The Warning

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! We are a community of writers from around the world who post 100-word stories every week, based on a photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

This week’s photo by Sandra Crook highlights some of the charming architecture of Dijon, France. It evokes the feeling of another time and place. That is where my story starts…and ends.

Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

The Warning

by Jan Brown

Renee woke with a traveler’s headache, temples and eardrums throbbing. Pierre had been the only engineer who could transport her through the timeline without any side effects. But Pierre was gone–kidnapped, tortured and killed by alien invaders.

She stood in the courtyard, admiring the architecture and hoping to see her younger self, to warn her. The war would reduce this city, and indeed much of the planet, to rubble.

Renee spotted her, bouquet of roses in hand. She was walking with Pierre, snuggled into the crook of his arm. She wished they could stay in that moment forever.


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39 thoughts on “The Warning

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. I left it open to interpretation, but I think the protagonist is someone who could have helped to prevent the alien invasion, if only she’d had some advance warning.

  1. Dear Jan,

    Would that we could go back again. What would that be like? Unique and inventive take on the prompt that took me to another time and place with you. Well done.



  2. Ah, good description of that well-known time travel malady!
    Pity there is no aspirin in the future.
    Great story, Jan, using one of life’s most fascinating subjects.

  3. Writing time travel is always tricky. You did it admirably. Moments frozen in time, who wouldn’t want to keep them if they are good moments.

  4. Oh, I love the sci-fi/romance element to this, Jan. I almost went there with this one. Oh, that’s the problem with time travel. You know too much! Excellent take.

    • Thank you, Alistair. I think she’ll go ahead with her plan–it will be worth it if she and Pierre can prevent the invasion and stay alive…and live happily ever after, of course 😄

    • Yes, while they’re trying to prevent the future destruction of the planet by aggressive aliens, maybe they could also try to prevent the poisoning of the planet by shortsighted humans 😕

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