Currents Run Deep
Triliton’s mining ship the Ocean Duchess set sail from Dover with the mission to strip mine the ocean floor. It was carrying a new machine that extracted all nutrients and left only bare rock behind. It was also carrying a saboteur.
<Five days later>
“They got Tre!” Joy said at the Ecological Army headquarters. “They caught him setting the dynamite.”
“Is he alive?” Nel asked.
“They brought him into a small room for a couple hours. He’s unrecognizable now. Here’s a picture I stole from a security camera.” She turned her iPad.
“Bastard!” Nel squinted. “I never thought I’d see Tre in a suit. Is that a Mercedes he’s driving?”
“Yep. They made him the Director of Environmental Affairs. Six figures. He won’t return my calls.”
“It just shows the evil we’re up against.”
<Five years later>
Joy could barely restrain from punching Tre when he turned up late one night at her apartment.
“How could you, Tre?” she demanded. “You sold yourself to the enemy.”
“Haven’t you been getting my donations?” he asked. “They were anonymous, but I thought you’d figure it out. Plus, the mission is finished.” He flipped on the TV.
“TRILITON’S ENTIRE OCEAN MINING FLEET SUNK. ECO-TERRORISM SUSPECTED.”
May 20th, 2014 at 5:30 am
Nice twist 😀
May 20th, 2014 at 10:20 am
What a story you packed in there, David. Nice job!
May 20th, 2014 at 11:27 am
Who are the bad guys 🙂
May 22nd, 2014 at 6:48 pm
You are right, that stories shouldn’t usually be morally ambiguous like this, but for this one, I’ll let you decide, depending on whether you prefer the huge corporations wrecking the Earth for profit, and the terrorists. Neither side is perfect, to be sure.
May 22nd, 2014 at 5:52 pm
May 23rd, 2014 at 11:24 am
quite. he was definitely in it for the long term.