#FF — Harvest

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The key to successful livestock farming is to find the right bait. At the same time it is important not to spook the herd.

Field research indicates:
• food is their most compelling bait
• urban areas have stock density
• churches blend into any city

We compel them to complete the collection stations. Their food vendor mushrooms sprout nearby. The population multiplies with no interference.

Just before one Hungry Season, we return with spinner field generators. Wifi signals trigger the stations to reconfigure into wide-mouth jars. The generator then shakes the crops in. We cap them and head home.

[100 words]

FF roger-city-street-tilted (2)manipulated

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

48 Comments Add yours

  1. It seems as if..you leave a lot of detail out..they are aliens treating mankind as livestock

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    1. msjadeli says:

      That’s where imagination comes in. Maybe it just seems that way…

      Liked by 2 people

  2. trentpmcd says:

    They are pretty predictable, and perhaps quite a few can be harvested that way (Don’t mind me as I hang out deep, deep in the woods…)

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    That’s quite a departure for you. Who are you and what have you done with Jade?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve been waiting for awhile to find the prompt to go dark. This was my opportunity 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  4. plaridel says:

    well, that’s a lot of crap… er, crops. 🙂

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  5. Sadje says:

    A spooky ending Li.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      It truly is. That is my greatest fear actually.

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      1. Sadje says:

        I don’t see it happening any time soon.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. CGraith says:

    This wildly creative. Love the sci-fi spin. Thanks for sharing,

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you liked it, thank you 🙂

      Like

  7. memadtwo says:

    We’re all herd animals in the end. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hard to argue with that.

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  8. Sandra says:

    Surreal. Literally.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m sure anyone caught up in what’s happening here would be feeling the same. Thank you, Sandra.

      Like

  9. James McEwan says:

    My goodness, being on the bottom rung of the food chain is frightening, especially when we don’t realise. It Ssems we are the new farm animals. Wow, it makes you think.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re right, it is food for thought. Thanks for reading and your comment, James.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Iain Kelly says:

    Someone will find this and present as a gennuine conspiracy theory on Twitter any day now! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      LMAO! As long as it links to my story, I’m cool with it 😉

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Liz Young says:

    I think this is sci-fi? Quite a departure!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Liz, it’s been awhile since going sci-fi. At least I hope it is! Thanks for reading.

      Like

  12. A delightfully different piece from you this week Lisa! Is this the new you?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Keith. I rented a Star Trek uniform this week 🙂

      Like

  13. Dear Lisa,

    An interesting harvest indeed. I’m picturing livestock running the streets of NYC. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thanks much. LOL I kind of like the idea of humans in mason jars being transported across galaxies. I remember Gary Larson had a cartoon of humans in a jar but can’t remember what it was about beyond that.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  14. Bill says:

    You fixed the pic and wrote a gem. Nice going, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Bill. I wanted the top pic to be straight, the bottom pic when it turned into a container, but the tilted image would still be in everyone’s mind.

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      1. Bill says:

        I’m too OCD for the tilting.

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  15. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I hope they have a lot of Tums for us nasty beings!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      LMAO so funny, yes, they are going to need them.

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  16. Well, one’s gotta have a system in place for any kind of large scale project. 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! Indeed! 🙂

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  17. Margaret says:

    This is so clever. I’m a sucker for a good sci-fi idea and this was definitely a good one. Well executed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Margaret, happy you enjoyed the story.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. i b arora says:

    bit of alien stuff, no?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Not the friendly kind of ET that’s for sure.

      Like

  19. pennygadd51 says:

    Ha! Neatly written, Lisa. We’re just pigs at the abattoir, eh?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Penny. No, we’re just humans falling into the collecting jars 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  20. draliman says:

    That’s not looking good for us 😮

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Vartika says:

    This is a different kind of story. Good one jade

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Vartika, thank you.

      Like

  22. Laurie Bell says:

    Ew alien takeaway huh? Sounds like they walked right into it. Clever idea for the prompt

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Laurie, thank you!

      Like

  23. Nobbinmaug says:

    That was awesome! They do look like livestock off to slaughter.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Nobbin.

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