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FF – Dinner Time

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was sent in by Carla Bicomong.

Copyright Carla Bicomong


Tears trickled from reddened eyes as the mourners released their tributes, each lantern holding the soul of their loved one. No-one knew the origin of these so-called ‘soul catchers’ – some suspected an extra-terrestrial source – but mass gatherings such as this had become common since their discovery. The tributes floated peacefully out to sea, opening and releasing their cargo of life essence to the heavens.

High above in the realm between realms the predator race, known throughout the galaxy as the ‘Devourers’, received a message from their corporeal planet-side agents.

Dinner is served.


  1. August 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Very clever, and tasty!


  2. August 22, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Wouldn’t that be typical, we’re actually sending our loved ones souls off to be eaten!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 23, 2018 at 6:23 am

      After everything else, dying and all, that’s the final straw, that is.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. August 22, 2018 at 9:54 pm


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  4. August 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Well hell. That is so not how we planned to send off our loved ones…

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 23, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Even after death we keep on giving… 😦


  5. August 23, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Oh, goodness. Wasn’t expecting that! Good writing 🙂


  6. August 23, 2018 at 7:05 am



  7. August 23, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Oh, no, that’s heartbreaking! Really original and well told tale


    • August 23, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Thanks! I don’t know where my mind gets these ideas from sometimes… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. August 23, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Sure, souls may have fewer calories than bodies… but you’re missing all the taste and flavor of the meat. It must suck to be on the All Souls Diet…

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 23, 2018 at 11:52 am

      It’s no fun getting a massive “life essence” hit if your tummy’s rumbling…


  9. abhiray59
    August 23, 2018 at 9:04 am

    This is a new take. Soul as dinner for extraterrestrials!


    • August 23, 2018 at 11:52 am

      It could be true! (I hope not.)


  10. Lyn
    August 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

    D-Man at his best 😀


  11. August 23, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Well that’s an interesting take. Not sure I want somebody putting his extra-terrestrial tomato ketchup on my soul.


  12. August 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Ha! Ha! Nice one. Personally I’d prefer a pan fried sole with lemon butter but I guess we all have our own tastes, so soul it is for the Devourers.


    • August 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      A soul by any other name… 🙂


  13. Merbear74
    August 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I bet some of them leave a bad aftertaste…


    • August 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      You’re right. I pity the poor extra-terrestrial soul-eater who gets asshat.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Merbear74
        August 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm

        *Spits* Tastes like an asshole! I want my money back.


  14. August 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    It was so beautiful—until dinner.


  15. August 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Well, shoot! I’d expected more after death. On the other hand, maybe this IS more. At least I’d still have a purpose. Right?


    • August 24, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Yes, if only temporarily. It’s the cycle of life and whatnot!


  16. August 23, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    yummy! filet of souls for dinner. 🙂


  17. Sarah Ann
    August 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    So the poor souls die twice? I mean, their body first and then their soul gets eaten too? It’s just plain mean not to be able to float off into the ether, nor come back and haunt the relatives.


  18. August 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Such a gripping tale, Ali, clever the way you create the mourning and farewell mood, then switch to the surprise finale of the ‘Devourers’. Strong stuff.


    • August 25, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the twist and change of mood!


  19. August 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Nice foreshadowing, with the perfunctory extraterrestrial comment. If these be gods, humanity is in trouble.


    • August 25, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, I popped that in at the last minute to imply that the Devourers (or their agents) had set all this up in the first place.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. August 24, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Only you would come up with a storyline like this! LOL!


  21. August 24, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    My soul would give them indigestion!


    • August 25, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Haha, mine too I think. Serve them right!


  22. August 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I don’t know why I’m not hungry anymore, Draliman…MOL 😀 Great story again! Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤


  23. August 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Dear Ali,

    “To Serve Man, it’s a cookbook!” (a Twilight Zone quote). Such a tender tale in the beginning, only to whapped in the face with the last line. 😀 Love it.




    • August 25, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      It did turn a bit dark towards the end. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  24. August 25, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Brrrr! What a nasty thought. A well-written nasty thought, with a good twist at the end!


    • August 25, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      It’s horrible to think about what’s going to happen to them. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  25. August 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Great contrast between the soul catchers floating on the calm waters and the gory feast of souls! Hmm… maybe it wouldn’t be gory at all, as these are souls, not physical bodies. Definitely a case of ‘ignorance is bliss’ for the loved ones of the deceased.


    • August 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Yes, as long as they don’t know what’s about to happen… I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. gahlearner
    August 25, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    So the question is, where do the souls go after they are eaten? (I don’t want to know that literally, thank you.) Aren’t they supposed to be immortal? There is something about soul eater and soul catcher stories that’s always so final and devastating. Great take, Dr. Ali.


    • August 26, 2018 at 4:44 am

      They were supposed to be immortal. Then they got eaten 😦
      Yes, there’s nothing more final than the soul being lost. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. August 25, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Such a twist!


  28. August 27, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I love this, such a great twist! I read your story a couple of days ago and meant to comment but forgot (hmmm…old age?). Anyway, very creative!


    • August 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! And always happy for comments, later than intended or otherwise 🙂


  29. August 27, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    LOL…okay…that made me snort!


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