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Them

A micro-fiction story: sci-fi

By J. R. LowePublished 10 months ago 1 min read
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Them
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Their invasion happened without warning, but there was no doubt as to their intentions. This was an extermination. Such an act could only be committed by truly monstrous beings… right?

They descended upon our world, with eyes lusting for the minerals of our planet, and then killed us all.

Mercilessly.

But yet, I could not blame them.

They were no different to the fire that burns a forest to stay alive, or the cancer that kills its host in hopes of persisting. Neither escape their fate in the end.

No, I could not blame them.

For they were only human.

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About the Creator

J. R. Lowe

By day, I'm a PhD student, by night.... I'm still a PhD student, but sometimes I procrastinate by writing on Vocal. Based in Australia.

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  • Babs Iverson5 months ago

    Superb and perfect ending!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Poppy 7 months ago

    Wow, super intense great story

  • Excellent expression of our common inhumanity.

  • Kristen Balyeat9 months ago

    This is truly incredible, J.R.! I didn't see the ending coming, but you built it up perfectly for that grand slam!

  • Aphotic9 months ago

    This is my favorite kind of sci-fi twist and you packed it into 100 words so perfectly. Love this!

  • Ahna Lewis9 months ago

    Wow! Loved that mic-drop moment at the end! Awesome job, J.R.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)10 months ago

    Whoa J.R..... I really should have seen that coming but I didn't! You've left me devastated and gob smack! This was a shocking and breath taking story! I'm struggling to find words to express how much I loved this, other than. "Can you help me find my jaw? It seems to have dropped somewhere over here." 💜

  • Paul Stewart10 months ago

    Even though, even though I could see where this was going...that still hit home, that last line! Great stuff, JR!

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    Ouch. The truth in that last line. ugh

  • Ooh so good! I was agreeing with this the whole way, excellent points you make. And then... them... was us! Fantastic in such a limited space!

  • Well, humans are the worst kinda monsters, lol!

  • Caroline Jane10 months ago

    Holding that mirror up blindingly well there Josh!! Great micro.

  • L.C. Schäfer10 months ago

    We are a bit dreadful aren't we 🤔

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