#FFFC 65 — Origin

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The assembled team had been following clues across terrains on continents for a decade. The virus had decimated two-thirds of the human population. All attempts to build a vaccine failed as more died. Consensus was reached that the origin of the virus needed to be found. The rumor it was in some open air market was planted by the forces working to exterminate humans.

On a Tuesday morning, they found the cave entrance, which had been carefully concealed by shrubbery. They walked a mile through a corridor of granite that had been blasted out of the side of Mount Giger until they reached a hollowed out hall. Light poured in from an indiscernible source.

There they sat, row after row, their shriveled faces contorted into smiles.

The most shriveled of the bunch spoke. “We knew it was inevitable you would find us. Too bad it’s too late. Soon the planet will be ours.”

Captain Achilles pulled out his axe and said, “Too bad you’ll never live to see it.”

Fandango is the host of Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

36 Comments Add yours

  1. Take that alien scum …. love it. 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks JP!

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  2. Interesting story Li. I had a dream last night that O3 ozone could be used to kill the coronavirus, but what do I know.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      What is O3 ozone? You should at least contact CDC and tell them about the dream.

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      1. My CPAP cleaner uses activated oxygen O3 (ozone) a naturally occurring gas, that is supposed to be extremely safe and it kills 99.9% of bacteria, germs, and other pathogens and it has been used to purify water since the 1800s. In my dream it was added to the ventilators of the people that were being treated for Covid-19 and they all recovered after a few treatments.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          WOW! Are you going to contact someone? There must be a safe way to administer it to humans?

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          1. I can’t contact somebody, just because I had a dream.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              If there’s a chance it can save lives? Okey dokey.

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              1. OK, I will write a post.

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  Good, then link it to the CDC, please!

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  3. Sadje says:

    Great story Li.

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    1. Marleen says:

      😂

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    2. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. I’m going to skip your prompt picture this week. I can’t write about snow right now…

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! No worries Li.

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  4. memadtwo says:

    It does seem to have been concocted by some alien force. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it does.

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  5. badfinger20 says:

    I’m at the point where they can have the earth…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      😦 Are you doing ok, Max?

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Oh yea…I’m no different than anyone else Lisa. Living so careful that your are not living…you know what I mean? But yea most days I’m pretty happy but some days this gets to me a little.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes, I know what you mean.

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  6. Fandango says:

    Who knew those cute little plant-beings were behind it all? Excellent take, Li!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, thanks Fandango 🙂

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  7. Dave says:

    hmm… and the Pentagon just confirmed (for once) some Navy footage of UFOs…
    I have to say that while I think there has been an ongoing movement to conceal what the US and UK governments know about alien life forms and that there MUST be some intelligent life elsewhere in this universe, this virus seems to be to be typical and earth-based. Science has long known the strain, but not seen it outside of bats. But when you get people collecting those bats, stuffing them into crowded markets with all sorts of other wild animals, and eating the bats, it seemed inevitable. Bryan Adams is rude but I have to agree with him – the world needs to shut down these “wet markets” before the next, maybe bigger, virus roars out of it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Wow you’ve got to be kidding on the UFOs?? I think the virus is already mutating. My DIL said some form of it is hitting kids in a terrible way 😦

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Bernie! How goes it?

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        1. msjadeli says:

          😦 Sorry, dear.

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          1. 🤣🤣🤣 dont mind me… bad day 🙈

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            1. msjadeli says:

              {{{{{HUGS}}}} Remember the duct tape solution! 😉

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              1. I’m using the kick up the arse solution at the moment 😝

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  8. I love your imagination JadeLi.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Len 🙂

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  9. Lisa Coleman says:

    Great story and love that you used a photo that looks like the mandrakes from Harry Potter! OMG! LOVE IT! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Actually I wrote the story for the picture, which was the prompt. Didn’t realize they were from Harry Potter.

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      1. Lisa Coleman says:

        I realized that after I wrote my response. Mandrakes were introduced in the second book. 😊

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