Epiphany – 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.
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.

Image © Priya Bajpal Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Priya Bajpal’s permission.


I was convinced our first contact with Aliens would unite humanity. We would act as one people: enlightened, peaceful, secure in the knowledge that we are no longer alone in the universe.

That didn’t happen. Instead the usual scare-mongering and sabre-rattling ensued. Our visitors’ peaceful advance party was murdered. The Aliens were not amused. They reduced our numbers drastically and now keep the rest of us in an enclosed area for conservation, and experiments.

Today it’s my turn. These strange objects on the table must be an IQ-test of some sorts. I don’t have a clue.

Crown of creation, indeed.

(100 words)

I pledge


Back at work, not in a cheerful mood…


82 thoughts on “Epiphany – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Ye[p, that is exactly how humans would react – scare mongering and sabre rattling… Obviously the real reason we haven’t been contacted by Aliens is that they have reported that there is no intelligent life on our planet 😉

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  2. The story certainly speaks to you not being in a cheerful mood – sorry to hear it! But the story itself is good, in a sinister, “wish it weren’t so realistic” kind of way. Yeah, we probably would attack any aliens who tried for first contact. My only hope is that the aliens are smarter than us (or at least have better surveillance) and are able to anticipate and prevent that outcome.

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    1. I was back at work after three glorious free weeks… and they were attacking me like sharks, everyone wanting something right away, very urgent, need it now — which almost never is true, but it’s stressful to sort out. 😀 So, grumble, grumble, humanity, grumble…
      I seriously hope Aliens are smarter than us (have to be if they come here and not we to them). No knowing what a truely Alien society would do. Maybe they are robots. 😉

      Thank you Joy, I’m glad you liked it.

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      1. I’m feeling pretty grumble-grumble about humanity myself these days, so I can relate. I could really use another week off to actually rest and recuperate, whew. But of course, everything is too urgent on this end, too. Hang in there!

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  3. Yep – you’ve got it right. That’s how it will probably turn out if it ever happens. And maybe the universe will be better off with us safely restrained. I love your experiment idea – clever use of the prompt.

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    1. I’m glad you like it. Thank you Margaret. I think a species that is so far above us would view us the way we watch our fellow animal cousins–not all experiments have to be painful or fatal.


  4. Love that heard photo! A suitably dark ending to our first encounter with aliens = how true this feels. I’m sure we’ll shoot first, ask questions later. Sinisterly done, Gabi


    1. Thank you Lynn. I was in a bad mood, but there are so many funny and sweet stories for this prompt… I’m being cheerful again. Maybe they can stop us in time, surely they would have studied us before they come.

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        1. Found it. 🙂 I noticed that the link works when I click on your username in the small preview window under the bell on the upper right side of the Blog window. While nothing happens when I click on your icon in the main comment section, the small one brings me to your blog. I need to remember that… 🙂

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  5. A thought-provoking piece as usual. I think you’re right, any visitors would be viewed instantly as a threat and it wouldn’t go well. Any aliens capable of travelling here would clearly have the ability to overcome any defence we might offer, even if their original intentions had been peaceful

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