Lost in Translation – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

The Friday Fictioneers is a friendly writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!

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Lost in Translation

The scenery is gorgeous. Large waterfalls pound the rocks with a deafening roar. The ground vibrates.

“Wake up commander, trouble!”

I stare at the pilot who’s shaking my arm.

“Passengers?” I croak.

“All good.”

“And that noise?”

“Check the screen.”

In front of us are… spaceships? They emit rays that create something like a barrier. That, and the sound. We’re headed straight for it.

“What the…? Fire the brake engines!”

I’m terrified. And angry at the robo-scouts who didn’t detect this. And maybe, deep down, I’m delighted that extraterrestrial life does exist after all.

But how do we survive this?

(100 words)


37 thoughts on “Lost in Translation – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. I’m torn as to whether this is going to be a friendly encounter or a terrifying one – the barrier sort of makes me think the latter, but I would love to read more and find out!!

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  2. His reactions and thoughts are bouncing all over the place – just as they would with an encounter like this. You’ve portrayed him very convincingly, especially his final thought. I hope he survives to spread the news.

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  3. I really hope the aliens come in peace. Wouldn’t it be nice if the barrier was to ensure we couldn’t leave our planet until we’d sorted out how to avoid trashing everything we touch?

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    1. Thank you! How would we communicate if we can’t even communicate among ourselves and with other intelligent earthlings is a question I often ask myself. I can’t even properly communicate with my dog…

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