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The Meeting

A Mastodon writing prompt story. 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.

Originally published April 27, 2023.

The pre-contact survey team’s report wasn’t helpful. They said the inhabitants were “different”. Um, yeah, different. Oh well, no one said first contact was easy.

“Greetings, and thank you for meeting with us.”

“Greetings returned. Come, we have a feast. We’ll make you a nice salad.”

“You mean I’m, uh…”

“No, we are serving a salad. You are not the salad.”

Outside, I stayed calm. Inside, I sighed in relief. Did I mention first contact wasn’t easy?