View Poll Results: Which 3 drabbles will be better after the operation?

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  • 1) Frank: Yah ditty DAHN DAHN! Yah ditty DAHN DAHN!...

    2 9.09%
  • 2) MarktJones: Will it be chips or jacket spuds...?

    2 9.09%
  • 3) psykokow: Strictly Squeaking

    4 18.18%
  • 4) Philip Coutts: Two Operations, One Result

    2 9.09%
  • 5) cassius: Medical School

    8 36.36%
  • 6) Eyota Winterwalker: No title (92 words)

    3 13.64%
  • 7) Ian Phillips: Attachment

    6 27.27%
  • 8) azdour: Operation Overlord

    3 13.64%
  • 9) Scorpio: The operation (104 words)

    1 4.55%
  • 10) Gibbonici: Vae Victis

    3 13.64%
  • 11) The Lone Gunman: A slave to debt

    14 63.64%
  • 12) Rog: Normal service will resume shortly...

    6 27.27%
  • 13) Darkoba: Successful

    9 40.91%
  • 14) insanephoton: Crime pays

    2 9.09%
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Thread: DRABBLE POLL "The Operation"

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    DRABBLE POLL "The Operation"

    The knife has been removing all the unhealthy words that fattened the drabbles.
    Which of these them has the cutting edge to make it to the top? Only you can decide!

    3 votes, don't vote for yourself and may you rise from the operation table a better person that before (except for the PUNsters amongst you - please report to the operation theatre to have your pun glands removed).

  2. #2
    Here they are - all laid out on the operation table: this weeks collection of drabbles.

    Read them all and choose just 3 to vote for. Good luck.

    1) Frank: Yah ditty DAHN DAHN! Yah ditty DAHN DAHN!...
    The falsified call signals had got them this far. Their three spacecraft were approaching the pirate base. The mission was clear, clinical, and concise. Locate the prototype fighter the pirates had stolen, destroy it, and get out of there as fast as they could.

    Jake looked out of his canopy at all the pirate fighters that would soon be on his tail. He was dismayed to see what they'd done to The Makarian's paint job.

    It was all going to kick off soon. "Jim. You got "Ride of the Valkyries" cued up on the player? Let's start the opera tune!"

    2) MarktJones: Will it be chips or jacket spuds...?
    “Because it tastes so bad,” Jax said, emphasising each word with a turn of the release crank. “Desiccated high-protein carbohydrate mix so there’s a chance we’ll survive out here until we can get this fixed.”

    Dee shrugged at him, punching a button on the tablet in her hand. “Still it’s a weird name.”

    “That’s naval humour for you,” Jax said, putting down the crank wrench. “It’ll be weeks before this damage is fixed.”

    “Well, here’s your Optimum Protein Emergency Ration for the day. Enjoy,” Dee slapped the foil pack into Jax’s chest.

    “The OPE ration,” Jax mumbled. “Often puked everywhere.”

    3) psykokow: Strictly Squeaking
    Squeak Squeak Squeak…
    SQUEAK!!!! SQUEAK squeak!! Squeak?
    Dispondent Squeak!
    Squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak!
    Squeak squeak!
    The Sidewinder lurched violently to its bow as the vipers opened a salvo of multicolour laser fire all over its hull.
    Squeeeeeeeeeaaaaak!! Squeak squeak squeak….
    Boom Boom Booom Sparkle Fizz Kaboom
    Three shadows floating in space amongst the wreckage keep eye contact with each other.
    Squeak!! Said one wagging his finger angrily at one of the other figures.
    Barry broke the radio code. “I told you this kind of Mickey Mouse Operation never works..”

    4) Philip Coutts: Two Operations, One Result
    She woke from the anaesthetic to be informed that the operations had been successful in every sense. The spy had infiltrated the bedrooms of the Federation and used her feminine wiles to gain information beyond value.

    The Federal operation was dissected and defensive measures taken. The fracas was completely one sided and the Federation fleet devastated, surprised by the magnitude of the force that had ambushed them in this supposedly unprotected system.

