Howard Johnson Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Howard Johnson is the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:


Alton Bay Bonfire
Alton Bay Bonfire, photo copyright K. S. Brooks

Out of Sync
by Howard Johnson

“Zork, monitor all frequencies…adjust the mobility stabilizer …something …anything.” The commander cried.

“Yes Commander; right away.”

“Did you see that? Where did they come from?”, he mumbled to himself. He looked into his Trans-Harmonic camera; confirming two additional images. His mission was to monitor the two beings by the fire. But the others; what were they? Their blurry appearance suggested that they were from another realm. Somehow out of sync.

“Zork, what do you see now?”

“Commander, I lost them as they moved toward the ocean. The density of the water must have something to do with their cloaking ability.”

“Zork, I have an idea. I need a heat signature scan and a way to increase the temperature. We will draw them out to us. Send a mega-dose of thermal energy into the water close to my location. Do it as hard and fast as you can. We will blast them out.”

Within moments a huge sonic explosion came out of the sky and shook the entire area. It hit the water with such a jolt that tremors were felt for miles. Immediately the two creatures shot out of the water like balls from a cannon. They landed on the beach and did not move.

“Yes,” he declared, pumping his fist. “We got them. Mission accomplished. Well done Zork.” Just then a voice responded.

“Joey, turn off the water and get out of that tub. You have soaked the floor and you have toys strewn everywhere.”

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6 thoughts on “Howard Johnson Wins Flash Fiction Challenge”

  1. Congratulations! This was my first time to enter the flash fiction contest and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be participating in more. Absolutely loved this entry!!! 🙂

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