The Guiding Beacon

This week’s photo prompt reminds me of the NATO early warning system domes that once were situated on some of the hilltops.

More stories from Friday Fictioneers inspired by the Photo can be read HERE.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

The Guiding Beacon

Mary-Anne gave out sandwiches and coffee from the back of her van to the destitute. She received a licence to expand her enterprise and has added fries and seafood dips.

‘My unique Bubble,’ she says. ‘Well, that’s just storage and an attraction for the town.’

Her assistant sniggered. He maintained the space array beacon hidden by the dome, and his team operated from the sub-terrain control centre.

The Nymerana were creating a network on Earth to guide their people towards safety from the Asteroid shower destroying their constellation.

Humans are naïve, although accommodating, thought Mary-Anne. They taste like scrumptious chicken.

39 responses to “The Guiding Beacon

  1. Yum–a human sandwich!

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  2. Yikes! I think I’ve just turned vegan … 😉

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  3. Eeeeeep
    Love that last line!
    Very clever idea, James!
    An alien front, yet useful

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  4. Do you know, at the start of the story, I thought Mary-Anne was rather a nice person? Good twist, James

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  5. Wow Very beautiful

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  6. An ingenious yet devious cover, feeding the poor while consuming humans. That last line gave me the shivers. Clever story!

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  7. As Mark Twain once said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.”

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  8. Human farming. Nice. Reads like a modern fairytale. Well done. Or should that be rare done? 😀

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  9. Wow, I didn’t see that one coming. What else will she add to the menu when all the Nymerana are there? Or should I say who? Nicely done. (Oops! That last comment of mine could end up being part of the menu too!)

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  10. It’s very considerate of her to feed the destitute before eating them.

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  11. omigod, everything tastes like chickens. 🙂

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  12. I wonder who or what they eat for pud! I think I’d better stop calling my girl sweetie-pie!

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  13. Remind me not to eat anything from her stall 😮

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  14. Very clever, these Aliens. And food for them in masses.

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  15. Dear James,

    The iconic line from a Twilight Zone episode comes to mind, ” ‘To Serve Man’ –it’s a cookbook!” Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  16. Just a tad crunchy those, these humans.

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  17. James,
    Chicken indeed! But the aliens are right: we humans are easy to fool.
    pax,
    dora

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  18. Oh, the poor unsuspecting fellows. Great take on the prompt, James!

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  19. A deliciously devious bent to your story, James. Imagining a future of factory farmed people, or maybe they will continue to let them free range…

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  20. I guess we don’t have to wonder what’s next on the menu! 😀

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  21. So she feeds them and then they eat them?

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  22. Trade goods to subdue the natives

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