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Mysterious Disappearance

After 10,000 Earth years since the last visit, today was Earth’s turn. The Angelic Scientific Krew (ASK) chattered happily (telepathically) at how good the planet looked. Clean skies and water, lush vegetation of all kinds, and a full complement of fauna — but curiously no humans. It was surprising, as humans had a red asterisk on the list as dominant and dangerous to planet viability. There were no obvious clues to solve the mystery.

Agreeing that they didn’t have time to solve it with their overbooked itinerary, they loaded Earth’s black box onto the ship and headed for Mars.

[99 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the inventive host of Friday Fictioneers.

54 Comments Add yours

  1. Ohh I loved this! Great take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Shweta, glad you enjoyed it.

      Like

  2. neilmacdon says:

    I knew it. My fridge is an alien black box recorder

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  3. Dale says:

    I love that the fridge is the earth’s black box! So often we find the causes of the “crash”…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dale. Glad you enjoyed the concept.

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      1. Dale says:

        Very much so.

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  4. I like it. Bet they get a shock when they retrieve the data.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Anthony. I agree! We stand out like a sore thumb don’t we.

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  5. Sadje says:

    Loved your take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    About as much attention as we deserve. Nice take.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol Well-said. Thanks.

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  7. plaridel says:

    since their last visit, i assume humans have evolved into different creatures all together. πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      πŸ™‚ Very possibly. Let’s hope if they did they evolved into a less capricious, less volatile species that won’t warrant a red asterisk.

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  8. Dear Lisa,

    No wonder Earth is looking so clean and lovely. The bad stewards have left the building. Love where you took the prompt.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you, and I’m glad you enjoyed where I took it.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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      1. You’re welcome, Lisa. πŸ˜‰

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  9. Irene says:

    Wonderful scenario, I wonder what we did (so many possibilities) to get extinct

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Irene.

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  10. trentpmcd says:

    clever. I sometimes think that the best hope for the planet wold be another asteroid. It would take more than that 10,000 to recover after a hit like that, but it might be better in the long term…

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  11. Nobbinmaug says:

    “Earth’s black box.” I love that. That’s ingenious.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Nobbin. When I looked at the picture, my first thought was “black box” and the sprang from there.

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  12. Carol Anne says:

    Awesome story I loved it! enjoyed reading it! Xx

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Carol Anne, thank you!

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  13. draliman says:

    Ha, fun concept! I’m sure they’ll get around to investigating the black box eventually to find out what happened to us πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      πŸ™‚ Or maybe never, as they see how well the planet is doing without us!

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  14. Sandra says:

    I hope we do have a black box somewhere. Someone/something is going to want to know.

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  15. judeitakali says:

    I really enjoyed this tale Jade

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Jude!

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  16. Great take on the prompt. Good job they didn’t linger, they may have taken the virus away with them as well as the black box

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, and good point!

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  17. Excellent Jade. We could do with a black box right now!

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  18. soniadogra says:

    Oh Wow! But it also scared me Jade.

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  19. A very creative direction you took with the prompt. Nicely done!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Brenda πŸ™‚

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  20. James McEwan says:

    OMG, don’t open that box! Great story predicting the future.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, James!

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  21. Russell says:

    That’s a great take on the prompt!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Why thank you.

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  22. Nan Falkner says:

    Earth’s Black Box! Science Fiction take on the prompt! You really did a great job with your imagination! Thanks!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy you liked it, Nan, thanks!

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  23. LOL! This was so “men in black”! πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      πŸ™‚ Exactly, love your comment!

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  24. I like the fact that you used the fridge as a metaphor.
    Nicely written …
    Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  25. Laurie Bell says:

    Fantastic ! Haha I giggled reading this one. I fear the Earth black box might be full of useless data

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I fear you’re right.

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  26. Good story, an imaginative take on the prompt, loved the ending.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  27. Mike says:

    Topical and the idea of it being a black box for a alien race was creative. I rather enjoyed this

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Mike. Thanks!

      Like

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