THE PROBLEM SHIP

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–July, 9th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or sent in by one of the participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was taken by Al Forbes himself. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/sunday-photo-fiction-july-9th-2017/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE PROBLEM SHIP by P.S. Joshi

“I tell you, lads, I did see it. It was shaped like a saucer just hoverin’ in the sky. Then it took off like a shot and disappeared.”

“Ah come on James. You sure you weren’t in your cups at the time?” The barkeeper swabbed the bar, an amused look on his face.

“I don’t give a fig if you lot believe me or not. I tell you it was there.” James raised the mug to his lips and drank deeply of the cold ale.

Outside overhead, a spaceship hovered cloaked from sight.

“What do I do, Gitbot if that thing acts up again? Kicking it worked this time but who knows if it will next time. It’s unpredictable. I’ve never seen a worse piece of junk.” Botbit stared at the hidie thingy in disgust.

Ping, ponk, bonk, twang! The ship began to vibrate and tip to one side.

Botbit shouted, “Now what by all the planets is going on?”

Gitbot calmly picked up a round tool and flung it at a vibrating metal box.

“Calm down, Bot. I’ve seen this happen before. Fill out the problem form mentioning all trouble and transmit it to the engineers when we return.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PLANETARY INSPECTION EXPLORATORY SYSTEM

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–May 30th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not counting the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/sunday-photo-fiction-may-29th-2016/

Genre: Humor/Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE PLANETARY INSPECTION EXPLORATORY SYSTEM      by P.S. Joshi

A cloaked saucer flew low over the planet Earth. Zeebot peered out the viewport and called to his teammate.

“Cogot, I’m seeing some of the strange sights the other inspectors viewed on former flights. Somehow we have to let the people of this planet know they’re not alone.”

“Never fear,” said Cogot as he peered out in interest. “We’ll think of something. We have our new Lazer Writer Thingy that inscribes letters in any language. We just need to find a spot where all earthlings can read the inscription and be informed.”

“Yes, I have on my Thinking Cap Thingy now.”–Zeebot adjusted the purple helmet with three wires sticking out the top–“How fortunate we overheard people of Earth discussing these. We must keep up with their technology.”

He flicked an orange switch on the side and the wires began to hum, “Hum-m-m-m.” They then broke into song, “We’re thinking, we’re thinking, we’re thinking.” They zapped the idea into Zeebot’s brain. “I have it!” he shouted.

The two turned on the Laser Writer Thingy and wrote the message on a steel bridge over a busy highway,–THE PIES.

“Now they’ll surely know there’s been a planetary inspection,” Cogot bragged.

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