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The meaning of life (Friday Fictioneers)

March 9, 2023

PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast

I was captured an eon ago. I’ve not seen my world or my people since. I was bought here on a large space faring vessel and for a while I was an oddity, put on display in a glass case. It took a long time as these humans call it before I could understand them. They call me a living ribbon. But I am so much more than that. I hold such intelligence these “humans” could only dream of understanding. Now, I am one of thousands, sold as a light pendant and forgotten about while the people laugh and eat.

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  1. Much of the story of colonialism is there. Good one. Laurie

  2. Now the lights are coming for us – nothing is safe anymore! 😉

  3. Put on display until enough of them can get together to revolt. Of course, they keep them far apart so it won’t be easy…

  4. Dear Laurie,

    I guess you could call them an enlightened species. (Yes, I did have to go there 😉 )



  5. Gwen M. Plano permalink

    Very clever, Laurie. Bravo!

  6. Why did I just look up at my lampshade? Nice one, Laurie.

  7. I’m not scared….
    Wow, you’ve been busy. Every time I stumble into FF and your blog, you’ve written another book on two. Brava amiga. Tracey

  8. CGraith permalink

    Very cool interpretation! Love the sci-fi twist especially because the chandelier creatures don’t seem to be malevolent.

  9. With an opportunity for freedom will come an opportunity for revenge.

  10. I love this I think ‘Living Ribbon’ needs to take a leaf out of my aliens book 🙂

  11. Well done. And so much truth about history.

  12. They are among us already…

  13. Living ribbon . . . A sad take on the prompt. Well done.

  14. This has an ominous feel. The thousands are biding their time. Their unrecognized collective intelligence will be human’s downfall. I can see it coming! 🙂

  15. Laurie you tell this from a perspective that could apply to so many earth things that humans arrogantly take for granted and exploit at will, like trees and water and wetlands, etc. Thoughtful story.

  16. Well done, Laurie. As Lisa and Brenda said, your story points to so much regarding humanity. 🙂

  17. Oh dear what a fate!

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