Deck Tremor

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler with far, far too much to do.

Captain Adriana Milosovic felt the deck tremble beneath her feet. It was subtle, barely even there at all, and yet it was enough that her senses came to high alert. She glanced around the bridge at her crew, but they were all engaged in their own tasks. No one else seemed to have noticed the oddity.

"Status report!" she barked. Immediately, her crew jumped to high alert as each one checked individual readouts at their stations. Several voices replied simultaneously, but she was used to sorting out the confusion. The gist of the impromptu systems check was that all operations were nominal, operating well within expected parameters.

Adriana returned to her captain's chair and thumbed the comm for engineering. "Mr. Stock, report please." The response was immediate.

"We blew a fuse, captain," he replied. "We're replacing it right now."

"Very good. Any idea as to the cause of the failure?"

"None, captain. Diagnostics are underway."

"Excellent, Mr. Stock. Report to me once you have something."

"Yes, sir."


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Comments (6 so far!)

Robert Quick

Robert Quick

Mr. Stock lol. I like it. I feel like this could be right up HSAR's alley and I wouldn't mind following Capt. Milosovic around for a little while longer.

  • #2891 Posted 30 days ago
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Hehe, I hoped someone would notice that and mention it. It amused me enough to keep it in the story, even though it was originally just a placeholder for the engineering chief.

And I'd like to continue this as a series. I'm just not sure yet what kind of universe this crew lives in.

  • #2893 Posted 30 days ago


I do appreciate an efficient crew. Captain Milosovic seems to have his well in hand.

Typo correction: "Diagnostics is underway." -> "... are underway."

  • #2894 Posted 30 days ago
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Nice catch, HSAR. Typo corrected.

And it's her crew. ;-)

  • #2896 Posted 30 days ago


As Rob says, she'd feel right at home in my Distant Mountain series.

  • #2898 Posted 30 days ago
ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Whatever Universe this is in, I'd follow this Captain, too.

  • #2902 Posted 29 days ago

Story challenge:

I challenge you to write something where someone or something shakes (the ground, the window panes, the strange dog). The act of shaking should be significant but not necessarily obvious. All subject or genres are welcome. Optional second part of the chal…


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