Drabble Day – Scenery

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 the prompt was “SCENERY”.


“Right” Herbert Johnson wasn’t a star. He wasn’t even dark matter. To everyone in the company he didn’t matter at all.

Herbert was a nerd, a nonentity, and a stagehand; and he knew his place in the pecking order.

Jake Turner stood at the centre of the stage; literally and metaphorically. As he performed his lines, the computer controlling the scenery hiccupped. The wood and hardboard sails of the windmill behind Jake sped up; too fast for anyone to warn him.

A sail shot off of the, strangely loose, axle; and buried itself deep in the skull of the screaming star.

Off stage, Herbert smiled…


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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3 Responses to Drabble Day – Scenery

  1. tskraghu says:

    “Diabolic” Herbert Johnson, he was:-)

  2. Aheïla says:

    That’s an interesting use of the scenery! I like how you used the star metaphor to describe Herbert’s non-importance.

  3. tara tyler says:

    a lot of behind the scenes action, poor jake never knew what hit him!

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