B for Based on Principle Alone: #atozchallenge fiction

Today’s prompt (the beginning of the story in bold)  came from Nicole and the picture prompt was sent in by the Ninja Captain himself—very sci-fi, right up his alley! I chose them together because the scene looks like fight-or-flight—and principles are great things to fight for.

 Based on principle alone, Yani did not shoot up a flare.  His heart seemed to beat outside of him–it hammered in his veins, throbbed in his head, echoed by the thrum of the machines that zipped above them as they crouched under a crag at the deserted Tgren beach. These two are scum. Let the Tgrens have them.
Blocking the two out of his mind for a moment of respite, Yani gripped his weapon hard, because that seemed like the only way to keep a grip on himself—not shoot the other two, or get all three captured. He could not let them know he had seen them at it, that he wanted to punish them, and punish himself for trusting them. That is not the Cassan way.
 She looked at him with that queer angle to her face, which meant she was curious. Of course, she is curious. She can’t reach me. I need to stop thinking about what I saw– here I am, standing between my wife and my best friend, the classic cuckold, and their lives depend on me. …..but, so does all of Cassa.
He relaxed his barriers. His senses reeled under the attack of her jocular staccato : Cassa calling Yani, how long are we going to be here?
Till the ships stop looking, he smiled at her. For now, they needed to work together. But only for now.

Alex, if you’re reading this, I meant it only as a bit of harmless fun. I haven’t read much science fiction, or Cassafire, so this is just random silliness in playing with the names of Tgren and Cassa that I hope you’ll forgive in your usual hearty way.

If not, let me know and I shall duck for cover πŸ™‚

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  1. Nicole

    I knew the "Cassa" in this story sounded familiar but couldn't figure out why at the moment until I finished reading it and aha! Alex's novel! Thanks for using my prompt πŸ™‚

    I tried to comment on this post yesterday but the browser on the computer I was using was acting up. Just a quick note: my Blogger profile is private. Could you update that link to reflect my blog address instead?

    Cheers and Happy Wednesday!

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  2. DonnaGalanti

    So full of action and description! But now I want the rest of the story…to be continued? Will they work together or be sworn enemies or fall in love?

  3. Jessica L. Foster

    I love how you show the action all the while allowing us to get to know the characters at the same time.
    Also, I love the picture at the top of your blog. I used to eat gooseberries a long long time ago when I was a child. I loved them.

  4. Damyanti

    Thanks for the lovely comments everyone. Visiting each one of you back as we speak πŸ™‚

    I'm still struggling with D, so I'll need your blessings.

  5. KjM

    Excellent! What a great lead-in. You've managed to set a whole string of things off and running, and still grounded in the eternal triangle.

    Leaving this reader wanting more.

  6. Tracy Makara

    Nice! For a trial run with sci-fi, you've done well. Haven't read much in the genre for a really long time, but seriously this was not bad at all. Good job! πŸ™‚

  7. Angela Brown

    I won't claim to no Alex beyond his love of Hot Tamales, but I'd think he's get a giggle out of this.

    Nice job and quite the conflict there with he, she and he, possible betrayal of some kind happening.

  8. Archna Sharma

    Archna Sharma said…
    I would think that your friend might appreciate that you did this.

    I've been keeping up on a zombie apocalypse series(I usually read things that are more beautiful) and it's hooked me. I love the 'soap opera' within the zombie madness.

  9. Damyanti

    Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone!
    Guilie, so wonderful to talk to you again.
    Jenn, I'm afraid that's as far as I got–been busy hosting πŸ™‚

    Joe, thanks for th kind words, and I've already chosen one of the pics–will inform/credit/link later.

    Alex—whew, that's a relief!! πŸ™‚

    Jennifer, glad you like it.

    Stephen—am very glad Alex loved it. I didn't have a backup post ready in case he made me scratch this one, lol

  10. Guilie

    Very nice, Damyanti! You have that gift of creating human conflict with very few words (and, apparently, any scenario!) and bringing it home to the reader in the clearest and most poignant of ways. I love your writing πŸ™‚