    She gazed into the mirror and recognised her face, finally returned to its natural Imperial beauty. Gone were the Federal features she had used to such deadly effect.

    5) cassius: Medical School
    Vreet laid all the necessary utensils out on the stand next to her. Strapped to the table, the writhing form squirmed against the tight bonds holding it down. This one had been found floating in space, light years from anywhere and barely alive.

    She was looking forward to this, it was the first living specimen she’d dissected. The wail it made was upsetting her though. She reached for the cauterizer on the stand and ran the intense flame across its mouth, sealing it shut.

    “Much better” she mused, clicking her mandibles enthusiastically. Humans were such noisy little things after all.

    6) Eyota Winterwalker: No title (92 words)
    Overpoint, erratic Ions, limping in.
    Heatsink powered, proceeding in a covert way. I hope.

    They came from no place, hypered in, surrounded, fired, died.
    I took them down but nearly lost, I'm leaking steam into the cosmos.

    One more AU .. (God it's freezing) but dare not run. And will not, now that I have you, name I needed.
    That proves I WAS framed, that preceded.

    From now, I know, heard Radio Chatter. And have your jewels and Alien matter.
    Scooped from your poor (dead dead) assassins.

    You're "it". When I refit.

    7) Ian Phillips: Attachment
    She limped in, nursed along by a worried owner.
    He left her resting and gave her a comforting pat before departing with words meant to encourage.
    "We'll get you fixed up. Just hang on in there, I'll be right back with help."
    He glanced back, just once, as he hurried away, shaking his head at the burns on her skin.

    Later he brought her in.
    Comfortingly he said, “It’s OK girl, don’t worry. It’s time for your operation”

    The mechanics threw each other a look behind his back as he left.
    "Some pilots just get too attached to their ships!"

    8) azdour: Operation Overlord
    The soldiers had received a clear and simple order. Location of required target: check. Contact protocol: kill on sight. No witnesses.

    With no intelligence on the enemy they were fully armed.

    A quick reconnaissance identified that the target was within a building, multiple floors, surrounded by a solid fence topped with barbed wire.

    After the fence they breached the building quietly. Dealing a silent death to all they met.

    They entered and exited quickly. Operation complete.

    It is amazing the lengths that Imperial Senator Kellar would go to in order to retrieve his daughters puppy from the public quarantine centre.

    9) Scorpio: The operation (104 words)
    When had Commander Kruger's obsession with the Thargoids begun?.
    Was it the two years he had spent trapped in that pressurized shelter on Io?. Perhaps it was the three years he had spent in an escape capsule floating in the great belt of Orcadia?.
    or was it the five years he had spent imprisoned in the organic cells of Batavia?.
    Well, the Bio Technicians had done their work. Commander Kruger was revived from his sedated sleep and the surgeons monitor placed before his eyes.
    The stitching was still visible, but the spined thorax and spindly two meter long legs with multiple digits were magnificent.

    10) Gibbonici: Vae Victis
    Imperial Mining Colony Isqueder VI/Kappa. Slave revolt. Sixth one this year. Our orders from Achenar were clear: Vae Victis.

    The colony wasn't very big; six habs clustered around a drilling platform, another two adjoining the refinery. Forty crew. 213 slaves.

    We landed on the platform and moved out along the transitways by squads. We killed everyone we found. Slaves. Crew. Everyone. We found the colony commander beaten and naked in Slave Hab III. A free citizen of the Empire reduced to a slave for slaves.

    Two rounds later she wasn't even that.

    Vae Victis. Woe to the vanquished. Message sent.

    11) The Lone Gunman: A slave to debt
    She waited anxiously holding her husbands hand in the private Imperial room, her little daughters complicated operation due to finish soon

    Her husband looked stricken with worry
    she squeezed his hand, trying to give him strength

    "It should be me" he said

    There was a cough from the man opposite

    An Imperial doctor appeared "all fine"
    The relief while great, also meant it was time

    She kissed her husband goodbye and walked over to the other man

    She turned "Tell our daughter I love her and will be back soon"

    She then walked out the hospital with her new master

    12) Rog: Normal service will resume shortly...
    Expansion into this part of the galaxy had been slow, relentless.

