Locked in the Dark

Toonrmicon Author: Robotech_Master Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Chris Meadows spent his formative years in Jonesboro, Arkansas, followed by the small-town environment of Cassville, Missouri, before moving to Springfield to attend Southwest Missouri State U... Read Bio

The Marauder strike force had blown the generator. Breakpoint—the transforming robot automech with whom I was partnered—and I were stuck in one of the automech-sized service corridors, between Blast Door 3F and Blast Door 3G, which had automatically sealed when the power had failed. Without the generator power to open the doors, we were locked in.

Of course, Breakpoint was equipped with the maintenance tool pack, so given time we could probably cut our way out if we had to—through a wall, if not one of the blast doors. The problem was that we probably wouldn’t be given the time. There were smaller ventilation panels all through the corridor; the vent ducts were about human-sized. And the Marauders had plenty of human-sized nasties they could send in.

So, as the orange emergency lights kicked in, Breakpoint and I were backed against one of the blast doors. I had my plasma rifle out, and Breakpoint had his cannon primed.

We waited to see what would crawl out of the dark.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    sounds like a fan-fic my husband would write, being that he owns over 3,000 transformers-type toys. And that is if he wrote fan fic.. :P
    Great action sequence, lets you into the head of the fighter and gives you some background on the formidable enemy.

  2. Avatar Kevin Lawver

    What Elsha said, a great action sequence!

  3. Toonrmicon Robotech_Master

    Thanks. I wrote a number of other stories set in the same universe, on Ficlets—some of which I hope to continue when writing sequels or prequels to them is enabled.

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Not always a fan of fan-fic, but this did have a nice, tight feel to it, and you earned the bonus points for having lights go off and on.

  5. Avatar Stovohobo

    The first paragraph seems like it could be written better to keep with the pace of the rest of the story—right now it seems a little too expository for my liking. I think I just didn’t like the departure into the past and then back to the present between paragraphs. Does that make sense, or am I just mumbling to myself now?

  6. Toonrmicon Robotech_Master

    THX, technically this isn’t “fanfic”. It’s original-universe kinda-like stuff, with elements from Transformers but also Captain Power and a few other things. Ficlets didn’t allow fanfic (though it was originally going to be meant FOR fanfic, according to my interview with Kevin Lawver on http://terrania.us/biblio/)

  7. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    this could be part of your other story – surprised you didn’t sequel them together.

  8. Toonrmicon Robotech_Master

    No, they’re entirely different stories starring entirely different characters. They may cover the same events, but they’re not the same story. Prequels and sequels should be about things directly related only, IMO.

  9. Avatar Xanathael

    Solid setup, good clarity. A fun little piece.