Several Flash Fiction Stories in FlashShot,
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the Circle" (Wednesday, April 02, 2003, originally appeared in
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April 2, "Hell-O"
April 9, "In Order to
April 28, "Starlight,
THE TRIBUTE LANTERN
by Chris Ambrose
An emaciated R'neh stood behind the candle shop counter. Behind him
was an image of the alien, somewhat younger, with visible rolls of fat.
"This one sure lost some weight," Roland muttered to his
guide, Hathaway. Like his namesake, Hathaway sported an eye-patch.
Hathaway finally broke the awkward silence. "The cost of
interstellar travel is that each race make a personal contribution to
the Overlords' Tribute Lantern. Since weight is their sense of pride,
the R'neh make candles, contributing tallow from their bodies."
"What, then, do humans contribute?"
"You weren't told?" Hathaway asked. "Humans must
contribute the lenses."
(This was a "drabble", flash fiction of EXACTLY 100 words on
the theme of "Alien Candle Shop.")