Sunday Photo Fiction – July 23rd 2017

Image from A Mixed Bag 2009
Details of the challenge are here:

The Calling had them flocking to the site in their hundreds, but the capsule only had room for twelve.
No-one was sure what the selection process entailed and those chosen were smug as they boarded,  their excitement palpable.
Each took a place before a viewing station, the pilot having the seat in front of The Purple Eye.

Those left behind became ant-like as the capsule rose up into the sky.
As it was swallowed into the clouds, a jet burst of flame annihilated them all, but no-one noticed, too intent were they in looking through their monitors, captivated by the wondrous images thereon of things they believed they were seeing.
Once clear of the Earth’s atmosphere, the screens became blank, the honorary passengers shaken from their trance. Curiosity rather than panic ensued.
The Purple Eye began to glow and pulsate, sending a message to the Mother Craft in orbit above the planet.
Countless similar capsules could be seen, their pulsing beams casting golden pathways to docking stations as they were drawn in.
Was this the promised rescue mission for Mankind?
Or a gathering of an experimental sample of a different race?
Either way, there was no turning back.

(198 words)


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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8 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction – July 23rd 2017

  1. Noah and the ark. Maybe they are headed for mass execution? Or maybe paradise? Who can say?

  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Mysterious and pretty ominous. I’m not sure I’d be pushing to be first onto that capsule — although perhaps the Calling had them all mesmerized into submission before they even got on. I like how you left the ending open to interpretation.

  3. ceayr says:

    I take it that the flames annihilated those left behind, so being in the capsule can’t be all bad!

  4. Enkin Anthem says:

    Great story that makes me want to know more!

  5. I like that. reminds me of a couple of books I read. Forge of God and Anvil of Stars

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