Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Colonisation

by John Xero


“I thought Private Jones was dead.”

“He was. Is.”

“Right, well, he’s looking remarkably awake for a corpse.”

They looked at Jones through the reinforced glass. Jones looked back. He was unusually pale and the whites of his eyes were grey. Black tears ran down his cheeks.

“Is he crying?”

“It’s a side effect, waste material.”

“Waste material?”

“He’s been colonised by alien bacteria that breed in necrotised flesh. The individual cells network. They only take a few days to achieve sentience.”

“Didn’t we send the rest of his squad home in body bags?”

“I’m afraid so, Colonel.”

Jones smiled.


18 comments:

  1. If Ray Bradbury wrote a flash, I expect it would sound a lot like this!

    *thumbs up*

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    1. Wow, thank you, Larry. Mega high praise! ^_^

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  2. I don't know about Ray Bradbury but it's an excellent example of John Xero's work.

    Very tight. You really make those words do a lot of work. Last line great too.

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    1. Thanks, Pete. =D

      And thanks for the tweet. =)

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  3. Yup, what Pete said. Nicely done.

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  4. I can picture the smile on Jones face and...it creeps me out!

    Great piece! Flash fic at it's best ;)

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  5. Maybe those tears are successful copulation. Evolution at work, in your head.

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    1. That's nasty, John...

      I like it! ;D

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  6. Great visuals. I imagine those at home aren't going to have a lot of survivors.

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    1. It certainly ain't gonna be pretty...

      Thanks, Aidan. =)

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  7. Oh this is scary, loved that very last line - I could see that smile! You've created such a large scenario with so few words - very well written. ^_^

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    1. Thank you, Helen. =)

      Seems that smile got a few people...

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  8. Now, on The Fast Show, this would be one of those "Ohbuggerahknewthatwargunnerappen" moments.

    Love it John, darkly humourous.

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    1. Ha ha! Thanks, Steve. ^_^

      "This week I have mostly been eating... dead people."

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