THE PROBLEM SHIP

 

Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALIEN

 

Object from space.

 

This is my contribution this week to the challenge Monday’s Finish the Story hosted by Barbara Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence to be used for the story. The story is to be written with only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt.

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

http://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/mondays-finish-the-story-jan-12th-2015/

Genre:  Humor Fiction

Word Count:  29+1+149=179

ALIEN By P.S. Joshi

Racing down into the atmosphere, the unidentified object crashed leaving behind one heck of a huge crater and a plume of smoke that could be seen from miles around.

That was how X-19 from the planet Tippin described his landing on Earth in his log  book.

This would be a day to be remembered on both the planets.

He unstrapped his safety harness and prepared to leave his ship by putting on his blue atmospheric suit set to imitate the conditions on Tippin. The scientists on Tippin weren’t sure of conditions on the landing spot on Earth.

Then he switched on the cloaking device to make his ship invisible to all on Earth. He was taking no chances in case the people of Earth were hostile. He knew some were warlike.

He took out his advanced compass, switched on his interplanetary translator, opened the hatch, and stepped outside.

He heard a deafening voice from above saying, “Hey Mom. I found a new bug of some kind. It’s over here in a hole in the ground.”

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