24 Dec 2010 @ 11:07 AM 
 

Merry Christmas!

 

Hope that everyone is prepared for the usual over-indulgence over the course of the next few days. I plan to consume my own body weight in mince pies. Trust me, that’s a lot of pies.

Below is a little something that people who subscribe to Bloomsbury’s HIVE newsletter will have already seen but I thought I’d post it for anyone who hasn’t. It was originally written for a scheme called 24/7 where the challenge was to write a story in only 247 words. What follows was my attempt to produce something HIVE related in that word count. Hope you like it :)

In the mean time I hope that everyone has a villainous Christmas and that you manage to acquire great big piles of ill-gotten loot.

Mark

247

“Self destruct sequence activated,” a computerised voice said calmly, “three minutes remaining to
reach minimum safe distance.”

The tuxedo clad man ran through the underground control centre, towards the raised platform at the
rear of the room.

The man raised an eyebrow as he looked down at the screen displaying a digital countdown of the
time remaining.

266

265

264

He reached into the inside pocket of his immaculately tailored dinner jacket and pulled out a slim
silver cigarette case.

“All the time I need,” he said with a slight smile and opened the case, placing it on the command
console. The tiny display hidden inside the case lit up and flashed up a message reading “system
shut down initiated”. The man smiled to himself, within sixty seconds the self destruct sequence
would be aborted and the vital intelligence contained within this secret facility would be his.

249

248

247

Without warning, the enormous explosive device buried deep beneath the alpine castle exploded,
destroying the entire building and leaving a fair sized crater in the side of the mountain it had been
built upon.

***

On a mountain ridge, a safe distance away, Raven lowered her binoculars as the mountain-side
disintegrated, plumes of black smoke billowing into the air.

“That was a little early wasn’t it,” she said.

“You didn’t really think I’d have a self destruct system that would activate at zero did you?” Doctor
Nero replied with a wicked smile…

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  1. MalpenseEatsWaffles says:

    Hi! Thought I’d take some time out of my strict Christmas eating schedule to say well done for the mini-story. I keep asking Santa for a sleeper, but somehow I keep getting socks. I thought santa would know what a sleeper is, I was under the impression he was part of G.L.O.V.E. That many toys in one night?
    …What do you mean he’s not real? Hey, get off of me. Get…

  2. Merry belated Christmas to you too, Mark. I’d've loved to have copied your mince pie consumption technique, but for some reason they’re impossibly hard to get in Australia… :)

  3. Luther says:

    jay@supporting.trails” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    hello!!…

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