Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.
Dropping her line into Fool’s Lake, she patiently waited for something to bite.
Rina thought the analogy amusingly accurate. She’d frequently heard women here say: ‘There’s plenty more fish in the sea.’ Also, the place’s pervasive atmosphere felt as thick as water. It was thoroughly unpleasant, but she had a job to do.
She and her sisters had conducted their research before their mission. Men, they’d learned, liked to fish, and competition from other females was minimal when they were doing so. With the comely curves and come-hither eyes she’d assumed for her task, one would surely take the bait.
Later, he would be the one transformed. Her people needed males. The species of origin didn’t matter – it was easy to give them beautiful scales and tentacles. It wasn’t all that much harder to alter their DNA. After all, they had to reproduce; they didn’t want them to genetically dominate.
Xlarina of the planet Zinith smiled as the bait was taken.
Word Count: 150
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