by Milo James Fowler
There would be no stopping them this time. Already the pirates had managed to breach the hull of the Effervescent Magnitude and phase-shift through walls and floors, straight to the engineering deck.
"They plan to cripple the ship at its core." Captain Bartholomew Quasar pensively chewed on his knuckles. Then he shouted, "Blow the reactor!"
"We'll never survive!" countered his first officer.
"Neither will they." Quasar struck a meaningful pose in his deluxe-model captain's chair. "Sometimes sacrifices must be made for the greater good."
"Whose good, sir? There's no one else out here."
"It's the principle of the thing, dammit!"
Author bio: Milo James Fowler (@mfowler76) is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night.