About Ira Black

Crazy writer person. Artist for hire. Likes cats, coffee and cannibals.

Prelude to Grand Theft (Flash Fiction Challenge)

This here’s my entry for Chuck Wendig’s “Acts of Rebellion” flash fiction challenge. It’s part of the Wrath universe, and may be part of a longer thing.

When Koshmar stepped into the cargo hold, the rest of the crew was sorting through the meager spoils of the last salvage run, while Rachel and the monkey ran around between them, fighting over a doll the the captain had brought back for her.
“This is crap,” Nergüi said, throwing a broken engine part on a growing pile of scrap metal.
“Can’t you fix any of it?” Jae-shin asked.
“Nah. And this is also crap.” Another part joined the refuse.
Then she held up a fuse and inspected it, lips pursed, before throwing it aside as well. “Crap! Everything from that boat is crap. No surprise it killed its crew.”
She crossed her arms in front of her chest and looked over the crates of parts they’d managed to retrieve an hour earlier.

“Entend yé all,” Koshmar said. “I’ve good news. Work, that is.”
Everybody turned toward him.
“Does it fait parti robbing a magnif’?” Tangi yawned. “Please say it does.”
“Nan,” Koshmar said. “It does involve stealing a cruiser, though.”
“Like a battleship?” Tangi looked suddenly very much awake.
“Yes. Joli new one, too. Currently in the docks above Gateway.”
Autumn looked up, frowning. “The new UC flagship?”
“That’s the one, captain.”
“Ah compran you have a plan quoi on fait with it?”
“Vengeance.” Koshmar said it like it was a delicious dish, his pointy teeth bared in a cruel smile.
“Di moi.”
“New crew need to know what happened on Ndoye’s Misery first.”
Tangi rolled his eyes. “Nang mai cut to the chase, Koshmar. We can appran to ’em later.”
Jae-shin leaned against the cargo door. “No, I wanna hear this.”

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Malignant (Short Story)

This is a short sci-fi horror story. There’s some gruesome imagery here that may not be for the faint of heart. Read at your own discretion.

Incident Report

subject: Merchant Vessel MV Dawnstar
sent: June 30th, 2340 CE
from: Captain Fiona Smith, Patrol Ship UCPS Yucatan
to: Gordon Watts, United Colonies Aerospace Administration
cc: Gloria Ong, UC Department of Transportation; Samuel Wu, UC Aerospace Safety Board

Summary
June 29th, 2540 CE 00:24 ST — Intermittent distress signal from MV Dawnstar received by UCPS Yucatan and relayed to base.
June 29th, 2540 CE 04:17 ST — MV Dawnstar found adrift with no signs of life 0.3 ly off Luminous Station.
June 29th, 2540 CE 18:20 ST — Preliminary investigation reveals crew dead from unknown cause. Board computer inaccessible, no signs of physical damage to onboard systems, minor impact damage to the hull.

MV Dawnstar sealed and tug requested to quarantine dock on Luminous Station.
Handwritten note found with remains of the ship’s engineer, Cal Marek (see below).

Biohazard event suspected.

Attachments
1 – Transcript of Handwritten Note
2 – Full Incident Report by Captain Smith

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