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FF – Children of Light

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by J. Hardy Carroll.


They called them “Children of Light”.

They came from a far distant planet. And they glowed. All the time.

They were welcomed by the Humans. Light sources. Energy sources. Even circus performers.

Within a year they were everywhere. Homes, shops, businesses. Militaries. Governments.

Perfectly positioned…

Fortunately for the Humans, the Children of Light were friendly and quite happy to be used as light bulbs.

But beware, Humans! I have learnt from this. For I am disguising my invasion army as useful widgets. And we’re a right nasty bunch of belligerent bastards. Your planet shall be ours!

See you soon.


  1. August 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    I think the invasion army’s already here. We do seem to be ruled by a bunch of belligerent bastards.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. August 26, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Oh no! This could be a fate worse than death for widgetry wizards. Wait. Useful Widgets, Useful Idjit. Have I hit upon something ironic, I wonder?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 26, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I never trusted those widgets!


  4. August 26, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    I always wondered what widgets were used for!


  5. August 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    in life nothing’s free. there’s always a price to pay. 🙂


    • August 27, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Though invasion and enslavement is a pretty high price 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. August 26, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Down with the widgets!


  7. August 26, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    A light bulb army! Classic stuff


  8. August 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    So that’s what my swiss army knife really is


    • August 27, 2020 at 8:05 am

      Just wait until all the accessories deploy at once and start hacking away.


  9. August 27, 2020 at 12:10 am

    A very cunning plan. Fun story!


    • August 27, 2020 at 8:07 am

      Every widget a killer – half my house contents will be out to get me!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. August 27, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Oh no! The light bulbs are revolting against us!!!!!

    (Flips switch)

    Solved that problem…


    • August 27, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Ha, I just thought of something even better! I don’t know if the device called “The Clapper” ever made it to the UK or not, but now I’m imagining an old lady in bed silencing a light bulb invasion with a couple of claps and going back to sleep…


      • August 27, 2020 at 10:56 am

        I’ve heard of them. Tech for old people 🙂 In my case it would be “Alexa, switch off bedroom lights invasion force”.

        Liked by 1 person

  11. August 27, 2020 at 9:32 am

    I wonder if those invading alien bullies fully realize the belligerent bastards who are natives of this planet they’re up against. Perhaps they haven’t watched much TV since they’ve arrived. Also, unless they’re immune to Covid19 they may regret ever trying to take over here. It wouldn’t be worth the trouble. Well done, Ali. —- Suzanne


  12. August 27, 2020 at 9:55 am

    From what I’ve seen recently, these belligerent invaders may have bitten off more than they could chew. 😦


    • August 27, 2020 at 10:57 am

      Ha yes, you could be right 🙂 I wouldn’t want to mess with us and our viruses.


  13. Lyn
    August 27, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Dear Alien invader…. can you say Corona Virus? And if that don’t scare you, we have an army of three-year-olds ready to take you on. Be afraid…be very afraid.


  14. August 27, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Next time a bulb fails I’ll think of this and hide behind the sofa!

    Here’s mine!


  15. August 27, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    I’m sorry to spoil your plans, but I’m afraid it’s already done. The widgets are called phones… And the people behind have got us right where they want us.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. August 27, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Oh, and they sound so human-like to me. I wonder what we can do about it. Well done.


  17. August 27, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    What a fun take on the prompt. Our house glows with tiny widget-lights all night long. Thanks for explaining why.


    • August 28, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      Sounds like they’ve already arrived at your house 🙂


  18. August 27, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Couldn’t be worse. Bring in those belligerent bastards!


  19. August 28, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Dear Ali,

    I consider myself forewarned. I wonder what they’ll do with this world. I wish them all the best. 😉




    • August 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      They’ll probably accidentally clean it up a bit 🙂


  20. August 28, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Are there nicknames computers? Just a matter of time…


  21. August 28, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    ‘Belligerent bastards’ – lovely! The wicked widgets will be our downfall perhaps.


    • August 30, 2020 at 6:38 am

      They certainly get everywhere…


  22. August 29, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I liked “belligerent bastards”! But widgets? Does your invasion force know how they work in WordPress? Or even what they are supposed to do? Won’t the new block editor block the invasion”


    • August 30, 2020 at 6:39 am

      Maybe, or maybe the block editor is their advance party…


  23. August 30, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Rings true. Invasions can be good until they’re not…


  24. August 30, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    The narrator must be one of the good ones, as he/she/it is warning us! Not that the warning will help us…


    • August 31, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      These megalomaniacs are always spilling their plans ahead of time…

      Liked by 1 person

  25. August 30, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Oh dear. I think they’re here already! Evil widgets everywhere. 😬


    • August 31, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      The advance scouts have been here for some time, watching, waiting, changing the TV channel… 🙂


  26. August 30, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    LOL. I never did trust those useful widgets. Fun story!


  27. August 31, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Useful widgets. I was cruising the aisles of our local Source of Lots of Stuff, and I could not find what I was looking for. Widgets are useful only if you can get your hands on them 🙂


    • September 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

      Maybe the invasion force will embark on an aggressive widget advertising campaign, alongside free widget giveaways… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  28. August 31, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Widgets can be troublesome, fortunately for humanity, we generally bin them after a few days. The aliens had better look else where,🙂


    • September 1, 2020 at 5:01 am

      What a shame if the entire invasion force accidentally ended up in the rubbish tip!


  29. September 1, 2020 at 10:08 am

    But they do come with with a glowing recommendation. Fun story.


    • September 2, 2020 at 5:28 am

      Ha ha, they do, and that will open a few doors for their infiltration!


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    July 14, 2021 at 1:00 am
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