Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.
Let me know what you think of it!
This is Prompt #15: Your hero has stumbled upon a dark conspiracy — or perhaps he’s been part of it all along.
(I took this prompt as a fun chance to do a quick character study of an antagonist I’m playing with.)
Aleron won’t let anything stop him from saving his people
Aleron smiled as the last of his students stepped out of the classroom. Good kids this year, for the most part. Every year had its fools, but he was particularly pleased with this batch. They all had the potential to become highly productive citizens.
A slight chirp from his desk brought him from happier thoughts. Was it really time again? He checked the alert. Yes, it was. Sabotaging the dome, bit by bit, making errors in just the right places to hide his larger actions until it was too late for them to stop him.
He hesitated this time, though. What he was doing would ultimately harm those bright stars he’d just been contemplating. He’d lived among these people for fifteen years now. They were so naive, so calm. Not a single hint of suspicion against him. Should he continue to do his duty?
But before he could finish the program, an alarm sounded. This one was citywide, not just for him, a solemn computer voice announcing that part of the dome had disintegrated. Remain indoors, find your respirators, seal up windows and doors, etc. All the usual steps. Aleron waited to see if any of his students might need to come back in, and then sealed the room.
On a whim, he looked out a window to see if he could spot the crack in the dome. It was actually quite a large one. You could see stars through them. Old ones, actually. Ones that he could see from his home in Serunen.
He was fighting for them. For their right to continue to see those stars. His resolve strengthened, he committed his little act of treason.
(I’m pretty sure my head cold is affecting the quality of this, but here it is.)