Friday Fictioneers — The Hatching

It was a carnival-like atmosphere. Scientists had predicted that the hundreds of eggs that had mysteriously appeared on the surface of the reflecting pool two months earlier were ready to hatch. Night after night the citizens of the town had gathered, hoping to witness what they all called “The Hatching.”

Someone in the crowd yelled that he heard a crack, and the townsfolk pushed closer to the edge of the pond, eyes transfixed on the eggs bathed by pink and blue lights.

More cracking sounds. The eggshells began to crumble and the people watched as the nightmare unfolded before them.

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: David Stewart.

16 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — The Hatching

  1. newepicauthor April 23, 2021 / 9:21 am

    My century plant has been growing like crazy now and I think that it may start to bloom soon. They say this only happens every 15 years and I have not seen it bloom yet.

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  2. Sandra April 24, 2021 / 6:07 am

    Curiosity killed more than the cat…

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  3. GHLearner April 24, 2021 / 6:47 am

    That sounds like us, don’t human always gather where the excitement is? Danger? Nah…

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    • Fandango April 24, 2021 / 11:05 pm

      It’s probably better that you don’t. 😉


  4. benmc47 April 26, 2021 / 6:19 am

    That is a very human thing to do. “Guys, there’s over a hundred large glowing eggs in the river and no one has an explanation for their arrival! Let’s go watch them hatch!” -Johanna

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    • Marleen April 26, 2021 / 2:35 pm

      They say we have the flight or flight instinct and fear, evolutionarily, because of what we used to have to deal with (like lions). And, supposedly, we now are just neurotic and don’t need the fear. Thus, anxiety. However, you’re right… in my opinion.

      We would go and gawk.

      (I disagree that we no longer need to be wary. There are “sharks” in the waters of today.)

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  5. Brenda's Thoughts April 27, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    Why?! Why do people stand and stare. All movies throughout time have shown us that doesn’t bode well. (haha) Very well done!

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    • Fandango April 27, 2021 / 5:00 pm

      As they say, curiosity killed the cat.


  6. leigha66 April 28, 2021 / 12:08 am

    I love this… humans do tend to stop and stare at the unknown.

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