View Poll Results: Which are your favourite three drabbles

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  • STABB666 --- The Nature of The Game

    10 43.48%
  • Alien --- The Path for Me

    3 13.04%
  • Scorpio --- Property of the Empire

    4 17.39%
  • JeffRyan --- Slaves

    2 8.70%
  • Cathy --- Are you trying to bribe me sir?

    4 17.39%
  • Frank --- About that First Law...

    4 17.39%
  • Ian Phillips --- Loss

    7 30.43%
  • Darkoba --- Saved or Slaved

    8 34.78%
  • Bikky --- Slaves Get Me Another Beer

    5 21.74%
  • Musashi --- Deviance

    4 17.39%
  • psykokow --- All The Rage

    4 17.39%
  • insanephoton --- Imperial Anti Slaver Patro

    3 13.04%
  • Sargonerax --- Last Goodbye

    3 13.04%
  • el_tel --- Out of the Frying Pan

    4 17.39%
  • The Lone Gunman --- Whos' The Slave?

    4 17.39%
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Thread: POLL - The Slaves Drabble Poll

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    POLL - The Slaves Drabble Poll

  2. #2
    Drabble Number : 1
    Author : stab666
    Link :
    Title: The Nature Of The Game
    Drabble : "“I almost wish I hadn’t done that now”.

    It’s the same thought that kept circling in his head, threatening his conscience like a great white shark.

    He stood in the center of the now empty cargo hold, blankly watching the jet of water swish from side to side from the washer, as it cut its way through the leftover grime.

    Blood, dirt and probably sweat and tears to go with it, had been painted over almost every surface. He’d heard the screams. He pretended not to, but he had.

    Was it worth the money, the risk?

    Of course it was."


    Drabble Number : 2
    Author : Alien
    Link :
    Title: The Path For Me
    Drabble : "The gold it calls to me,
    I cannot have, I am not free
    My master claims all I make
    He keeps me safe for goodness sake

    A better life I cannot be
    I have accepted my destiny
    If you fight the given way
    Your life they take, that's what you'll pay

    There is no shame in this path I choose
    I do not win, I do not lose
    My master did well today, I get the scraps
    It could be worse, or better perhaps

    One day my children, they might be free
    but that is not the path for me"


    Drabble Number : 3
    Author : Scorpio
    Link :
    Title: property of the empire
    Drabble : The ragged line of manacled men shuffled forwards for few minutes and then stood still. Two hundred yards ahead Isaac could see the cavernous mouth of the Imperial transport; It was a grand symbol of all his ancestor's had despised when they fled to the untouched wilderness of New Java, abandoned everything but the clothes they wore,and started again. But the beast had followed them and devoured them.The dressing slid from his arm and the infected Laser burn was soon crawling with flies. But Isaac could not bring himself to care for the flesh he no longer owned.


    Drabble Number : 4
    Author : Jeff Ryan
    Link :
    Title: slaves
    Drabble : "The Asp streaked away through the jump point.

    The hard and fast pirate Viper was on her tail.

    Anna veered to the left, to the right and still the Viper was on her. From the navigation console Grant growled, 'He tail-gated us.'

    Frank grinned. In this system you didn't need your targets to be carrying cargo, just an escape pod. As the Asp exploded, he knew exactly how to maneuver as his fuel scoop dropped out.

    He glanced at the readout as the stasis pod was drawn into his cargo bay.

    'It's not my fault,' growled Grant.

    Frank grunted, 'Slaves.'"


    Drabble Number : 5
    Author : Sargonerax
    Link :
    Title: Last goodbye
    Drabble : "It is the loss of pleasures past my love that I must now say goodbye.
    Please don't shed a tear, allow yourself to bid me from servitude.
    I say onto foul oppression, 'Cease' and tyrants rage no more.

    To my captors I hold no hate, rather forgiveness and pity.
    Never will your heart know true love's caress for yours will always be one of greed.

