Marble on the Ground

Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution for this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. The first line this week was contributed by Eric Wickland of Momusnews. Thanks to both Barbara and Eric.

Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories. The link for all other stories is as follows:


Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 5+14+150=169 Words


At first, it looked like an ordinary marble, but it was far from it.

X-59 had made a successful landing. He was sure the Royal Supreme Leader on his planet would reward him handsomely.

He turned on the switch to the cloaking device. However, he made the serious mistake of turning it only part-way. Instead of disappearing completely, the ship now looked like a crystal marble. X-59 had no idea of his ship’s present appearance.

He made ready for his first step into Earth’s atmosphere by climbing into his gravity suit with the built-in breathing device. He prepared to open the door of the spacecraft.

He had landed on the Ridderhaust’s property. They owned chickens. Melody, their hen, would sit on anything round. She was too old to lay eggs, but not to sit on one.

Melody spotted the small object and immediately went into action. It was a bit smaller than the usual egg, but she wasn’t fussy.

X-59 stepped into total darkness.

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  1. I liked the concept and especially the last line. I am reminded of Dr. Who’s Tardis, the cloaking mechanism of which is unfortunately stuck permanently on telephone box.


    • Thanks, Nortina. I’m so happy you liked the story. The prompt did seem kind of other worldly. Who knows how poor X-59’s mission will end. I enjoyed writing that one, and had to laugh at it myself. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Yolanda. I’m so glad you thought the story was so funny. I had fun writing it, so I’m happy you enjoyed it.. These little aliens can find themselves in some odd situations. 😀 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Bjorn. If the invasion wasn’t entirely quenched, that chicken put a big dent in it. My aliens are kind of like little cartoon characters. They’re more fun to write about like that. 😀 — Suzanne


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