Nogal belonged to a race of aliens that could shape-shift. This ability was so integral to society it was part of education. To graduate from college, every student journeyed to Earth to study Humans in the form of a useful device.

“Producing the effects of a machine can be exhausting,” warned their instructor. “If you become a machine that gets used too much, you may need medical help.”

Nogal arrived in a small town in the Netherlands. As instructed he turned into a bright green bicycle and waited in the alley for someone to begin using him. Unfortunately, he waited in a small town full of honest people. Many passed by the bicycle, but they assumed the bike belonged to someone. Nogal spent the entire week unused.

The class returned to the transport hub where Nogal met his friend Maggala.

“I was a pen for a university student,” she sighed tiredly. “That girl took a LOT of notes. I’m exhausted!”

They watched a classmate being wheeled past on a medical gurney. Pogar looked nearly dead from overwork. Nogal asked the medical tech, “What happened?”

The tech shook his head, “He was a gun in Chicago.”

Author’s Notes:

Gun violence has reached epidemic proportions in Chicago recently.

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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6 Responses to Exhaustion

  1. bbryanthomas says:

    You hit the nail with this one

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  2. luckyjc007 says:

    Nogal was one of the lucky ones! Amazing story…as always. 🙂

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  3. Loved the idea of shape-shift to become an article and experience life through it.


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