Zack Lester is the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.
The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.
Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:
by Zack Lester
Jay shook his head, “I can’t believe your plan worked.”
“You know how command is.” Nick shrugged, “They never scrap their screw ups. I walked right out with it.”
“Screw up? It took me years to program this thing. It worked just as it should have.”
“Sorry, that’s not what I meant.”
Nick let out a long and low whistle, “What are we waiting for?”
Jay punched in the operating sequence on the keypad and stepped back as the Super Bee began to buzz and hover a couple of feet off the ground. A video screen flashed to life.
The color drained from Jay’s face, “Colonel, you’re supposed to be…”
“Dead?” Colonel Packard hissed, “I am very much alive. Did you really think we didn’t know? We decided this would be the perfect opportunity to test the Bee’s remote activation procedure. The lab made a few modifications though. Command felt one picture of a target left too many uncontrollable risks, so we added voice recognition software. You’ve given us what we needed for that, as for the picture…”
Jay and Nick’s phone beeped in unison. Jay pulled his phone from his pocket to see a picture of the two men taken not ten minutes prior. He looked back at the Colonel’s smiling face.
Packard tapped the face of his watch, “I’d guess you have about three minutes left, give or take.”
The screen winked out.