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One Prompt, Three Stories

A collection of Mastodon writing prompt stories. These are science fiction short stories (usually 480 characters or less), based on an image generated by EW Doc Parris using MidJourney.

The stories are originally posted on Mastodon via my personal account.

In this instance, I came up with three stories for the single prompt. They were originally published April 23, 2023.

Story 1: The Conference

Why did I choose the in-person attendance option for this conference? It was being dimensionally hypercast across the quadrant for half-the price. Sure, seeing the in-person demos of the updated matter transport was cool. But that talk on cross-eco-regulations? Probably should have read the description better.

But now I’ve go to return some guy’s weapon to lost and found, and then find the Arcturus Room. There had better be snacks waiting when I get there.

Story 2: The Escape

Okay, I’m out of that compartment, but I don’t recognize the corridor. I should have been paying more attention when I arrived, but who would have expected that I was going to be forced to be a “guest”? Fortunately, their hatch locks are junk.

Should I try for the bridge, or just look for an escape pod? Maybe they have a long-range shuttle on board. The bridge could mean a shot at an emergency broadcast message.

I liberated a weapon, now I have to liberate myself.

Story 3: The Intense Model

“Okay, perfect, now hold…”

Toni heard the camera shutter click several times.

“Delicious! Now, same pose, but look straight at the camera, luv.”

“I told you to not call me that” Toni growled.


“No luv, dear, hun, babe.” Her eyes were ice.

“It’s just…” the photographer looked hurt, then began to sweat as the selector switch move from off to power-up. An indicator light went from red to amber to green.

“I dare you to say ‘luv’ one. More. Time” Toni said.