Breaking Up

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Photo copyright: Sarah Potter.

How long had he been held a prisoner? Jeb just did not know – he knew that once he had escaped, but had found himself in a alien world. That he had been brought back to some kind of laboratory. He knew that he was in some way invisibly connected to a image creating machine. He was being kept alive, encourged to dream, but he was not free.  Last time he had managed to get free by imaging death -‘a pitch black void’. This time he intended to find pure blinding light. Instead he found himself entering his family home at Christmas.


This is the view from the end of my garden last winter. The forecast for tomorrow is for snow storms: So I am glad that I got a flight home from Berlin today.

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Abducted and home for Christmas? Considerate of the aliens, isn’t it? Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      If only,

  2. Dale

    If all we had to do was imagine…

    1. James

      I’m guessing the aliens feed on his dreams.

      1. Michael Humphris

        That’s how it seemed at first, he was like a TV station, choose a different alien race a day. but now he is not sure,

    2. Michael Humphris

      That’s a thought – but there would be no opportunity to write …

  3. Rommy

    There’s still a worry that images of home would pacify him enough to not try escaping again.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true, but he is alert to them now so he is going to play a different game, Santa is coming!

  4. Iain Kelly

    Plenty of intrigue here, like what do the aliens want with him in the first place. Still, home for Christmas seems like a happy ending!

    1. Michael Humphris

      They are using him like a TV station! They collect differing races from all around the universe – it is TV gone mad.

  5. neilmacdon

    Still, being paid to dream isn’t all bad. That’s what writers hope for

    1. Michael Humphris

      This made me smile, if only,

  6. gahlearner

    As I understand it, ‘they’ (whoever they are) learn about him/us through his dreams. Very imaginative story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It may be so, but they are keeping their cards close to their form what ever that is.

  7. Magaly Guerrero

    Dreams always offer such a storytelling bounty. And for alien studies, it seems. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      So it seems, but it is impossible to find out.

  8. draliman

    Such entertainment for the aliens. It sounds like he has happy memories of family Christmases.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He is hoping to use the magic of christmas against the aliens – time will tell.

  9. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Nice ending. I can see the decorations and smell the turkey.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Ha Christmas its magical, thank you for your comment it was good to get your feed back.

  10. wmqcolby

    An interesting story, Mike. I like the idea behind it. Good ending! I could feel the “freedom” in his homecoming.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to get your comments. Thank you.

  11. mandibelle16

    Interesting how they are using him for his memories and dreams. Perhaps to learn about humans perhaps? Or maybe they are siphoning them for something? Depends how scifi the story is I guess. Great write!

    1. Michael Humphris

      If my muse would let me, this story has the potential to be expanded and be a deep sci-fi story. There is quite a lot of back story floating around in my head!

  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Oh… I sense he’s being lulled for upcoming ordeals…

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is certainly one interpretation, it was good to hear from you.

  13. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Wonderfully imaginative.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is kind of you, thank you, Dawn.

  14. Dahlia

    A chilling write – I read it more as the story of a person whose mind is playing tricks with him, perhaps he escaped from a hospital, perhaps he was drugged to alter his thinking…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for reading and your comments, it always helps to know how a story comes across. I was good to hear two of the possibilities that I envisaged.

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