Smart Skinny Guy – Mega Short Story

Photo by: Matthew Wright

Smart Skinny Guy

In terms of social popularity, smart skinny guys are always out. Go back millions of years and it’s the same.

Four of us blundered into the globe of light before it collapsed. Clay and Giselle were boyfriend/girlfriend. Karen and I walked in separately. All of us suddenly found ourselves facing a rocky coast. Moments before we stood on a grassy park near Kansas University.

Plunked into the Pliocene Epoch, with huge predators trying to eat us, I should’ve anticipated the social dynamic. Karen immediately glommed onto tall, athletic, good-looking Clay. Two guys and two girls, and the skinny smart guy slept alone.

Things got worse.

I made a spear complete with flint tip. Clay took it away, and the girls oohed and aahed over Clay’s spear.

I knew a LOT about the Pliocene, but nobody listened.

One day I raced back into the cave. I gasped out, “Terror Birds!”

Clay smirked and chuckled. “You mean a…birdterrified you?”

“Aw! Scary Tweety Bird!” sniggered Giselle.

Clay picked up his spear and winked at the girls. “I’m getting lunch.”

Seconds later we heard, “GRACK!” and Clay’s headless corpse collapsed by the entrance. The birds dragged him off.

Giselle shouted at me. “Why didn’t you scream huge predator?”

“Well that’s what Terror Bird, means!”

That’s when it dawned on the ladies that I knew something worth knowing.

I didn’t sleep alone in my bed after that.

At last, the smart skinny guy was in.
Author’s Notes:

Terror Bird (Titanis Walleri):

Each week, Matthew Wright, author of over 30 books, offers the Mega Short Story Challenge. We’re having lots of fun over here writing flash fiction from a picture prompt photographed by Matthew. Why don’t you join us! Look here for the original prompt:

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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13 Responses to Smart Skinny Guy – Mega Short Story

  1. List of X says:

    I’m guessing that stepping into the weird globe of light was also Clay’s idea?

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  2. I’d hate to meet a Terror Bird. Not without a pump-action shotgun and a mag full of deerslugs, anyway. It’s interesting: we now know that these things emerged from a surviving line of dinosaurs (birds) after the K-T extinction event, which leads me to wonder whether dinosaurs – which all got progressively more ‘birdlike’ through the Cretaceous period anyway – would have ended up looking like it, had they survived. Curiously, New Zealand had giant birds in the Pliocene – and later, right up until humans found the place. Moa. They had ‘early’ style feathers, associated more with dinosaurs than modern birds, were herbivorous and, it seems, delicious. However, Australia beat it with their giant carnivorous bird, Bullockornis – a middle-Miocene creature that was apparently a species of duck…

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    • Lyn says:

      Mmmm, makes me hungry for Peking Duck or Duck a l’Orange 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Me too. Terror Birds are the stuff of nightmares. And they really are a logical follow on to creatures like T-Rex. A lot of large Theropods were expanding their use of early feathers during the cretaceous. Dinosaurs are such amazing creatures. Nature through the proverbial ton of bricks at dinosaurs and they seemed to just step through it like it was mist. The lack of huge predators finally gave mammals a foothold to get big, and we took it.

      Love this article about the Bullockornis! I hadn’t heard of it. Thanks for sharing that. What a cool animal! Imagine a world where Ducks…eat Kangaroos. How awesome.

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  3. Archon's Den says:

    Pecked to death by ducks??…
    Why does the tall, skinny smart guy always know everything about the Pliocene Epoch before he steps into the ball of light? Why can’t he be smart about Orthodontics, or Hydrodynamics?? 😉 😕

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    • EagleAye says:

      Well, it’s because the smart, skinny guy not only knew about the Pliocene, he also knew about advanced programming techniques, what a Sterling Engine is, a little bit about advanced surgical techniques, and how to beat the Stock Market with sneaking Day Trader Tricks. Smart skinny guys are the Swiss Army Knife of SciFi. 😉


  4. Lyn says:

    It’s always the same. The big “sports star” gets the girls. All brawn and no brains. If there’s a nerd in the mix, stick with him if you want to survive. It made me think of the kids’ game, duck, duck, goose 🙂

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