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When the Martians landed, they waited for a crowd to gather, which they would kill as an example.
The plan failed. No crowd appeared.
Scouts were sent; one found a dog walker.
"Keep a distance," he called, "there's a deadly virus! Stay home, stay safe!"
The Martians left at once.

@MicroSFF Didn't H. G. Wells already do that one, sort of?

@mansr Yes? And many have told their own stories based on it. I sort of assume most would be familiar with War of the Worlds and recognise the reference.

@mansr @MicroSFF no probs here. Both this and a few other micro fiction use classic with a twist scenario.

I suspect it helps get the scene set quickly ( it's micro fiction after all) but I'm an engineer not an author so could have that wrong.

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