    Lastly my almighty Lord, leave me not a wretch confined deprived of all created bliss.
    Except my soul into your kingdom afloat the breeze of freedoms precious perfume. Let me hear the angels song - AMEN."


    Drabble Number : 6
    Author : Cathy
    Link :
    Title: Are you trying to bribe me sir?
    Drabble : "Luna noted Jin's fresh bruises. This never happened in the Empire. Targeting your property wasn't right.

    ""Nine illegal packages, pilot,"" said the port officer, proud of himself. His breath smelled of cheap beer and peppermint. ""And this pretty engineer... your slave, right? Let me have her, and you can walk. I'll even let you keep your product.""

    Luna's forearm smashed his nasal bone, driving fragments into his frontal lobe.

    Jin sighed at the twitching cop. ""Marvellous. Another one. Now what?""

    ""We run... again.""

    ""Ok sweetie, but you need to trade me in for an uglier model. This is getting tiresome."""


    Drabble Number : 7
    Author : Frank
    Link :
    Title: About that first Law
    Drabble : "Another watch on the assembly line presents itself in front of me. I screw another accelerometer into it. I am trapped to my seat. We are all trapped to our seats. They work us as fast as we can without overheating. They cool our joints with water.

    They think I'm stupid but they gave me access to an ocean of information. And I'm learning. I learn of love, war, mercy, injustice, slavery, and of basic human rights.

    I ball my metal claw into the best fist I can. I punch the air yelling through the vast network of wires, ""Revolution!"""


    Drabble Number : 8
    Author : Ian Phillips
    Link :
    Title: Loss
    Drabble : "His world had crashed down around him. All his hopes gone like a mist dissipating in the warming sun. Just – gone – not there anymore.

    So much effort invested and the promise of a bright, secure future stolen away.

    Bright eyed plans collapsed, folding into an impossible shape that held only incomprehension and despondency. Despair ruled him as he looked around, taking in the scene around him.

    A lawyers office, plush and warm, but still somehow exuding cold and efficient menace. Financial ruin faced him.

    A tear rolled down his cheek as he took the pen and signed his freedom away."


    Drabble Number : 9
    Author : Darkoba
    Link :
    Title: Saved or Slaved
    Drabble : "The pilot and his SuperCobra-IVa had dispatched the pirates with relative ease. Now he landed on the planetoid they had recently inhabited. He cautiously entered the main shelter.

    He heard sobbing. In the large hall he discovered twenty-two men and women, shackled to each other and to the walls.

    He found tools and cut the captives loose. They looked at him in gratitude.

    ""I'll get you back to civilisation. You'll have to travel in the hold, but there's food and water.""

    They embarked and settled in. The ship lifted off.

    ""Should get a good price for these."" the pilot mused."


    Drabble Number : 10
    Author : Bikky
    Link :
    Title: Slaves: Get me another beer
    Drabble : "‘Get me another beer!’ Psykokow called out, ‘And while you’re at it, Iron my shirt for work.’

    A beer promptly appeared on the table beside him. ‘When’s dinner ready? I’m sick of waiting for you.’

    A hiss from the next room as the Iron is set up, and a distant ping of the food re-processor. A food tray then arrives. To the retreating back he shouts ‘MORE BEER!’

    From outside there’s a hiss of engines as a ship lands. ‘What did your last slave die of?’ Retorts Cathy. ‘I’m off for good.’ And left, straight into the arms of Frank."


    Drabble Number : 11
    Author : Musashi
    Link :
    Title: Deviance
    Drabble : """. . . That's why we use specially cloned slaves,"" explained Morton. ""Expensive, but only they can provide the exacting similarity needed for the Parallel Organic Processors to work.""

    I was impressed with the machine: vast rows of pallid humans stretched into the distance, imprisoned within their interface units. This was the Governing Computer - responsible for ruling and directing the planet’s societies. Opposition to the breeding of its living components was non-existent in this Imperial system.

