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FF – There’s Always a Catch

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week she also provided the photo! Click Mr Frog for the linkup.

 

Sam smiled. An airport without aircraft! Who would have thought? No-one, certainly, before the arrival of the N’Gak’Na three years ago.

Hailing from a distant galaxy, they had asked for nothing, yet gave so much. Suspicion waned as poverty and starvation were eliminated. In fact, everyone was getting quite plump!

Entering the transfer pod, Sam closed his eyes and waited. The UK to Australia in two seconds! The pod whirred.

Opening his eyes, he found himself lying on a table, surrounded by a N’Gak’Na family holding cutlery, their mandibles watering. A carving knife descended.

He couldn’t move. He couldn’t even scream.

 

  1. June 19, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Very tasty!

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:28 am

      I always suspected you were of the N’Gak’Na!

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      • June 20, 2019 at 12:38 pm

        No, no. By the way, I’ve sent you a free flight voucher!

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      • June 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm

        Awesome, thanks! I can’t wait to start my new life in Oz and not in any way get eaten!

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  2. June 19, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    So Sam ended up being the catch of the day 😀 Beware of aliens with gifts!

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  3. June 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    When “everyone was getting quite plump!” you need to start worrying! I read Hansel and Gretel, I know why people are fattened up 😉

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  4. June 19, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Good story…………. if something seems too good to be true, it usually is!
    Someone pass the salt…………?

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:30 am

      Salt? On human? You’ll spoil the delicate balance of tastes!

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  5. June 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Delightfully horrible. The cutlery is a lovely touch!

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:30 am

      If there’s one thing you can say about them, it’s that they have impeccable table manners 🙂

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  6. June 19, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    At least he was fattened up beforehand

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  7. June 19, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Australia! I have always been suspicious about Australia’s wildlife 😉
    Been warned, going on a diet!

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  8. June 19, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Sounds like the N’Gak’Na prefer the food to be fresh…

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Preferably staring at you in terror…

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  9. June 19, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode, where the alien book “Serving Mankind” was a cookbook. Scared me witless as a child. What a nightmare!

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  10. June 19, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Preparing the fatted calf, I’d never trust an alien bearing gifts

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  11. June 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    oh, it’s like a nightmare coming true. hopefully, the pain will be minimal compared to what he’s imagining it to be.

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  12. June 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    A clever race the N’Gak’Na!

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Another travel pod accident, body atomised, very sad and all that…

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  13. June 20, 2019 at 3:17 am

    TO SERVE MAN is a short story by Damon Knight. It first appeared in the November 1950 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction and has been reprinted a number of times, including in Frontiers in Space, Far Out, and The Best of Damon Knight. It has EXACTLY the same storyline as your little FF story … except it’s about a cookbook that no one knows how to read.

    Welcome to the world of Sci-Fi 😀

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:35 am

      Someone else mentioned that. I love the title with its double meaning! I can’t believe someone stole my idea, went back in time and published it…

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  14. June 20, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Haha and I thought my story was a bit offbeat lol.

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:36 am

      I’ll get to yours soon and then I can compare our offbeatedness levels!

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  15. June 20, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I must lose some weight before my upcoming trip to Austalia!

    My FriFic tale!

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  16. June 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Yep, “To Serve Man” definitely ripped off your idea for this one since it was the first thing I thought of as well. Rod Serling never came up with anything original for The Twilight Zone…

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    • June 20, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Damn time-travelling scam artists…

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  17. June 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

    No such thing as a free lunch, they say. One minute you’re getting one, next minute you are one

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    • June 20, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Swings and roundabouts and all that 🙂

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  18. June 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The first inkling of things not being what they seem is the fact all were becoming quite plump… Oh dear, oh dear!

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  19. June 20, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Dear Ali,

    “To Serve Man.” It’s a cookbook! (Twilight Zone). I think Sam needs a little bit more seasoning. Well done. I mean…erm…good job.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • June 20, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I really need to track that episode down. It seems I’ve missed the boat on syndication!
      Ha, yes, he was slightly less than “well done” 😮
      Ali

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  20. June 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Medium well please.

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  21. gahlearner
    June 20, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    The plumpness was nice foreshadowning. Don’t you hate it when the meat looks at you?

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      Maybe they can cover his head with a napkin while they dig in 😃

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  22. June 20, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Yikes, not a good way to go. I think the human race might be in trouble! Very creative as always. 🙂

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    • June 20, 2019 at 7:27 pm

      Not good at all. They might at least have killed him first 😮
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  23. June 21, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Wow, that was scary, Ali. When I read the word “plump” I became suspicious. Well written. They probably will make slaves of the skinny people they can’t fatten up. O_o — Suzanne

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    • June 21, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      Yes, “plump” was a bit of a taste(!) of things to come. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  24. June 21, 2019 at 9:15 am

    They’re in Australia? So am I. I’d better be careful and stick to my diet. Very good story I love it.

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    • June 21, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      It’s possible he was diverted before arriving in Australia, But perhaps not 🙂 Best to be on the safe side! I’m glad you liked it.

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  25. June 21, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Love this story, its so self-contained and pleasing to read. Clever to include the bit about people becoming plumper in the middle of the story, ready for being the ever so kind N’Gakna’s supper dish !

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    • June 21, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Some people need fattening up a bit. Not me, though 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  26. June 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Brrrr! Doesn’t sound like a good way to go! I liked your foreshadowing. (I wonder if 75 kilos is skinny enough on someone 1.80 metres tall?)

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  27. June 22, 2019 at 5:30 am

    From a pod in UK how did he land on N’GAK’Na table? May be those aliens had engineered the change in flight path. No wonder people are getting plump and poverty is being eliminated. People eating people, These aliens can do anything, it seems.

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    • June 22, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      That was my thought – that they’re diverting the occasional traveller. Soon someone will notice, though.

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  28. June 22, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Gah! Evils aliens getting people all nice and plump before they become the main dish! Doesn’t anyone ever wonder what became of those who never arrived and never returned?

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    • June 22, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      I’m thinking they’re choosing their victims with care. And sometimes people don’t want to notice. Life is good (if you don’t get eaten)!

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  29. June 22, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    In a way I’m not so hungry anymore…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday🐾😽💞

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  30. June 23, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Haha…fun story!

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  31. June 23, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Fresh food direct to the table, I like how this family eats. On a personal note I hope they don’t like Indian,

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    • June 24, 2019 at 6:45 am

      No over-processed food for this family 🙂 All free-range!

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  32. June 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Aaaaaargh! I guessed what would happen when you mentioned everyone being plump. Those N’Gak’Na are so cruel… they could’ve at least made the humans unconscious before eating them. Or perhaps we’re only tasty when we’re conscious?

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    • June 24, 2019 at 6:49 am

      That was a little bit of a hint 🙂 They like their food squirmy 😦

      Liked by 2 people

      • June 24, 2019 at 6:52 pm

        Thanks for getting the image of someone eating squirmy worms in my head. 😉

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  33. June 24, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    What a fantastic twist that was! Phew!!!

    BTW, I tagged you in this post….participation is optional but I hope you will join in!
    https://dbmcnicol.com/circus-comes-to-town/

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  34. June 25, 2019 at 1:39 am

    That twist, wow!

    Liked by 2 people

  35. June 26, 2019 at 7:33 am

    That’s a step up from meals on wheels, very amusing

    Liked by 2 people

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