Citizenship – Friday Fictioneers – 03/07/14

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers. I’d like to thank Rochelle for her dedication and Danny Bowman for this week’s stunning photo.

My contribution follows. As always, you are welcome to participate.Find more stories from the Fictioneers HERE.

Genre: Sci-Fi (100 words)

Copyright – Danny Bowman


A hovering shadow collects hordes of people in one sweep. Darkness.

Before a grassy mountain. Clyde wakes in nothing but a black robe; others wake at the same time. Before they can speak to each other, their eardrums ring with a cacophony of high-pitched screeching. A carpet of insects rush at them and reptilian coils push up from beneath them. They collapse once the ringing stops.

Clyde wakes repeatedly to the same cycle, each time with less bodies.

When he wakes at the foot of the mountain , a beam of light strikes his eyes. A slight figure approaches and announces, “Welcome.”

64 thoughts on “Citizenship – Friday Fictioneers – 03/07/14

  1. And all that he is wearing is a robe,
    I shudder to think what happens next…

    Have a great weekend Amy 🙂

    Andro xxxx


  2. I guess only the strongest get to join this group, not that they have any choice. I wonder if the ones who didn’t make it were actually the lucky ones?


  3. Amy,
    that is quite the initiation. I liked the images, especially the carpet of insects. At first, I thought they were dead and in some sort of underworld. Very intriguing story and very well written. 🙂


    1. David,
      That’s a perfect way to describe it. An initiation. If you pass, you might get to live on their planet. That might have been a better title. Thank you!


    1. Ron,
      I hope you don’t either. I didn’t really see this as the afterlife, but you could certainly interpret it that way. I’ll take that as a compliment. I try to stretch my imagination. Thanks!


  4. What a way to be chosen. As initiations go, this has to be up there with the worst. I hope life improves now he is welcomed!


  5. One problem with being one of the last readers is that so many comments have already been given. I liked that you gave just enough creepy detail and then left so much to our imaginations. Of course with only 100 words, that tends to happen, but you fed our thoughts and fears and then turned us loose to thing of even worse things (if there are worse things.)



    1. I have a hard time wrapping it up. I guess it’s more of a prelude for things to come. I think it will be worse…something tells me Clyde’s adventures are not over, Janet.


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