Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Adventures of Bloot and Tubes: Episode 1, Stranded

"Lieutenant, you have five minutes of air left."

"Five!?" Lieutenant Bloot's hands fumbled with the power controls. Lieutenant Bloot and his crew were stranded in the middle of space, in galaxy X981. The ship lost its power two weeks ago, and there was only one room that was operational, thanks to some expert thinking from Mechanic Lubey Tubes, who quickly created a makeshift generator in the nick of time, able to save the people in the mess hall. Unluckily, this meant they had limited air. People were already fainting from oxygen loss, and Lieutenant Bloot was desperate to turn on the main generator, which would filter carbon dioxide for oxygen, and provide power for the entire ship. Lubey was whispering through the headset that was implanted in Bloot's astronaut suit, "You need to pull the big lever, then type the code 19391 into the console. It will reactivate." Bloot did as he was told. There was a whirring sound as the generator came back to life, but then it powered back down. Bloot shouted, "It started for a moment then shut down!"

"Try the code 10374" The same result.

"Nope!"

"Try 12031" The same result

"Try-"

"I'm almost outta air. I got two minutes left in my tank and it takes four minutes to get back," interrupted Bloot. Bloot started to run back to the mess hall, which was nearly impossible in the no gravity hallways. He decided to push off the walls and towards the mess hall. Ten seconds of air left! The mess hall was still two minutes away. Five seconds... One second! Bloot exhaled a final breath as he reached for the mess hall door. Then something unexpected happened. The door opened and Mechanic Lubey grabbed onto Bloot's hand, pulling him into the mess hall. Then, the door slammed shut. Bloot took his helmet off and breathed the stale mess hall air. He whispered, "I failed." Lubey said, "Not quite. Those small surges of power let some electricity into this battery of mine. This battery is able to take small amounts of electricity and multiply it, so we can just power the ship from here."

"How long?"

"At least an hour."

"We don't have an hour, much less thirty minutes." To emphasize the point, there was a banging on the door. Everyone froze. The banging came from outside the door. Nobody, could live outside the door. There was no air, and the temperature was below -400 Fahrenheit.

"Pressure?" said Bloot.

"What pressure? The door and walls are meant to withstand pressure in the case of an emergency like this. The door and walls would just-"

"I don't need your explanations Tubes! All I needed was a not pressure." A man started to walk towards the door. He put his head against the door, and when he did, the door opened, sending him flying into space. Coming in was an enormous alien. It was nearly impossible to see, since it was pitch black, and blended in with the darkness outside. Somebody whimpered, and it lashed out, instantly snatching the person and going back into the darkness. The door closed.

"Ok. Now we know the alien is on board, and that it turned off the power."

"That seems to be the case. We have to send people out there."

"We can't. The alien will take you and probably kill you."

"What if we are silent? It couldn't' see us, but when it heard poor Jimmy whimper it lashed out like a starving dog."

"BEEP BEEP!"

"Five minutes of air left."

"Five!" Everybody panicked, reducing the air to four minutes. Everybody shut up after that.

Bloot broke the silence. "Battery life?"

"Ninety percent."

"That'll have to do." Lubey opened up the generator and shoved the battery into the power input slot. The ship whirred to life.

"Well that solves one of our problems." As Lubey said that, the alien charged into the room, snarling and hungry. Bloot whipped out his pistol and shot it four times. It only seemed irritated. It turned towards Bloot, snorted, and charged him. Bloot jumped out of the way in the nick of time. He shot the alien a few more times, but the alien was not injured. In fact, the alien just got more angry. He ran towards Bloot, and was expecting Bloot to dodge. As Bloot jumped out of the way, the alien snatched onto his shirt with its long claws and started to strangle him. As Bloot flailed around, Lubey grabbed a wrench that was lying on the ground next to the generator, and whacked the alien repeatedly. Finally, he hit a spot on the small of its back and the alien collapsed onto the ground, unconscious. Bloot thanked Lubey and announced, "It is time to go back to Earth!" All the men cheered, but one man said, "What about the alien?" His voice was full of fear and angst.

Bloot replied, "We bring it back to Earth so we can study it."

And with that, they courageously walked back to the huge cockpit of the enormous ship, and they started the engines. At faster than light speed, they zoomed back to planet Earth.

TO BE CONTINUED 

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