15/11/2019

REHEARSAL - a story in 100 words

I'm not sure what this building is - a synagogue without the Star of David, perhaps? A church or Masonic temple? For the sake of my story I imagined it as a decommisioned whatever-it-is, and being put to use as a rehearsal hall for actors.I spent many years watching my first husband on stage and those memories linger!

So, with apologies to Roger Bultot, who took the photo, and to anyone else who thinks I ought to know, here's my story.
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REHEARSALS

The alien clung to the beam, watching as the creatures made the same moves and said the same words repeatedly, while others scuttled round changing the colours on canvas walls. Hunger gnawed but there were always too many of them. It waited patiently.

The next day one plump specimen was on stage alone and the alien saw its chance, but when it dropped beside it the creature whipped out a sword, cried, “Have have at ye, ye varmint!” and pinned the alien to the stage. 
After a dramatic pause a shaky voice called from the darkness, “Darling, you were wonderful!”
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25 comments:

  1. The great thing about FF is that the picture can be anything at all that you want it to be! I love your story. It made me smile :)

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  2. Sounds like my kind of play!

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    1. Lots of swash and buckle and the baddie dies?

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  3. Teehee! I like the humour of your story. Who would have thought that the dramatic muse could be so effective in self-defence?

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  4. And that's why we don't see aliens anymore (except it potato fields in Idaho). They were all skewered long ago as basiliks and griffins

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  5. This was wonderful, Liz... and you know, it's not what you look at, it's what you see...

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  6. Ooh, that opening gave me shivers... Terrifying to think of being watched by an alien!

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    1. You're never more than six feet from an alien - or do I mean a spider?

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  7. Dear Liz,

    Others have said it, It's what you see. ;) I liked the alien twists.
    In actuality it was a synagogue in NYC that has been renovated and made into a multiple art studio. The Star of David has been replaced, as you can see. I couldn't find a single photo of it with the star.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. So I was right - a deconsecrated place of worship.

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  8. It ain't over until the fat lady sings... and slices the alien into bits. What a great take on the prompt! I love theater.

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  9. it's funny as it gets. well done. :)

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  10. Started creepily and ended hilariously! Brilliant Liz

    Here's my story!

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  11. And the world was saved by an actor with a wooden sword... i imagine the alien would have grown stronger and stronger with each specimen eaten

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  12. Now that's entertainment!

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    1. And the show goes on. Thanks for commenting, Jade.

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  13. Now, that's a twist I didn't expect from the photo prompt.
    Bravo for a well-established story in very very few words.
    Isadora 😎

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