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Title: Coup Warning
Fandom/'verse: Random (probably) science fiction setting
Summary: A board meeting is interrupted by announcement of a coup
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 2 January 2015; Out With The Old, In With The New
Triggers/Warnings: Set amidst a coup
Note: Barely revised, posting shortly after completing. Trying something new, going to see if I can link all five of January's prompts
Words: 547 words (of a target 450-550 words)


"Thank you Eldridge, the chair now calls on Senior Manager Onida for the food production and..." Chairman Ellington and the board looked up as the boardroom doors opened and Junior Vice Manager of Security Lind entered along with what seemed to be half the office security staff.

"Mister Chairman, members of the board, I must ask for you cooperation in evacuating to the emergency shelter."

"Evacuate?" It was the Vice Chair of Resources who spoke up. "Why are we evacuating, I haven't heard any alarms."

"We're trying to prevent a panic Madam Vice Chair, however we have been informed that there will be an attempted coup today."

The calm evaporated immediately as each board member began demanding further explanation. Silence only restored when the chairman brought his gavel down hard enough to snap the handle.

"I am sure we all appreciate your caution Junior Vice Manager Lind, your recommendations?"

"Exit though the rear doors toward's the Chairman's offices. The express lift will take you directly to the shelter sub basement." Lind turned to two of her officers without waiting for further debate, "Check the hallway and secure the lift we will follow shortly."

"Junior Vice Manager Lind, I appreciate your dedication but the board has yet..."

"Mister Chairman, I will be happy to accept your reprimand if it means the board reaches the shelter *before* trouble occurs."

With much grumbling and agonizing slowness the board agreed and crowded into the lift. With further grumbling when their assistants and secretaries were directed to the main lift to ensure space for the board to evacuate in a single trip. Lind held down three keys on the lift's control panel until then opened a concealed hatch to press a button labeled EMRG SHLTR.

The lift dropped the instant the button was pressed with the floor chime sounding rapidly as they passed each level at more than twice the lift's usual speed. The grumbling that paused in shock resumed the first time their ears popped from the change in air pressure.

"Please remain calm, this will be over once we will reach the shelter."

With one last chime the doors opened to a sparsely furnished lobby. The Junior Vice Manager of Security lead the board to the shelter entrance and while an officer entered the codes to open the doors. "Please place any powered devices in the shielded container to prevent tracking. There are secure comm systems within the shelter." She then stepped aside to let the board member's pass but didn't bother arguing when several declined to leave behind their phones or computers. She was reaching for the door controls when the Vice Chairman of Training and Recreation noticed the pair of industrial barrels in the rear of the shelter.

"Are these supposed to be here?"

"I assure you they are Vice Chairman. I filled out the requisition forms myself. Now if any of you wish to complain I recommend you do so now."

The triple layer of doors were almost completely shut before any of them grasped what was happening. Their sudden shouts were cut off a moment later. The sound proofing nearly muffling the sound of the bursting charge that released the frightfully toxic solvent contained within the barrels.

"Fools, the lot of them. Time for something new."

Date: 2015-01-31 03:13 am (UTC)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
ee he he he he he he he he he

Date: 2015-01-31 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rix-scaedu.livejournal.com
Well, she wasn't lying about the coup, was she?

Date: 2015-01-31 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilfluff.livejournal.com
True, she merely failed to mention that she was who informed herself about it.

Date: 2015-01-31 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeriendhal.livejournal.com
Kind of a dick move to start the new regime with, to be honest.

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