Friday Fictioneers: Last Chance

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.


I’m hoping this week’s title is innocuous enough that no one (hmm hmm) can make anything dirty out of it.

Last Chance

This was their last chance, the last potential Class M planet the colony ship could reach before running out of oxygen.

Their final probe gathered samples. The crew watched as the probe scooped up dirt and plants and analyzed the air.

Excitement built as results came back. Life, human life, could survive on this planet.

Their excitement turned to horror when a jaw grabbed the probe.


“Look, ma. Teddy put peanut butter on my drone and flew it into the neighbor’s yard.”

“It was the aliens.”

Theodore Fulkerson, that was your last chance. You’re going to live with your father.”


38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Last Chance

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  1. Ha, I like the sudden change from sci-fi to real life. Now we now what the jaws belonged to 🙂

    I had a quick look at the Wiki link – I was curious if Minshara/M class had become a “real thing” born of Star Trek. I’m always annoyed when some scientist blasts sci-fi as being unrealistic in such a way – surely the “fi” in “sci-fi” stands for “fiction”… 🙂

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    1. Here’s hoping that we can get a sudden change from real life to sci-fi.

      I’ve read that Star Trek’s classifications are the closest we have in real life to planetary classifications.

      I think sci-fi stands for Science Fidelity, so if it’s not strictly scientific, it’s piffle.

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    1. The weird people in my head are the reasons I became a writer. They demand to be let out. I’m glad I could make you laugh, and thank you for going the extra step or two to fully understand the story.

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