Five Photos Five Stories – day one


The sea near Minsmere, just today

It took ten thousand years and more. The crash had been unexplained and theories would later abound of sabotage and political chicanery. The facts were simple. The target was the only other planet with similar characteristics to their own that had so far been identified in the solar system. The Alturarians’ exploration mission was critical given the poor prognosis for their home. However health and safety required that the crew were not reactivated until the ship’s sensors confirmed the atmosphere was hospitable. When the ship careered off course and plunged over half a mile into the sandy cliffs the ship’s protocols left the crew alone. Over the centuries however, the time and the tide eroded the unexpected grave and finally, on the 9th June 2015, the ship’s somewhat encrusted sensors picked up the first inclining of an oxygen rich atmosphere.

Relatively speaking reactivation was a swift process and Captain F’ha was soon on his bridge with First Officer Crp,Crp pouring over the readouts. Let us join their conversation (the translation is by Google Galaxy Translate and perhaps prone to some contextual inaccuracies).

‘What does it say, Crp,Crp?’

‘A form of intelligence has emerged since we initially researched the place, sir.’

‘Superior, Crp,Crp?’

‘Not really sir. Basic flight, power generation but highly pollutive. Fairly rudimentary medical skills and a fixation with reproduction and related body parts.’

‘Really? And has the ship analysed the available data to identify who we should contact to broker our safe passage?’

‘Sir. A thorough analysis and one name stands out as the coming power.’

‘Right. Brief me.’

‘Her name is Daenerys Targaryen and she will be Queen of everywhere in a few months.’

‘Is that a spoiler, Crp,Crp?’

‘No sir, just a poor translation.’

I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Ali Issac, who takes the most beautiful images and always has a story to tell about them. I would like to nominate Rachel at Rachel Squirrel who takes great, imaginative pictures and writes so well, to take up this photo challenge baton.

The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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17 Responses to Five Photos Five Stories – day one

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I really like this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rachel M says:

    Hmm, five photos in five consecutive days? I think I can do it. Thanks for the nomination!

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  3. Great start Geoff. I love what you got out of the photo. Those pieces of wood sticking out of the sand obviously got your creative cogs whizzing around. All hail Queen Daenerys.

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  4. Ali Isaac says:

    Fabulous! Lovely image and your story is hilarious… You have a wicked mind, my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

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  13. Charli Mills says:

    You had to mention Queen Daenerys! When is that next book coming????

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Autism Mom says:

    Lol, brilliant!

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