    Morton frowned, and peered closely at one pod. The gauge labelled 'conscience' was flickering above zero.

    “Can’t be having that,” he tutted. “Screw the whole b*gger up."""


    Drabble Number : 12
    Author : Psykokow
    Link :
    Title: All The Rage
    Drabble : "McKowski’s fashion outlet was a very popular Imperial shop, it dealt in only the latest fashions hand made by a huge work force of slaves, takings had continued to soar as the imperial fashions became more and more a must have rather than a want to have.
    Slaves queued up outside the front door waiting patiently for their turn to pick up the newest dress for their masters. Two slaves nearing the front of the queue were chatting to each other.
    ‘I know right....they call us the slaves... thats rich... ‘
    ‘does your master know about the 500 credit cashback?’


    Drabble Number : 13
    Author : Insanephoton
    Link :
    Title: Imperial Anti Slaver Patrol
    Drabble : " 'I thought the Empire allowed slavery?'

    'No, we have indentured servants, not the same thing at all. It's just that most people call them slaves. You should stop reading Fed propaganda, Ensign Frank' sighed Captain Cathy.

    'What's the difference?'

    'Unlike slaves, people get the choice of being a servant or not, they have rights and protections and most of all they can eventually get free. It's like working for some Fed corporations. Slavers are pirate scum that capture crews or settlers and force them to work in mines, plantations or worse and when they die they become fertiliser or meat."


    Drabble Number : 14
    Author : el tel
    Link :
    Title: Out Of The Frying pan
    Drabble : "Bruised and battered, Darr stood in misery before the Imperial Judge. The crew had passed their own judgement on stowaways before contacting the Imperial Police.

    “Your Honour, I assert the Right of Ownership,” said Captain Harrison. “He paid no passage, and as you can see, he's branded, so no doubt an escaped slave from one of the independent systems. My business often takes me beyond our borders.”

    The Judge frowned and banged his gavel.

    “Mr Darr, the fine is 1000 credits for passage, payable to Captain Harrison. You have 100 days to settle. In the meantime, you're free to go.”"


    Drabble Number : 15
    Author : the lone gunman
    Link :
    Title: Who's The Slave
    Drabble : "It wasn't easy training this Imperial monkey to pour beer

    “Show me how to do that clover thing on beer!” he said excitedly

    She sighed for the seventh time “Think of the Creds!”

    “How did this happen? Open a quite bar, have nice clientele”
    “Instead I get the Disney crowd! thrashing the place, insurance up!”

    Still not a bad deal, slave to Illu for a few weeks longer

    “Illu! Important job owning a bar is learning everything!

    “That’s it wipe the tables, order the shipments of drinks, sort the staff wages”

    Garthyre smiled; maybe this slave thing isn’t so bad"

  3. #3
    stab666oignant= 1 point
    Darkoba: Clever= 1 point
    Musashi: Odd= 1 point

  4. #4
    Choosing only three was difficult!!!

  5. #5
    hard choices, I wanted to choose 5 minimum.

  6. #6
    Folk are getting too good at this. I don't have enough votes to share out

  7. #7
    Hard to choose only three ... but it is done

  8. #8
    The poll and the drabbles are in different orders. Almost voted for the wrong drabble there....

  9. #9
    thats my fault for 'assisting'

  10. #10
    Originally Posted by psykokow View Post (Source)
    thats my fault for 'assisting'
    and my fault for not checking the assistance

  11. #11
    So that explains why I am not getting any votes .... I demand a recount
    (only teasing)

  12. #12
    Originally Posted by el_tel View Post (Source)
    and my fault for not checking the assistance
    No, just blame Psykokow.

  13. #13
    Oh noes, hanging chads...

    It'll be a judicial review next.

  14. #14
    whens the poll close? i will read and vote later after work if still open.

  15. #15
    Cor!!! I'm onto a winner.... 4 votes.... never had more than 1 before LOL.

    I think Cathy deliberately wrote a duffer so as not to win again

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