MFtS: The Angel Flame

The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out by first light the next morning. Captain McDuff knew a secret about this dreaded mission the other crew members did not know. The Angel Flame was to go into the deepest parts of the ocean that no other submarine has ever gone. “It is the new frontier,” his superiors told him. “We need to be the first to conquer it in order to claim the oil and to maintain our status of being the first country.”

That evening after dinner, Captain McDuff cleared his throat and got the attention of his men.

“Tomorrow morning our mission is to submerge into the deepest part of the ocean. In-spite of the danger, we believe our ship is strong enough to endure the pressure. We are embarking upon the new frontier and this is imperative to our overall mission.

One of the crew members asked, “What mission is that, Sir?”

Captain McDuff didn’t have the heart to tell him. (167 words)

Photo credit to Β© Barbara Beacham

This is my submission for the weekly writing challenge hosted by Barbara Beacham, Monday’s Finish the Story. She give us a photo prompt, the first sentence to our story and approximately 150 words with which we write our stories. It’s fun and addicting. If you would like to participate, or read the other stories submitted for this challenge, please click on the prompt photo above.



55 thoughts on “MFtS: The Angel Flame

    • It’s in the first paragraph. Claim the oil and maintain “first” status in technology and “frontier” exploration. Their lives are being risked for this, which is why the Captain didn’t have the heart to tell them.

  1. Ya know, I can totally see that happen. They don’t have any problems fracking despite the effect it has on the people living nearby – they’d send a sub to dangerously low levels too… Nicely done, PJ!

  2. Joy, this is a really good and interesting take on a theme. As someone who worked for the government for longer than I care to admit, I find this entirely plausible and really resonate with the feelings they may be having. I hope it goes well for them, and they get to come back heroes. Thanks for sharing this one!

  3. Well done Joy! What will the captain reveal? How will the crew feel? Will they get squished from the pressure at the lower depths of the ocean? Clearly I want to know more! Again, well done! Be well my friend! ^..^

  4. I hope all goes well — and their “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” (retro tv channels) doesn’t leave them down there.
    Great take on the prompt!

  5. Great story and unfortunately I’m sure it happens a lot…the ones that are to carry out the mission do not know what it is until it is put into action. The Special Forces in the military probably experience this type of scenario all the time.

  6. Very dangerous mission they are on without knowing the full implications. Suspenseful piece of writing, well done! πŸ™‚

  7. I probably wouldn’t have the heart to tell them either. Another hazardess command from those who don’t have to place their lives in danger. Good story, Joy. Well done. — Suzanne

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