Sardines in a Tin Can

1500-word sci-fi
A group of laborers on a distant planet plot their escape from their work camp.

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PublishedNovember 21, 2014


Scrape. Shift. Shovel. Heave. Scrape.

Shift. Shovel. Dump.

The work is monotonous. Hard. We labor tirelessly without any breaks, though the sun’s rays burn us and the shovel’s handles rub off the outermost layers of our fingers and palms. The soles of our feet have permanent indentations from where we, barefoot, have pressed our shovels into the soil. We work in a line from sunup to sundown, in perfect synchronization. Those that fall behind the rhythm’s drumbeat are dragged away and never seen again.

Like this story? Check out the others in this universe:
– “Station 352A
– “The Retirement of Captain Archibald Moore


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