The following was written for the 153rd Challenge at Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. It was inspired by the photo prompt below:
The abominations rose in pairs from the sea. Their scales, fins, and bulbous goggling eyes, didn’t belong on dry land, but there they were.
They wandered the beaches and streets, calling to each other in low moans and deep-sea howls. Pairs came together in writing masses shattering glass and crushing vehicles. Sidewalks became slimy with their mucous.
Coastal cities emptied as humans fled inland. The tidal lands left for the primal beings.
Tides came in and went out. Beaches cleansed themselves. Sands became pure, unmarred by anything other than the creatures themselves.
This was the way of things until one night each pair of creatures turned to the sea and marched as one back into the surf.
As quickly as they came they were gone, leaving behind only their two toed footprints and seafood smell.
It was only later that the gelatinous egg sacs were discovered where they had been deposited in every most corner, the dark life inside already quickening.
That was the first generation.
This is their world now.
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