August 9th, 1961 USS Constant Captain's Log

August 9th, 1961 Captain’s Log:


It was very quiet, and one of the ship’s engineers figured out a way into the gray fog without being detected. Everyone of my senior officers had volunteered to take on and head the mission. I knew it would be a dangerous attack and destroy mission, but it had to be done. If we fail the mission, it’s going to make the aliens a whole lot less eager to negotiate about anything. I had to weigh out the chances of success against the rewards of failure. Of course, they will be rewarded with our failure. Against my better judgement, I had decided that the mission needed to proceed.

"Sir?" interjected my second in command. "I am the perfect candidate for this mission. I have been trained by special forces and the small window of hope lies within my ability to get this mission done."

"I agree."

"Sir I..."

"I agree, you will head the mission. You will be in charge. You’ll be accompanied by

First Mate Webb, Security Chief Brooks. And please..please come back safely."

My second in command inclined his head. "Thank you, sir. We’ll do our best."

"I hope that’s good enough."

My second in command grimaced.

The officers who were not chosen started clattering and making their voices heard. My second in command held up his hand for silence. He hadn’t expected such a turnout of officers willing to give up their lives for a chance to defeat the aliens.

"Thank you so much," he started. " I’m certain that our captain is so gratified to see how highly you think of The USS Constant, and her crew that you’re willing to risk your lives to defend her. I applaud your actions, but he has made his decision. And all this bickering ends now. Am I clear?"

The crew grumbled, but they understood.

I had to go over a few things with my second in command so we started off to the captain’s office. Once we were alone, facing each other across my polished mahogany desk, my second in command leaned back in his chair. His green eyes gleamed beneath his light feathery brows.

"I might lose a second in command," I said.

"I thought you wanted me to go on this mission?"

"I do, I just want you to know that the odds of you not returning are great. I need you to fully understand that."

"Captain, if I die," he stopped briefly to collect his thoughts. "I will take a lot of them with me. I’m not going to die alone."

I nodded very slowly.

"I’m ready sir."

"Come back alive," I said softly.

"I’ll try," he replied evenly. "I’ll try."

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Valleypoet 4 years ago can sense the tension building as the second in command puts himself forward bravely on a possible one way ticket mission...very well written piece..enjoyed reading..thank you:-)

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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You know, I read this one before the other three, not knowing about them when I hit the link here. Now, typically, I can't get into something mid way through and be interested at all. It just feels wrong, like something is missing. This was not like that. This installment stands alone, Frank, as well as it does with the others. That shows remarkable talent. I stick with my earlier comment on a previous installment. Movie!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Ok--gotta go back now--cripe--I am hooked--

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Valleypoet started the series i dunno nine months ago never caught on so I trashed it.. then I found this chapter not published yet so I said what the heck let me run it on since it's already written.. Audrey you're the best .. Poetvix Bless you girl :)

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank, you know how to grab a reader's attention. I always enjoy your work.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank VG bless you

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Just as I rememenered Frank and I vote across the board plus my special up up ad away!!!

Enjoy your day


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Eddy good to see you welcome back :)

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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I have to agree with poetvix. Each installment does stand alone and is so compelling. From the very first sentence, we are hooked. I look forward to the next one, Frank.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Frank, this is amazing. I can see it as an old serial like ones that were popular when I was a child. I love it! You are a multi-talented man my friend.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Genna and Hyphen for visiting my alien attack :)

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Interesting. Different than your hubs I have visited. Peeks the curiousity.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Creative. Touching. Hooking.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Gosh...Army life is tough 'cause you gotta obey orders and still save lives.

Good narration and it made me creep under the character's skin...well done!

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for the visits Ruchira, Msdora and Mckbird im glad you guys stopped by bless you all :)

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