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The Trap

This is a story for flash fiction for aspiring writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story between 100 and 150 words based on a prompt. This weeks prompt is by Emmy L Gant


PHOTO PROMPT - © Emmy L Gant

The Trap (105 words)

They were waiting for me when my spaceship landed. Despite all their communications of friendship and scientific co-operation, they had known all along.

They had lied when they had painted earth as a friendly, semi deserted planet that would welcome settlement by Vortigoes. All they had been interested in was studying a new life form.

So here I am trapped in the translucent polymer inner chamber. I can see the metal bars of the outer cell.

I have communicated. I know it won’t be long before my people free me and take the ultimate vengeance. I can see the pre-annihilation clouds aggregating in the west.

I am trying to write a novel in between getting distracted by flash fiction. You can check out the first two chapters at Chapter Buzz.  Meanwhile I am inspired by all the great flash fiction stories I have been reading.


Blue Zig Zag

In response to Friday Fictioneers and the following photo prompt by Marie Gail Stratford in 100 words.

They stared at the blank monitor-wall.

“Computer..” said Jesse.

Nothing happened.

“Maybe it doesn’t sense English. After all, this facility is 50 years old.”

“Don’t be silly! English has been Globalspeak for longer than that.”

“Has it got a name? Maybe it’s a sort of password.”

“Then we’re finished. We are the last two left. I can’t believe there is limitless knowledge available and limitless resources and we can’t access it.”

“What if….if it’s an obsolete touch screen?”

They stared at each other then rushed forward to touch it.

Still nothing.

“I give up.”

“What’s that blue zig zag thing?”