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What has been lost (Friday Fictioneers)

August 8, 2019
PHOTO PROMPT © Randy Mazie

“No trespassing. It was a sign of the era. You would have seen it everywhere you looked back then. And windows boarded up just like the ones here in this VR static image. Temporary fences grown permutant through disuse and age… Now, if you come over here students, you will see in this VR static image a picture of globe before the final internal skirmish before we landed.”

“Ms.? They said Earth was covered in bipeds.”

“Indeed it was, Chaktu.” The six-legged teacher skittered further to the right. “And over here, we have recreated what we think they looked like…”

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  1. Insects are about the most terrifyingly alien creatures we can imagine

  2. “Skittered,” got me. Yeek.

  3. My goodness is the future going to be taken over by intelligent spiders? Where did all the bipeds go?
    You add humour to a dystopian idea.

    • Thanks, James… well anything is possible don’t you think? Haha I love to add in a laugh 😉

  4. Oh yes. There is something totally creepy about insects… skittering, clicking and clacking… ewww.
    Well done!

  5. Some of today’s politicians remind me of insects! Guess it’s only a matter of time. Delightfully different Laurie.

    My tale – ‘No pain no gain!

  6. Dear Laurie,

    I couldn’t help but shudder when the six-legged teacher skittered. Nicely done.



  7. Brilliant take at the future, where humans will be nothing but fossils. Nice juxtaposition.

  8. A good and well-written story. The picture of what we looked like probably scared them, Laurie. If they were cockroaches that traveled on early space ships they might have a buried memory of Earth people stepping on them. Of all the insects I’d bet on them to survive. 😀 — Suzanne

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