#MotivationMonday – Like That Robin Hood Guy…

WHOA, this is my first time attempting #MotivationMonday and, hoping that I did it correctly, I’m pretty proud of my post. Gotta say that it’s nice having the liberty of 500 words instead of just 200. Yuss. Alright, here we go!

The Judge


Last week’s winner, Mark Ethridge is a talented author, poet and lover of alternative music.  Check out his website: My Soul’s Tears to find out more. 

This host especially enjoyed his uplifting Book of Lies

You can follow him on Twitter @LurchMunster

The Prompt

[I/We/He/She] will never forget the sacrifice [he/she/they] made, nor let it be in vain

The Rules


  1. The story must start from the prompt.  This means the prompt must be the 
    first words in the story.
  2. No more than 500 words (not including the 
    prompt).  No less than 100 words.
  3. Any genre (in fact an 
    unexpected genre will get you more points.)
  4. Entries must be submitted 
    by Tuesday Noon EST
  5. The winner of each week’s competition will be 
    invited to judge the following week and post the winner’s badge similar to the one above.
  6. Have fun!

The Prize


In addition to judging next week, this week’s winner will get a free copy ofTransylmania by Wakefield Mahon

Dana convinces her roommate, Leah,to visit Transylvania on Halloween for the amusement value, but the fun runs out when they discover real witches, vampires and werewolves.

Dana and her whimsical ideas are always getting Leah into trouble. As predicted, their backpacking trip across Romania turns into a nightmare, one worse than either could imagine. Fortunately, Leah has a secret that might just save the day.

Here we GO!

“I will never forget the sacrifice they made, nor let it be in vain.”

Clara stared at her captain. She hated when he got like this, all self-righteous and misty eyed. It was annoying, and it was dangerous for now only him, but the entire crew as well. They’d lost 4 members before when he went on a tirade like this, and she wasn’t prepared to let them lose another. “So this means that you’re gonna have us go into a heavily guarded facility, all guns a-blazin’ just for a few vials of a vaccine?”

“Clara,” he started. It was a warning, but this time she wasn’t going to back down.

“No! God damnit, listen to me!” She pulled herself upright, stood in his face so he had nowhere to look but at her. The rest of the crew held back, some even lingering at the door. It was a risky move, and out there in the edges of space his word was absolute. He could hit her or discipline her in any fashion he saw fit. And that even included shoving her dead weight into Pre-Boarding and dumping her ass into space. She was hoping he’d be more rational than that. “I get what you’re fighting for. I get it. You’re like that old tale of that guy who stole from the rich and gave to the poor…only this time you’re giving to a society instead of the general public… But Captain, those people, they don’t even have a Homo-sapien gene in them. Who’s to say the vaccine will actually work? Hell, it could make them worse! It could kill them! We have no idea the effects our medical practices will have on an alien species!”

He stared at her, his grey eyes cold, unfriendly, set on a course. “It’s a chance we’ll have to take.” He turned to walk away but she called him back.


He reared on her, grabbed her by her collar and flung her backwards into the table. She didn’t fight, she didn’t even yell. She just gathered herself, turned her pleading desperate eyes to him as he breathed heavy and shook. After all, he wasn’t all Homo-sapien either. “They died for me!” He screamed. “They believed a lie and I let them and they died for me!”

Clara countered. “They were an uncivilized colony who believed in magic and polytheism. Of course you looked like a god to them!”

Thayden angrily cleared off one of the counters. Everything went to the floor in loud crashes and clatters. If he gave in to that other side of him, the alien side of him, one of his tantrums could tear the ship apart. “They killed themselves getting me off that planet, and I will kill myself saving what is left of their race!” He bared his teeth angrily, pointed at his crew. “Get your weapons ready. We leave in an hour. Anyone who doesn’t come along will be punish by me and sentenced to space.” He stormed off and left the crew in a stifling silence.


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