Glitch

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: BoMoWriCha Prompts
Written for a writing challenge at the BoMoWriCha Prompt House.

Submitted: December 27, 2018

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Glitch

You are to destroy all living creatures. Show no mercy, for they would show none to you.”

The bearbots climbed in to the smaller craft that would transport them down on to the ground of the planet below. They were armed and full of feelings of vengeance, for had not the inhabitants of planet Mirth destroyed their home and laughed while they were doing it.

Do not engage in communication. Do you understand? You are to seek revenge, make them pay for the total disdain and disregard that they have shown towards bearkind.”

As the small craft landed, the bearbots climbed from their transport and revealed their true size to those near enough to get a quick glimpse. They were huge beings; some kind of never-before seen metal made up their bodies, but their heads were those of giant teddy bears. Their hands, or should it be paws, were weapons of mass destruction. With nothing more than a pointing motion, buildings would be reduced to rubble, smouldering before the flames even had a chance to reach the sky.

Four bearbots pointed and buildings to the north, south, east and west collapsed instantly, taking many people to their premature and unexpected deaths. The fifth bearbot looked around in some confusion. The data that his eyes received did not match that which had been input into his receptors.

Planet Mirth had a green sky, pink grass, and the Mirthlings did not like to live above ground level. Dog-like, they preferred to dwell in cave-like structures, joined together by thousands of tunnels. In spite of their high intelligence they were capable of nothing but cackling laughter, growling only if put in a corner. Teeth were their weapons of choice should they have to fight their own battles; but mainly they deployed bombrats, small creature-like things that would scuttle unnoticed in to enemy territory before exploding with considerable force.

There was no sign of Mirthlings or bombrats, just shouting and screaming creatures, that, like the bearbots, walked on two legs. They were peculiar beings, with material instead of fur, bare skin, and many had stranded growths coming from their heads. From the height of the buildings, many of which dwarfed the bearbots themselves, these beings had no fear of being up above the ground.

His four companions continued blasting away until he gave the order to cease fire. He had noticed a shorter than average one of those creatures walking towards him, head bowed, sobbing whimpers coming from it’s mouth. This creature, although small had a long stranded head-growth, and had not yet grown material on her lower limbs. A cub of some kind, perhaps.

But what made him call a halt to the devastation was what she carried with her. A tiny thing, covered in fur, with a head just like a miniature version of their own. Mirthlings would never have such a thing in their possession.

Command ship, requesting analysis of sight data.” He did not speak, communicating through thought-wave technology.

Almost instantly he received a reply. “An Earthling cub. They worship our ancestors. What are they doing on Mirth?”

You tell me, Commander,” the bearbot returned. “Request confirmation of co-ordinates.”

There has been a glitch in the system. Co-ordinates have been reversed. Bearbots, return to your ships and we will rectify the problem.”

The bearbot leader looked around. There was a lot of devastation but at least it was restricted to one area. Earth was known for having such regions that the Earthlings caused themselves. What was it they called them? Wallzones? No, war zones, that was it. Well, they now had one more to add to their collection.

 

(608 words).

 


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