Friday Fictioneers: Rift

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.

PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast


The rift first appeared on their side. It allowed them to travel between worlds.

Their world was dying. How it would affect its mirror was unknown. What was known was that staying meant they would die with their world. The rift was their only way out.

They could not exist in the mirror world with their doppelgangers. The obvious solution was an exchange program to take their places. They could study their other selves through the rift before trading places.

A surprising number were willing to condemn their alternates. The Hendersons have already been replaced.

The invasion has just begun.

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  1. Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite, I’m sure the Hendersons will all be there… Sorry, can’t see that family name like that without hear the song in my mind. Anywsay, I’m sure quite a few would make that choice, but unless the off them, who says the doppelganger won’t seek revenge?

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      1. Next time I serenade you, I will try to pick something you know 😉 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite is a song by The Beatles. It is on their Sgt. Peppers Album.

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      2. Not necessary. I’m usually happy to learn new things. I should know that. My parents were into the Beatles. I’m often appalled by my dearth of familiarity with The Beatles’ catalog. I’ll have to listen to that one.

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  2. From the 1960s TV show “The Invaders:”
    “The Invaders, alien beings from a dying planet. Their destination: the Earth. Their purpose: to make it their world. David Vincent has seen them. For him, it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. It began with the landing of a craft from another galaxy. Now David Vincent knows that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form. Somehow he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has already begun.”

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    1. I’ve never heard of that one, but I’m aware the dying planet premise isn’t original. It’s hard to find an original story. South Park did an entire episode on jokes they wanted to do that The Simpsons already did.


    1. Thank you. That’s an inside joke. When she was tiny, my goddaughter showed me a mobile game. I think it was cats fighting off an alien invasion or something. There was a cutscene that said, “Invaders.” I read it to her as in the video, and that became a joke forever.

      I’m about to head over to read yours. I’ll tell you what I think.

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    1. I imagine it would look a lot like our world with a little more entropy.

      I have a microphone setup in my closet that I run to an audio interface (Focusrite 2i2). I record on a DAW (Digital audio workstation). I use Audacity. It’s basic, but it’s free and easy to use. I import the finished audio track into my video editor along with the picture. I still use an old version of Sony Vegas, but it doesn’t take much to mix a picture and a minute audio track.

      There are simple recorders and video editors on most computers. I’ve never tried them, so I don’t know how good they are. I’m neurotic and have to do multiple takes, edit, and layer.


    1. It would be chaos. “Shoot her. I’m the real Tannille.” “No, I’m the real Tannille, mate. See, I said ‘mate,’ mate.” “Hmm… I don’t remember Tannille having a goatee.” “Yes, I’ve always had this goatee.”

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