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Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers ~ Writing challenge week 9. The goal is to write a story between 100-150 words (give or take 25 words) based on the provided photo.


Thank you to pixabay.com for your public use photos and our prompt photo.


by John Yeo

Our solitary island of birds sits alone in the midst of a sapphire blue sea. Our nests are located in the beautiful low-growing green leafy bushes and foliage covering our lovely homeland. We have no enemies to compete with us for food or space. We fish for food flying high, then diving into the clear blue ocean waves, catching many small fish, before returning to our nests to feed our young. This is our island paradise.
One day a strange craft appeared on the horizon and men arrived in a tall sailing vessel. Men landed on our shores to collect food and fresh water. They fished by casting nets from the side of their ship. Two black rats landed on the shore and began to steal the eggs from our nests and then they ate our chicks. They quickly bred and we had no defence.
Our only hope of survival was to find another home far away, and leave this infected island of rats. We have left and they will starve.

(171 words)

Copyright (c) Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

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15 thoughts on “THE INVASION

  1. Every time I read your writing, I’m immersed in the emotions, thoughts, and setting. It becomes my reality until the last punctuation. Then I step back into my life, in awe of the experience and message. Thanks for that!

  2. Wonderful story with such a sad ending. The men on the ships brought rats and also probably disease. Once the rats die hopefully they can move back to their island paradise. Meanwhile, for the time being, the rats have won. Your story pulled me right in and I felt like I was right there with them and felt the disappointment at the end.

  3. Excellent story. Too bad the birds had to leave their paradise island, but they would die otherwise. It’s unjust, but sometimes we have to give up what we have to survive the actions of others.

  4. I’m sure this – or something similar – has happened in many places in the world. It’s all about survival. Some species will prosper at others’ expence. A well described and thought -provoking story, John. 🙂

  5. Reading this story, it felt all so real. It was a wise decision for them to leave though I’m sure it wasn’t an easy one. I hope someday they’ll be able to return 🙂

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