Another week, another prompt for the Friday Fictioneers graciously provided by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
The task is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.
If you wonder about the C in the title: it means that I welcome constructive criticism, according to the guidelines of the Friday Fictioneers Concrit Subgroup.
A Picture Paints A Thousand Words
“Expedition logs aren’t enough to keep up public interest. The sponsors want something a bit more exciting.” Javier closed the company’s dispatch and turned to his wife.
“I suppose we need to battle aliens to make them happy back there.”
“Everything is going so well. It’d break my heart if we had to give it up.” Diane shook her head and continued sorting rock samples into small glass jars. Javier stared at the neatly labelled jars stacked on a shelf.
“I have an idea,” he muttered.
Three months later another missive came. “Martian dust paintings a huge hit. Make more.”
(100 words) (For some reason this prompt gave me more trouble than usual. Sorry if this is a bit silly.)
Featured image © Sean Fallon. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneer Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Sean Fallon’s permission.
Sand painting image by Brian Pike, environmental sand artist. (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons. This picture of The Needles, Isle of Wight is composed entirely of natural coloured sands compressed inside a clear glass bottle without the use of any adhesive, and was inspired by the sand jars created by the deaf mute Andrew Clemens, in Mcgregor, Iowa during the 1870s to 90s. He made over 1000 of these delicate sand jars of which about 50 have survived to the present day and are highly prized by collectors!