#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) . Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives) and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs. This week’s prompts are:
Locations: 1) brasserie 2) caldera 3) hummock
Things: 1) keloid 2) demesne 3) capsule
Adjectives: 1) esoteric 2) disingenuous 3) truculent
Here is my story:
It would be disingenuous of me to say I had planned what happened, but his mistake – not my planning – saved us. Of course, timing also played an important role.
He was carrying enough of the virus to wipe out the entire colony – a disaster that would have brought an end to any further exploration of this planet. By then, my only hope was to vaporise his ship in a way that would burn up not only its pilot, but also its deadly cargo
Up to that point, he had evaded every move and weapon I had tried and it looked like he would make it safely to the ground.
The volcano had been dormant for centuries and he probably figured it would be a good hiding place after he touched down. Who could have known that landing his capsule in the caldera would actually trigger the eruption?