Microfiction: Diamonds in space

This short piece (100 words almost) was written in response to the Secret Keeper’s challenge to use these five words in either a poem or prose piece:




The night sky was aglimmer with strange dust. They leant on the windowsill and watched, in awe, as the dust specks grew larger, brighter, closer.

Putting their hands over their eyes, they screwed them tight shut against the brilliance as rough diamonds poured, a torrent, a cascade, bursting through the earth’s atmosphere in a blinding flash of carbon flare.

The rain of diamonds swept the turning Earth, swept away the flimsy concrete and stone shelters, flushed out the puny occupants and carried their ghosts, whispering their goodbyes, into the black void.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

7 thoughts on “Microfiction: Diamonds in space”

  1. What an invasion, like boiling lobsters. The torture is slow and in your story unknown and not even suspected. I must say the last paragraph was a surprise. I let your story take me where it ended. Wow! Well told and imaginative. I checked after I finished reading to spot the 5 words. Didn’t want to spoil the flow of your story. Amazingly done. Highly impressed even knowing you are a brilliant and descriptive writer. This story is one to be shared widely. Short as it is, I believe many would enjoy the surprise it would give to them. Perfect. – jk 🙂

      1. So pleased my words led to such a surprising tale with a wildly unexpected ending. I shared with my partner last night. Couldn’t let her go to bed without reading it. She likes Sci-fi. I thought she would love it. Success. See what Monday brings.

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