What do you see? 14 — Them

They had everyone fooled. Their methods of mimicry were inferior to none. They even fooled the most astute scientists and food engineers who studied them under microscopes and in test tubes. An untold number of photographers had taken their images and pasted them on magazine covers, inside naturalist tomes, and on every social media forum.

They remained silent and did their infrared studies under cover of darkness. When the earth was still they would unshroud their radiographic tendrils and send their data reports.

When 2020 arrived, each pulled themselves from the ground, fungal networks and all, and lifted up, as silent as the day they arrived, carried in the tractor beam of the Mother Ship. From there, two wormhole jumps and they would be home.

Sadje is the host of What Do You See?

Image credit; Flickr

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Wonderful imagination Li! I was missing your well crafted and very interesting stories.
    Thanks a lot for being a part of the challenge.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje thank you for your kind words, glad you liked the story.

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      1. Sadje says:

        It’s a pleasure Li. 👌💖

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  2. Sadje says:

    Reblogged this on Keep it alive and commented:
    Sharing Li’s take on the Prompt,
    What do you see;
    Enjoy!

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  3. Chris Hall says:

    Tee-hee, nice one, Di. They do look a little like flying saucers… hiding in plain sight 😉

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  4. Wow! Very astute. To me, you’ve highlighted the beauty of these shrooms, with their well known medicinal/holistic qualities as the outer shell that can be observed with they eye or under the lens, but beneath the exterior and the entrails runs the conduit of greater purpose–absorbing knowledge and bearing witness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Said like a true poet, Pam!

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  5. badfinger20 says:

    Well they know everything about us…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Especially how tasty they are sauteed with olive oil, garlic, and onions 🙂

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Oh yes… I love them… plus don’t forget the fun ones… shrooms lol

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I’ve heard lots mostly in movies but haven’t tried any.

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          1. badfinger20 says:

            Oh me either…I have friends that did while teenagers…

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            1. msjadeli says:

              I always say never say never. If it’s meant to be it will happen (speaking for myself only!)

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              1. badfinger20 says:

                Oh I would seriously think about it. It’s something I do wish I would have experienced at least once when I was young.

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  6. judeitakali says:

    really enjoyed this story

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you did, thanks!

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