Microfiction #three line tales: White death

For Sonya’s Three Line Tales.

photo by Joel Filipe via Unsplash


We had been prepared for an alien invasion for decades, telescopes raked the night skies, and the SDI had been enlarged to cover anything coming from space too.

The vagaries of the climate with its summer snowfalls and winter droughts meant that no one took any notice of the snowstorm that blanketed the whole of the northern hemisphere for a week in June.

Neither did we notice that among the snow flakes were tiny white capsules that fizzed and swirled like aspirin in water, dispersing into hair-fine filaments, undetectable by the naked eye—undetectable until they started to grow inside their hosts.

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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.

35 thoughts on “Microfiction #three line tales: White death”

  1. The jellies are invading — huge flotillas in the oceans. They don’t do the scary pop and fizz — just take over. We have given them permission by destroying the oceans. And, as in your story, not seeing the menace til it’s inside our waters.
    Nicely creepy.

      1. True. There would be no effect in the US at all. After all, we don’t have climate change, and burning coal is a good thing.

      2. Yes, after all it is flat, and one can sail off the end into the cosmos. I had a teacher in school who was a member of the Flat Earth Society . . .

      3. I think he did it to be a contrarian, perhaps a conspiracy theorist, a false facts, false news type of guy. He was especially weird. He wore these black embossed cowboy boots with the pointest toes I have even seen on foot wear. He also taught geology — but he did believe the earth was very, very, old. I had some very strange teachers as I made my way through school.

      4. He must have been a bit of an iconoclast if he thought the earth was old. It looks as though you had to pick the bones out of a lot of the stuff you were taught!

  2. Wow, so much world building hinted at in so few words: excellent writing, Jane. And yes, it’s what we don’t expect that’s most likely to kill us — and most likely to make compelling science fiction/horror stories, too!

    1. Thanks Joy! I can’t help thinking that the most memorable scene in any sci-fi film has to be when the alien bursts out of John Hurt’s stomach. What you expect the least is what hits hardest, you’re right!

  3. Literally a physical alien invasion — creepy and rethinking the safety of snowflakes 😉 Always making me think and reassess — thank you 🙂

      1. I’m only a fan of snow if I’m looking at it from inside a warm, cozy place….preferably with a warm drink in my hand! 😉

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