Rock n Roll – Min Min Challenge

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Great New Min Min Challenge.

In less than 250 words write a story inspired by “strange lights in the sky”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Rock n Roll

Even at a rock festival, this is unusual.
The entire park is flooded with bright light from the night sky.
And, floating maybe 100 feet above the field, is what appears to be a space ship.
Some people cheer, thinking it is part of the show.
Some flee in panic.
And some just think ‘Wow, too cool, man’.
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.
Some people cheer, some flee, and some, y’know…
Strange quivering beams, of indeterminate colour, radiate from the hovering vessel.
They focus briefly on each individual, before moving 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 don’t panic.
A tall, elegant dude, in an amazing fluorescent suit and ultra-hip shades, emerges from a previously unseen doorway in the craft.
He looks down, like an emperor surveying the gladiatorial arena.
Then he turns towards the silent, open-mouthed band on the stage.
Okay, guys, he says, clicking his fingers, let’s rock ‘n’ roll!

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30 Responses to Rock n Roll – Min Min Challenge

  1. Bridgette says:

    Oh, what a fun story! Rock ‘n’ roll through and through.


  2. clark says:

    Fun post!

    While the memories of such times are at hand all too readily, I will refrain from doing the math.
    Nostalgia is to accurate memory as a vampire to the morning sun… better to not mix the two.

    Been to a concert or two?
    Liked Nancy’s line about Who we did not see.

    My first concert?
    On a hockey rink, which for the day, would have been one of the larger available venues, not counting a traditional concert hall. That was not an option)

    Still remember feeling the cold of the ice through the plywood that served as temporary flooring.
    the seating? glad you asked! wooden folding chairs! the kind I last had the capability of being comfortable sitting in many, many years ago.

    ( the concert bill? Cactus, Cat Stevens and the All-Night Newsboys and Jimi Hendrix)

    “Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around

    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again”


  3. neilmacdon says:

    So that’s where you went! I’ve missed your stories


  4. Lindsey Stewart says:

    How beautifully quirky. Love this. I’ll have images in my head all day.


  5. jenne49 says:

    What a fabulous word video you’ve created.
    I can see it, smell it and hear it – even without your reading, which, by the way, is so good – it’s all there.
    I have nostalgia for the nostalgia.
    And Phil’s dude is exactly right.


  6. Lucifer in the sky with diamonds! I had no idea you were such a cool dudie!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Reads suspiciously like a memory of attending a Pink Floyd concert while under the influence of certain illicit substances. Wonderfully atmospheric and nostalgic. And a huge thank you for helping kickstart this writing jalopy. 🙂


    • ceayr says:

      It was actually Joe Cocker in an open air arena in Juan-les-Pins, right on the Med.
      I can still smell the fresh sea breeze, or something…

      My pleasure, the world always needs a better mousetrap.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Having been to more than my fair share of rock concerts back in the day, all I can say is “Wow! Too cool, man!” 😎

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sandra says:

    If they’re absorbing our culture then it won’t be too long before they’re cancelling everyone in sight. Good to read you again, CE.

    Liked by 1 person

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