Drabble Day – Cup

The Drabble Day Challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ and it involves writing a Drabble (a short story of 100 words, plus or minus 5) based around a particular prompt. This week’s prompt was “Cup”.


Like a bubble of mercury, the ball floated above the cup. Waiting…

Oumat crawled across the bodies lying in the puddles of cooling gore, his own blood adding to the pools. The inhuman scream of the Nektal blared through the doorway and Oumat knew that they were getting closer. He had only seconds…

With the last ounce of his strength Oumat dragged his broken body up the side of the pedestal. At that very moment, one of the Nektal burst into the control room, its claws clacking on the metal floor.

Oumat punched the button and the ball dropped into the cup, completing the circuit.


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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5 Responses to Drabble Day – Cup

  1. tskraghu says:

    Nice technique to leave the reader to imagine the context!

  2. Aheïla says:

    I have a weird “Rube Goldberg device” image at the end of this story. As much from the ‘circuit’ itself as from the context I need to create around the story.
    Kind of a big blob of questions and if I change one of the parts my imagination produces, the machine will create a whole new story with the elements you wrote.
    Nicely done.

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