Free Write Friday – The Human Zoo
This time Kellie Elmore gave us a choice of titles. I chose this one. As I wrote it, I began to remember a TV show, I think a Twilight Zone, I saw on this theme. So I tried to be original.
The Human Zoo
They thought they knew what they were doing. They thought they were living lives of purpose and service. They really thought they were doing something that was worthwhile. When all of the time they were just an experiment.
For centuries they had lived on that jewel in the cosmos, they called earth. Mating, making, traveling, building, studying, discovering. They created civilizations and killed cultures. They traveled to other planets and explored the mysteries of invisible life forms.
Then one day their bubble was burst and the watchers descended. They were not the reptilian monsters of their science fiction stories and movies. Know those who first saw them thought they were angels, these very tall, slim, pale skinned silent strangers. But then they, the inhabitants of earth, began to notice that their friends, acquaintances, and family members began to disappear after the appearance of the angels.
No one on earth knew what to think, until one brave journalist followed one of the angels and observed how the angel somehow sucked people up with a machine that looked like a giant vacuum. And then ascended into the night sky. For weeks she followed the angels filming quietly but one night she tripped and the angel stopped and turned looking carefully around. It did not see the journalist and quickly ascended but an attachment to the vacuum fell to the ground and glistened in the night.
The journalist dashed from her hiding place and picked up the object, it was a dark flat screen like object. She touched the screen and it burst into a picture and she saw humans doing what they always did – but they were surrounded by the angels, walking, by, some sitting on benches, as if they were strolling through a zoo.
This is an amazing piece. Very Sci-Fi, and I love Sci-Fi! Love how you’re creative, but I would love to have known the journalist more, like her name and stuff.
Thanks. I pretty much do these completely as Free Write with no thought, so I don’t know anymore about the journalist either. 🙂
The twilight zone always creeped me out. Still does. This piece did it justice. Makes you think and look up and think…I wonder….
Highly creative! What an imagination you have!!! Well done.
Very interesting, your words and narrative kept me spell bound to the end! Great job!
That’s fascinating. I love the blend of sci-fi and spirituality. I hope you write more on this. 🙂
I enjoy your willingness to juxtapose grand and mundane elements like angels and vacuum cleaners. It’s a particular aspect of your prose I find unusual and entertaining.
Well, all I can say is that’s the way things flow into my mind. Guess it’s the mind of a housewife on a spiritual path. 🙂
Mark said “spellbound”, I say “enthralled”. Nice work! A clever and unique take ths week. It stands out. 😉 Thank you!
You’re welcome and thank you for providing such inspiring prompts.
This was engaging, Sky. I don’t know why, but I took particular interest in the journalist — like the story should have continued.
Thanks, Uzo, maybe I’ll get back to it someday.
Superb! Very Twilight Zone but that’s why I loved it! A creative playout of events!
Very unique concept. My curiosity was piqued for certain. Very creative addition to the prompt 🙂
What an amazing imagination you have!! I love how you made the ordinary so extra-ordinary. There are so many questions and so much to discuss from this short piece!
Thanks. I try to participate in most Free Writes, this one was a challenge.