#FF — Blent


PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

When we first arrived, we’d learned how to blend. The mobile hairless ones appeared to be the leaders of this carbon-hydrogen-nitrogen-oxygen-sulphur-phosphorus-based planet; and they had little regard for any but their own kind, no tolerance at all for anything different, and outright hostility towards anything or anyone that challenged their leadership.

We slipped into the pile of burlap-sacked saplings during a group-shared locale renovation and mimicked the sycamore. Warm season reminded us of home. When their sun turned away though, we suffered. While the hairless ones slept, we reached out to the sun’s tiny replicas, warmed ourselves – and waited.

[100 words]

Yes, this is probably the longest hyphenated word I’ve ever used.

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

60 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Great compound word

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  2. granonine says:

    I love that hyphenated adjective :). And I really, really want to see the hairless ones! You grabbed my imagination with this one, for sure!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Linda 🙂

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  3. Nobbinmaug says:

    Outsiders always see things better. Unfortunately, being outsiders, they must be destroyed instead of heard.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You got my meaning and I’m glad.

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  4. In the general scheme of things, let us hope that what they are waiting for isn’t something bad-for-hairless-two-legged-things-who-sleep-while-the-sun-disappers. 😉

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  5. Irene says:

    Remember “The Day of the Triffids”; your setting has that kind of atmosphere; I would love to know more about these aliens!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      They are rather intriguing aren’t they 🙂

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  6. jenne49 says:

    The German language would be proud of that hyphenated adjective!
    I really like this fantasy.
    Such great use of language to create the idea of a different species.
    I’m captivated by these creatures.
    Shape-shifters?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jenne. I’m not sure if they are shapeshifters, but it seems likely. If I was one I would become a warm blanket or something.

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      1. pendantry says:

        Can you become a towel? That way I could wrap you around my head to avoid the gaze of the ravenous bugblatter beast of Traal.

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  7. jenne49 says:

    Your smile warms folk already! 😉

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m not sure I like the idea of the trees waiting for the right moment to turn on us… Surely they would have done it before now!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Iain, just like my story last week, they are not trees, they are ET life forms in disguise. Poor trees are taking a bad rap. Everyone takes trees for granted so they make a good disguise.

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  9. Dale says:

    Racism comes in all shapes and forms…

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  10. Sadje says:

    Great take on the prompt

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li

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  11. Tannille says:

    I’m curious as to what they want and what they are planning.

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  12. draliman says:

    I’m not sure that lamps will provide the same sustenance as the sun. Maybe by the time the sun comes back they will have wasted away…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think they have a means of drawing electricity out of the lights which keeps them warm 🙂

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  13. Dear Lisa,

    You most definitely left me wanting to read more of this intriguing-imaginative-thought-provoking-ethereal adventure. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, knowing that you enjoyed the story pleases me 🙂 Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  14. Sandra says:

    An intriguing piece. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra.

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  15. Excellent Lisa. If there are awards for very long hyphenated words, you certainly deserve one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha thanks, Keith.

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  16. trentpmcd says:

    For beings so patient to wait a life of trees, they seemed to do little research about the tilt of the planet. Oh well, they can warm themselves in those artificial suns during that tilted away time as they breath that super-long-hyphenated-atmosphere-mix 😉 Good one..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Neel, glad you like it.

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  17. Enjoyed that whole last paragraph (well, I enjoyed the whole piece) but having the aliens slip inside the burlap and look at the “false sun”.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Alicia, so glad you liked it.

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  18. ahtdoucette says:

    Creepy and evocative. I like it. I feel like this may not go well for humans aka “mobile hairless ones”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Anne. They are watching and probably transmitting back to home planet on what they see. You’re right, it may not go well.

      BTW, I see you’re in A2Z in April and so am I. I’m doing a Jethro Tull song a day.

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      1. ahtdoucette says:

        Jethro Tull! That should be interesting. Now I’m wondering how you get A-Z from songs. Hm!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Titles and with a bit of creativity 😉

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  19. James McEwan says:

    Not a world to integrate easily into. I loved how they found comfort around the lamp.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. It would be difficult for them.

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  20. An imaginative take on the prompt. I liked the minimal information about the incomers, that heightened the mystery. I imagined they were hairy and eco-warriors. Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I like how your mind thinks, WWM. Thank you.

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  21. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooooo very cool. Aliens to winter. A shock to the system! Humans are indeed too tiny and self focused!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laurie!

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  22. poorvi kumar says:

    wonderful writing !

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  23. Great story and I’m all about the super-long hyphenated words. 🙂 It’s funny; before your story I never really noticed the trees there: I just saw the lamp. Loved it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! Thanks much, David.

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  24. judeitakali says:

    You do know how to tell a tale.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Jude!

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      1. judeitakali says:

        My pleasure 🌼

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  25. Carol anne says:

    beautifully penned! ❤ Bravo!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much for all of your nice comments, Carol anne.

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