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FFfAW – Long Gone

Here is my story for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This week’s photo was contributed by Etol Bagam. Click on the blue frog for this week’s other stories.

Copyright Etol Bagam

Copyright Etol Bagam


“And here we have what was known as a ‘bar’. Please feel free to look around, and ask me any questions you wish.”

The crowd wandered around the little room, oohing and aahing.

“Excuse me, what was this strange table for?”

“We believe it was an educational tool. These balls probably represented planets, and helped patrons understand gravitational mechanics.”

The crowd oohed and aahed some more.

“What was in these bottles?”

“A good question! These held a flavoured mixture of toxic chemicals. They imbibed this mixture, would you believe?”

The crowd looked shocked.

“And these little plates held the burnt remains of a poisonous weed, smoked by the patrons.”

“My goodness,” said one of the crowd. “It’s no wonder they all died!”

“Indeed. After they blew their world apart, all our survey team found was this one little room, which we carefully transported across the galaxy to this museum. We can only thank Przzglub that these self-destructive hoomans never developed interstellar travel.”

The crowd nodded in agreement as they moved to the next exhibit.


  1. January 12, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Love this! I have wondered before about the artifacts we find from the ancient days – whether we are right about their purpose or not. Too bad the hoomans destroyed themselves by blowing up their world, drinking toxic chemicals and smoking poisonous weed! LOL! You’d think we would know better! (Hopefully, we do).


    • January 13, 2016 at 8:53 am

      And also ancient scrolls which will probably turn out to be shopping lists! Hopefully we know enough to stop short of blowing up our world.
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. January 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Nice, I had a laugh over the description of the everyday objects. 🙂


    • January 13, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I bet we’ve got some things wrong with the artefacts we have from times gone by too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Merbear74
    January 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Yeah, we are a destructive lot.


  4. January 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    and I suppose they served up your ‘angioplasty on hold’ as a midnight special 😛


    • January 13, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Ha, for sure! No half measures, in for a penny, in for a pound 🙂


  5. Etol Bagam
    January 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Funny! I love it! The explanation about the table reminded me somewhat of Ariel’s dinglehopper. 😉


    • January 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

      I had to look that up but yes, very similar 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the photo!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. January 13, 2016 at 12:34 am

    One barroom and 8 gazillion aluminum cans.


    • January 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Hopefully they have a use for all that metal…


  7. January 13, 2016 at 4:07 am

    If someone was in the restroom sleeping off a really long drunk, boy are they gonna be in for a surprise when they wake up!


    • January 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

      It probably wouldn’t be the strangest place they’ve woken up in!


  8. January 13, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hilarious, Ali. Fairs fair. It’s true–it’s true. We probably have some things wrong about the cavemen also. Just recently it’s been found modern men do carry genetic material from the Neanderthals. Personally, I’ve heard of people who seem to have direct links. It’s also been found, since they were our ancestors, that they were smarter than we thought. What a coincidence. Some people’s family relatives today probably are not as smart. They might have been thrown out of an ancient cave for acting the way they so. 🙂 Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • January 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

      I didn’t know that about the Neanderthals. I think our distant ancestors had lives very similar to ours, as seen in the excellent documentary “The Flintstones” 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  9. January 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Those Hoomans were weird. Such strange aliens. Drinking toxic chemicals and smoking poisinous weed? No wonder they’re not around. Another fun read. Nice job.


    • January 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Yeah, what a bunch of nutters 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. January 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    That was pretty awesome!


  11. January 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I love this. I often wonder what our ancestors or aliens from another planet would think of the things we do. They once did something called “tweeting”. And they worshipped a strange orange man called Trump. So odd!


    • January 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      I’ve often thought that the biggest benefit of an extremely long life span would be to look back and have a laugh at “what we used to do”. I mean, look at 80s hairstyles. They looked normal back then!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  12. January 14, 2016 at 12:45 am

    LOLs. A very enjoyable read! Love the reasoning of the items. 😀


    • January 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      They made some pretty good guesses! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  13. gentlestitches
    January 14, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Hilarious, clever, entertaining and thought provoking. My favorite type of read. ❤


  14. mandibelle16
    January 14, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Haha. Yes it would be interesting what another race would think of our bars and the things we do there. Great take on the prompt.


    • January 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      They’d probably peg darts as some sort of punishment regime for spilling your drink 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. January 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Funny tale but it could it could be true if we don’t take care of our planet. 🙂


  16. January 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Love it, Ali! These strange ‘hoomans’ did some very odd things! Interestingly, I was watching Stargazing Live earlier this week where I believe they were using pool balls to demonstrate gravitational mechanics… 😀


    • January 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      They were certainly a bizarre race!
      See – the aliens’ guess as to the purpose of the pool table wasn’t so far fetched after all 🙂


  17. January 17, 2016 at 6:59 am

    😛 Another great peek into your mind…fellow ‘hooman’.


    • January 17, 2016 at 7:43 am

      My mind can be a strange place to visit 🙂


  18. January 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I can see how our strange habits could be interpreted like this: dangerous chemicals and strange weed aren’t too far off the mark! I’m just hoping the self-destruct bit doesn’t happen. 🙂


    • January 18, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Me too. We’ve done the first two thirds, let’s hope we don’t finish ourselves off as well!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. January 18, 2016 at 7:13 am

    On the bright side, at least this means we are not alone in the universe. Er … well … we were not, anyway…


    • January 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

      If only we’d known! Now we’re just a historical curiosity 🙂


  20. January 18, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    A very interesting futuristic perspective.


    • January 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks! Let’s hope that if/when these visitors arrive we’re still here to greet them!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. January 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm



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