Monday’s Finish the Story: Breaking News

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.


“On March 9th, 2015, three objects were reportedly seen in the skies over the Borracho Todos los Tiempos Vineyards.”

Sasha’s disgust as the story passed to their reporter was obvious; her explosion as the cameras stopped rolling was no surprise.

“What is he thinking?” she snapped.

“It’s an interesting-”

“Interesting? UFOs? This news-station was respectable once. Credible. Since Parnell took over it’s gone to the dogs.”

“Or to the little green men.” As her co-anchor Jimmy was familiar with Sasha’s high-strung ways. He flashed his trademark smile. “This could be the alien invasion, the big breaking story.”

“There are no UFOs, only blind, drunken idiots!”

The call of “warning” sounded and they resumed their positions with practised ease. As she discussed events with their reporter Sasha’s scepticism remained clear.

Jimmy hid his smile.

The alien invasion was not only just beginning. His people had been insinuating themselves into influential positions for decades. Sasha’s unwitting assistance in discrediting revealing news articles simply made his and Parnell’s job much easier.

Word Count: 150



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20 thoughts on “Monday’s Finish the Story: Breaking News

  1. You have taught me a new use of the word insinuate Louise. I like this story in that you have in this short space of words created several dimensions in which to perceive the story. Well done.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it. 🙂 It’s a good job I don’t read anyone else’s story until after I’ve posted my own because the similarity of your’s would have made me change the setting of mine!


  2. Woopsie! So much for sharing the truth. The aliens got us lying to each other. I love the reversal of this. That’s a great zinger at the end. Well done!

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