Please sign up
or login to post a critique.
The MonsterBlackie scanned the horizon. The day was going to be hot. It was only morning yet already heat was shimmering off the sand. The work party followed the track down the rocky hill. There were 50 of them accompanied by 12 mounted guards and the 3 quarry supervisors who would be directing the day's work. The prisoners shuffled in silence trying not to expend too much energy. They carried boxes of explosives, drills and other tools needed to extract the deposits of lankinium. It was dangerous and menial work and could be easily completed using heavy automated machinery, however, the expedition was intended as punishment for this special group of prisoners.They were a varied and rag tag bunch. Some were deserters from the Eclipsian army; along with Blackie, there were a few Furtopians captured during the battle. There was also an assortment of criminals and political prisoners from worlds outside both the Furtopian and Eclipsian empires who had somehow earned the wrath of the Eclipsian Empi