Class Project

Aliens were no longer unusual. They visited Earth’s touristy spots as much as anyone. If aliens visited Earth previously, then traveled elsewhere faster/at/near the speed of light, they experienced far less time passing than Earthers. This Time Dilation effect produced some curious conversations.

Dawud saw the two aliens at the Nabatean Theatre in Petra, Jordan. He recognized the rabbit-like faces and moth antennae of Arbuti.

“Friends!” called Dawud. “Tell me of your travels!”

“Hello!” said Anchunikala. “It’s good to be back.”

“You were here?” said Dawud.

“Yes!” said Allubintaloo. “This was our class project in Xeno-Education.” He gestured to the carved stone dwellings characteristic of Petra.

“Interesting!” grinned Dawud. “What were you teaching?”

“We taught Earth locals how to carve stone with only Earth tools available,” explained Anchunikala. “We got an ‘A’ on the project!”

“You helped make ancient Petra?”

“Yes! I remember it like it was yesterday,” sighed Anchunikala.

“Actually,” corrected Allubintaloo. “It was last week.”
Written for What Pegman Saw:

Author’s Notes:

Xeno: definition is: “other; different in origin.” Thus, anyone specializing in teaching people alien to them would be a specialist in Xeno-Education.

Time Dilation: “Special relativity indicates that, for an observer in an inertial frame of reference, a clock that is moving relative to him will be measured to tick slower than a clock that is at rest in his frame of reference. This case is sometimes called special relativistic time dilation. The faster the relative velocity, the greater the time dilation between one [person and] another, with the rate of time reaching zero as one approaches the speed of light (299,792,458 m/s).”

Petra, Jordan: “…originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. The city is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved. Petra is one of the New7Wonders of the World.”

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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20 Responses to Class Project

  1. k rawson says:

    See now I don’t feel so bad about fifteen years ago seeming like yesterday. At least it’s not 2,000!

    Fanciful and fun take on the prompt. At least I think it’s fanciful. One never knows….

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    • EagleAye says:

      I know how you feel. I still remember buying books in “bookstores.” Wasn’t that yesterday?

      And yeah, is it science fiction or science truth? I’m just like to throw ideas out there and see if they stick. 😉 Thanks much! 🙂

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  2. Great story, I wonder sometimes about the three meter perfect sphere of polished granite found in the midst of a South American jungle. Maybe another school project?

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  3. I always wondered how Petra got there! 🙂 It doesn’t happen to have the Holy Grail hidden anywhere inside does it?

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  4. James says:

    Interesting, but I don’t think the aliens took into account the consequences of destroying all of those ancient tombs. My story does.

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  5. List of X says:

    I think it’s kind of weird to check up on your class project a week after you handed it in.

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  6. Hey, great story, this has a Slartibartfast type feel to it… a kind of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy moment. Enjoyable to read, although with my tired eyes (it’s been a long long emotionally draining day) the character’s names were lost on me but it didn’t detract from your story. Loved the comment exchange above. You obviously all know each other reasonably well.

    Not to Josh – still can’t post comments on your piece. So I’m just reading them now and liking them if I do.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Well Douglas Adams is indeed an influence for me. I hope you had a good laugh to re-energize you from a long day. You know, when I’m reading a story/book with complex names, I just give them nicknames. So in this story the chars were shortened in my head to Kala and Loo. It goes easier that way. Thanks so much for reading! 🙂


  7. Indira says:

    Nice story. Why we think aliens look different from us with antenna and peculiar face and body ?

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  8. draliman says:

    Ha, fun! I wonder what they’ll see if they return “next week”?

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  9. Very insightful read. Wonderful story.

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