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Friday Fictioneers – Crystal

20 February, 2015

If, as someone once said, a picture paints a thousand words, then that picture sounds a bit flabby, wordcount-wise. It would need to lose 900 of those words before it can feature on FriFic.

Thats right folks, in response to Rochelle‘s prompt email, writers from every landmass on this planet of ours extract a story from the image and fine tune our opuses (or is it opusses? or opi?) down to 100 words. Here is this week’s inspiration:




and since you’ve read this far, why not keep going and see which 100 words occured to me this week? They’re just below…


bit further…


nearly there…


Ah. here they come. Enjoy!



The explorations of the subterranean caves did not yield any oil, gas, coal or any other energy source. But on entering the huge cavern, Doctor Carter’s team discovered a vast crystal, beautiful and complex. They carefully dismantled and removed it and, after it was presented to the Smithsonian, reconstructed it from their notes and sketches.

On the first day of the exhibition, Doctor Carter’s pride turned to concern when the crystal emitted a blinding light…


Years and light years distant, an alarm sounded. An operative turned to his superior and, in their native tongue, said, “Sir, we have a transmission.”



  1. Dear Reclining Gentleman, I love this – science fiction to the future! Great story and so realistic. Nan 🙂

  2. Always love a Sci-fi twist!

  3. I loved it too. In fact, it was exciting when it transmitted to years and light years into the future and someone actually got the message.

  4. Is anyone out there .. there .. ther….. ?

  5. Oooh, I love the sci-fi twist! This could be a great start to an epic story….or movie even. My boyfriend would enjoy this. Nicely done!

  6. Maybe they put it together incorrectly and transmitted to the wrong guys….

  7. Beeootiful. It could just happen.

  8. Cool! I hope they’re friendly. Nice bit of sci-fi.

  9. An exciting piece of sci-fi. The idea of beings existing all those lightt years away is fascinating – and probably scary at the same time. If they come here to play nicely, that will be OK. Any rough stulff and they’ll be barred from the party! Great read. 🙂

  10. Awesome sci-fi twist at the end. Love what you did there!

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