Life On Mars – Flash Fiction for 8/17/12

Photo courtesy Lura Helms

In the control room, NASA engineers were transfixed by the startling image from the Mars Rover, the horned skull of an animal with a tree growing around it.

The bio specialist opened her microphone and spoke.

“Advanced animal life, and fairly recent.”

She commanded the Rover to extract a bone sample and do an analysis. In seconds, it beamed back the results.

“This skull is less than five years old,” said the bio specialist. “Amazing.”

A deafening metallic screech blasted from the audio and the image jerked sideways. A thunderous growl and then the image flipped upside-down and went dark.

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The Dare – Flash Fiction for 8/3/12

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“I dare you to eat one.”

“No way.”

That was typical, my girlfriend, always taunting me. It was afternoon in the deep woods, and we were looking at some strange, disgusting fungi.

“I’ll set you up with Ashley.”

Her best friend had caught my eye, it’s true.

I plucked a slimy, bulging, yellow globule and popped it in my mouth and chewed mechanically. It tasted like cardboard and raw eggs. I forced it down.

“All gone.” I opened my mouth wide. “Now, about that hook-up.”

“You’ll be seeing Ashley very soon. She ate one of those this morning. She’s dead.”