Driving Force: Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Keith fastened his seat belt. Lockhart and the rest of the team were still talking, voices muted as they completed final checks before boarding. After ten days the search was close to ending.

No one in Headquarters had questioned the recent activities, despite Colonel Freeman’s preoccupied demeanour and Foster’s reposting to the safety of Moonbase They must have known something was amiss, but they accepted the curt explanation that Straker had been involved in a car crash and was recuperating. Continue reading

Driving Force: Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Alec Freeman locked the door and sat, arms folded and grimacing. ‘This is taking too long. What the hell is going wrong?’

‘You knew it was going to be hard. We both did. Look. He’s tough. It might take longer, but we’ll find him. We have to.’ Virginia poured a whisky and handed it over. ‘We have to hang on. There’s no other option.’

‘Failure? It could come down to that, you know. We should think about what we might have to do if we don’t…’ Alec gulped his drink and put the empty glass down on the table. He leaned back, stretching with weariness. Continue reading

Driving Force: Chapter 2

Chapter 2
Lockhart handed over the component. ‘No prints, nothing of any use.’

‘Have you checked it?’ Freeman held the small flash drive up to the light, staring at it as if hoping to find something the security team had missed. It was a cheap brand, freely available in supermarkets and online, the blue plastic wiped clean, no fingerprints at all, not that they expected any. There was no point in wasting energy trying to track its source, far better to spend the time trying to analyse the contents. Continue reading

Ed Straker: One hour

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He looked at his watch again. 04.47 hours. And he was still awake. He turned over, restlessly, trying to get comfortable on the  bed, but whenever he closed his eyes, whenever sleep crept up on him, he awoke with a jolt, sure that there was someone in the room, someone  there, just standing, just watching. In the end he gave up trying to sleep.

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One Wish at Christmas (complete)

 

A UFO story by
Lightcudder

Chapter 1

The roads were busy with revellers heading into town to celebrate, noisy groups of party-goers filling the evening with their shrieks of laughter and the once pristine snow covering the carpark when he arrived three days ago was now little more than a thin covering of slush spattering the windscreen with clods of brown half-rotted ice. Continue reading

One Wish at Christmas: Final part

He knew he was dreaming; there was a part of him that was separate, watching from the sidelines as the young boy sat beside the fireplace opening the present from his parents then looking up at them, his eyes wide with delight. He saw the young officer polishing the silver napkin rings at the table, his elderly parents sitting beside him, chatting about work and friends, delighted to have him home for the holidays. Continue reading

One Wish at Christmas: Part 4

The main control room, and yet it was not. So different, so very different. Oh it was SHADO, there was no questioning that, but these people were not his, this was not his Control room. His SHADO was not a jumble of burnt out and wrecked consoles, of exhausted and filthy staff clustered around the few remaining machines that still seemed to be active. Wires and cables looping from broken conduits and from spaces between blackened ceiling tiles. No one in uniform, only one or two faces that he recognised. The alarms were sounding and yet no one was reacting, as if they were past caring or were too numb to react. Continue reading

T’was the night…..

T‘was the night before Christmas and in SHADO’s main base,

Ed Straker was working, a frown on his face.

The tinsel was hanging, the presents were wrapped.

Moonbase was active, three UFOs were trapped,

And Foster was flirting with Gay and with Joan

While  Alec was sulking, for once all  alone.

Then in the  control room arose such a clatter

Alec leapt to his feet shouting ‘What is the matter!’

Ford turned on his monitor quick as a flash,

And started to search for the source of the crash.

‘Nothing on sensors, no enemy  in sight,

No reason to fret sir, it all seems alright.’

But Straker knew better and gave a great shout

Come on everybody, we need to get out!

‘Now Ayshea and  Ford and Ellis and Barry,

You need to make haste and  please do not tarry,

And Alec and Ford and Miss Ealand and  Grey.

Everyone come now! Up and away!

Come follow me if you all want a gift!’

He leapt for the stairs, no time for the lift,

‘Hurry up Hurry up all!  For goodness sake!’

And they all followed after, even poor Lake.

And there on the roof they espied  such a sight

A  fat little man clothed in red and in white.

His beard was so long it went down to his toes

His cheeks were bright red and so was his nose.

He had a fat belly and a fat throaty laugh.

‘Welcome Ed Straker and all of your staff!’

He shouted across from the studio height

‘On this the most magic and wonderful  night.

Come gather around my trusty old sleigh

For I have a present for all here today!’

They clustered around him, in surprise and delight.

And stepped up, one by one, for their present that night.

Then Santa blew kisses and climbed on his sleigh

(Towed by eight mini-mobiles) ‘I must be away!

Goodnight everyone, Happy Christmas to all.’

And he shook out the reins and gave a great call.

‘Come on mini-mobiles, time we must go

We have presents to give, to all of SHADO.

Moonbase is next, the stockings hang ready,

Bradley wants Lego and Joan gets a teddy.

And then we are diving down to the sea,

Where Waterman’s crew are waiting for me.

I’ve presents galore on the back of my sleigh

To deliver tonight so I’ll be on my way

So goodbye ‘til next year, my dear SHADO Commander!

Keep an eye out for aliens, don’t let your mind wander!’

And with one last hurrah, he flew out of sight

To continue his journey on that special night.

While Straker and Alec and all of the crew,

Waved a goodbye as he faded from view.

Then they went back downstairs all merry and bright.

To open their gifts on that most special night.

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So to friends and to fans, I send my best wishes,

For a  Merry Christmas with hugs and with kisses.

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Cheers. 😉

LtCdr. still writing.

LtCdr.