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.



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. The hive-mind has spoken, and this little bug is tamping down a mushroom cloud of “wish I’d written that” envy. Creepily perfect.

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  3. 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.



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  4. Superb story this week, KT. To respond to a photo that might easily pull a writer to the past, you have skillfully woven the tale of a probable future. Nice work.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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  5. 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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  6. 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 🙂

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