Saturday, 30 March 2013

FRIDAY FICTIONEERS - THE DIRTY BOMB - MY 100 WORDS, BY LINDA PALUND


THE DIRTY BOMB

            In daylight, the neighbourhood looks perfectly normal, like nothing had happened.
            When the bombs hit, the power went out.  People panicked.  Our neighbourhood went all to hell. Literally.
            We’re the only ones left.
            We’re not from around here. We’re aliens, but our neighbours never knew, even though the kids gave Marie a hard time at school, calling her a “Vampire” because of her pale skin. Called her weird.
            We liked them anyway and meant them no harm. 
            They did this on their own. 
            They invented a “Dirty Bomb”, killed each other off and left their structures intact. 
            Talk about weird!

19 comments:

  1. I liked this. What is bad for one isn't necessarily bad for the next, is it? Great writing.

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  2. Well, you strange visitors from another planet, time to start it all over again. Get cracking!

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  3. Oh those kind aliens... and stupid humanity.

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  4. Dear Linda,
    Your story reminds me of a particular Twilight Zone where a whole neighborhood turned on each other when they found they were trapped in their cul-du-sac. They each blamed each other for being an alien. While the true E.T.'s were watching them on a monitor from afar allowing them to destroy themselves.
    If that's not a statement Ii don't know what it is.
    Well done.
    shalom,
    Rochelle

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    1. You and I are so from the same generation. I totally remember that episode, and I am sure it ran through my head when I started - and then I decided not to have the aliens be bad people, just neighbours. I think that was one of those McCarthy era episodes - where everyone was seeing communists everywhere. I watched Twilight Zone avidly when I was a child - as it came on from the first show and ever afterwards.

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  5. Thankfully, the aliens meant us no harm... but they can't say the same about the humans, though. A neat take on this week's prompt.

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  6. Hi Linda,
    Your story makes an incisive comment on the self-destructive capability of our kind. I just hope it isn't prophetic, but I think it could be. Maybe aliens could do better with our planet. Ron

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    1. Thanks, Ron...I am feeling kind of down on humanity right now, but this was a fun prompt, taking everyone every which way.

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  7. Linda, I like the way you turned the usual story on its alien head and entered...the lamplight zone...(cue the music.) Good job!

    janet

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    1. Thanks for that. Yes I was a big fan when I was a kid and Sci fi is still in my heart.

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  8. sigh. sounds like something humans would do. tsk3 ^^ great story. really different yet totally believable.

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    1. Thank you so much. That was high praise that made my night!

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  9. Good idea this. We kill of ourselves but not the aliens...

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    1. Thanks, Sandra, just looked out at that normal neighbourhood and thought about it.

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  10. Weird indeed. Isn't that just like us. Especially that crazy little guy in North Korea. - Russell

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    1. I hope it is not like us, US, but greedy humans do have a way of coming up with some grotesque weaponry.

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