Changeling – 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 little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


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


Changeling

The greatest advantage of a scooter is its flexibility. You can get through the narrowest passageways, park in the smallest spaces. For a midwife like me this is essential.

I leave the scooter by the door and hurry to the mother-to-be’s bedroom. She smiles, grateful for my presence. The delivery will be easy, no doctors needed.

The father is absent. Perfect.

She’s pushing; the baby slides into my arms.

I turn the transporter-beam on with a rapid blink.

Her child will live: archived, preserved.

One of our children will grow up free, healthy, on the surface of a living planet.

(100 words)


I pledge

I was very bad with comments last week, there was just too much going on at work. I hope to do better this week.

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70 thoughts on “Changeling – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. What a clever story! The scooter is a perfect choice for making the midwife’s job seem very routine and earth-bound. The child is born. Rejoice!
    And then your twist, totally unexpected because you’ve lulled us into a sense of false security. Nice one, Gabby!

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  2. Wow! What a turn, Gabby. The midwife storyline pulled me right in… wondering what would happen with the birth. This sentence: “Her child will live: archived, preserved.” is perfection. Such a powerful hook, but wonderful writing!

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    1. She’ll never know. If this was a longer piece they’d have a newborn of their species waiting for the switch (or maybe it’s us invading another planet’s inhabitants in the future)–with their superiour knowledge they can mask the changeling’s DNA and fool any of our primitive genetical tests, until… 😀 Thank you Sandra.

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    1. Thank you. It could go different ways. The midwife could be an alien agent whose planet has become uninhabitable and they switch babies (like the elf changelings of some myths and legends) to give them a better life. Or it could be humans of the future who have made Earth uninhabitable and want to save the species by sending them to another planet whose inhabitants would be genetically very similar… or so. 🙂

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  3. I had a whole world in mind until the end. Now I have no idea what kind of door the scooter was parked at. Space station? Alternate world? The mind boggles.

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  4. Thank you. No, it was just a normal door. Maybe the scooter worked as an amplifier or repeater… I don’t know. 😉 The beam came from somewhere else right into the bedroom. Space station, space craft, planet…

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