The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out. Captain Jamison knew his crew was nervous. He was nervous. They were accustomed to carrying scientists or salvage divers into the depths of the ocean, not six Navy SEALs.
He gave the command to dive. The submarine slowly dived to depth and held station keeping ten miles from their target. SEAL Commander Franks entered the cramped bridge.
“Commander, we’re holding at the distance you requested.”
“Any anomalies, Captain?”
“No, sonar and the audio buoys dropped over the site indicate the object remains inert.” He hesitated, “Any idea what this thing is?”
“No, but we’re about to find out. Take us closer.”
The captain watched the SEALs swim toward the enormous black monolith. As they approached, the object began to glow. Jamison would never forget the chilling words uttered by Commander Franks.
“My god, it’s full of stars.”
Word Count: 149
My tribute (plus my apologies) to Arthur C. Clark, one of my favorite science fiction writers. For some reason, this line from the novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey popped into my head when looking at the prompt. I have absolutely no idea why.
Written for the wonderful writing challenge, Mondays Finish the Story. Each Monday a picture prompt is posted, along with the first line of the story. The stories must be between 100-150 words and must include the given first line, shown in italics in the story.
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