A Lucky Break

Photo by: Al Forbes

Photo by: Al Forbes

It wasn’t only the fault of the comet. The object spilled out materials billions of years old as it passed close to Earth. Some of these strange materials, unimagined by scientists, settled upon Lochgilphead, Scotland. Under ordinary circumstances the materials were inert, but Seamus Fitzhugh was no ordinary nine-year old.

Fascinated with his chemistry set, Seamus wasn’t particularly clean about it. If anything got on his hands, he simply wiped it off on the same spot beneath his work table. Dollops of epoxy, drops of turpentine, and smatterings of sodium nitrate among other odd bits were all deposited in the same location. Comet dust soon fell there. Strange reactions bubbled. A field of otherness grew, a connection to elsewhere.

Having held a beaker before a bunson burner’s flame with no result, Seamus gave up. He turned off the burner’s valve, but the flame continued. Puzzled, he shut off the valve at the fuel tank. The flame still burned. Seamus finally noticed the burner’s supply hose passed through the event horizon of the curious and dark, otherness.


In neighboring galaxy uxr-2717, General Prppht’s car suddenly stalled. A careful examination revealed a most curious hole in the fuel tank. He cursed his bad luck. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, he couldn’t give the go signal during the mere minutes that the wormhole remained open.

The invasion of galaxy urq-3823, with the Humans of Earth, would have to wait another one thousand years.
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction.

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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14 Responses to A Lucky Break

  1. HAHAHAHA I love it. IF only he knew lol

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  2. athling2001 says:

    Great take. Would make an interesting novel.

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  3. List of X says:

    If these aliens haven’t yet invented mobile phones or moved away from internal combustion engines, their invasion was pretty much doomed anyway.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Well these aliens are a little backward. You see, they’ve let their oil companies dictate how their government operates (via wealthy lobbyists) for so long they’ve failed to advance their technology at a normal pace. Bunch of dummies if you ask me. 😉


  4. Lyn says:

    Oh what fun it is to ride in a newly formed wormhole HEY! Does General Prppht know it’s Christmas? That sounds like it’s going to be an interesting millennium. Is Seamus related to Einstein by any chance?

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    • EagleAye says:

      I don’t think he knows. He celebrates the season of Frrtduuk and sings, “Tis the season to be pillaging. wa la wa la la-the cannon go boom.” It should be interesting indeed, especially for the General. 😉 He’s not related to Einstein, but he is related to James Watt, the Scottish inventor. Thanks much, Lyn! 🙂

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  5. Joy Pixley says:

    Makes me wonder how many other unrealized coincidences there are out there that narrowly averted even worse fates!

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    • EagleAye says:

      I’m sure there’s far more than we realize. Only a few years ago I learned about a Russian nuclear missile commander. His standing orders were: if satellites tell him Americans are launching missiles, he MUST launch immediately. Well, satellites told him exactly that. He was doubtful, though. He didn’t feel right about launching. He delayed, demanding more info. Turned out it was all a false alarm. Luckily, he didn’t launch like he was supposed to and nuclear war was averted. *whew!*

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      • Joy Pixley says:

        Yeah, I’m thankful for the person whose reaction is, “Wait, let’s maybe not start the next world war until we are TOTALLY sure. And even then, maybe not….” We could use a lot more of that attitude these days.

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  6. mandibelle16 says:

    Very interesting, I don’t know about any patents you know my. My Dad did teach high school chemistry so when my brothers got a kit, he made sure they cleaned up well and didn’t mess around. Seems like this little boy needs more watching,p. But then again looks like earth isn’t invaded again, so all good. Nice write!

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