A Lost Cause – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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A Lost Cause

“Is that the beacon, Master? The light?”


“Won’t the natives see it?”

“What of it? Another UFO sighting won’t make a difference.”

“So we give them up for good?”

“That’s what I’ll recommend.”

“How can they be so stupid? How long have we watched them? Thousands of years?”

“Yes. And each time we thought they were getting somewhere: another war, or genocide.”

“You’d think so many people would have made progress by now.”

“The dominant cultures are elitists, they keep the masses uninformed. This maintains their power. Stupid people hate otherness. Gender, skin-colour, ancestry… They’re hopeless.”

“Right. Let’s go.”

(100 words)

I pledge
The task of the challenge 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.

Last week I was insanely busy and very late with replies and comments. I’m sorry and hope to do better this week.


35 thoughts on “A Lost Cause – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. Thank you! I’ve recently read a stramge article where people claimed that ancient Sumerian statuettes looked like the ‘Greys’ from UFO tales. These aliens must be very patient… 😉


  1. A thoughtful piece of writing, it might explain many ancient monuments. To the aliens I would say, surely it’s time to interfere with those in power. But no for we now know that only makes things worse. They must have been bright those aliens. 🙂 .

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  2. I think it’s quite difficult to pull off a good flash fiction with just speech. By the time you have enough info to have a good picture of the scene, half your word count is down. However, the UFO line pushes us in the right direction from the beginning. This is a good story, and definitely gives us something to think about! 🙂

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    1. You’re right, it’s always a bit risky. I’ve been experimenting with this before, and fell into the trap of having people talk about stuff they should already know. ‘As you know, we did… ‘ I tried to avoid this this time with the student-master dynamics. I’m glad you liked, thank you.


    1. Yeah, it’s depressing. I need to head over to your story, I’m sure I’ll be in a better mood after reading it. 🙂 If all people, all genders, had the opportunity to get the best education they want… just think where we’d be by now.


  3. And yet I read a recent report that there is less war now than there was, less poverty., and it’s just more visible now. If we do something about what we can see,. perhaps there is hope for us yet?

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    1. I’ve read that report too but there are still seven hundred million living below the poverty line, and the gap between the richest and the poor is sky-high. But I think you’re right, there’s always hope and I haven’t given up either. Only, there won’t be a Vulcan visit (Star Trek people) and all our problems solved. We’ll have to drag ourselves out of the mud.


  4. I hope we’re not a lost cause – but the signs aren’t good. I like your alien commentators – they sound tired of it all. You’ve highlighted the causes of our failure really well. How sad for us.

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    1. Thank you Margaret. Yes, we’re a sad bunch. But I haven’t given up hope either. As long as we don’t off ourselves and everything with us, we may yet learn. Perhaps. Those Aliens though, can you blame them? 😉

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