“New Habitat” – Flash Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

The following story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers prompt posted by Rochelle Weisoff-Fields on her blog, Addicted to Purple.  Check out her website and click on the blue InLinkz frog below to read others’ takes on the photo prompt.  You can also add your own!

Copyright Douglas MacIlroy

Copyright Douglas MacIlroy

New Habitat

(99 words)

Wendy froze.

“What?” Bert asked.

She’d seen these.  She’d hoped never to see them again, certainly not in her brother’s home.

“Where did—?”

He shrugged.  “Flea market.  Cool, right?”

She breathed.  They were rare.  In months of ocean investigation on the Linnaeus, they’d only encountered them once—once, but half the crew was killed.

Now, miles away, one’s skeleton posed innocently as a conversation piece.

Later, they walked on the beach, catching up.  She loved the ocean.  One creature couldn’t ruin it.

“Look,” Bert said.  “Dolphins.”

Wendy saw three, scaly backs moving in tandem.  Not dolphins.  She shivered.

9 thoughts on ““New Habitat” – Flash Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

  1. The picture was bad enough, but your story was terrifying. Thanks, Em. Another reason to stay out of the water!
    Seriously–wonderfully written. Caused me chills and a need to know more. I think you have to finish this story. What happens with those scaly fins?

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  2. I’m getting a “secrecy” vibe here, like only a few (including Wendy) know about these creatures, but soon people are going to start to realise what’s going on as they’re sighted more often. They’re obviously pretty dangerous and they’re getting closer!
    Great story 🙂


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