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christmas with HOL2014

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posted on Dec, 8 2014 @ 08:09 PM
the captain's place, at the head of the table, was set with fine silver cutlery, a splendid antique cruet set and a large wine glass, two-thirds full of a perfectly replicated veuve clicquot. at the opposite end sat the guest of honour, a particularly wealthy tourist for whom a seat at the captain's table had been no more than a tactful boast. to the captain's left was the first officer. to the captain's right, the chief engineer. the remaining two places at the table were empty. powerful engines hummed softly somewhere aboard.
one wall of the circular dining chamber was a huge panoramic window, through which a dizzying galactic starscape could be seen passing slowly by. a small christmas tree was reflected in the far end of the window. tasteful classical music played through hidden speakers at a polite volume. the christmas tree cycled through its variable colours. dinner was about to be served.

in the galley next door, HOL-2014 waited for the replicator cycle to finish. a 'ping' signalled completion. HOL transferred the rectangular tray from the replicator to a wheeled serving trolley. on the tray were four bone china dinner plates and a variety of covered silver servers and saucepots. HOL placed a silver bucket of crushed ice beside the plates and put a bottle of champagne into it. the ensemble was then wheeled through the galley doors and into the dining chamber.
the food smelled wonderful. it always did. HOL served the guest of honour first, with the practiced ease and deference of an experienced servant. the goose was almost as good as the real thing. likewise the sprouts and potatoes. replication had come a long, long way since the early years of biosludge 'food'.
after the guest, HOL served the captain, the first officer, then the engineer. HOL then retired to the galley, there to wait for one hour before returning to clear the table.

through the huge panoramic window, a distant, glowing nebula silently traversed the line of sight. the dinner party paid it no mind. their food was similarly ignored, as it always was. the music went unheard by any of those present. in the galley, HOL waited for the moment to remove the untouched plates, the unopened champagne. the champagne would be stored and re-used next christmas. the food would be compacted and ejected.

the captain remained seated, as did the entire dinner party, as they had for two hundred years. only their fine clothing held their skeletal remains in situ. their demise had been unenxpected, instantaneous and simultaneous. their ship had carried on. and on.
likely it would continue forever.

HOL-2014 was not concerned with concepts of death and infinity. HOL was concerned with carrying out required duties efficiently. after precisely one hour, HOL returned to the dinner party, cleared the table with a flourish and headed back to the galley. so went the two-hundredth christmas of HOL-2014. so would they all.

posted on Dec, 8 2014 @ 08:19 PM
Meanwhile, on Earth, the last two survivor's, cuddled and warm, looked into each others eyes.
They had the truest of love in their hearts and wept softly with joy.
There was one more bottle of wine. It would help them sleep through the impact.

posted on Dec, 8 2014 @ 09:30 PM
That was great!!!!

posted on Dec, 9 2014 @ 08:10 PM
Whoa... wicked.

Reminds me of the spaceship from Doctor Who named after Madame Pompadour (however you spell it?) .... y'know. The space ship that used human organs to repair itself, and continued floating through space long after the crew was utilized for parts.


posted on Dec, 9 2014 @ 10:48 PM
a reply to: RoScoLaz4
Good story and good telling.
Season's tiding - Mistletoe has not been good to me. Hope it has to you.

posted on Dec, 10 2014 @ 12:25 PM
thank you all very much for your comments.

posted on Dec, 15 2014 @ 05:45 PM
a reply to: RoScoLaz4

A very good tale Rosco!! I enjoyed it!!! Great Job!!!

posted on Dec, 15 2014 @ 06:01 PM
One eyed willy from the goonies table!

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