    Patrolling ragged borders had proved an uninteresting (vital... necessary...) duty. So much for being a soldier.

    Duty. No matter that his soul yearned for (battle... conflict...) glory! He would perform his research role - (patiently... perfectly...) as required.

    Clicks! - The ship completed 'operating' on the captive - no novel augments or capabilities. Pathetic.

    Great Migration was again approaching! Once again he would be (warrior... champion...) soldier! And warmbloods would die.

    Signalling his spartan craft with wafts of pheremones, he blinked out of realspace.

    The broken figure, drifting against the black remained.

    13) Darkoba: Successful
    The enemy hordes swept through the terrain in their tens of thousands. They lived off their surroundings, consuming or destroying everything in their path, leaving a dead waste in their wake.

    They met opposition. A mechanical army. Robots by the thousands stopped their advance, destroyed them one-by-one, pushed them back.

    Finally, the last of the enemy was vanquished, ripped apart like the others, into small pieces of organic waste.

    Clean-up robots gathered the waste, transported it to the bowel; the combat robots de-activated and drifted through to the bladder.

    The doctor watched his recovering patient with satisfaction.

    “Just love nano-technology!”

    14) insanephoton: Crime pays
    So you want to know about the operation? As you know, we're involved with a number of legal and not so legal activities. Most of them are quite lucrative, but the trick is to make all of the profit appear to be legit. We don't want to give the law an excuse to go snooping into our affairs.

    The transport group is a useful cover for our smuggling operations and the security company provides a front for our more robust activities. You want to know where the casinos and strip clubs fit in? Simple, they're there to launder dirty credits.

  3. #3
    Thanks for taking the spangly jacket this week, Ian.

    Again, difficult choices and quite a tricky theme. With this theme it was difficult not to be too obvious - very challenging. Good luck everyone.

  4. #4
    Thanks For hosting dear sir, I appreciate the snacks in the green room, Chili nuts hmmm

    And chilled Janx... though traditionally it is drunk luke warm!!

  5. #5
    I didn't get round to writing one this week, but I at least made sure to vote. Some good stories, and some puns....

  6. #6
    Good stories again this week - as difficult as ever to pick only three.

    And thanks Ian for being the host with the most!

  7. #7
    Yeah, thanks for hosting, Ian!

    Lots of good drabbles as usual, and picking 3 was hard, but there was one very obvious choice for me that stood above all the others. And right now 100% of all voters have picked it too! I think we're going to see a very deserved landslide

  8. #8
    Originally Posted by Darren Grey View Post (Source)
    Yeah, thanks for hosting, Ian!

    Lots of good drabbles as usual, and picking 3 was hard, but there was one very obvious choice for me that stood above all the others. And right now 100% of all voters have picked it too! I think we're going to see a very deserved landslide
    Are you trying to influence the vote in some kind of drabble betting rigging?

  9. #9
    Nice drabbles As I have been traveling alot lately I didnt get time to write one. But I have given my votes. Have a nice weekend drabblers.
    Btw, I have just ordered myself a X52 Pro. Time to throw the Av8r-03 away.

  10. #10
    Voted. Really starting to get the drabble bug now

  11. #11
    Ah .. 100 words EXACTLY .. (doh!)
    ... better luck next time!!

  12. #12
    I'm starting to make my come back....

  13. #13
    It's good to see that everyone has scored at least 1 vote. Maybe it's too early to make predictions, but it looks as though TLG should start thinking about what the next topic is going to be.

  14. #14
    I've wondered for years what the opening lines to 'Valkyries' were. Now I know... Thanks Frank

  15. #15
    Originally Posted by Darkoba View Post (Source)
    I've wondered for years what the opening lines to 'Valkyries' were. Now I know... Thanks Frank

    I had to keep stopping and rewinding the tape to write down the words. Back in the old days folks used to write their lyrics down on the album sleeves.

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