Thursday, April 26, 2012

Riding Fence

Scooping up the roll of barbed wire, Cale headed out at a slow gallop. He hated riding fence, but better to get a little cut up stringing new wire than to spend a day or two rounding up strays.

He didn’t suppose the aliens were such a bad lot once you got used to them, but they had no patience for their food supply wandering off.

He finished repairing a gap and rode on, trying to forget the look in the eyes of the little girl behind the wire. The livestock just shouldn’t look at you that way, damn it!







This tale is for the #Friday Fictioneers courtesy of Madison Woods. Thanks Madison, for starting and continuing this wonderful writing prompt. Please visit her site and check out the other Friday Fictioneers for some very diverse thinking on a common photo prompt. 

16 comments:

  1. Neat twist at the end--little girl/livestock--I hope she manages to wander off before the aliens get her. Nicely done.

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  2. Good job with the twist! *shudder* I hope he let's her wander off.
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  3. Excellent. For me that twisted twice, first me thinking it was a 'cowboy' flash, then twisting to sci-fi and then twisting to downright horrifying. No wonder you decided to get this one in early this week.

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  4. Excellent twist about the little girl. I hope she gets off safe. Mine is here: http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/fridayfictioneers-sobibor/

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  5. Aliens, human livestock...a rather chilling tale!

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  6. Fantastic.

    If they broke the thumbs of the livestock there'd be less strays to wrangle.

    Nice.

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  7. Ooo! I was totally thinking cow until I hit the alien bit. My stomach, which is empty, turned a little at the thought of that poor little girl being eaten. You got me on that twist.

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  8. Ew, tough story. But I thought you played it well, with the humans as livestock and the masters as aliens. (still shuddering).

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  9. Yipe! That's a very different way to look at livestock, Jeff. Creepy, fun piece! :)

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  10. Yikes! But very good imagination!
    A very different take on the prompt!

    Parul
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  11. Oh! You've tapped into one of the ideas I have, lol. Aliens and humans for livestock, I was just thinking of that the other day. Not too many circles where a person can just say that sort of thing without being looked at sideways...Great story Jeffrey!

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  12. Hey! That was a departure for you! And a good one. Just like the Cookbook on Twilight Zone. Very well told, concise and full of country atmosphere, which contrasted nicely with the aliens.
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  13. This piece got me thinking - if the rider is human and so are the livestock, how do they choose the livestock? Kids? Females? Just curious.

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  14. It makes sense! Where would we get soylent green if we didn't keep the livestock somewhere first?
    Always good to learn exactly how the food supply system works.
    ; )

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  15. Yikes. That one scared my, Jeff - but in a good way! Great twist at the end. Still shivering a bit though... :)

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  16. Ouch, aliens can bring out the worst in us.

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