Aliens visited Earth once, during the Holocene Epoch of the Quaternary Period. Along with the official samples collected for scientific analysis, one of them smuggled some souvenirs back home as toys for its 5-year-old squirmling.
All quite harmless, it thought, until a beetle crawled out of a piece of deadwood and infected the squirmling with a deadly virus that wiped out every living creature on the planet.
In a couple of centuries from now, human astronauts will visit the star Wolf 1061 and discover exoplanet 1061c is dead. Then they will excavate and find a 2016 copper-plated coin from Earth.
Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo prompt: image © Claire Fuller
When the grey first came, people said, “Not to worry. It will pass.” But the greenhouse gases built up, temperate climates hit 43˚C midwinter, and the sea-levels rose, gobbling up all the coastal resorts.
Those people who survived, congregated on high ground and walked around naked, gasping and wheezing.
It had all started with microscopic weather manipulation devices placed inside the lids of waste-disposal bins around the world: so much more effective than pumping silver oxide into the atmosphere from above. The aliens were time-travellers, which meant they could wipe us out and colonise our planet in under five minutes.
Photo Prompt: The Reclining Gentleman
Friday Fictioneers — 100-word stories
Bitter angel trapped.
Tricked by slippery smiles,
power of ascent gone.
Check out July’s haiku fun at http://allaboutlemon.com/for-the-love-of-haiku/ courtesy of that veritable blogging powerhouse, adollyciousirony. Also, thank you to the Art Game participants who, as usual, have created an entertaining and complex picture for us minimalist poets to interpret. http://allaboutlemon.com/art-game/ag-w27-disco-lights/ag-w-15-empty-jar/