Planet Exxon

This is my response to the Friday Fictioneers prompt for February 20. The challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo prompt. Play along by writing your own, reading others and/or commenting on the flashes we fictioneers create. The photo prompt this week comes from yours truly. My story this week weighs in at 98 words.

Copyright Marie Gail Stratford

Copyright Marie Gail Stratford

Planet Exxon

Zlu and her brother Crog laughed as they simultaneously reached the glass entry to the planetary exhibit. “You first,” Crog gurgled, shooting out a forked tongue to pull open the nearest door.

“Did they find any life on the new planet?” Zlu asked.

“The brochure says it appears to only contain plant life, but there were indications that sentient beings once lived there. See that spiky rock. It was found beneath a sheet of metal—something that looked forged.”

Zlu walked over to examine the display. “Look at these strange characters. I wonder what they mean.”

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