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Friday, April 24, 2009

The Friday Challenge - 4/24/09

Wow. Good turnout for the 4/17/09 Friday Challenge. You'd best start reading soon, because we have an abundance of good stories to consider. As of the deadline, we've received:

Torainfor: "Icehawk's Destiny"

Torainfor: "Otogu's Curse"

[There's nothing in the rules that says you're limited to one entry per week. Should there be?]

Tom: "Icehawk's Ill Omen"

Henry: "Slay the Princess, Rescue the Dragon, and—"

Al: "Icehawk's Destiny"

Ben-El: "The Berlin Wall Shall Not Fall—Waitaminute That's Not Right"

The Bandit: "The Third Knot"

WaterBoy: "Barbarian's Burden"

As always, even if you haven't submitted an entry this week, you're invited to read, comment on, and vote for your favorite, with the winner to be announced on Sunday.

Now, as for this week's challenge.
They came. They saw. They slaughtered. Millions died in their genocidal first strike. But somehow, by the grace of some unknown miracle, that strike failed, humanity survived, and now we know the truth.

They're out there. They're watching us. They'll exterminate us, if they can. Their agents can pass for human. And they've left behind billions of their nanorobotic murder machines.

The Day After The Day The Earth Stood Still

What Would Jack Bauer Do?

Okay, the Jack Bauer part is optional. If you don't like that choice, pick someone else, or feel free to make up your own sci-fi action hero. Captain Kirk, Lieutenant Ripley, Ash, Riddick, Ollie North, President Whitmore — or what the heck, maybe this is exactly the sort of job for which they've been saving that secret clone of George S. Patton they've been keeping in that hidden lab in the basement of the Pentagon all these years. The only choice that's right out is Chuck Norris, as he would make it too easy.

They point is, we're humans. They tried to wipe us out. Despite the whining of some ideologically suspect appeasers who want to surrender, apologize to the universe for our existence, and go all green and stuff (and who knows, maybe those eco-defeatists are actually alien agents in disguise, hmm?), we got to where we are today at the top of the food chain by burning the forests, eating the bears, skinning the lions, and boiling the whales down for lamp oil. There is just no way we're going to embrace defeat and take this lying down.

As always, we're playing by the intermittently enforced official rules of the Friday Challenge and playing for whatever is behind Door #3. The deadline for this challenge is midnight Central time, Thursday, April 30.

And remember: payback is a dish best served by a cold bitch.

Or something like that.
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