The Price of Success

Photo by: Loretta Notto

The spaceship landed carrying thousands of aliens escaping interstellar war. The creatures were friendly enough, but Earthers weren’t sure what to do with them. Xenophobia ran rampant in many countries. Meanwhile, the shape-shifting creatures hated the “temporary” holding camps.

Ethan and Cole chased the two alien escapees into a bay full of stumps bound for the shredder.

“Careful!” warned Ethan. “Two a’ these here stumps is aliens. They might shoot ya’ in the back with laser eyes.”

“They got laser eyes?”

“Always do in the movies!”

“Damn immigrants! How do we figure which ones is the aliens?”

Ethan snatched two axes from a rack. “One hit per stump. We’ll find ’em.”

Cole’s eyes bugged. “There’s gotta be three hunnert stumps!”

“Then we best get started.”

After an hour Ethan said. “They must’a slipped into t’other bay. Lets git ’em, son!”

When the humans left, one axe turned and said, “We’re free! It’s a good thing we turned into axes.”

“Yeah,” groaned the other alien/axe. “But I might still die of a splitting headache!
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers:

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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16 Responses to The Price of Success

  1. michael1148humphris says:

    Spittingly funny. Loved that you made me smile.

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  2. James says:

    “Splitting headache.” Groan.

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  3. Hahahahahaha! I love the play on words at the end. They out fooled the fools! Cute story!

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  4. JS Brand says:

    Loved it. Smart aliens. I liked the phrase “Cole’s eyes bugged.”

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  5. Joy Pixley says:

    Ha ha, smart aliens! Although I was hoping this would turn out to be some scheme to con the two guys into splitting all those logs for free. 😉

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ooh! I like the way you think. That would’ve been fun. Next time I’ll do that. 🙂 Still, their main goal was escape. They managed it albeit painfully. 😉 Thanks Joy!

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  6. Lyn says:

    LOL would not have expected anything else from that Nether Mind of yours, Eric 😀

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  7. yarnspinnerr says:

    LOL Very clever write.

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