Friday Fictioneers – Astro-archaeology

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Someone went to considerable trouble to build this. It had a purpose. There are projecting shelves, enclosed areas, and a solid base. Was trade transacted here? Perhaps this was a wet market, or maybe citizens shared beverages and faced each other across gaming boards.

Without knowing what these creatures looked like, it’s hard to guess. Assuming they sat at these shelves, they may have been a little under three metres tall. Why no skeletons, not even a scrap of clothing (if they wore clothes)?

Where did they all go? What might this lever do if I…….

Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

52 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Astro-archaeology

  1. I cringe to think of any other species trying to make hide nor hair of humans. They will be puzzled and probably other impressions for a long time to come. He/she/it made the right choice to pull the lever — or maybe not, if it takes them to where the humans went. Good sci-fi, Neil.

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  2. As a friend and I shared a bass guitar tune by tune the other day, I thought what would a Martian make of this ‘strange ritual only so far observed in village setting?’ Your piece is another artful look at the way we are, with a tease of a close that invites more of the story.

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