The Abduction

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They all sat around the dying embers of the campfire. Esme, the youngest of the three, shivered.

“We need more fire,” said Sylvia. She lifted her hand up and the stacked wood floated through the air until it landed in the coals.

Scott reached out his hand and flames shot from his palm, igniting the fresh wood.

“That’s so cool!” squealed Esme. “I can’t wait until I get my superpowers.”

“The government can do amazing things,” sad Scott.

“Oh please!” groaned Esme. “The government can’t even work out a budget on time. Have you watched the news? Case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. C’mon, who really gives superpowers?”

Scott sighed. “Okay, it’s aliens.”

“Ha! Now that’s believable.”

Eventually the lights appeared in the woods, and Esme ran to them.

Sylvia sighed, “She’ll be mad when she finds out it’s the government.”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers:

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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23 Responses to The Abduction

  1. James says:

    I think Stephen King’s novel “Firestarter” also had the government responsible for giving out superpowers.

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Maybe the government agents are dressed up as aliens. That would explain a fair amount. Funny story Eric!

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  3. Hahahahaha! You write such great stories! Too bad the aliens didn’t arrive. LOL! Great story!

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  4. List of X says:

    Government-provided superpowers? It’s probably more the case of a nuclear disaster at a secret government facility that was covered up by the government, and superpowers coming as a result of mutations caused by the radioactive contamination.

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  5. Lyn C says:

    Oh I dunno know, Eric…would the guvment have the brains to think of something like that?

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    • EagleAye says:

      See? When the notion of alien abduction is more plausible than the thought of competent government…there’s a problem, and it’s got nothing to do with superpowers. 😉

      Thanks Lyn!


  6. Big Brother really does control everything, doesn’t it? 🙂

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    This was a very believable story, right up until the last line when you revealed it was the government and not aliens behind the superpowers 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      I figured most people wouldn’t buy it. It’s hard to imagine the government actually achieving something. But then, here at Momus News, I specialize in the fantastic and difficult to believe. 😉

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  8. Anagha Yatin says:

    Government and superpowers…the thought itself is funny! Great story.

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  9. goroyboy says:

    Just a normal evening around the campfire.. good one Eagle Aye

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  10. I’m never surprised at what the government can come up with though I think these days they lack the intelligence to do anything meaningful. Interesting take on the prompt.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Certainly in the upper reaches of government, we’re unable to sort pencils properly without an ill-advised twitter post. 😉 It’s the folks you never hear about that actually know what they’re doing. Probably because truly intelligent people don’t feel the need to advertise so much. 😉


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