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Memories (Friday Fictioneers)

January 18, 2018

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It was a printed image. I’d not seen one in years. This one found in a box dad kept under the bed. A note on the back scrawled in dad’s handwriting, Last day before abduction, EARTH 1979.

Wait, what? Abduction?

I took the image out to mum, thrusting it under her nose. Her green skin was a shade darker than mine. Her lavender colored eyes narrowed. “Yeah, I’d hoped you wouldn’t…”

“Tell me.”

“It was long ago, another time. It was what was done back then.

I sighed. Hopefully he was happy now. Maybe in death he would go home.



This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

Word count: 100



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  1. Mum didn’t tell her about her origins? That’s just stoking up trouble for later in life. Great story, Laurie

  2. Inventive take on the prompt. Well done.

  3. Could be aliens, could be humans – I like that you leave it open.

  4. What a great little story – so unexpected and different – loved it!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. Poor Dad. I hope he led a good life out there in the wider galaxy…

  6. Dear Laurie,

    So Daddy was an Earthling? Wouldn’t she have noticed or did he die before she was born? Different take on the prompt.Imaginative.



    • Hi Rochelle, great questions. He died long ago and though I didn’t write it she does have lighter skin (I had it and then chopped it for space!)
      Presumably there are different types on her world.😊
      Thanks for reading. Great prompt this week

  7. Intriguing! A glimpse of the future though Laurie’s eyes! Excellent.

    Click to read my FriFic!

  8. What a great take on the prompt. We were just discussing on whether or not one should tell their child if they’re adopted… or if something like this happened to Daddy…. 😉

  9. So Dad was an Earthling and Mom was an alien. Intriguing. You set the scene well for a longer story, Laurie.

  10. It seems dad had a good life anyway… sooner or later it’s best to know the truth.

  11. michael1148humphris permalink

    Well I guess it’s one way of mixing up the genes. Interesting and different

  12. Sarah Ann permalink

    Great story, leaving me wanting more. It seems dad was happy and made a a good life despite his abduction. Great throw away line from mum – ‘. It was what was done back then,’ and the reference to shades of skin colour. Wonderful.

  13. Evidently mom and dad got along rather well. Fun story.

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