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A short hop (Friday Fictioneers)

May 7, 2020
PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“Whaz tha’ re-frige-rator doin’ out ‘ere?”

Ye gods, the local language was impossible to translate. And he’d bought the most top-of-the-line translation app for his inner ear implantation device available on the market before he’d booked his interplanetary holiday. He tapped his ear and jiggled the connection. There was a hiss of static. He asked again. “I’m sorry, what did you say?”

“What is that refrigeration unit doing out here.”

Aha, there we are. Jezip flicked through his travel-hopper guide to check the local rules. Oh yes. Never speak the truth to the inhabitants. “Not a spaceship, that’s for sure.”

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  1. Hhhhmmm, may have inadvertently given the game away! 🙂

    • LOL he is not the smartest alien to visit that’s for sure. Think he’ll get away with it this time tho. His audience is not the sharpest human either

  2. A lovely slice of Hitchhikers’ Guide. He ought to have taken a course in lying before he set off

  3. This is great Laurie, remiinds me of my kids when they were young. If you asked them what they were doing they would always reply that they weren’t doing the thing that was naughty. “I’m wasn’t touching the knives.” Who said anything about knives.

    • Hahaha exactly. It’s not exactly what it is. It’s either that or the answer “nothing.” Just as suspicious I think.

  4. lol, I think he is missing the entire concept of traveling to un-contacted planets…

  5. Hahaha. Good one, Laurie.

  6. Lovely entertaining take on the prompt. Well done!

  7. Best keep quiet, for sure.

  8. Dear Laurie,

    Wouldn’t want to do anything to mess with the space time continuum. 😉



  9. I think space travel has warped Jezip’s ability to understand the nuance of the travel guide. Or are all aliens stupid.

  10. Yep, no spaceship for sure! Don’t talk to the inhabitants is an important warning in their travel guide! You’re so clever! Fun to Read!

  11. LOL. Translator doesn’t mean it gives sense to what one says in response, eh? 😉 He all but gave it away now …

  12. If Jezip would have bought the deluxe version of the travel-hopper guide, he could have said, “Another idiot dumping trash out in nature…”

    • Wow thank you so much! 😊👍❤ I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

      • I did! I also noticed that Toni Delle and Laurie Bell sound an awful lot alike. Are you sure you aren’t leading a double life? 😉 You are welcome. My pleasure.

      • Shhhhhhhhh! I’m undercover 🤣😉

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