Flash Fiction: The Vanishing Time

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here.


The children were told to stay indoors. Not safe to wander. A shadow cloaked the sun. The atmosphere crackled. The invaders close. The vanishing time.

Only speculation rotated; same say alien experiments, others claim planets need populating, or more gruesome, aliens need to eat. One fact unshaken: children didn’t come home.

At first, the police hounded every known and potential paedophile, no avail. Psychics stepped forward and were treated as criminals for inciting mass hysteria. Children continued to disappear, the lighting always the same.

This time different; one of the missing returned – found in a daze at the same park he disappeared from decades earlier.



  1. Wow. Superb take on the prompt. I haven’t done Friday Fictioneers but now am tempted to join in. Came here from Iain Kelly’s page who does the FF posts too.

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  2. Eerie and clinical. Reminds me of the description I heard on the radio, of a rape victim, who described her attack down to the last detail but without emotion, without value judgment. It made the police suspect she was at least lying and possibly even up to no good, herself. I get the same feeling from this narrator.

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