Just dust

PHOTO PROMPT – © Dee Lovering

 

Buried by caustic red dust, recent storms had revealed the statue. The drones dug quickly; carapaces resistant to the radiation for hours at most.

It soon stood bare; grotesque; alien. Of its paltry four limbs one was cast out, pointing. My eyestalk swivelled in the direction.

Just dust. Shifting, deadly, dust.

<A monument?>I clicked my brood-sister, <To what?>

<Humph,> she trilled. <All monuments are shrines to the same thing. Death. Conquest. Murder.> Her eyes rolled behind their nictitating membranes cynically. <One civilisation’s monument is another’s headstone.>

Standing thorax deep in radioactive dust of a dead world, argument seemed futile.


 

Word count: 100

Feeling a bit scifi recently on the Friday Fictioneers; and a bit apocalyptic! I at least went smaller scale this week, last week I destroyed the universe; this week only humanity and the Earth. Guess I’m getting soft.

This one has actually been knocking around in my head for a while; or at least the idea of non-humans chatting while standing in the ruins of humanity. I hope you find it interesting.

Let me know what you think!

The other 100 word stories can be found by clicking here.

Cheers

KT

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24 thoughts on “Just dust

  1. Very imaginative and a great take on the prompt. And this: “One civilisation’s monument is another’s headstone” is a brilliant line for it is very true.

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  2. Dear KT,

    I love the realism that your words imbued this piece with. That, combined with the situation described underscored your characters thoughts and told a story that crosses the boundaries between species. Holding life and civilizations together is hard, but the alternative is dust. Great job this week.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  3. Great language and beautifully, KT. There is a lot of truth there about monuments. They all seem to go hand-in-hand with death. Wonderful take. Aliens will undoubtedly be smarter than us humans. You captured the essence of another race very well here.

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  4. Wonderful story with great descriptions! Your aliens are eerily inhuman with their ‘eyestalks’ and ‘nictitating membranes’, standing amidst the ruins of a dead earth. The brood-sister is unfortunately right in her summation of monuments. Well done. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Kate, I’m really glad you liked it 🙂 I’m happy with the reception for this story – people seem to like it, which is always nice. I was a little unsure how the ‘aliens’ would be taken and at the start I struggled with how to ‘show & not tell’. I think it gets there.

      Thanks, as always, for reading 🙂
      KT

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