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Waiting… for what? (Friday Fictioneers)

June 24, 2021
PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox

The warning went out, yet many didn’t hear it. Phones didn’t beep, bing or ding. No bars, no wifi. Networks went down across the board.

You couldn’t avoid the giant ships as they appeared in the sky, though. People froze, staring up in horror as they learned what was happening. “Attack!” people screamed. The backwash of whatever propulsion systems the aliens used knocked down everything in pulsing waves of energy. Trees, power poles, outdoor furniture. And then… Silence.

After a month of nothing, outdoor furniture was replaced and the cafes became tourist hubs. “Come and see the ships.”

We wait.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

You can read more FF prompt responses here

Word Count: 100

It’s a great photo this week. It reminded me straight away of the storms we had two weeks ago. Intense winds uprooted heaps of trees up the mountain near my place. About 100,000 homes lost power for more than three days (including me) four days (my friends) and five days for my parents). About 1-3000 homes up the mountain have been told they wont get power back for another three weeks or so! So many huge trees took out powerlines, powerpoles, transformers, cars and homes. Some amazing stories have come out about that night. Fortunately, aliens were not to blame… I’m sure… Well, I’m pretty sure.

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26 Comments
  1. Commerce has a way of turning anything into a commodity. I love it that the aliens do nothing

  2. Ah, the felled trees were aliens not stupid humans. Good one!

  3. Ah, just wait… what a great way to describe the complete disregard of these aliens for the humans. This does not bode well.

  4. You built the tension well and now they wait. Spooky. Great job, Laurie!

  5. Nice eerie ending . . . shivers.

  6. The cafes will be earning a packet with the increased tourist trade. Perhaps they could run a sweepstake – guess what ‘they’ want? Wiinner gets a day trip into one of the ships.

  7. A month of nothing! Argh, what are they waiting for?

  8. Is that it, or is there worse yet to come? Best make money while they can!.

    Here’s mine!

  9. Sounds eerily accurate. In a capitalistic society, capitalizing rules the day.

  10. That last line is ominous! I wonder what happens next. . . .

  11. Dear Laurie,

    Eerie story. More frightening than zombies, really. Well done. Glad your power has returned. We don’t realize how dependent or vulnerable we are until the power goes out, do we?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  12. Makes you wonder just what the aliens are waiting for. Or maybe they are just observing from afar… or maybe they are waiting for all those humans to become complacent and then… or maybe… 😉
    Well done!

    • I wonder if perhaps they are waiting for reinforcements? Or to see what our response to invasion would be, a scout ship maybe. I fear worse is to come.

      • That could definitely be it!! I fear it is not all just for naught…

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