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FF – Cure

Here is my contribution for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by CE Ayr.

I’m a bit late this week. A combination of too much work and lack of ideas. So I ended up with this one in the end. Don’t you just hate it when you have ideas for lots of stories, but can’t think of any actual endings…?

Copyright CE Ayr


He listened to the trickle of the fountain. The only sound.

Alone. All alone. Maybe the last human?

Virus had spread panic. They they came. Visitors.

From another world.

Promised a cure. Governments agreed.

They delivered the cure. People got better.

They had saved us! Cured the virus.

Their virus.

Then people stopped giving birth. Slowly. Surely. The population dwindled.

Hell of an invasion plan. Virus, to “cure”, to sterility, to… a nice empty planet, ripe for colonisation.

His breathing slowed, stopped. The last human?

If a fountain trickles and there’s no-one to hear it, does it make a sound?


  1. Lyn
    March 12, 2020 at 7:23 am

    I can’t quite decide if this is typical D-man, or D-man being extra inventive. Nice work.


    • March 12, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      It’s D-man not being able to think of anything funny. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. March 12, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Smart aliens. Always hard to fight someone who’s not in a hurry


  3. March 12, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Those pesky aliens!


    • March 12, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      It’s like they’re everywhere these days!


  4. March 12, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Lovely job, but wait! Who’s that orange man gesticulating in the corner?

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 12, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      He seems to be suggesting some bigly solutions to the current situation…

      Liked by 2 people

  5. March 12, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    So relevant in our times… who knows… truth is stranger than fiction😉


  6. March 12, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    That is quite the well thought out plan…


  7. March 12, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Stupid governments. They already fell for one “friendly” alien invasion in “To Serve Man,” and now they screw up and let another race take us over again. You’d think they’d learn by now and just use the damned death ray anytime a ship beams down….


    • March 13, 2020 at 7:22 am

      Shoot first, that’s my motto. I was thinking of a Stargate SG-1 episode where something similar happened.


  8. March 12, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Nice one, Alistair! Of course, I knew all along that the orange one was an alien!


  9. March 13, 2020 at 2:26 am

    You know, I can believe that story and that is scary.


    • March 13, 2020 at 7:22 am

      It could happen so easily. Even by us by accident.


  10. March 13, 2020 at 5:56 am

    This is scary stuff, Ali!


    • March 13, 2020 at 7:24 am

      Scarier than an all-out invasion battle, as we don’t even realise it’s happening until it’s too late!


  11. March 13, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Very sinister. We’re all more than sensitive to such thoughts right now.


  12. March 13, 2020 at 11:03 am

    You would write this in the middle of a pandemic, Ali. Some people will probably wonder if they should take an inoculation if one comes. They’re going to see aliens in their soup. Good job though. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • March 13, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      They do like to hang out in the soup 🙂


  13. March 13, 2020 at 11:14 am

    That’s it then, we’re doomed! Never mind.


  14. March 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    A really interesting tale, one that could add another arrow to the quiver of folks who oppose immunization. Don’t let this post go viral! 😉
    As for an alien source — are you very sure the ducks in WingKwak aren’t hatching some plan like this as we speak? Maybe they want to take back the world?


    • March 13, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      They look like ducks, but… 🙂


  15. March 13, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Scary biscuits to quote a certain Scot among us. A different take on the virus for sure. Good one.




    • March 13, 2020 at 5:43 pm

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


  16. March 13, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    You began, continued, and ended perfectly 🙂 Kinda creepy, but effective.


  17. March 13, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Spooky last line, makes you think. One day this may indeed be how the world ends


  18. Merbear74
    March 13, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Yikes. :O


    • March 13, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      Yikes indeed. It’s all over for planet Earth!


  19. March 13, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Interesting how sometimes the stories we’ve struggled with are the best. This is both original and well written. And, in answer to your question, yes, a fountain does make a sound when there’s no-one to hear it, as the word sound refers to vibrations in a fluid medium and not the human perception of the same. And nuts to Bishop Berkeley!

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 13, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!
      Hmm, or does the fountain expel water at all if no-one observes it, or is it in a quantum superposition state of both expelling and not expelling water until someone notices and collapses the wave function? Makes my head hurt. Good job I did my PhD in laser rather than quantum physics 🙂


  20. March 13, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Good plan!


  21. March 13, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    So that’s how God will do it. Nice prophesy!


  22. March 13, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Good one!


  23. March 14, 2020 at 12:37 am

    You did a great job with the prompt ~ late or not. You took the picture and ran. The ending was spot on. Kudos!


    • March 14, 2020 at 6:11 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! It was my only idea that even had an ending 🙂


  24. Ruby Manchanda
    March 14, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Dark times. The narrative sounds so plausible
    God save us all…

    Welfare unto all
    Rab rakha


  25. March 14, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    The fountain wouldn’t make a sound if no one listens.


    • March 15, 2020 at 6:51 am

      I reckon that depends on your definition of sound – the act of detection, or the compression wave transmitted through the environment… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • March 16, 2020 at 3:36 am

        the act of detection is more like what I meant. When there’s no one to hear it there’s no sound. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  26. March 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Ooh… a serious one this week. Love the ending! (Pun intended.)


    • March 19, 2020 at 7:51 am

      I like to do a serious one once every few months 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. March 17, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Parinod, now I’m looking for aliens.


  28. March 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I can hear it…it’s all in the fountain, right 😉 Pawkisses🐾😽💞


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