The Arcturan Battlecruiser appeared in the sky over Dumont, Iowa (pop. 636) without warning or radio contact one clear evening in August. The giant X-shaped vessel hovered silently over the baseball field, interrupting the Little League game where the Panthers were giving the Patriots a firm trouncing.
Unsure of the most prudent course of action, the Mayor called on Space Ranger William Dexter for guidance.
As ever, Bill and his faithful wonder-dog Artoo were eager to jump aboard the Starfighter Lunasee and do battle with the forces of Badness!
That is, unless the umpire called this next pitch a strike.
100 words. Inspired by this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt:
33 thoughts on “Decisive Disadvantage”
Haha! Great ending to an excellent story!
Personally, I think it was all a daydream in the batter’s box.
Haha! You are probably right! I was wondering if he was going to save the earth or save the game.
Alien rally cap time?
Look out for when they do the Wave.
I hope the umpire knows Bill’s allegiances 😉
What if the umpire is an alien spy?
Space Ranger William Dexter…lol
Most little boys are space rangers at some point. Can’t be firemen all the time!
Very imaginative and space ranger all the way!
Me too! Been there, did that.
I can see all of this going through a kid’s head. He must be playing right field. 😉 Clever story.
Probably dreamed up most of it out there, yar.
Save the world versus finish the game: it’s a no-brainer. The game wins every time.
When you’re eight, it all comes down to which is more fun.
Yes, though the age range on that is quite extensive.
All this from a chandelier? You have a very good imagination! 🙂
That’s an Arcturan battlecruiser! It’s totally obvious, it even has the quad ion cannons! (Yeah, it helps sometimes to think of an image as “if I was a bored eight year old, what kind of toy could I make from something like that?”)
I am way too literal! That’s what I love about reading all these different submissions. It takes a while, but it’s so worth it! 🙂
Nice take on the prompt
Thank you, DeeDee.
Haha! Priorities! I like a space hero who has his priorities straight. This was fun and amusing. Great one!
All kids have much better sense of priorities than their parents do.
I love this. Of course this is an Arcturan battlecruiser. What else, LOL.
Well, if you squint at it just right.
I’m sure he’ll get around to saving the world once he’s got the game under control. And I like that there’s a battle cruiser hanging from that ceiling. Imaginative story.
Artoo the wonder dog wags his tail happily.
I love it. Bravo plus.
That’s not like ‘doubleplusungood’ or anything, right? Good! Stay tuned for more Space Ranger Bill!
Like your take. Very funny!
And it likes you…or somethin like that. Thanks!
He.. I think that the battle at the ball-park will be fierce.
Look out for the snow-cone cannons!