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Friday Fictioneers: The Resistance

July 25, 2014

Friday Fictioneers is a global phenomenon. How can one photo and 100 words have such an impact? The only way to find out is to visit the Keeper of the Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and you can do that by clicking HERE.

This week’s photo is from Marie Gail Stratford who writes and creates HERE.



The waiter took a chance leaving me the wrapped set of chopsticks but desperate times, desperate measures. You know what I’m saying?

Once their invasion ships landed the occupation was swift. Physically imposing, we stood no chance against the Toreians in open-field, hand-to-hand combat. We fell quickly and we’re only surviving now because they aren’t telepathic. Be thankful for small miracles.

The resistance operates by codes. An anagram of the third and fourth letters of a random sentence. Today’s sentence: “Happiness Enough”. Translated: “Shipshape. One Gun”.

One gun isn’t enough, but it’ll be enough for today.

The resistance lives.

(99 words. One saved for the resistance)

Find other Friday Fictioneers by clicking on the little blue guy below. Please do it, if only to read just a couple.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2014 9:55 am

    Nice take on the prompt.


  2. Sarah Ann permalink
    July 25, 2014 2:10 pm

    Very clever. And well done on keeping a word back for the resistance. I really enjoyed reading this. (Just one thing, should it be third and fourth words not letters of the sentence?)


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      July 29, 2014 7:10 am

      Ah, you’re right, it should be “words” instead of “letters”. Thank you for pointing that out!


  3. July 26, 2014 7:40 am

    Dear Michael,

    I love a good sci-fi. Nicely done.




  4. camgal permalink
    July 27, 2014 12:39 pm

    Very clever, reminds me of George Orwell’s 1984. Big brother is watching, you know what i’m saying? lol I liked the use of anagram codes, those seem to excite me for some reason…maybe because of white collar. haha.



    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      July 29, 2014 7:14 am

      White collar? You got me on that one. Real low itch? How I’ll react? What secret code am I missing?!


  5. July 28, 2014 3:54 am

    Dear Michael, Your story is really interesting and well written. I enjoyed reading it. I like sci-fi too. Thanks, Nan 🙂


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      July 29, 2014 7:14 am

      Hi Nan! Thank you for reading and commenting and I’m happy you enjoyed it.


  6. July 28, 2014 6:13 am

    Michael, A good science fiction story is always interesting. That one word should be helpful to the resistance. Well written. 🙂 —Susan


  7. July 28, 2014 12:11 pm

    A clever and creative take on the prompt, and sci-fi that I enjoyed! Nice job, and welcome to Friday Fictioneers!


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      July 29, 2014 7:16 am

      Thank you! I’m actually an old Friday Fictioneer who’s been MIA for a long, (really) long time.


  8. July 28, 2014 1:47 pm

    I would love to spend some time creating anagrams, but the effing Toreians are at the gates. I must to arms.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      July 29, 2014 7:18 am

      Reinforcements! Huzzah! Thank you for coming by and there’ll be time for all the anagrams in the word once we reclaim our freedom.


  9. July 28, 2014 7:21 pm

    I appreciate the story teller talking to the audience. Well done.


  10. July 29, 2014 7:36 am

    Such a clever story, I am always up for a good SF. I hope this resistance is not futile. 🙂


  11. Pat permalink
    July 29, 2014 10:00 am

    Absolutely smashing take on the prompt! What a fantastic idea – playing with the phrase – so well written and concise.

    Cheers! 🙂



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