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Friday Fictioneers – Bad Things Come in Threes…?

Here is my rather rushed story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle and with a photo supplied this week by C. E Ayr. Click on the blue froggy for this week’s other stories!

I hate to publish and run, but I’m off to my book club. It’s my turn to bring the biscuits!

Copyright C. E. Ayr

Copyright C. E. Ayr


“What’s that picture, Grandpa?”

“Whales, in the sea. That’s to remind us of the days before the particle accelerator accident, when 90% of our seawater drained through to another dimension.”

“Oh. Is that what caused the ruined buildings?”

“No. That was the creatures from the other dimension attacking us because we almost drowned them all.”

“Oh. So why do we still have seas?”

“That was some helpful aliens who delivered water and accidentally drowned 95% of the survivors. But they say bad things come in threes, so we’re safe now.”


“I’m sure the massive comet currently hurtling towards us will miss.”

“Um. Yay?”


  1. August 20, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! Rushed or not, it’s brilliant! Thanks for writing it.


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:43 am

      I’m glad you liked it! After putting off even trying to think up a story on Wednesday I suddenly remembered I was out last night and was therefore short on time 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. August 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    You’re really into this apocalyptic thing, aren’t you? I can resonate with that, because I am, as well. I try not to be too gloomy about it, and am glad of your light tone. 🙂


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:44 am

      A lot of my stories do feature rather apocalyptic events. I’m a big fan of end-of the world/disaster films and video games 🙂
      Grandpa does seem to be taking all this in his stride!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. August 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    If they reopen the gateway to that other dimension at just the right time, it’s a cinch the comet will miss us!


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:45 am

      I bet the other-dimension aliens will be thrilled!


      • August 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

        They’ll never see it coming! Serves them right, too…


  4. August 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    My favorite saying is: If it’s not one thing, it’s three! I’m going to forget about the comet for now… 😉


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Yeah, I’m sure this whole comet thing is just scaremongering 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. August 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    This back and forth scenario of unfortunate incidents is very clever. Kudos ~ hope everyone loved the biscuits.


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:47 am

      It does seem to have snowballed a bit 🙂

      I brought Jaffa Cakes and chocolate chip – what’s not to like?!


  6. gahlearner
    August 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    This is so brilliant, I’m laughing my head off here. I can hardly think of another popular reason for an apocalypse… you nearly covered it all. And it’s all the fault of that evil particle accelerator, maybe it can swallow that comet.


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:50 am

      If they time it right, the other-dimension aliens are in for another unwelcome surprise!
      I’n glad you liked my tale of ever-increasing calamity 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. August 21, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Sorry, I can hardly type, I’m laughing so hard. This was wonderful, brilliant, perfect Need I say more!


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:53 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I’m happy when I make people laugh 🙂


  8. August 21, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Poor Earth. We wanted to meet aliens and they attacked us. That’s waht we get for trying to be friendly. I never did think it was a good idea to let them know we’re here. Look what happened with the Borg. Bad news. Funny stuff, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:54 am

      I guess they did have just cause to attack, considering we accidentally sent billions of tons of water their way 🙂
      I do sometimes worry that our space probes will lead the Borg straight to our front door 😦


  9. Lyn
    August 21, 2015 at 5:01 am

    That saying is true; bad things do come in threes. Look at the number of times you hear about someone famous dying (singer, actor etc) and shortly after, there’ll be a second and third — usually within 7-10 days. I think grandpa and grandchild should start worrying 😀


  10. August 21, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Comet, schmomet. I’m not even worried about the nuclear waste in the drinking water.
    Excellent take on the prompt. Hope you saved me a biscuit.


    • August 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

      What’s a little comet (or radiation) between friends? Glad you liked it!
      Jaffa Cake, choc chip cookie or chocolate digestive? Your choice 🙂


  11. August 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Very creative 😀 You do good work when you’re rushed!!!


    • August 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks! No time to overthink it…


  12. August 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Oops! No, the not comet, too. But they’ve managed to duck them all so far, so I think their chances for survival are good. Great, creative story, Ali!


  13. Francesca Smith
    August 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I can tell you are definitely drawn to apocalyptic scenarios. I think all the clichés were covered here. Very entertaining!


  14. August 22, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Very amusing.


  15. August 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Most of the big ones miss. Or anyway, that’s what they tell me.


    • August 23, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Big space, tiny planet. What are the odds?


  16. August 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I’ve been meaning to ask if you could bring biscuits to Friday Fictioneers next week. Terrific story.



    PS There’s comet…Duck!


    • August 23, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      No problem. There will be choc chip. Everyone likes choc chip!
      I’m glad you liked my story! Ducking sounds about as effective as “duck and cover” in case of nuclear blast 🙂


  17. August 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Don’t trust grandpa with your grub stake.


  18. Susan Langer
    August 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Very funny and clever story. Loved it.:)


  19. August 23, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This doesn’t looked rushed to me. Looks pretty OK. 🙂


    • August 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

      I went for dialogue which is quick and easy and generally doesn’t need much editing 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  20. gentlestitches
    August 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

    HaHaHa! Loved it.


  21. August 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    That’s great. Love how Grandpa just rolls with it. Sounds like he’d be alright, even if that comet didn’t miss…


    • August 23, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      He’s handled worse. Comet shmomet. Pah. Duck and cover!


  22. August 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Still 5% waiting to be burned by the comet I guess.


    • August 24, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Maybe it’ll only take out 4% which will leave 1% waiting for the next unfortunate accident.


  23. August 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    You could turn this into a TV series, in which case you’d need more than three disasters, so come on comet. Great story – fun dialogue.


    • August 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I wonder what else could befall poor grandpa? 🙂


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