14/12/2017

MAN IN BLACK - a story in one hundred words

MAN IN BLACK

The man in black’s sudden appearance at the meeting caused a ripple of consternation, but his demeanour made the Chairman of the Local Amenities Committee reluctant to evict him.
Within moments the proposal for a new bowls pavilion was rejected in favour of lighting the long path which ran diagonally across the park. Councillor Jarvis, the lone objector, was overtaken by a coughing fit, and the vote was carried unanimously.

The tall globular lamps became known in the local pubs as ‘that useless load of balls’, but all laughter ceased when aliens landed a spaceship on the brightly-lit runway.
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This dramatic image is the cover of my book A Volcanic Race, which is now available on Amazon in most countries, in print or ebook.
Written with a teenage main character, it is suitable for all age groups from early teens to pensioners, and would make a splendid stocking filler.
No stocking is complete without a book!
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Thanks to Sandra Crook for the photo of a lamp which inspired me and other Friday Fictioneers this week, and to Rochelle for hosting the group on  https://rochellewisoff.com/

30 comments:

  1. Brilliant! They're closer than we think…

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  2. Now that's what I call a surprise ending! Nicely done. :)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  3. They infiltrated us already! Great take Liz.

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    1. I thought everyone knew that, Iain!

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  4. I enjoyed how you did this.

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  5. Dear Liz,

    It sounds like their coming is imminent. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  6. Not the ending I expected - nor did they I guess!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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  7. Getting the local authority to light the runway sounds a lot like Mexicans paying for a wall...

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    1. In a way, except the wall is to keep them out.

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  8. Good prophetic story, Liz.

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  9. Ooh, nice! What a clever plan :-)

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    1. Never spend your own money if you can avoid it!

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  10. The landing of the aliens sure makes that coughing fit look suspicious. Zapped by a beam from space right at the right moment?

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  11. Mind control was always one of their most potent weapons :-)

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    1. Possibly it still is - why else would two nations be letting their leaders get away with the madness of Trump and Kim?

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  12. Great set-up, nicely constructed plot.

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  13. I loved this take on the prompt. Nicely done and congratulations on the publication of A Volcanic Race!

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    1. Thanks Clare - on both counts.

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  14. Ha.. there was a grander scheme after all... :-)

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  15. Enjoyable story, Liz. It seems the Man in Black was on a mission that was made clear when the aliens landed. Good writing, Liz. All the best with your book. :) --- Suzanne

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