Love Conquers All

Photo by: Alastair Forbes

“What are you looking at Grandpa?” said young Andy.

Grandpa pointed to colorful dead leaves collecting by the wall. “These leaves remind me of the first people who settled on our colony of Elysium. They came from many different ethnic backgrounds and beliefs. They were all different shades of yellow and brown.”

“Really?” said Andy.

“It’s the way things were back on Earth. Those beige leaves are like our European colonists, yellow leaves like our Asians, brown leaves like our Africans. For a long time some Earthers didn’t like that. They mistrusted people of different colors.”

“Sounds stupid,” muttered Andy.

“It was,” agreed Grandpa. “The colonists of Elysium believed that everyone should love their neighbor. They didn’t just talk about it, they lived it. After thirty generations of no one worrying about piddling physical details, we come to you.” Grandpa poked Andy’s cheek. “You’re skin isn’t light, but it isn’t dark either. Your hair isn’t straight, but not really curly.”

Andy pointed, “What is the green leaf like?”

Grandpa sighed. “That reminds me of the aliens who arrived to conquer Elysium. They walked on tentacles and they stared from eye stalks. The Elysium people weren’t fighters, but we fought back the only way we know how. In the end, we conquered the conquerors.”

“How did we do it?” said Andy. “How did we fight them?”

Grandpa sighed. “I’ll explain that when you’re older.”

He took Andy’s hand and the two walked home…on their tentacles.
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Each week, photographer Alastair Forbes offers an original photo as a prompt for flash fiction. This is my story for the week. Look to see what 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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26 Responses to Love Conquers All

  1. Awww… well done!! 🙂

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Ooh, I like what you did with the green leaves. And yep, if you can’t beat ’em, assimilate ’em through interbreeding!

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Great story! I love how the grandpa is teaching the boy about multiculturism through leaves. It seems though that we cannot escape discrimination even when we except everyone of every race, when the aliens arrive and try to conquer.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Well, we can just keep teaching and persisting. I think we’ll get it right eventually. And when we do, even invading aliens cannot break our will. Glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks so much! 🙂

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  4. Shannon says:

    This was an ‘exactly right’ story- characters, story, imagery, dialogue. Loved it 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yay! Sounds like I hit a grand slam with this one. It’s hard to get all aspects working just right. I’m glad the story worked so well for you. Thanks so much! 🙂


  5. k rawson says:

    Sounds like a case of make love, not war 😉 And clearly, it worked!

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  6. Haha great story, and I loved that ending

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  7. Lyn says:

    The master of the twist in the tale strikes again 🙂 Thoroughly enjoyed this inter-species tale, Eric. Your analogy with the leaves is perfect.

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  8. Steve Lakey says:

    Great twist at the end!

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  9. Dave says:

    I predict a growth market in Japanese shokushu goukan (tentacle porn).

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  10. I loved what K Rawson said, that this is a perfect example of “make love not war.” That seems to fit this story perfectly! I just loved the ending line, “…and the two walked home…on their tentacles.” This story is wonderful and has a great lesson to it. Loved it!

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  11. I hope my comment didn’t offend you. I am going along with your title, “Love Conquers All.”

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh no! Not at all. I simply didn’t get around to responding yet. You got the gist of the story perfectly. History is full of stories like this, where one culture is defeated by being absorbed into another culture. What happened to the Vikings? Well, they found wives and settled down in Europe. Love overcame the conquerors! It was my template for this story. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much! 🙂

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