Another Sunday another Sunday Photo Fiction. A weekly Flash Fiction prompt based on the photo supplied below. The idea is to write a piece of fiction of around 100-200 words.
Take a look over at the other participants, and have a go yourself. You may find yourself quickly addicted, I have.
This is the Beagle 2. Photograph taken in 2009 at the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK.
The child had her hands on the exhibit case,
“What is it?” she shouted at the guide.
He looked at the girl staring up at him. Her eyes wide, waiting for a reply. He tensed. The ‘Collective’ had demoted him to the museum six neons ago and he was still seething. It wasn’t the demotion itself, no, it was the fact they put him here, amongst the relics. Head of Martian Security one day, tour guide the next. The pulse in his forehead twitched deeper.
“Oy Mister, I said what is it?” her high pitched screech notching his headache yet another octave. He crouched on his knees so he was directly in her eye line and said,
“Well, you see”,
“Hurry up old guy, I want to know”
He gritted his teeth.
“This is the machine the invaders used to vaporise the ancients”
He followed her stare to the small circular device in the casing.
“That’s stupid; you don’t really know, do you?”
He winked and raised a hand to the button on the side. He was thinking of the extra 2 neons he’d just added to his demotion as he swept her dust into a refuge bag.
26 thoughts on “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust”
OH OH WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THOSE, they’d be handy to make room on the bus into town LOL 😀
Lol, if only, I’d make a fortune 😉
Thanks. I struggled with the prompt a bit, Sci Fi’s not really my bag, but my ‘try anything once’ mantra took over and hey ho 🙂
It was very H G Wells
oooohhh I loved it! I love it when I don’t see the ending coming.
Thanks, its a challenge trying to get a twist in so few words, glad you got it 🙂
HAHA I love that 😀 Yeah, a couple of Neons extra just to silence the brat is worth it 😉
Brilliant story Helen
As a mum of 2 teenagers, definitely worth it, lol 😉
As a dad of two teenagers, I agree 😆
Helen, Helen, Helen, been to the store have we? During school vacation? Ahhh, I wouldn’t mind one of those now and then. Sometimes for the kid, sometimes for the parent – usually the parent who is screeching and swearing at their poor little kid. But in this case, let’s give the guy a promotion. LOL that was good 🙂
Lol, thanks 🙂
Great story Helen, loved it, where do I get one of those from?
I think they would be on pre – order just for the sheer number of orders, lol 😉
Blimey, did you just vaporise a kid? Brilliant story!
Classed a “relic”, yet still fully functional. They don’t make deadly killing machines like that any more 🙂
I was in a bad mood, lol 🙂
AnElephant chortles cheerfully!
Thank you 🙂
Great story! Very clever. I am surprised at how short 198 words is, but you managed to get a lot into the small amount 🙂
Yes, under 200 is a challenge, you should try ‘Friday Fictioneers’ that’s even harder at only 100 words 🙂
I hate to say she was asking for it, but she probably did make it pretty hard to resist. Hopefully a neon isn’t too long. 🙂
2 years, 6 months and 24 days, or so I’ve heard, 😉
Love it! Surprise…..”step into my web said the spider to the fly” 🙂
Exactly, lol 🙂
This is precious! I can picture this scenario perfectly.
I can think of many times I would have pressed the button too, lol 🙂