Two Can Play

Photo by: Pamela S. Canepa

The war with the alien Aphrileans ended thirty years before, though they and Humans still hated each other. This loathing manifested in non-violent ways.

Humanity’s Sheppard building, the tallest in all Human space, was destroyed during the war. The Aphrileans insisted on building their embassy on the site. They even placed lights in the shape of the Sheppard building. A subtle, nightly, jab at human dignity.

Looking up at the embassy’s lights from across the street, Vice Ambassador Bertram muttered to Ambassador Winton, “They love reminding us don’t they?”

The two diplomats always dreaded entering the embassy. Inside, they had to shower several times, then don unscented scrubs provided by the embassy. The sensitive Aphrilean sense of smell required it. The odor of a dried leaf could make the aliens’ eyes water.

“That’s alright,” said Winton, smiling beatifically. He smoked one last cigar before entering the building. “I made a deal with the city mayor.”

Bertram suddenly had a sneezing fit. “Yeah?”

“Yep. We placed a ground black pepper factory beside the embassy.”
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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21 Responses to Two Can Play

  1. Lyn says:

    Aaah…the old black pepper factory next to the alien embassy trick 😀 Works every time. Nice one, Eric!

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  2. James says:

    If a dried leaf makes their eyes water, black pepper would probably kill them. Nice touch.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, like all good politicians, they’re squabbling like children. Such is intergalactic diplomacy.

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  4. Hahahaha! That certainly is a great way to get back at the Aphrileans! Great story! Hilarious!

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  5. Michael says:

    serves them right! Abattoir the other side and happy days!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Vivian Zems says:

    Made me laugh 🙂 :). I wish there was a cartoon of ‘what happened next’!

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  7. Good scifi and funny as well!

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  8. joetwo says:

    There’s another war coming I think!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. michael1148humphris says:

    This brought a smile to my face.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. There’s another warfare coming I intend! That’s how I catch it.

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