#FF — Mortal Coil


PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

Sun crackled designs on the surface of the water. The first sunny day in a month, they’d sprinted to the beach for the show. Weathercasters could offer no explanation for the dense planetary cloud coverage – or what cleared it.

Laughing and chattering with others who’d gathered waterside, a humming filled the air. Distant at first, it seemed to be coming from under the ripples of the lake. It grew louder, and with it, a vibrating of the sand on the shore.

What’s that?” someone asked, pointing.

An infinity-shaped object rose and hovered. A flash — all was gone.

[100 words]

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

79 Comments Add yours

  1. Grrr that gets me so plum crazy when those ignorant rude U.F.O. aliens don’t even have the simple common decency to itroduce themselves and to explain their visit

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I liked that you saw the picture as patterns of sun on water

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  3. Just when they finally had a nice weather day …! 😉 Dang! 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Can you tell I’m getting paranoid and hypervigilant? Last week’s story, now this one…

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      1. I’m thinking, you’re missing two more horsemen and you’ve got yourself an apocalypse … 😉

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  4. Eek! Too late to run. Great take on the photo prompt, Jade.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Susan!

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    And just like that, all over. Probably the best way for it all to end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      If it’s gonna end, for sure.

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  6. jwdwrites says:

    Time for the MIBs to do their thing!

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  7. Sadje says:

    Oh wow! Intriguing story Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  8. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Can they clear viruses also? If so I wish they would do their thing!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think they wiped the slate clean. Speaking of a mindbender, I just finished watching one: Vivarium. Ooh, in my present state of mind not a good choice. It’s why I jumped back on the computer, to clear my head.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        THAT sounds like a movie for me

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Not at all what I was expecting. I thought it was a space movie by the name, but it isn’t, per se. I do love going into movies cold sometimes. I like Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots so I knew it had a fair shot of being good. She is REALLY good in this one.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            As you know I like “out there” movies! Mindbender is a great term

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  9. draliman says:

    At least we got a few hours of sunshine before kablammie 🙂

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  10. We too had our first sunny day in a few weeks. But thankfully no alien ship was seen 🙂 Great take, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Awesome, Jolly! Thank you.

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  11. Sandra says:

    I like that you brought the background pattern into it. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra 🙂

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  12. memadtwo says:

    Of course this little glimpse needs both a before and after…(k)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 You never know. There may be a part 2…

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  13. judeitakali says:

    Intriguing and interesting

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      1. judeitakali says:

        My pleasure 🌼

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  14. A highly original take. Nice one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Keith. Can you tell I’ve been watching sci-fi movies? 🙂

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  15. Dear Lisa,

    Love this. Your descriptions had me in the moment. To me this had Close Encounters written all over it. 😉 Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, very glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  16. bearmkwa says:

    Nice little sci-fi wonder there, Jade. Really enjoyed that.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy you enjoyed the sci-fi tale, Bear. Thanks.

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  17. plaridel says:

    shocking ending. hopefully, it was just a dream or a scene from a movie. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      We’ll never know….. unless a sequel happens 😉

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  18. Love your take on the prompt Ms. Jadeli. Leaves the suspense rolling. And you too observed the sign of infinity. Good one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you much, Girl!

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  19. Nobbinmaug says:

    This reminds me of “2001: A Space Oddysee” with the mysterious monolith (which may just be on my mind from the news lately) and “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.” Even in only 100 words, you have that build-up to the mysterious shock ending. I love good sci-fi. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the story. I’ve been watching Colbert on youtube about the monolith. What are your thoughts on it??

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      1. Nobbinmaug says:

        I think the monoliths are cool. They’re a welcome respite from the onslaught of COVID, Trump’s delusions, and the Georgia runoff election. Though, what I’ve read about the debates was entertaining with one sending a robot capable of only three responses to stand in for her and the other not showing up at all. I just read another monolith popped up on the Isle of Wight in England, and the vandalized one in California was replaced. I hope they continue to grow and become a global phenomenon, a sign of positivity for the global community to rally around.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          So… where did they come from and who installed them?? They make me nervous in some ways but encouraged in others.

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          1. Nobbinmaug says:

            All I know is a group of guys took credit for the one in California. I saw a video of a guy inspecting the original in Utah. There didn’t seem to be anything dangerous about it. A group was caught on video dismantling it. They were trying to be cautious about not leaving any trace. I don’t know if they had anything to do with putting it there.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              As long as it’s humans!

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              1. Nobbinmaug says:

                I think if there were any real consideration given to them being extraterrestrial, government agencies would have swarmed on them, classified them, and disavowed any knowledge of their existence. “Those are weather balloons that have crashed due to a conspiracy between China and COVID.”

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  20. Dale says:

    What a great build up to the final blow. Wonderful sci-fi!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Dale!

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  21. James McEwan says:

    This event will stay with them forever. Their friends will think them mad and later become bored with the same old story. Yet, what did they see? It was very real, lucky them to experience a magical moment or was it a space ship leaving for better places?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      James, it can be whatever you wish it to be. Lots of fun ponderings on it.

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  22. I love sci-fi! Maybe the aliens cleared the sky to draw the people to the lake. Very well done, an intriguing story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe they did — for good or ill…. Thanks for reading and your comment, Brenda 🙂

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  23. I love the human condition to flock to strangeness as a crowd, like moths to a flame, could have been anything, thank god the UFO’s gone, but will it return?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good comment and guesses, Shrawl. We may never know….

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  24. granonine says:

    Masterful planning, getting them all to gather in one place so the abduction was quick and easy. I wonder where they all went. . .

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Linda! I wonder also…

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  25. Are you saying we need to be worried about sunny days now? That’s 2020 for you. 🙂 Nice story!
    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ha ha! yes! 🙂 Thanks!

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  26. magarisa says:

    Intriguing! They never knew what hit them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      For sure, Magarisa 😦

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  27. Michael Humphris says:

    I guess that the dinosaurs never knew either, then the sun shone on clean clear rippling oceans.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well stated, Michael.

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  28. Great story. Love the first line.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, J.A.

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  29. notestowomen says:

    Let’s hope they were transported somewhere else and not obliterated. Very sci-fi 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Magarisa.

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      1. notestowomen says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  30. I felt hooked by the story, the people had their brief moment in the sun. You left us to wonder what and why. Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Woman.

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  31. Laurie Bell says:

    Aha hidden beneath water. Very clever aliens. I like the visuals in this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laurie!

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  32. So much for that lovely day!

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