Festival – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
I absolutely love this photo, so have no plausible excuse for a story that just got out of hand.
Well, apart from the drugs, of course.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.


Copyright Al Forbes


Even at a rock festival, this is unusual.
The entire area is flooded with bright light from above.
And, floating maybe 100 feet over the field, is a space ship.
Some people cheer, thinking it is part of the show.
Some flee in panic.
And some just think ‘Wow, cool’.
Those who have fled find that they are imprisoned by an impassable invisible barrier, which surrounds the whole area.
A flat, metallic voice emanates from the ship.
Do.Not.Be.Afraid, it intones, We.Are.Absorbing.Your.Culture.
Strange quivering beams, of indeterminate colour, radiate from the hovering vessel.
They focus briefly on each individual, then move quickly on to the next.
After only a few minutes of utter confusion, the voice speaks again.
It is now softer, more human.
Okay, it says, we can now speak your language, and morph into your shapes.
Please do not panic.
A tall, elegant dude, in an amazing fluorescent suit and ultra-hip shades, emerges from an unseen doorway.
He looks around, like an emperor surveying the gladiatorial arena.
He turns towards the silent, open-mouthed band on the stage.
Okay, guys, he says, let’s rock ‘n’ roll!

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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8 Responses to Festival – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Chekii says:

    Very otherworldly story! I enjoyed this and how you did not take it down the path of death and destruction.


  2. Felicia Hf says:

    Hahahahan great take on the prompt! I thought first he was literally absorbing them into his space ship. I love your idea of them absorbing the culture to be a part of us!🙂


  3. Brilliant. I was expecting them to kill everyone there. Love how you turned it around. Wonder if it was a spaceship, or if it was everyone’s drug induced state to make them think it was one🙂


  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Haha cute story, fun. “Absorbing your culture,” I like that line🙂


  5. Graham Lawrence says:

    A fun colourful read!


  6. This was a wonderfully fun read, the drugs must be doing something good to your mind!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Yeah I can totally see where that came from . Fun story.


  8. Dear CE,

    I want to share your drugs. Way out of this world story. Fun to read.




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