Safe Crossing

Photo by Al Forbes

At last the spirit of cooperation between the Vituna and the Travonti had taken form. The mixed crew of the M’Alakshi actually liked each other, even though the races fought an interstellar war a mere fifty years before. The future seemed bright and peaceful with good things coming to everyone.

That was until the M’Alakshi’s stardrive malfunction.

Credit is due to M’Alakshi’s crew. The trio never panicked and never fought among themselves. A primitive planet lay nearby. They landed secretively near an airport where sufficient raw materials for repairs were available. Despite this good news, they were still in great peril. Humans were skittish creatures, terrified of anything different. The primitives couldn’t even abide differences among themselves. The crew imagined they’d be attacked immediately if discovered. They vowed to avoid humans at all costs.

The first great barrier lay before them: a human highway.

M’Isha and V’Nya attempted the crossing first. Anyone seeing them might’ve confused them for large foxes. Like the Earth animal the two Vitunas were bold, nimble, and clever. They avoided onrushing cars easily and crossed without incident.

That left Mahogas, the Travonti. He was clearly terrified of the speeding cars.

The two Vitunas encouraged him, but Mahogas still hesitated. M’Isha murmured to V’Nya, “I can’t believe this.”

“Patience,” hissed V’Nya. “Travonti are naturally timid. Remember, they evolved on a planet with terrifying predators.”

“So did we!”

“Yes, but on their planet, the predators could scoop up five of them in a single bite! It’s natural that they hesitate and wait in hiding.”

Eventually, Mahogas made his move. He journeyed across safely, while M’Isha and V’Nya stared open-mouthed at what he’d done.

“You were right!” crowed Mahogas, bouncing on his toes. “It is easy!”

M’Isha looked at the pileup of thirty steaming, smashed and stomped human cars. He looked up at Mahogas. The Travonti was easily three times larger than an elephant, and built like an enormous toad.

M’Isha sighed, “Yeah. I think the idea was to avoid the human cars.”
Author’s Notes:

I’d really hate to meet the predators of the Travonti…

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Look here for this week’s prompt and a blue button linking to many other stories:

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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17 Responses to Safe Crossing

  1. That was a interesting read.. Nice one.. 🙂

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  2. joetwo says:

    Here I was thinking that it was going to be chicken shaped. Just goes to show that I can’t trust where you’re going to go.

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  3. List of X says:

    I don’t think that you actually need to fear Travonti predators – we’d be so tiny to them that they wouldn’t even be interested in us – kind of like tigers pay no attention to ants or crickets.

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  4. Lyn says:

    That pile up is going to take some explaining to authorities. No one is going to accept that a toad three times the size of an elephant did it. Even with dash cam (providing the dash cam survived) authorities are going to claim “Photoshop.” Great story!

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  5. mandibelle16 says:

    Good one. It would be interesting to know exactly what those drivers saw when they breaker for the last guy to cross. Not to mention, you are right the predators from his planet have to enormous and terrifying.

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  6. Hilarious, Eric. I’m wondering now how the heck big the alien was who could scoop up five of those huge guys at once and eat them. I thought at first he might look like a possum and be natural road kill. Great ending twist. Well written as always. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. I did do a bit of misleading, eh? And anything that’ll eat something that huge by handfuls as gotta be really scary! Must be a big planet. 😉 Glad you enjoyed this one. I appreciate it, Suzanne! 🙂

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  7. Brilliant. Always love to see how your stories will make me laugh and this one succeeded in a big way.

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