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Friday Fictioneers – Yellowback

10 March, 2017

Computers eh? They’re amazing. Of course they’re incredibly frustrating and inexplicable at times as anyone who has tried to install a wireless printer will tell you, but generally I think they’re pretty neat and could well catch on. Maybe one day we will have them in our homes. Think how cool that will be. We could all be in contact, look at videos of cats and stuff. Amd every week, we could get an email from someone sending us a pic

and suggesting we write 100 words each about it, and share them somewhere we can all read each other’s work.

Yep, the future is going to be amazing, we will all be living on Venus, driving hovercars and holidaying on Pluto. And the warpdrive trip there will be really quick so you won’t have time to read a book or watch a film. You’d probably get about as much time as it takes to read my FriFic this week…



“What’s this creature called?” the guest asked, pointing at a yellow insect on the stairpost. Iqbal examined it. He had never seen such bright markings before. “That’s a Yellowback,” he improvised. The guest nodded

By chance, Iqbal mentioned this to Yashif, the hotel’s proprietor, showed him its striking colour. Yashif investigated and, a few entrepreneurial phone calls later, a consignment of Yellowbacks arrived. They would add colour and charm to the hotel, he thought, the guests would love them.

But Yellowbacks breed. And roam. That year’s meagre harvest was consumed in less than a week.

The next year’s never grew.



  1. Oh dear! Bad choice indeed

  2. Dear TRG,

    Ugh. No matter what you call it, it’s a bug. RAID!



  3. That’s a bad game of chance to be playing. Disappointingly, I did not arrive at Pluto for a holiday once I had finished the story, warpdrive did not engage.

    • Thanks for reading. Sorry your trip with TRG Warp Travel didn’t leave up to your hopes though. Have you tried switching your computer off and on again?

  4. Dale permalink

    Apparently Yashif did not investigate enough!

  5. Very short-sighted. Next time he’ll be more careful about what he introduces to the eco-system

  6. Oh dear, the research only went so far. A little knowledge as they say.

  7. I wonder if the yellowbacks rigged the system so that the hotel owner couldn’t find out the truth about them. Or maybe the owner was too busy planning his next visit to Pluto that he failed to read the small print, and just skimmed the bullets. Either way, they will starve. Ouch.

  8. We’re always doing this, bringing non-native species into our environment and learning the hard way why they were not there to begin with.
    Nice fable.

  9. Yup, exactly what Dawn said. It’s pretty my precious, we wants it and then it eats us.
    I wish your future vision was true. Warp drive travel, yay.

  10. Oh dear! Not the best choice.

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