PIRATES OF THE OMEGA CLUSTER
A futuristic twist on the buccaneers of
By:Andrew Troy Keller
Content Rated: R
Type: Static Item: Short Story
Genre(s): Sci-fi, Action/Adventure,
Within the deepest region of the galaxy known as the
Omega Cluster,the luxury-cruise starship U.S.S.
Paradise was traveling on it's merry way--unaware of
the danger that was about to swoop down upon them.
A band of space-pirates--led by the baddest of them
all,Captain 'Black Jack' Stromwell--had suddenly
stormed their way out of the Cluster cloud and towards
the unsuspecting pleasure-ship,whose passagers were
still celebrating the ship's 35th anniversary.
But before the ship's captain was able to prepose a
toast,'Black Jack' and his pirate goons had smashed
their way into the ballroom.
"ALRIGHT,YOU EARTH-BOUND ASSHOLES!LISTEN UP!",'Black
Jack' yelled into the microphone,after he had pushed
the captain aside."I AM 'BLACK JACK' STROMWELL!AND YOU
SHALL NOW CONSIDER YOURSELVES MY PRISONERS!"
And with that,'Black Jack' was looking around the room
with glee,as his crewmates were taking watches and
jewelery from all the passagers.
But before the crewmates were done with their dirty
work,'Black Jack' had suddenly spotted something that
had peaked his interest--a beautiful young woman named
'Black Jack' was confused on what's going on with his
heart--Was he in love,or was it something else?
His answer had came to him soon enough,for when one of
his crewmen was about to strip the gold and emerald
necklace off of Veronica's neck--and she had screamed
at the sight of the devilishly-grinning pirate,a
suddenly enraged 'Black Jack' had
roared,"STOP!!",before firing his blaster at the
And while the poor crewman was crying in pain,a
heartstruck 'Black Jack' had walked over to the pretty
Veronica,placed a gentle hand on her face
and--straight from the heart--said,"Among all the fair
maidens in this very ballroom,I do believe you to be
the fairest of them all."
Then after he had placed both his hands on one of
her's--and gotten down on one knee,a wide-eyed 'Black
Jack' asked,"Would you do me the honor of being my
And then,after she had looked at the other passagers
around her and saw how frightened they were,she had
turned back to 'Black Jack' and asked,"Would the
others be allowed to live?"
"But of course,my dear.",answered a smiling 'Black
Then after she had closed her eyes,Veronica
announced,"Then in that case,I agree to be your
Soon after he had spang back up to his feet,a happy
'Black Jack' had grabbed Veronica with one hand and
roared,"IN THAT CASE,LET US BE OFF AND AWAY,ME
'Black Jack' and Veronica were the first ones
out,followed by 'Black Jack"s shipmates.
Just after the pirates had returned to their
space-cruiser--which was hidden within the cloud
itself,'Black Jack' and Veronica had walked into his
Veronica had gone into another room to slip into
something more comfortable--giving 'Black Jack' the
time to think about his future.
Then,the door had suddenly opened,in order to reveal a
vision of pure striking beauty--Veronica in the most
beautiful silk nightgown ever found in the whole
"Mr. 'Black Jack',I have a confession to make.",said a
wide-eyed Veronica,after she had walked towards
him."When you and your men had invaded our ship,I've
fallen deeply in love with you."
"I know.",said 'Black Jack',before placing her hand on
his cheek."I've seen it in your eyes."
And at that moment--just as the light from the
Cluster's large star had shown through one of the
windows,the newfound lovers had given each other the
most passionate kiss in all of the seven galaxies.
It was on that very day--that one peaceful day--that
the pirate and the fair maiden had--at last--found