‘A Good Day’s Work’ – A Story For Trifecta

This week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. The entry must be 33-333 words and include the word “pluck” as defined below:

PLUCK –  to move, remove, or separate forcibly or abruptly (plucked the child from the middle of the street)

A Good Day’s Work

“Captain. I think I might have found them sir. Image coming onto the screen now. They’re in the park area, to the left of that row of dwellings.”

“I hope you’re right corporal. We’ve been here far too long as it is. Another day and we would have had to leave and  as you know, I  hate going home empty-handed. What are the sensors telling us?”

“It’s a family unit sir. Male and female adults and a young child, approximately two years old. All in good health. It would also appear that the female adult is pregnant.”

“Excellent. Exactly what we were looking for. Is everything ready?”

“Yes sir. I have their co-ordinates and can pluck them from their present environment as soon as you give the order sir.”

“OK corporal, whenever you’re ready, do it but take them one at a time, I don’t want any unforeseen accidents. Is the holding facility ready?”

“Fully operational sir. The young child is now in there, so is the male and now the female. The whole family unit is now safely on board sir.”

“Good work corporal. Now let’s get clear of this God-forsaken planet and head for home. I’m off to check our consignment is undamaged. The Inter Galactic Zoo officials are only going to pay us if their newest exhibit from planet Earth is in good condition.”

Word Count – 226 words




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