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It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again, ably hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by fellow fictioneerer Sandra Crook.

Click on the little blue fella for this week’s other contributions. I finally gave into InLinkz’s demands to “create an account to get the code” and all I got was this little badge with no post counter :-(.

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Copyright Sandra Crook

 

Albert peered out of his tent and gasped in surprise. Before him was the debarkation ramp of a huge – spaceship. A blob oozed from the entry-way, a tentacle pointing a device directly at him. He turned and ran, hearing a “zap!” sound, feeling a ripping pain in his back…

…and he awoke in his sleeping bag, sweating. Wiping his face, he peered out of his tent. Before him was the debarkation ramp of a huge – spaceship. He turned and ran, thinking as he did so that prescient dreams were not the blessing he’d once thought. Hearing a “zap!” sound, he braced himself.

  1. December 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    haha! I like what you did there! Great use of 100 words and a new way to play an old line. Well done

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  2. December 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Well at least he knew what was coming :/

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  3. December 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    You can run, but you cannot hide.

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  4. NotAPunkRocker
    December 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Bad froggy, not keeping count.

    I imagine tensing up didn’t help, but I guess if you know what to expect then it can’t be helped.

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    • December 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Yeah, not sure what’s going on with InLinkz at the moment.

      To be honest I’m sure sure it makes much difference when you’re hit by a “Plasma Death 1000 Ray of DoomTM“.

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  5. December 11, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Ali, This guy is caught in a rerun loop. That can’t be good. Well done. 🙂 — Susan

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    • December 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

      It’s a rough time for poor Albert 😦

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  6. December 11, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Well, we all strive to live out our dreams… so this guy should feel very fortunate!

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    • December 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Try telling him that as the ray blows a hole in his chest 🙂

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  7. Lyn
    December 11, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Was it a dream? Or is he destined for an alien version of groundhog day? As always, a great story in so few words, D-man 🙂

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    • December 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

      He could even still be dreaming!

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  8. December 11, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Ah, it’s Groundhog Day for aliens! Love it! 😀

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    • December 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Bill Murray never had this problem 🙂

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      • December 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

        LOL! Well, if only he had stayed outdoors instead of in that B&B. 🙂

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  9. December 11, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Perhaps he only thinks he woke up… how frightening is this.

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    • December 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

      I’ve had dreams like that before, thinking I’ve woken up and I haven’t. Nasty 😦

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  10. December 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Dear Draliman,

    This guy needs to have batter dreams.

    On a writer’s note, if one hears a zap, it is highly likely that it is a ‘sound’. You don’t need to tell us that (twice).

    Good story here.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • December 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Dear Doug,
      A better dream would certainly have improved his morning!
      Thanks for the writer’s note – very true. I’ll leave it alone now but it would have read better without the word “sound” too.
      Ali

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  11. December 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Dear Ali,

    What did he eat before going to sleep? Or is this like Inception where one doesn’t know which is the dream or which is real? Nicely done.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • December 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Too much cheese, maybe 🙂 “Inception” did run through my mind later and I thought, “maybe he’s still dreaming”…
      Thanks!
      Ali

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  12. December 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

    He should try yoga before getting into his sleeping bag – that’ll defeat any zap device known to man and alien.

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    • December 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Yoga’s always good for curing what ails you 🙂

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  13. December 11, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I like it! It’s Deja Vu all over again. I like it – or did I already say that? 🙄

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  14. December 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I like the round-and-round of this.

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    • December 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  15. December 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I liked it. And then I awoke and liked it again. ZZZZZZZZZ

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  16. December 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    i feel that somehow his dream will turn into a reality. just a matter of time.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

      I think so too. He’s screwed.

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  17. December 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    This cannot be fun.. why can’t he dream about puppies?

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    • December 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

      For every 10 dreams about puppies, there will be one about getting shot in the back by an alien.

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  18. December 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Apparently, prescient dreams are only useful if one has time to DO something about the impending disaster….

    Really great story, and a unique interpretation of the prompt!

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    • December 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

      A few more minutes and he could have packed up his tent and run off.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  19. Rosalind Nazilli
    December 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    He was ready for it at least. Maybe in time he will learn to get the hell out of it when he wakes up…xx

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    • December 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Possibly if the dream had given him a bit more warning he could have been over the hills and far away before the aliens landed 🙂

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  20. December 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Perhaps we should never get an inkling of what the future holds.Wonderful response to the prompt.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you 🙂
      No, I think we’re better off not knowing. Especially if it involves getting shot in the back by a blobby alien.

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  21. December 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Great draliman! I don’t know why but this reminded me of a great Steven Wright quote: “Right now I’m having amnesia and deja-vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.” 🙂

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    • December 14, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Ha, that’s a brilliant quote!
      Glad you liked my story 🙂

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  22. December 14, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I hope he doesn’t have another rip in his back! I have a feeling. Will he ever be able to control this dream? Where does it end? What a creative take this week.

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    • December 14, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Now that would be cool – to be able to control your dream is great (I could do it to a certain extent when I was little) – but to able to control a dream which marked out your future…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  23. December 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Dear Draliman, Excellent story and premonition! WOW – creepy and he should have paid attention to the end result of his dream and not pushed his luck. This was a great idea and marvelous story! Nan 🙂

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    • December 14, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Dear Nan, thanks! If only he’d run off the moment he woke up instead of staying in his tent for that extra bit of breakfast, he might have escaped.
      Ali

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  24. December 15, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Very clever. I’m glad he could at least brace himself for the inevitable. That’s an end to his dreaming, then – or maybe not, if this too is a dream. Great story.

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    • December 15, 2014 at 6:24 am

      He’s probably so confused by now he’s not sure whether he’s dreaming or awake, poor chap.
      Glad you liked it!

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  25. December 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    This is the worst sort of ground hog day. I love how you took the prompt and concentrated on the spaceships’ gangway. If only the rest of us had seen that, this week’s stories would have been so different 🙂

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    • December 16, 2014 at 6:08 am

      Thanks. Where others see trash, I see aliens 🙂
      Definitely not the sort of day you’d want to repeat.

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  26. December 18, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Sometimes super powers are just a pain.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Especially his, it’s not like he can fly or see through walls or anything cool.

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      • December 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        True and it would seem in this case they were less than helpful.

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