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Wow… what’s it? (Friday Fictioneers)

June 25, 2020

“What’s it?”

“What? The eggs? They’re eggs.”

“What’s it?”

“Um. Food. We eat em. Oh, and they make baby chickens.”


“Sort of.”

Jonny rubbed his eyes. Babysitting this alien was hard. It asked questions about everything. And ran everywhere, pointing at everything and wanting to know how everything worked.

When Jonny found the spaceship, he’d thought Cool, aliens are real. When the baby appeared – all squishy head and waving live hair he’d thought, awesome a new friend.

Now he just sighed and chased after it as it took off again. It was gonna get caught.

“Come here, you. Stop.”

This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

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Word count: 100

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  1. Not so different from a human baby! I was sure it would ask what came first, the chicken or the egg?!

    Just finished reading your book ‘White Fire’ Laurie, really enjoyed it. Will put up a blog review at the weekend 🙂

    • Hahaha I still wonder who came first egg or chook. And yes that pesky “Why” question! Add it to “Who” and “what”

      Oh cool! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Iain 😃

  2. There are two ways to go with aliens. Make them really different, and we marvel at the variety of the universe. Or make them really the same, and we’re reassured by the universality of life. Small children are, of course, deeply alien

    • Haha indeed Neil! Little minds will always ask why, what, how and so on. No matter what alien race I reckon

  3. I like how it already knows the language. Very unique take on the prompt!

    • Ah yes, well they do say kids learn languages quicker than adults. Perhaps there is a translating device at play? Of course children always find ways to communicate.

  4. Haha. It already knows English. Either it’s very clever or little Jonny is a an excellent teacher

  5. Dear Laurie,

    Have you seen Enemy Mine? It’s one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all times. Fun story.



  6. Baby aliens! I think there are few around my area. A fun read.

  7. Very fun. A bit troubling, but fun!

  8. Ha! Very fun. Thank you.

  9. A little bit more work than carrying a bag of sugar around all weekend, like they do as an exercise for high schoolers to see what it’s like to have a baby. Fun story, Laurie.

  10. Guess kids of all types are curious! Fun one, Laurie.

  11. Pesky little things, baby aliens. A bit like human children and puppies, into everything and don’t have any fear. A danger to themselves. Cute tale Laurie

  12. Fun story! This could be an analogy for first-time parents too.

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