FFfAW –A Study in Pointlessness

Posted: August 9, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The ball raced through the stalks of green grass like rolling boulder, the white-and-black checkerboards of hexagons whirling round and round, gathering mud. Excited shouts echoed over the field as the children raced after it, struggling for dominance over the small sphere that controlled the game.

Watching from the sidelines, Alpha studied each movement and gradually came to understand the rules of the game.

What she wasn’t sure of was the purpose. What advantage did playing possibly give them? Not food. Not wealth. Not knowledge. It seemed pointless.

Just another nonsensical characteristic of this backwards race, she thought. I’ll be glad to be off this world. Away from their movies. Their televisions. All those pointless distractions. 

That was what she told herself. What she felt… that was another matter.

She sat and watched the game continue, hoping that she wouldn’t have to leave after all.

Word Count: 145

This is for Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and to Yinglan for providing the prompt photo!

  1. iainthekid says:

    Good story. Intrigued to know who (what?) Alpha is? Iain

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  2. rosemawrites says:

    sometimes the mind and the heart are really enemies. 🙂 great take!

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  3. Ahh, she is trying to convince herself she wants to leave this world but really doesn’t. What a sad ending! Loved this story!

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  4. Lynn Love says:

    A very conflicted alien soul there. I can see why – humans are wonderful and horrible and nonsensical too. Nice sense of sadness and longing there.

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  5. Graham Lawrence says:

    Interesting slant on the prompt.

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  6. michael1148humphris says:

    Football, you never know who is watching. 🙂

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  7. Sally says:

    I’ve never understood the game either. I liked the alien slant. Great stuff.

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  8. You have woven a lot of mystery that I wonder who she is.

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  9. magarisa says:

    You’ve balanced logic and emotion perfectly in this piece. Great story!

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