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FF – Adapt or Die

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, the weekly 100 word story prompt hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo comes fromΒ Shaktiki Sharma.

I was going to do a Christmassy one, maybe with Santa in it, but the first thing this photo said to me was “death in the shadows” πŸ™‚

To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Shaktiki Sharma

Copyright Shaktiki Sharma

 

A scream, swiftly silenced, rang through the darkness. The humans shuddered and gathered closer to the light. Since the Awakening, things waited in the shadows.

They said there are no monsters.

They were wrong.

Graduk smiled to itself, pouring more energy into its bio-luminescent appendages. Its glow increased, drawing more of the bipeds close. β€œAdapt or die” was a favourite saying amongst them, it had heard. Those of its brethren, lurking in the dark places waiting for an occasional foolish meal, had not adapted.

Graduk had.

It increased its glow still more and awaited the unsuspecting feast.

 

  1. December 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    That’s great. Love the voice!

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  2. December 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Graduk wouldn’t want to eat me, I’m too chewy.

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    • December 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Me too. I don’t think he’s all that fussy, though 😦

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  3. December 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Dear Ali,

    When you go to the dark side, you do it with an artistic flair. Fun stuff.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • December 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  4. December 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I always knew there was something sinister in those neon lights! Thank you for confirming my worst fears πŸ™‚

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    • December 29, 2016 at 8:38 am

      No worries. Stick to the shadows. Though that’s not all that safe either to be honest.

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  5. December 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Waiting in the shadows… those monsters would end up starving… Graduk sounds like an angler fish on land….

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    • December 29, 2016 at 8:38 am

      That’s exactly what he is. And it’s working!

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  6. December 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Bon appetit, Graduk! Those silly humans are drawn to shiny things πŸ˜€

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    • December 29, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Ooooh, shinyyyyy… crunch πŸ™‚

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  7. December 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Well, that’s creepy! At first I thought – “There’s no way to adapt!” Thanks for proving me wrong – I think.

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    • December 29, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Hopefully Graduk’s the only one who’s come up with this insidious ploy…

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  8. December 29, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Your second and third lines make the story!

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  9. Lyn
    December 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Yep, absolutely what Rochelle said πŸ™‚

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  10. December 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I enjoyed this and the ingenuity of Graduk adapting his hunting strategy quicker than the foolish humans can adapt

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    • December 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      He’s a clever… whatever he is! I wonder if he can stay ahead of the humans as they adapt too? I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. December 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Oooh, sinister! Graduk has it sussed!

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    • December 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      He will eat well tonight πŸ™‚

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  12. December 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Great story! Very chilling!

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  13. December 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Now I’m thinking of the movie “A Bug’s Life” – “Stay away from the light!” “But it’s soooo beautifuuuuulllll” Bzzzt!

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    • December 30, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Sounds like you’d be first in line for dinner πŸ™‚

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      • December 30, 2016 at 10:14 am

        Ha ha!

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  14. December 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Excellent. You truly have a gift. Bone chilling and fun.

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    • December 30, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  15. December 29, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    bio-luminescent appendages – that had my mind boggling!

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    • December 30, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Just remember to stay out of range πŸ™‚

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  16. December 30, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I guess it’ll be a long night for humans.

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  17. December 30, 2016 at 6:36 am

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  18. December 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I’m staying in tonight. Can’t be too careful!

    My tale is called ‘Oh Bother!’

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    • December 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Wise choice. Until they work out what you’re doing and adapt again…

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  19. December 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    The ultimate human hunter… a monster movie theater. Who can resist those lights?

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  20. December 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I’m still in Christmas mode, I think. My first thought after reading this was “festive.” If we could all adapt to become our own Christmas lights, think how energy efficient that would be! Yeah, that’s not where you were going, right? πŸ˜‘

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    • December 31, 2016 at 5:06 am

      I was going more for “gruesomely yummed up in a most ghastly manner” but hey, it’s Christmas time. Let’s go with yours πŸ™‚

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  21. December 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    A chap’s gotta eat. And you might as well do it in a well-lit place.

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    • December 31, 2016 at 5:07 am

      It’s nice to be able to see what you’re eating.

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  22. December 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    That was fairly gruesome. Nicely done.

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    • December 31, 2016 at 5:23 am

      Thanks! A pretty gruesome scene indeed.

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  23. December 31, 2016 at 3:02 am

    One of those kind that hates to eat and run. Or maybe not. Pass the salt.

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    • December 31, 2016 at 5:23 am

      He prefers his meals self-delivered.

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  24. December 31, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Oh! A wrong light! Happens too often πŸ™‚ Thank you for another great story. Happy New Year, happy blogging! xx

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    • January 1, 2017 at 7:58 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story and a Happy New Year to you too πŸ™‚

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  25. January 1, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Who needs Santa when you can have death in the shadows …. and I always thought there was something sinister about neon

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    • January 2, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Maybe Santa is the death in the shadows… 😦

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  26. January 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    You were right, Ali. The subject of death in the shadows is more you. Good writing. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • January 2, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed my Santa-free story πŸ™‚

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  27. January 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, I really like this! It seems that Graduk had really studied human behaviour and adapted accordingly. I’ll never see a light in the darkness as a place of safety again. Now I can really sympathise with moths, flying unwittingy towards the moth traps. πŸ™‚

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    • January 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Just make sure it’s a lamp and not Graduk before seeking shelter πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  28. January 2, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Time for a Happy Meal, huh… Purrfect! Pawkisses πŸ™‚ ❀

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  29. January 2, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Scary stuff!
    (I’m a bit of a wimp)…but still!

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  31. January 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Creepy! Graduk is far too intelligent for OUR good.

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  32. January 6, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Very chilling! Hopefully Graduk is the only one of his kind to adapt in this way. Nicely done, Ali. πŸ™‚

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    • January 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

      We can only hope, but I fear the others are learning by example 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

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