Surprise!– Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

I mistakenly put the wron link on the InLinkz page of July 16, that may be why you landed here, on last week’s story. Here’s the new one: – sorry about the confusion.

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.

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The planet is gorgeous. With climate zones from tropical to polar, with lush forests and wide prairies it seems ideal for project Earth-2.

Janey and I are surveying potential sites for settlement when we come across the clearing. We stare dumbfounded at the endless rows of tree stumps. The clean cuts could’ve only been made by power tools.

“All our plans down the drain,” Janey says.

“But why didn’t we detect any technology from orbit?” I ask.

“That’s why!” Janey shrieks and points at the gigantic sauropsid that’s emerged from the forest. Its strong jaws don’t need technology.

We run.

(100 words)

It may not be a sauropsid at all, but one of Michael’s Saturn dragons, who knows?

I’m sorry, this is the best I could come up with this week, too much work.

46 thoughts on “Surprise!– Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Well, at least it’s not going to be us ruining this planet!

    I Googled “sauropsid” and got the following:
    “Sauropsida is a clade of amniotes, broadly equivalent to the class Reptilia. Sauropsida is the sister taxon to Synapsida.”

    Haha I understand nearly no words of the “explanation” 😮 A “clade of amniotes”… now they’re just making words up 😉

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    1. Hehehe. Thank you.
      No, not just made up. Amniotes just means that the embryos have a membrane that encloses them and the ‘amniotic fluid’ in which they float – this is true for reptiles and birds (sauropsids) and mammals.
      That’s just biological taxonomy, you have two empires (or super-kingdoms (true nucleus and not-true nucleus where the DNA just floats around in the cell), seven kingdoms, among them animals, plants, bacteria, fungi etc. These are divided further (like vertebrates (everything with a spine) and non-vertebrates (everything without a spine)) and so on, and so on until you get down to families, species and variations.
      I kept it vague because: strange planet. On first sight, while running in terror, a precise classification might be a bit tricky. 😉

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  2. Dear Gabi,

    I had to Google Sauropsid. Not something I’d want to run into on a dark night. Or even a bright day. I guess their search will continue. Reminds me of sci fi movies from the 1950’s. Fun stuff.



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    1. Thank you Rochelle. That 50ies vibe? That’s exactly what I was thinking of. People heroically wandering around in cheesy space suits with ray guns. 😀 Like the covers of the old SciFi magazines – and some books, too.


  3. Now, I understand when people say, “I hate surprises,” it’s because they’ve come face to face with a gigantic sauropsid.

    It doesn’t sound like making friends with the local inhabitants is an option. Those hunts for new worlds scarcely work out on the first try.

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