No return

After a l-o-n-g hiatus, I thought it might be time to return to the fray and submit a 100 word story to Friday Fictioneers again. I hope I haven’t become too rusty. I can feel my flash fiction joints creaking and groaning as I write, but nevertheless, here goes.

Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers.

Photo prompt courtesy of Russell Gayer.

No return

“It was here. I’m sure.”

“But where are the shelters, the food tents? We can’t land here, in this bleak, soulless place. It’s worse than home.”

“Remember, friend — at home we were persecuted, starved out or hunted down. And home is a lifetime away. There’s no returning.”

“So now what?”

“We decide. Drift through space until the ship dies, or stay. We’re strong now. We have knowledge — to share or use against this planet. After all, they once welcomed us.”

“Look. There’s a sign. It says: New border security policies are now in force. Aliens attempting entry will be destroyed.

18 thoughts on “No return

  1. A very current feel to this story, but sadly, people have always been persecuted. Humans are so afraid of the ‘other’, I doubt this will ever change. Well captured Margaret


  2. Dear Margaret,

    Take it from me, you haven’t lost it. So much said in this piece. Could be sci fi…could be today’s Headline. Well done. I’m doing a happy dance to see you back in the queue.




    • Many thanks, Rochelle. Let’s say it’s sci-fi. Set on an unknown planet somewhere in the universe. Thank you for your kind words. I don’t feel at all inspired right now, but I figure I just have to start grinding things out and maybe I’ll rediscover my mojo. Friday Fictioneers has always been a great source of inspiration.


  3. Welcome back, Margaret, it’s great to see you here again. 🙂
    I love the story, it puts our sins of past and present into the future–learning from the past seems a very, very slow process.


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