The Prisoners of Deimos

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Photo copyright: Dale Rogerson

I say Fred what do we have here? Looks tempting Roger, come on then, lets see what we can find. Quietly does it, we don’t want to wake the dead, do we?

‘Or break the egg’.

Do you think aliens built it? Roger. Maybe Fred.

‘We did’.

Look here Roger, there’s some kind of television.

‘It’s a panel you numpty’

It’s rather cold.

‘So would you be if you had been waiting here for someone to find you for millennia. Then you two numpties come along’.

I say we leave it, its only plastic.

‘Platinum numbskulls’.

‘I dare you – LET US OUT ‘Β 



This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    That made me smile

    1. Michael Humphris

      As I wrote this piece I was thinking of Laural and Hardy, so I’m so glad you smiled. Although the story turn grimmer as I penned it

  2. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Even stagesets can be scary…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Bjorn, the ancient Greeks certainly knew how to use a stage.

  3. FabricatingFiction

    Really different – I like this.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much,

  4. Iain Kelly

    Numpty is such a great, underused word. Amusing take Michael πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is so long since I used this word that I had forgotten how to spell it. Thank you Iain

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    You had me at ‘numpty.’ Fun dialogue that moves this cute little story along. Nice one.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle,

  6. Sandra

    Very scary when the third party to the conversation is a silent partner. Good one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra,

  7. Sightsnbytes

    nice one…Can’t wait for the sequel

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thats a kind comment; but as for the sequel that will depend on the prompts Rochelle puts our way.

  8. Dale

    That was fun indeed… In the second sentence, do you really mean “them” or “then”?
    Love the term Numpty – thanks to Mr. Ayr, Rochelle and I use it a lot… πŸ˜‰

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale. The tale that came from your lovely picture, formed so fast that I did miss spell [then] which makes me the numpty.

      1. Dale

        Naw… but as you might have noticed, Mr. Ayr himself accuses me of being a typo specialist.. so I’m just protecting you! πŸ˜‰ And thank you. Glad you liked my picture (It’s really the storage area of a winery in Tuscany!)

        1. Michael Humphris

          Protection gladly excepted.

  9. Kecia Sparlin

    I’m so glad someone took a sci-fi turn with it. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      One of the things that I love about FF posts are all the comments that follow the posts. So thank you so much. Mike

      1. Kecia Sparlin

        I love that, too. I try to read them all, and I’d comment on all, too, if there were that many hours in the day. I always enjoy your stories even when I can only browse.

        1. Michael Humphris

          That is kind of you. I am fortunate to have time. Mike

  10. James

    I’d say these two “numpties” just dodged a bullet.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Or worse, but they never knew. Mike

  11. Christine Goodnough

    Pandora’s box revisited. πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      So right,

  12. Clare Hempstead

    This is a fun take. I too, love the word ‘numpty’!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you,

  13. swarmsandbee

    Super piece

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind comment

  14. samanthamacmaster

    fun! Made me think a bit alien too πŸ™‚ I wonder if I should hope someone lets them….or not?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thats an interesting question.

  15. wmqcolby

    I didn’t quite understand the context of it, but it’s early here in the States. I liked the comedy. Fun stuff. I might just be adding “numpty” to my vocabulary.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am not sure that it can be understood. It rather wrote itself. But I am glad you like the word numpty.

      1. wmqcolby

        Love it!

  16. Michael Wynn

    Fun take on the prompt with Numpty winning word of the week by a long street

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s very kind of you.

  17. patriciaruthsusan

    All those years and numpties find them. Funny story and good writing, Mike. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much for your kind comments Suzanne,

  18. Siobhan McNamara

    Good fun take Michael, and with a little bit of a dark undertone too – I suspect if they do open it, they will regret it!

    1. Michael Humphris

      They surely will, thank you Siobhan.

  19. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Haha..humorous story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Glad that you liked it, thank you Dawn.

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