Chocolate Frogs

“Sir, it’s just … ” second class gunnery sergeant Dix spoke hesitantly.

“Speak your mind, gunney.” I said, not really paying attention.

We had been on a routine patrol through the Dal/Amamake war zone when we found ourselves in a perilous situation. Being in a cloaked Rapier, I had grown a little too cocky, and as we passed through the Dal gate to Amamake, I was unprepared for the 24th Imperial Crusade fleet waiting on the other side.

There was no room to move. No way I could bring up our cloak; our only real defence.

I had aligned us along the path of least resistance, the third planet in the Amamake system. The Blue Vein slowly turned as I held my breath, knowing we were dead if any of the enemy interceptors could lock us before safety protocols would allow the warp drive to engage.

I felt the ship vibrate as the warp core began to spin, cycling faster and faster to achieve maximum velocity. Aura warned me we were being targeted. It was going to be close.

A successful target lock registered as I engaged the warp engine. Several small missiles bounced harmlessly off of my ship’s shields. A few, however, somehow managed to hit the warp drive, obliterating the outer casing, damaging the engine itself.

The Blue Vein was stuck in warp.

It only took Aura a few seconds to override and shut down the core, but a few seconds at faster than light travel could put you anywhere.

Thankfully, we were still in known space. Known high sec Caldari space. I immediately plotted a course for the nearest uninhabited planet, which were few and far between, and engaged the afterburners. The warp drive was fried.

A few spine chilling hours later, we managed to set down on a swamp planet. “Set down” was the pilot way of saying that the atmosphere was so thick that my entire sensor suite crashed; I was completely blind and crashed us hard into the planet’s spongy surface.

We had no materials for repairs and no means of communicating offworld. It was very clear why this planet was uninhabited.

“Well, sir, it’s just that it’s been six days now, and we ran out of rations yesterday. We’re getting antsy, hungry, and the hunting parties haven’t had any luck. There’s just nothing edible here.”

I could hardly hear him over the sound of croaking frogs. They were incessant in their cacophonous song. Day and night since we had been here, the frogs would croak … the frogs would croak.

“I have an idea, gunney.” I said smiling. “Get the fishing nets.”

Chocolate Frogs


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (or margarine)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilia
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 cups quick oats


  1. Mix, milk, margarine, sugar & cocoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add vanilla, coconut, & oats, mix thoroughly and drop from tablespoon onto waxed paper or cookie sheets.
  3. Chill until set & enjoy!

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