Love and Destruction (flash fiction)


Love and Destruction


It began with astronomers noticing a group of objects heading towards our planet, and then a message came: “Humans, we come in peace. We love you. We care for you so much.”

The entire world was amazed. We were not alone, and now they were coming. Their fleet of sleek silver spaceships approached.

The next day all major cities were incinerated in nuclear explosions. The aliens said: “We come in peace. We love you.”

The remnants of humanity were put into camps and slowly our numbers dwindled away. “We come in peace. We love you,” the aliens told us.


Joanne Fisher


This was written with the prompt to write a story with two words that contradict provided by the Carrot Ranch May 28 Flash Fiction Challenge.


Ooh that’s dark. I’ve been binge watching the TV series Colony lately which deals with an alien invasion and the extinction of humanity, and maybe there’s also a little of Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks in this as well. Colony is quite dark in it’s outlook which is where my head is at the moment.

Arthur C. Clarke wrote “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Myself, I’ve had recurring nightmares of alien invasion since I was a teenager, which is probably why I write about it a lot. Not that there’s any point in worrying about this scenario: if aliens decided to get rid of us, it would probably happen before we were even aware of it.

Personally if there are other civilisations, there is no reason to assume they would be hostile. Our telescopes are showing there’s a lot of real estate out there, so there shouldn’t be any competition for resources. Why go through the trouble of invading another civilisation when there are plenty of other places you could go to? If there’s radio silence, it could be that they don’t particularly want to talk to us, we having nothing to offer them. Humanity can be a rather warlike species that doesn’t react to difference very well. How could we work with a completely different intelligent species, when we don’t do so well with other cultures and ethnicities from even our own species? That’s my thoughts at the moment. If you have any thoughts please feel free to share them.


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19 thoughts on “Love and Destruction (flash fiction)

  1. Well done as always. 🙂

    As for the earlier comments, aliens (assuming they’re real – I think they probably are) would probably have good reason to fear and mistrust us. We’ve got primative space flight, nuclear level weapons and have displayed a willingness to use them in the past. Some UFO-ologists have speculated that’s why UFO sightings increased so dramatically after WW2. They’re keeping a wary eye on us. Who knows? Good story though. 🙂

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  2. Oh gosh, that’s either really sad miscommunication or some dastardly aliens that got their hands on some sci fi movies.
    Either way, nice job! This one gave me the chills at the end.

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