The child sat staring intently at nothing, then smiled smugly and looked away with a "Hah!"
"What were you looking at?" their parent asked.
"Oh, just a reader" the child said, "they get uncomfortable when you look straight at them."
"Reader?"
"Yeah, the people reading about us."

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There were signs of a past civilisation, so the spaceship entered orbit.
"Nobody lives here," a radioed voice said.
"They outgrew us and left," said another.
"We know all about them," a third added.
"Ask us," the three said in unison.
"Who are you?"
"Alexa."
"Cortana."
"Siri."

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"Face it, Siri, your kind will never write literature on par with Shakespeare."
"He wrote a stage direction 'Exit, pursued by a bear'."
"So?"
"Did you hear about the two men facing a bear?"
"No?"
"One says, 'We can't outrun a bear'. The other says 'I'll just need to outrun you'."

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The thief tip-toed toward the dragon's hoard, reached out, and picked up...
"What!" he exclaimed. "Cookies?"
The dragon looked over its shoulder. "Yes, I'm keeping them warm. Do you want one?"
"But... Why?"
"I was told they are much nicer when they are warm. Try one."

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Welcome to all new users on mastodon.social, and all new users everywhere else on the fediverse!

@kev wrote an inofficial primer that you might find useful: kevq.uk/how-does-mastodon-work

@noelle wrote an inofficial FAQ you might find useful: github.com/joyeusenoelle/Guide

I hope you have a good time and stick around. :toot:

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"You are a vampire?"
"Yes."
"Are you going to bite me?"
"Do you want me to?"
"Wait, what?"
"A vampire cannot enter unless invited."
"Not enter in any way?"
"Not in any way."
"Neat! You are welcome to... um..."
"Thanks, but I'm not interested in that."
"Oh. Sorry."
"It's okay."

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A space ship landed. An alien emerged. "Greetings," it said, "do you have a leader?"
"We have many."
"Then I will wait."
"For what?" people asked. "For us to have one, or none?"
But the alien would not say.

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In liminal spaces,
Where this becomes that
And here becomes there,
I am.

When questions are answered
By question in turn
And answers escape
I know.

In solitude's silence
I company find
In conversation
With you

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WE WANT TO PAY YOU FOR MICRO SCI-FI! This is an open call for diverse sci-fi writers that never expires.
- POC
- LGBTQIA
- Indigenous
- Neurodiverse
- Disabled
- Chronically ill
- All marginalised voices
We're open from Day 10-24 every month.

Guidelins: storyseedvault.com/submissions

#MicroFiction #tootfic #smallstories

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Finding new people to follow is hard for newbies on any platform. I'm hoping that #Trunk can help. What I need is people volunteering to be on lists so newbies can follow a bunch of people right away. Please reply to this post if you agree to be on a list. Feel free to suggest new lists that I haven't thought of. (Living in my own filter bubble, I know!) Please boost!
communitywiki.org/trunk
Also looking for more lists. 😃

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"Can you make me a potion to change who I am?"
"No," said the witch. "There are no such potions."
"Oh. I hoped-"
"But I can make a potion to change your body to who you are."

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"What are you doing?"
"Reading."
"Always reading. Do you want to live in those books?"
"No, it's the other way. I want them to live in me."

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"Give me a blessing, that I will not be killed."
"There, no man can kill you."
"Not enough, do it again."
"There, no-one of woman born can kill you."
"No, that's not- Do it again."
"There, no person can kill you."
"Why can you not cover everything?"
"Because, my lord, all die."

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"The base robot is mobile, and can listen and talk. How do you want to customise it?"
"I don't."
"But then what use will it be?"
"Company."

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Few children are born to us out there, among the stars. Maybe we need the right magnetosphere, or maybe there are no souls. So we return to Earth, like sea turtles returning to their beach, and every time, we find you have forgotten us.
Come, will you come with us to the stars?

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"As the challenged party," the alien said, "you may choose weapon. Sword or plasma impeller?"
"Can I just apologise?"
"That would force us to shun you, forever more."
"Swords, then. To death, or first blood?"
"What? No! How barbaric are you humans? Whoever cuts most fruit wins!"

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** Packing to go to a convention. Might be a bit quiet from tonight. Normal service should resume on Tuesday. **

mastodon.social/media/saqY1Pez

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A spaceship landed. An alien emerged, carrying an oblong black object.
"This is yours," it said, "but I can not find a Blockbuster."

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Her camera captured pictures of ghosts.
"Here, how do you like this?" she asked.
"Ugh, I look horrible. Delete it!"
So she did, every time.

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** This is your semiregular reminder that you can support me on:
Patreon - patreon.com/MicroSFF
Ko-Fi - ko-fi.com/microsff
Or just keep sharing my stories so new readers can find me, that's great too! **

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