Voracious Predatory Beast

Photo by: J Hardy Carroll

Constable Earhart was showing the rookie around. He pointed to a giant snail on a window. “That’s an alien snail. It comes from a planet full of voracious predatory beasts.”

“Seems slow,” said rookie Constable Billingsly.

“It is. Yesterday, it started in the window beside it.”

Billingsly raised his weapon to practice sighting. “Prey, huh? On that planet, I’d eat this escargot.”

“Don’t!” called Earhart.


Billingsly quickly removed his flaming cap, lasered by the snail. “Blimey! What happened?”

Earhart shook his head. “I forgot to mention. On the snail’s planet, this voracious predatory beast would be eating you!”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2019/02/13/15-february-2019/

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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15 Responses to Voracious Predatory Beast

  1. Ha ha – sounds like the snail is willing to eat him on this planet too! Loved this story.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Never underestimate a snail with a laser!


  3. Dale says:

    Love that 1) you saw a snail and 2) that it might be slow but don’t mistake that for incapable!


  4. Alice Audrey says:

    It’s enough to make Earth look like a back water planet.


  5. Lyn says:

    LOL a bit like the hare and the tortoise. I wonder if Aesop ever thought to write about snails?


  6. Abhijit Ray says:

    What is this killer snail doing on this window? If it can aim a laser, it may rule this planet as well.


  7. Laser-wielding snails – there are probably nuclear shellfish under the water too!

    Click to read my FriFic tale!


  8. draliman says:

    It’s best for rookies to learn by example 🙂


  9. pennygadd51 says:

    That’ll teach him to sight his weapon on a living creature without due cause!


  10. Oops! Another great scientific tale! 😉


  11. Dear Eric,

    I wonder if they eat humans dipped in melted butter. Definitely not a Kosher planet. tee hee. Fun stuff.




  12. lisarey1990 says:

    I’m sure he’ll learn from that! Great write.


  13. Good fun. The snail was probably wondering: who are you calling ex-cargo? 🙂


  14. Margaret says:

    That’ll teach him not to judge by appearances. Love where you went with the prompt. And I love a good alien story.


  15. granonine says:

    Snail wasn’t too slow on the draw, was he? Funny story 🙂


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