Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FridayFictioneers – 5/10/18 – Symbiosis

with 38 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

I’m late this week as painting the superstructure of home turns into something that steals time from everything else. After staring at the nature table and starting to think about sponges and foodstuffs, the idea for the below materialised.

Thank you to Rochelle and Sandra this week.


Β© Sandra Crook


(Genre: sci-fi; 100-words)

There was little change after the Others arrived. It was a peaceful and mutually beneficial annexation. Their planet was dying. They wanted to share ours and had the technology to save it. They looked a bit different, coming in all colours with their elastic limbs and extra digits, but their outlook on life and diet were similar. The main divergence was they preferred their protein very fresh and, in time, countryside walks became tricky as humans stumbled over an Other feeding, proboscis extended. Children reconnected with where meat came from and large swathes of the human population converted to veganism.




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  1. I’m not certain any people ever consent to annexation, no matter how peaceful. But I liked your aliens


    October 6, 2018 at 10:20 am

    • Glad you liked the aliens. Now you mention it, I’m not sure the people had much choice – it was the aliens of the planet giving up the ghost.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm

  2. Well, they seem peaceful enough – for now. Of course, once enough people have converted to veganism and the majority of farm cows and pigs have been slaughtered to make way for crops, I wonder what they’ll start eating then…? πŸ™‚


    October 6, 2018 at 10:36 am

    • I think the humans continue to farm to keep the Others in food stocks. I hadn’t imagined them eating their hosts….

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:02 pm

  3. Dear Sarah Ann,

    A few years back there was a TV show that we loved to watch called Alien Nation. The Aliens came to live among humans…very entertaining show. The men and woman shared pregnancy. The wife carried the ‘pod’ for the first few months and the men gave birth. Don’t think it would ever work with humans.
    Loved your peaceful take on aliens. I hope it was live animals they were feeding on and not human prey.




    October 6, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    • Hi Rochelle, That sharing pregnancy thing would never catch on. Yes, it was the animals and not the humans the Others were feeding on. They like the humans, although they worry about all the beans they eat.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm

  4. Nice take on the prompt! πŸ™‚

    I hope their diet does not start including human meat in the future! πŸ˜›

    the dark netizen

    October 6, 2018 at 2:13 pm

  5. Yeah, I agree with the others, It might seem OK for now, but???


    October 6, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    • I am a forever optimist so the Others are going to stick to eating quadrupeds. πŸ™‚

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm

  6. It is refreshing to have aliens and humans interact peacefully, though one wonders what happens when the very fresh protein runs out Unless they have become farmers as well…


    October 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    • The humans haven’t giving up farming even though they’ve given up eating the animals. Maybe they had the same thought as you πŸ™‚

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:07 pm

  7. I think if people saw how poultry and quadrupeds are “harvested” and “processed” in modern meat factories – they too will become vegans.

    Peaceful annexation? Hmmm. Perhaps the Others were adept in mind games too.

    Eric Alagan

    October 7, 2018 at 3:54 am

    • Why so none of my commentators trust the Others? Or maybe I’m the deluded one πŸ™‚
      I agree that if we saw more of how our food was reared and prepared, we’d eat less of it.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:09 pm

  8. I like the idea of a peaceful annexation with aliens – even in fiction, this is so rare!

    Iain Kelly

    October 7, 2018 at 7:48 am

    • Thanks Iain. Why is it the aliens always have to be the bad guys?

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:10 pm

  9. A wonderful idea – children reconnecting with where meat came from and therefore turning away from it. If the aliens were able to produce an alternative source of protein, which I am sure they are clever enough to do, then the future would be good. Just one thing worries me. If they could save earth why could they not save their own planet? I sense if this were a longer story, there would be many a twist. Nice work!


    October 7, 2018 at 8:56 am

    • I’m not sure why they couldn’t save their own planet – unexpected asteroid hit maybe? I think you might have a point with the protein source developments.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm

  10. I tend to disagree with the other comments in that I think people are quite happy to consent to ‘peaceful annexation’. In fact they’re voting to get peacefully annexed all the time, as far as I can tell.


    October 7, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    • πŸ™‚ I think if things are mutually beneficial peaceful annexations are acceptable to most. Depends if there are too many losers.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm

  11. I wonder if it would ever work, even though we both could benefit… we tend to believe more in zero sum than win-win scenarios

    • Perhaps it time we changed to dream about the win-wins? Hope wins eternal and all that.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:14 pm

  12. Somehow your story has the sense that the aliens are lulling us into a false sense of security. Sonn things will not be as peaceful.


    October 8, 2018 at 4:46 am

    • I think I might need to re-write this story. I thought I was being positive, maybe I was just being naive. πŸ™‚

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      • I don’t think you are being naive at all. I think it is very commendable that you present aliens who want a peaceful coexistence with humans. You may need to refine the idea a little. Don’t give up yet.


        October 8, 2018 at 9:55 pm

  13. How accommodating of the humans, to leave the meat products for their alien partners. At least, I’m assuming that’s what happened. 😦


    October 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    • Yes, that’s the idea. The Others will sort the climate change, we just let them eat our sheep and cows…. although everyone else who’s commented has got me thinking it might not be as simple as that.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:17 pm

  14. what’s next? interbreeding, i suppose?


    October 8, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    • Well I hadn’t thought of that. I’m not sure the Others’ reproductive organs are compatible with ours.

      Sarah Ann

      October 8, 2018 at 8:20 pm

  15. I’m reminded of the old B & W movie where the aliens have a book entitled “To Serve Man.” It took the humans a while to figure out it was a cookbook. πŸ™‚

    Russell Gayer

    October 8, 2018 at 9:57 pm

  16. Nightmare stuff. Really good story πŸ™‚


    October 9, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    • Thank you. Happy to know it had an effect, good or bad πŸ™‚

      Sarah Ann

      October 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm

  17. That’s a good story for you. Yes a fascinating story, which stimulated some interesting comments.


    October 9, 2018 at 11:33 pm

  18. Ewwe great story here. The reality of the Other dietary reqs would put anyone off!

    Laurie Bell

    October 10, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    • Indeed, those country walks have become a thing of a romanticised past πŸ™‚

      Sarah Ann

      October 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

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