“Zing, this is very strange.  Look, the part with the red ring is aimed upward, toward the sky.  I wonder why?”

“If you really paid attention, Zang, you’d see that it is pointed directly at our planet!   We must destroy it.”

As Zing and Zang, protected by the darkness and their ability to be invisible, crept toward the  contraption,  they were startled and terrified when a disembodied voice said,  “Stop! Don’t touch it!”

Reaching for their weapons, they stood back to back and searched the darkness.

“Do not fear. I am here to help you. Relax.”


(I am amazed at how perfectly the last three or four prompts have contributed to my Zing and Zang stories.  I never know what I’m going to write, and I don’t know what’s going to happen next.  I do know that my characters have become a great deal of fun for me as their stories unfold!)


53 thoughts on “Startled!

  1. “Reaching for their weapons, they stood back to back and searched the darkness.” I love the subversion of the cliché for humorous effect. It retains its vivid imagery even as we laugh!
    Well done, Linda!
    This is fun, and I’m looking forward to subsequent episodes.

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    1. Thank you so much. This whole thing is surprising to me. I certainly never intended for Z&Z to become permanent members of Friday Fictioneers! You all have been so encouraging and supportive, and that makes it even more fun.


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