Sunday, November 26, 2006

Tell Tale 14

Following Ammani's lead, I wrote this Tell Tale. Here is my contribution.

First it was red. Then yellow. Now it's red again. Why can't Shailu make up her mind?

In her 30 years of service as lead of the elite bomb disposal squad, Shailu had never been in an accident. Somehow, she has always escaped the grim explosion that takes away life or limb. But today was different, she was not diffusing some RDX. Shailu had been assigned to diffuse the primary charges in an armed thermonuclear device.

Earlier the police had got a phone call about a bomb and they had located the device. The device had been moved it to a ship on the Bay of Bengal to minimize impact on the population. Now she had 5 minutes and a nuke to diffuse.

It is not everyday that you get to neutralize a nuke. The thermonuclear device was not state of the art. It is a 2 stage fusion reaction. First the conventional explosives detonates and creates an implosion, and compresses the Uranium 235 to a critical mass. The U235 fission is the primary. The x-ray emission from this primary fission is then focussed on to the fusion fuel, (typically deuterium) which then fuses to release huge amount of energy. Shailu, a conventional UXO (Unxploded Ordnanace) expert, was asked to diffuse the explosives that start the primary fission.

She removed most of the sheath and metal and was looking at the wiring. She deciphered the circuit board and all she needed to was figure out which wire she had to cut. The Red or the Blue. Shailu smiled. If it had been a movie, the audience would be sitting on the edge of their seats waiting in suspense to know about the wild guess the actor makes. It took her 30 seconds to find out that she will need to cut the Red wire and short a transistor to diffuse it. But Did Shailu want to diffuse it?

She had a 30 year itch. She had not seen an atomic explosion. The world had not seen a terrestrial detonation of deployment capacity fusion bomb. She had not even been in the vicinity of any explosion herself. Obviously she could not see this explosion if it detonates. She would die from the initial gamma ray burst, even before she could see a single spark. Red or blue?

Shailu felt very very naughty that day.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

very very nice..amazing and capturing!!
showed ur skill at writing..
im short of words...

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 7:17:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well written, mate. Engayo poyitiye, da!

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 7:34:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Lalitha said...

But the tag said red or yellow!!

nice one, woman seems psychotic. pretty different! paragraph in middle describing in detail with confusing terminology dosent add to the effect.

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 10:18:00 PM CST  
Blogger Ravi said...

Nice imagination... very interesting story...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 12:04:00 AM CST  
Blogger Archana said...

Nice imagination :-)! Lots of techie details - your field of specialization kya?

Looks like the ending changed from the more conclusive one you had in the morning?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 12:34:00 AM CST  
Blogger Amy said...

weird woman, even in a moment of madness it doesn't excuse you for blowing up the world.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 6:18:00 AM CST  
Blogger rads said...

wow, Shailu is such a wicked girl!
Good one. :-)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 10:17:00 AM CST  
Blogger The Kid said...

@iamvisheshur , @anon : I am flattered :)

@lalitha: pacha, manjal, seppu... ellam adjust pannunga ma.

@lalitha, @arch: expected this from girls. No this is not my field. I believe a basic knowledge in bio/nuclear/conventional weaponry is more important than fashion jargon. ;p

@amy: welcome back :)

@rads: welcome to my blog. arent we all a little psycho??

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 3:27:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that why I have that uncomfortable feeling in my head like dizziness and wobbliness :-(. Oh my God! She did it, dint she? We are all going to die :-(!!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 1:38:00 AM CST  
Blogger Usha said...

nice one! And a superb thriller ending :)

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 6:45:00 AM CST  

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