SF Drabble #102 “The Centauri Cup”

The Polpolgu ship is impressive: fast, maneuverable. My chief thinks they’re twenty years ahead of us technologically; the Polpolgu are certain it’s forty.

But we have an advantage ourselves: humans have been in this system for nearly a hundred years. We know the orbital path of every object larger than a pebble, mapped every gravitational anomaly. We have the home field advantage.

My ship will be the first across the finish line. I can’t wait to see the look on the Polpolgu Captain’s face when the Viceroy hands me the trophy. I hear they turn bright colors when they’re angry.

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