Thursday, April 24, 2014

4/24/14

Plausible Deniability
By Acquanetta M. Sproule


"Behave yourself, youngling!" the Elders told it.

"Whatever do you mean?" it asked, unconvincingly.
"Very well, then. To be precise, do nothing further to interfere with the humans!"
"What do you mean by 'nothing'?"
"Nothing means Nothing, youngling," the Elders elaborated, exasperated.
"Are you certain? Do you really mean 'Nothing'"?
"If you interfere with the humans again, in any manner, your ship will be confiscated and you will be confined to the Homeworld, permanently! Do you comprehend the meaning of 'Nothing' now, youngling?"
"I shall comply."
"Your activities are being monitored!"
"Understood," it replied, resigned.
As asteroid 2014 DX110 transited the space between the human’s world and its satellite, the tiny, concealed grav-unit the youngling had planted on it several hundred light-years away engaged, pulling the blue-world’s moon a smidge closer to the planet. It would be awhile before the effects kicked in.
"Well done," the Elders said," good to see that you are capable of discreet behavior."
"Thank you," the youngling stated. "I'm learning."


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