2.58 Gees – Trifecta Week Seventy-Seven

The following is for Trifecta’s Week Seventy-Seven writing challenge. Word count must be between 33 and 333 words. The word of the week is the third definition for “deliberate.” My entry begins after the image. The challenge page may be found here: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/

1: characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration <a deliberate decision>
2: characterized by awareness of the consequences
3: slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved <a deliberate pace>

Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 333

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2.58 Gees

“There goes Tad, again,” said Matt.

An alien, an Alcallan to be precise, had walked into the bar. No big deal, really. We saw aliens in Tommy’s Pub all the time. The extra-terrestrial looked humanoid enough, but he was really short, maybe 4’7″. His steps were slow and deliberate, as though submissive. Big Tad Wilson, the bully, could not resist such an invitation.

The 6’4″ lout impertinently blocked the Alcallan’s way while slurping his beer. “Hey little…thing,” said Tad. “You gotta pay an entrance fee.”

Matt, ever the protector, started to stand, “I’m gonna stop this right now.”

I grabbed his shoulder and pulled him back down. “Hang on. Let this play out.”

Matt stared at me, incredulous. I said, “Alcallans are from a high-gee world. 2.58 gees to be exact. You know what that means?”

“Yeah, it makes them short.”

“Better to say, ‘diminutive,’ but correct. That’s not all of it, though.”

By now, Tad was shouting. “Ain’t no way in hell you’re gonna drink beer in here with us people!”

The Alcallan moved so fast he was a blur. Suddenly, he had Tad’s beer and began to drink it. Tad’s eyes bugged out.

“On a high-gee world, everything falls faster,” I explained. “You must be fast to react. Alcallans are unbelievably quick.”

Matt relaxed, slightly. “At least he has a chance. He can run away if he has to.”

“He won’t,” I said. “There’s something else.”

Tad addressed the bar. “You all saw it. This little shit stole from me!” He stepped forward and swung his massive fist at the Alcallan’s face.

You could hear the bones breaking.

Tad wailed like a little girl as he stared in shock at his shattered, drooping hand.

“The pull on a high-gee world would kill you and me in a day,” I said. “Alcallan bones and muscles are built like rocks.”

Matt snickered. “Too bad, Tad. The guy was just minding his own business.”

“Not really,” I said. “When Alacallans start fights, they begin by walking slow.”

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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27 Responses to 2.58 Gees – Trifecta Week Seventy-Seven

  1. Rebekah Postupak says:

    LOVED this. What a great concept and wonderfully paced unveiling of the Alacallans. Both clever and funny!


  2. Tara R. says:

    This was fun. Loved the little (sorry, pun intended) details about the alien. i could easily imagine the scene playing out.


  3. LucyJartz says:

    I read it to my coffee buddy and he wants the story to be longer with more bone crunching. (I liked it as-is.)


    • EagleAye says:

      If I hadn’t run out of words, there would have more. Alcallans are also extremely strong because of their muscle density. If the Alcallan had hit back, there would have been bone crunching, wood crunching, and glass shattering as Tad flew through the heavy oak wood of the bar stand itself.

      Oh well, perhaps next time. Thanks for the visit!


  4. jannatwrites says:

    I also liked the pace of the story and the piece by piece reveal of just why the Alcallan could take care of himself. How fitting that he walked in there looking for a fight. I guess Alcallans have a way of getting what they want, too? 🙂


    • EagleAye says:

      The Alcallans are actually nice folk. This one actually came looking for Tad. I didn’t have enough words to go into these details. Bar fights aren’t normally their thing, but Tad was asking for it. Let’s hope when we meet aliens in the future we don’t have too many Tads. 😉

      Thanks much for stopping to comment.


  5. Draug419 says:

    hahaha this is great 😀 That guy should be an alien professor.


  6. Love the double twist in this piece.


  7. And here I was, rooting for the little guy! Nice little twist at the end there.

    Thanks for linking up!


  8. Loved that end… never harass an ailien.


  9. jwilliams057 says:

    The pace was spot on, and I love that Tad got his comeuppance.


  10. Valerie says:

    This is fun! And I loved it when the “little…thing” stole Tad’s beer! Yay!!
    Great job!!


  11. Very cool. Kinda like nerds opposite day. Love the crumbling fist.


    • EagleAye says:

      Well it seems to me that nerds gotta have a victory every now and then. Anyway, a nerd would take the time to “know thy enemy.” Simple-minded Tad just hits things without thinking first, and it cost him.

      Many thanks for the comments.


  12. Lyn says:

    Love it! Love it, love it, love it. I love the look of Tommy’s Pub. You can’t imagine anything untoward happening there. It looks like such a tranquil place.


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