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What you see (Friday Fictioneers)

April 16, 2020
PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

I made my space on the roof. Many others did the same. We gathered at dawn, siting or standing to watch the sun rise. Shooting each other a wave and a bellowed hello. Sometimes, someone turned up their music and we danced or exercised.

I was alone on this particular morning. My neighbors not yet awake to join me.

It was why I was the first to see them. Spaceships. Too numerous to count, soaring high above my head. Zooming past in long lines. Landing in formation on the empty streets below.

Curiously, I wondered. Will we infect them too?

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

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  1. Come, take us away from this infected planet… 😀

  2. Loved the imagination!

  3. A neat twist!

  4. Or was the infection the aliens’ secret weapon? Probably not, Any species capable of interstellar travel has probably long since progressed beyond war

  5. Ah, I was thinking that was who was spreading the virus.

  6. Not a silver lining I had thought of – protecting us from the aliens!

    • Protection or…
      Perhaps it’s not an invasion, perhaps it’s alien paramedics?
      … or not

  7. Dear Laurie,

    Imaginative take on the prompt and a different POV re aliens. Will we infect them?

    Shalom and good health,


  8. Wonderful take, Laurie. I love the twist of us potentially infecting them instead of the other way around.

  9. Perhaps they will be better prepared, since they having the technology and knowledge of space travel. I wonder what Mars is like this time of the year?

  10. Or maybe THEY infected US! Enjoyed your story 🙂

  11. I love the response of the person watching aliens land. No panic, no terror, just an empathy with good will. Great story, Laurie!

  12. Shades of “War of the Worlds”! I love the last line. Aliens beware!

  13. Thought about the war of the worlds here… I remember Jeff Wayne’s version… Uh-la

  14. They could be coming to help or maybe they’re always there and we don’t see them often because of the air pollution.

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