Microfiction: A silly mistake

Microfiction, exactly 100 words, for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. The prompt is the photo below.

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

yellow-bug-shaktiki

Samira wandered downstairs, thinking about nothing in particular, her hand sliding idly along the cool smoothness of the wrought iron handrail. She stopped just before the last step, her eye caught by a dash of colour on the rail.

*

Bright emerald eyes looked at one another in disbelief as the monster loomed on the screen and a frantic twittering came over the micro from the landing party.

“Beam us up for pity’s sake! I think we got the wrong planet!”

*

Samira pulled a face and slammed her palm down on the ugly insect.

*

In the ship, the micro went dead.

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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.

74 thoughts on “Microfiction: A silly mistake”

    1. Thanks Sandra. It would probably survive in mine. I’d be too terrified to go near it and I live with too many bug-lovers to hope any of them would do anything about it 🙂

      1. I generally let them be, and I don’t like being drafted to kill them. My theory is it’s between you and the bug, and I shouldn’t be forced to kill them because of my gender.

  1. Oh no, a tragic mistake for them! Seems like they got the true “Earth” welcome. 😦 That bug is gorgeous, though; I would be too busy staring at it, and would never think to squish it.

  2. One alien to another…………
    Are We?

    are we aliens
    arrived on earth via comet
    high speed delivery
    ~~~
    two hundred and two
    thousand plus seventeen years
    no high speed travel
    ~~~
    evolutions real
    no comet delivery
    diverse life evolved
    ~~~
    conjecture implies
    first life was all aquatic
    merpeople you me
    ~~~
    evolutions real
    we progressed from sea to land
    many trials faced
    ~~~
    to this day we fight
    for what is thought correct
    no truth yet attained
    ~~~
    do the stars hold truth
    extra-terrestrial we
    left behind we ask
    ~~~
    did the old ones leave
    in a hurry leaving signs
    coded messages
    ~~~
    a warning to all
    perhaps check the desert marks
    only seen from height
    ~~~
    to this day not read
    not yet decoded why
    did they take the key
    ~~~
    technology
    involved in ancient buildings
    beggars belief
    ~~~
    we are the aliens
    from another place and time
    left to learn a truth
    ~~~
    unless peace prevails
    a lesson we’ve yet to learn
    if we don’t were stuck
    ~~~
    implications real
    deal peace not war will find truth
    working as one we’ll return
    ~~~
    folk up there can hear
    and when the time is correct
    when we live in peace
    ~~~
    opens up a way
    the passage from whence we came
    galaxies beyond
    ~~~
    the code is broken
    learn peace to set yourselves free
    ET’s going home
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I really did want to used the modern word for ‘stuck’. ☺

    1. Wow! What a tour de force of haiku! We are surrounded by so many mysteries, maybe if we started to behave as we claim human beings are supposed to behave, everything else, mysteries, origins, destinies, would fall into place.

  3. Ah, the tragedy of lifeforms in different scales – if the landing party had been the same size as her, things would have turned out differently. I like your alien stories – you always walk the paths less travelled 🙂

  4. Now I must wonder about the spider I saw on a thistle the other day. I swear it looked way to intelligent to be just another fly eater. Most contact the Federation and check. 😉

  5. Heaven help us when. We move out into space if we land on a world where we are the small guys.🙂

      1. Yeah. I wonder if someone will lose their job for not making it durable enough?
        Or, will she, upon seeing a slap didn’t do it, knock it over and put her shoe on it?

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