This Isn’t My Home Anymore


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It’s all changing. My home, or what’s left of it, is barely recognizable. Hard to believe I grew up here. This used to be the field where I flew kites, played tag with my friends, where we ran around pretending to be superheroes.

We sure could have used a few of those, but now it’s too late.

The K’trn didn’t make contact with Earth by radio or landing ships on our planet. We found out about them when we detected the bioweapon heading toward us from space. In spite of all the talk of building a defense against asteroid strikes, we couldn’t stop the thing in time…and it was just the first of many.

I’m sure the K’trn don’t call them bioweapons. I wonder what their word is for terraforming? That’s what they’re doing, changing Earth’s climate, atmosphere, everything, so it’s like their home planet.

They should begin colonizing their new world, the Earth, any day now.

I wrote this for the FFfAW Challenge-Week of April 4, 2017 hosted by Priceless Joy. The idea is to write a piece of flash fiction between 100 and 175 words long, with 150 being the ideal. My story comes in at 157 words.

Today, April 5th, is First Contact Day. In the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, April 5, 2063 is the day when Vulcans make first contact with humanity after they detect the warp signature from Zefram Cochran’s experimental warp ship, the Phoenix. I hear some Star Trek fans actually celebrate this day. I thought, in honor of the occasion, I’d write a first contact story, though mine is much more grim.

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18 thoughts on “This Isn’t My Home Anymore

  1. Interesting indeed. I just discovered you today and was intrigues by the blog title. I’ve read several of your stories here and really enjoyed them. You have a gift. I went to your “About” page and was going to make this comment there, but I didn’t see any way to comment on that page. So I’m throwing it in here. I’m now on my way to read about the Android that loved God.


    • Hi Sandra. Welcome to my blog. I appreciate your kind comments.

      I wish I could loopback and take all the material I’ve written on the “Synthezoid” chapters and craft them into a finished novel. So many words, so little time.


  2. Hi there! I just came across this post of yours and your blog in general and I couldn’t help but comment and tell you how much I adore your blog and love this post! Keep up the great work, I am going to follow you so I can keep up with all your new posts!


    • Thanks. For some strange reason, your comment ended up in my spam folder. Luckily, I didn’t delete it and was able to restore it to the normal comments section.

      Thank you for your kind comments, “Red.”

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Another excellent short fic full of endless opportunity. I supposed to any species advanced enough to travel through space at FTL and to biologically terraform a planet, we’d be little more than the apes in the trees.


    • The thing about aliens is that they’re alien. They may see life in a fundamentally different way, so what we think of morality might not particularly register for them. They might not even understand why we object to having our world hijacked.


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