Prelude To Invasion – The Friday Fictioneers

Written for The Friday Fictioneers. A story about paranoia, or not, begins after the photo.

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Dawn Q. Landau

Prelude To Invasion

“That wasn’t here, yesterday,” scowled Colonel Horton.

“You must be mistaken,” said General Mays. “That shack is obviously old.”

“But it could’ve moved somehow,” said Horton. “A clever disguise for a spy.”

Mays rolled his eyes at the Colonel’s legendary paranoia. “Aren’t you over thinking this?”

“Ever hear of a decorator crab?”

“Sure. They build a disguise.”


Mays smirked. “It would have to be a giant alien decorator crab.”

“We must prepare for all possibilities.”

Mays chuckled. “Yes of course.” and he guided the wayward Colonel away.

Behind them, a 9-foot eyestalk emerged from the sand to observe.

Decorator Crab

Each week, The Friday Fictioneers gather from all parts of the world to imagine and create 100 words from a photo prompt. Won’t you participate in this punchy pictorial perusal? Here’s this week’s prompt page:

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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56 Responses to Prelude To Invasion – The Friday Fictioneers

  1. Adam Ickes says:

    Giant, alien crabs with awesome disguises… methinks we might be in trouble.


  2. sandraconner says:

    Great take on this one. I thought myself that it is perfect for a sci-fi story — only I haven’t had any time to think of one. I like yours though.


  3. They’re out there!!



  4. Ha! Giant crabs! Fun story.


  5. Linda Vernon says:

    YOW! LOL! This makes Creature From the Black Lagoon look like Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm!


  6. znjavid says:

    Yikes! Alien giant crabs! Run for the hills! Nice bit of writing!


  7. Sandra says:

    Funny and horrifying… nicely balanced


  8. Jan Brown says:

    The last line is a killer! And I love the decorator crab–never knew of it before. Thanks for educating me 🙂


    • EagleAye says:

      My pleasure. I’m an avid fan of Animal Planet and other such things. I pick up this stuff all the time. Glad you enjoyed the story, and thanks for stopping in. 🙂


  9. Lyn says:

    Mmmm, I love crab claws. Such delicious meat, and one of those crab claws would feed a family of four. Your imagination knows no bounds 🙂


    • EagleAye says:

      Me too. Crab meat dipped in melted garlic butter is just heaven to me. These invading crabs may be scary, but the hapless aliens don’t know just how much we “love” crab! 😉


  10. kz says:

    paranoia can save lives! funny story. and thanks for the decorator crab photo.what a gorgeous creature 🙂


    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. It’s not paranoia if they “are” out to get you! Decorator crabs are really interesting. I’m glad I could share my fascination of nature with others. Thanks so much for your visit! 🙂


  11. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    NICE! Very original work, darling! You went where no one else did, for sure.


  12. Joe Owens says:

    Maybe they can be trained to do salvage and restoration work after hurricanes! It is a big business.


  13. Lala Rukh says:

    Oh That big crab scared me ! Imagining aliens from other planets in the form of crabs don’t seems like a good idea 😉


    • EagleAye says:

      They can be scary, but then imagine them shelled and dipped in melted garlic butter, and they don’t seem scary anymore. C’mon crabs, we gotta lot of hungry folks over here. 😉 Thanks so much for reading!


  14. liz young says:

    Oo-er! The Attack of the Giant Crabs. I won’t sleep tonight.


  15. Indira says:

    Decorator crabs are real or your your imagination. That image is gorgeous. Story is superb. Always enjoy your stories.


  16. Dear Eric,

    I’m certain that you’re certifiable. Please don’t change. 😉 The nine-foot eyestalk got me. A little reminiscent of the giant Sta-Puff Marshmallow man. Good one.




  17. draliman says:

    Listen to Horton, General!
    The colonel has a nice “told you so” coming up as the giant alien crabs devour the world 🙂


    • EagleAye says:

      A quite large I told you so, I think. But don’t worry, the crabs won’t succeed because of the good Colonel and the high market price for crab meat. Those crabs don’t know what they’re walking into! Thanks for stopping in!


  18. I liked your story, but I have to say that the photo of the crab really made me chuckle!


  19. JackieP says:

    Now that would be one big crab! Crab boil! Wait, not a pot big enough. Darn it. 🙂


  20. Eric, the mere idea of a giant crab like this, terrifies me. I wish the Colonel were simply paranoid. I’d feel lot better! “-/


  21. Is there a nuclear plant nearby? Or, what about alien sightings? Good story and Thanks! Nan


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Nan! The Airforce wasn’t sharing info on the vehicle it tracked that crashed into the Pacific. Inter-service rivalry, you know. Luckily, Army Colonel Horton has a sharp eye. He’ll be sponsoring a base-wide crab boil before long. 😉 Thanks for stopping in, Nan!


  22. pattisj says:

    9-ft eyestalk? LOL Glad I didn’t run into one of those! I’ve never heard of a Decorator Crab–truth IS stranger than fiction!


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