21:45
MikeL says:
You know how much I like the Whateley universe and how much i like your writing so "Dawn" is going to be, i am sure, the greatest mixture of two good things since peanut butter and jelly. Will be following it intently. :)
2 Apr 17, 16:58
Barnypok says:
1 Apr 17, 23:11
Barnypok says:
11 Mar 17, 15:58
MikeL says:
And thank you. I feel honored that you give me clues and name me. :)
11 Mar 17, 15:55
MikeL says:
no more Verity's Ark. All good things must come to an end and V.A. was THE BEST!!!! Congrats on your writing. :) Love you.
6 Mar 17, 07:58
E.E. says:
And that's the end of my NaNoWriMo story.
11 Feb 17, 10:14
E.E. says:
Progress is good on the new story, but I don't want to give away too much. A clue for MikeL, though: the working title is 'Dawn'
9 Feb 17, 20:33
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