Open Your Eyes!

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Craft-Brew judge, Roger Thornton, entered Tasting Booth #13. The placard beside the freshly poured ale read:

Cosmos Ale! Brewed aboard the International Space Station by real astronauts. A beer sure to take you places!”

Roger always closed his eyes as he judged beer. Unfortunately, he couldn’t feel the cosmic rays trapped in the amber fluid interacting subtly with his body, and making changes. Since his eyes were closed he couldn’t see…

*poof*…as he teleported to Peru. “Hmm,” murmured Roger. “A patina of Peruvian Cedar.” He took another sip.

*poof*…he appeared in an Afghanistan market. “Hints of Egyptian…no…Moroccan Barley.” Another sip.

*poof*…”Yes, a smattering of Japanese Plum.” Without another sip, the effects of the cosmic rays were undone and he went…

*poof* He reappeared back in Booth #13. Roger grimaced and sighed. This is what he wrote on his judge’s card.

I had high hopes for this brew given its origins. Unfortunately, this rather pedestrian effort failed to transport me to new and exotic places. I give 3.5 out 5 stars for valiant effort but a failure to deliver.

Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers writing challenge. Look here to see what stories other folks wrote:

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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21 Responses to Open Your Eyes!

  1. Too funny! Roger was so busy enjoying the “taste” of the beer that he didn’t even know it was transporting him all over the world. Hahaha! I think the “magical” powers of the brew is going to get back at him. Hahaha! Great story Eric! Loved it. Thank you again, Sir, for participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge!

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Boy, there’s just no pleasing some people. Fun story!

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  3. afairymind says:

    Oh dear! He needs to learn to taste his ale with eyes open! I’m sure he’ll be eating his words before too long – he’s not the only ale critic out there and I’m sure he’ll here all the buzz. A very fun story. 🙂

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    Funny and unusual! Maybe someone could teach him how to enjoy the beer And travel at the same time…some habits you have to change to experience something new.

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  5. Lyn says:

    What an opportunity he missed. All those exotic places – not to mention the money he would have saved on travel expenses. I must say, I’ll be drinking my next beer with my eyes open – besides, with summer approaching, you never know when a fly is going to take a header into it 😉

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    • EagleAye says:

      Perhaps this is why they say live life with eyes wide open. Who knows what you’ll miss? Roger missed the best part of the beer! And now keep a close eye on your brew some fly might be doing the backstroke in it.

      Thanks much, Lyn! 🙂

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  6. Ellespeth says:

    I want some of whatever he’s drinking 😛


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  7. Indira says:

    So true ‘ sometimes people walk through life……….’. Excellent story.

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  8. Lots of lessons to learn from a fun story.

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  9. I guess sometimes you really can fail to see the forest for the trees.

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