Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.

“Which one are you?”

“I’m Mr. Valentine, The USS Heinlein’s chief science officer.”

“So that means, you get a…”

“Blue shirt.”

“Blue shirt. Great. Right. OK. We’ve got small, medium…”

“I’ll take a large.”

“OK, one large blue Star Trek shirt with emblem.”


“What else?”

“Can I get two extra extra large shirts for Captain Solo?”

“Han Solo? The Star Wars guy?”

“Well, no. Well, yeah. Phillip’s character, Captain Yetti Solo is a distant relative of Han Solo, but in the Roddenberryverse, as opposed…”

“…to the Star Wars universe.”

“…to the Lucasverse, right.”

“Well, Han Solo might be disappointed, because we are out of the mustard yellow shirts with the emblems on ‘em.”


“You want a red one?”


“What? What’s the matter with the red shirts?”

“Nothing’s wrong with them.”

“No, really. I can’t get rid of these damned things. The blue and yellow ones fly out the door. I can’t move these red shirts for losing. What is up?”

“Those are like the dumb guys who get eaten.”

“The guys who wear the red shirts are the dumb guys who get eaten?”


“Do they know this before they join the red shirt club on the show or whatever this is?”


“Do the people with the blue shirts and the yellow shirts make fun of the red shirt people?”

“At the conventions?”



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