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FF – Chosen

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. She also provided the photo this week.

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Simeon gasped, shocked, as the halo descended to land lightly on his brow. Chosen! He had never amounted to much, contributing little, and now singled out by the State as one worthy to serve! He’d always known he’d been born for greater things. Haloed!

He headed to the Reception Centre, citizens bowing respectfully as he passed. Few were chosen, all honour was due him.

He entered the Centre, arms raised in joy, heart bursting with pride! A servo-arm descended, picked him up, sliced his head off and deposited him in a huge container labelled “Fresh Meat”.

People gotta eat.


  1. October 16, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Anointed meat, I’m assuming this is a premium brand, extra juicy and succulent 🙂


  2. October 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Not the best thing to be chosen for. Guess who’s coming to dinner? Grisly fun.




    • October 17, 2019 at 6:25 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      At least he went out on a high!


  3. October 16, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I had a feeling this wasn’t going to end well.


    • October 17, 2019 at 6:25 am

      Sadly, Simeon’s instincts weren’t nearly as sharp.


  4. October 16, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Only those with very low cholesterol and fat content become “chosen”….

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 17, 2019 at 6:35 am

      Only the very best are lucky enough to be considered fit for dinner!


  5. October 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Wonder if he’ll get wings?


  6. October 16, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Can I have fries with that please?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. October 16, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I suddenly feel like becoming vegan!

    Here’s my story!.


  8. October 16, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Too funny! I had a feeling being chosen was not a good thing! 😀


    • October 17, 2019 at 6:43 am

      It rarely is when a totalitarian government is doing the choosing, but at least he had a quick end 🙂


  9. October 16, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Oy! Poor dude. Haloed to be hallowed to be hollowed. Yikes.


  10. October 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Excellent solution.
    Cannibalism solves two problems, hunger and over-population.


    • October 17, 2019 at 6:45 am

      Exactly! At last someone who understands my Master Plan, um, I mean my story…


  11. October 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I laughed and then felt guilty about it! Not a great ending for him!

    Cut straight down after the high!


    • October 17, 2019 at 7:02 am

      Quite a rapid turn around in his fortunes! I’m glad you liked it!
      It’s okay, I thought it was funny too 🙂


  12. Mike
    October 16, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    That was unexpected, great story


    • October 17, 2019 at 7:04 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  13. bearmkwa
    October 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Gagh! This is really bad…I was eating as I read this… a cheeseburger.How cruel! (Swallows hard) Great writing! Great plot twist.


  14. October 16, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I saw that coming too bad your character didn’t. Reminds me on giving cattle extra grain before the slaughter. False hope.


    • October 17, 2019 at 7:06 am

      Simeon was so ecstatic at being chosen he never thought to wonder why nobody ever sees the Chosen again…

      Liked by 1 person

  15. October 17, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Gahhh! Not what I was expecting! Great twist 🙂


  16. October 17, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Somehow I knew being a chosen one wasn’t going to be a good thing in your story. Shades of Soylent Green!


    • October 17, 2019 at 7:08 am

      Historically being “chosen” never seems to work out very well for the “chosee” 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  17. October 17, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Eeeeeek. That what chosen means!


    • October 17, 2019 at 7:09 am

      Yep. Sadly he didn’t live long enough to fully process that fact, though 🙂


  18. October 17, 2019 at 7:13 am

    I did not expect the ending! You started off with an Orwell tone, Ali… and then! FRESH MEAT! Haha. Clever.


    • October 17, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Yes, it all went a bit wrong, didn’t it! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  19. Lyn
    October 17, 2019 at 8:02 am

    D-man at his very best 😀


  20. October 17, 2019 at 11:46 am

    “How to serve man” part two! Funny twist


  21. October 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    lol, I guess you feel like a king for a moment… I’ve never heard of being chosen as being a good thing.


    • October 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      No, it always seems to involve bloodshed of some kind. But as you say, he had his 15 minutes of fame!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. October 17, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    My goodness the Mayo Sun Gods have taken over!


  23. October 17, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    What an edifying story! Careful now getting unearned halos…


  24. October 18, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Jeez louise!
    Goes to show… being chose ain’t all it’s cracked up to be!


    • October 19, 2019 at 8:50 am

      It rarely is – there always seems to be some sort of sacrifice involved 🙂


  25. October 18, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Simeon had his moment under the Sun. People took a bow because he was a person with a halo or as a supply of fresh meat?


    • October 19, 2019 at 8:51 am

      True – maybe they knew what was going to happen and were already looking forward to dinner!


  26. October 18, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Oh dear. A gristly tale. And a grisly one. I hope that at least he was properly cooked…


    • October 19, 2019 at 8:52 am

      They have a big slow cooker, he’ll be nice and tender!


  27. October 18, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Yum, this makes me hungry. (haha) I know I should have, but I wasn’t expecting that ending. I chuckled out loud and read it to my husband who enjoyed it immensely. Have a nice weekend! =)


  28. October 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Well, if he’d never amounted to much anyway…


    • October 20, 2019 at 5:41 am

      Exactly! At last he’s making a useful contribution…


  29. October 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Oh, Holey Halo,didn’t expected this one coming, Draliman😸👼😸Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday🐾😽💞


  30. October 20, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Problem solved…. less overpopulation and lot’s of fresh meat.

    a worthy cause to be chosen.


    • October 23, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      He’s doing some good after death, anyway.


  31. October 20, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    At least Simeon spent his last moments bursting with pride! Oh wait, it was his heart that burst. Love the dark humour!


  32. October 21, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I wonder how many people have been, er, chosen. As he went in joy, I don’t know if I should say “poor guy”. I think I’d be suspicious of the “honor” if the people receiving it disappeared. Well done on the dark humor, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


    • October 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      I don’t think people talk much about current events in that country… 🙂


  33. October 22, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Oh crap…lol


  1. October 23, 2019 at 5:32 pm

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