flash friday · science fiction · Writing

Friday Flash: Beauty Suspect

This week’s Friday flash (or Friday drabble, as it were) is based on this photo from wiki commons. It’s supposed to be some type of chemical element, but to me, it looks like a good magical item.

The ship’s gardens were amazingly lifelike. I crouched at the edge of the pool, studying the dragonfly.

I remembered Father’s warnings about flying spy devices. The insect robots were to cross-pollinate and provide beauty, too, without the unsanitary attributes of real insects. They couldn’t carry a camera, too, could they?

The gardens were supposed to provide fresh food and a calming place to walk. Thinking about all that Father had said, I couldn’t be calm. I had to always be on guard, wary and suspicious. Always!

I wanted home.  At least home was safe.

“Lieutenant? Staff meeting,” the sergeant called.

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17 thoughts on “Friday Flash: Beauty Suspect

  1. There you go, flicking my paranoia into second gear… 🙂

    Stunning pic, lovely colours… and if you look very carefully…

    You see that little bump at the front of the head?

    Just stare into it, and say “Cheeeeese” 😀

  2. A clever piece based on this picture. The sad truth is that this Orwellian vision is another example of how good technology can be used in bad ways by people with grand designs in their heads. There’s no safe place with flying bots spying on everything.

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