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A sci-fi secret (Friday Fictioneers)

October 31, 2019
PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

“What are you reading?”

“It’s a book, Dad.”

“Earth book?”

“Ah… yes, Dad.”

“Give it to me!”

A struggle ensues. They both know who will win. The old sephapod shakes the book wildly over the floating kitchen benchtop. “Human trash. Not worth your time. I don’t want to see you reading this filth again.”

“But, Dad.”

“The way they depict our kind is full of hate. We do not kill indiscriminately! We work boring jobs as they do. Corporations, retail, public transport… life. Nothing’s different.”

“Yes, Dad.” A head hangs in shame. Better not find out about school’s book club.

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  1. I’m a little disappointed the aliens are just like us. I still hope they have new stories

    • Haha yeah I imagine the hate their bosses and worry about salt water insurance. Boring and normal.

  2. Well dang it. I’m with Neil 😉

  3. Oh well, just goes to show life forms are all too similar after all! Fun take on the photo prompt. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  4. If aliens are into destroying books, and therefore ideas, then they deserve a bad press.

  5. It seems that adolescents across the whole Universe have the same relationship with their fathers. If only on Earth it was books instead of smoking behind the garage.

  6. At least we write good stories, one thing we might have over the aliens when they arrive!

  7. Know thine enemy, I say. Dad should let his child learn instead of stifling him with prejudice. Good story.

  8. Dear Laurie,

    So adolescents are the same the universe over. Did you ever watch 3rd Rock from the Sun? I just finished binge watching it a couple of months ago. Hilarious spin on aliens.
    Also I think you have a typo. “A struggle ensures” I think you might mean “ensues” 😉 Good one.



  9. Abhijit Ray permalink

    So reading about earth has become akin reading a dirty book? Where are these people, dad and his son, living? Which planet?

  10. But I do find their habit of eating human brains a tad disturbing… i have never heard humans eating aliens… tentacle stew is not popular on earth

    • Well… everyone is different, perhaps there are some Alien vegetarians? Mind you… some humans eat octopus

  11. Yep, that’s just what a disapproving human dad would do. It does have that 3rd Rock from the Sun element to it! Loved that show growing up.

  12. We fear what we don’t understand. Sephapods, I don’t understand. I’m VERY afraid 🙂

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