Paying Attention

Photo by: Ted Strutz

The ferry captain kneeled before 7-year old Chris. “…This ferry has special engines. They use portals to travel to distant planets! Wanna go?”

“Can I mom?” grinned Chris.

“I suppose,” groaned Sylvia, flipping through her Twitter feeds.

When they left, Graham said, “You don’t sound happy.”

“Chris lives in imaginary places too much,” grated Sylvia, flipping to Taylor Swift’s Twitter page. “He should pay attention to real things.”

*poof*

Graham blinked, stunned.

Sylvia finally looked up from her iPad. “Are you listening? I’d give the Moon for Chris to see the real world.”

Graham pointed up. “What about two moons?”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/10/04/13-october-2017-2/

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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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58 Responses to Paying Attention

  1. James says:

    My wife and son make the same complaint about my eight-year-old grandson. He tends toward the fantasy world a lot, but then again, his parents divorced a couple of years ago and he’s gone through a lot of changes.

    As a child (and probably as an adult) I also liked my imaginary worlds, though my parents never divorced and I didn’t go through much in the way of hardship. Sometimes fantasy is just so much more interesting than real life.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Most interesting. I lived in a fantasy world a lot, and still do. I find it interesting that so many people, not inclined towards imagination, are easily sucked in by ideas that are obviously BS. As though they’re so inexperienced with fantasy they cannot see it even when bites them in the butt! Perhaps time spent fantasizing is time well spent?

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    But can they get back and will the ferry still be on time?

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  3. I think that twitter ceased to work also…

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    • EagleAye says:

      Actually, it works. Apparently the internet signal goes into the portal as well, and vice versa. So now you know how awful reality shows still come to us. πŸ˜‰

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  4. I escaped into a fantasy world when I was a child, I assume many children do if they don’t understand (or like) the real word. Monsters are less scary then humans, I know.

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    • EagleAye says:

      It’s true, monsters are less scary. πŸ˜‰ I think kids live in their imagination whatever their circumstance. It’s perfectly normal. Imagination is part of being human and part of why we’ve created so many amazing things.

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  5. Varad says:

    The Taylor Swift addled mom isn’t best qualified to comment on fantasy me thinks!

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  6. tedstrutz says:

    Not bad at all, Eric.

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  7. Dear Eric,

    I find Mom’s concern about her son’s fantasy world amusing, if not ironic. I’d wager that the boy’s fantasy world is more reality based than hers. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      I can always count on you to get the gist of what I’m saying in a story. I hoped folks would enjoy the dripping irony of this one. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Rochelle! πŸ™‚

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  8. Lyn says:

    Long live fantasy worlds and small children. My four year old granddaughter told me all about her two year old brother’s best friend at day care and how the three of them climb the giant tree together. I said, “But Lucy, Harry doesn’t go to day care yet.” She turned to me with her hands held apart and said, with a roll of her eyes, “I ‘tending Grandma, I ‘tending.” Well, that put me in my place didn’t it πŸ˜€

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  9. Susan says:

    If the tweet feed is also sucked into the time portal, think of what could have happened if Mom had been reading the Tweetmaster’s tweets. The mom would have infected the alternative universe with a black plague, making it uninhabitable for people like us who are looking for an alternative universe to hide in for the next 4 years.

    This is how I think when I get tired.

    Great story by the way.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Well you come up with some pretty cool stuff when you’re tired. πŸ™‚ I’m also looking for an alternative dimension to live in for four years. I’ll let you know when I find one. πŸ˜‰ Thanks much!

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  10. Dale says:

    Mom should take a little look-see in the mirror… πŸ™‚

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  11. marley raine says:

    I love this. πŸ™‚

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  12. Ouch! That hit below the belt! As a parent in a technological world, I do make the same mistake. You caught my attention with your piece!

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  13. Jelli says:

    She’s one to talk…twitter-twit that she is. Good story.

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  14. bbryanthomas says:

    I’ll be checking for the two moons

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    I love the way you leave the reveal to the last two words of the story. The two moons are sufficiently outlandish to make Sylvia look very absorbed in her gadgets.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Yeah, she’s so wrapped up her little twitter world she misses something incredible happening all around her. Glad you enjoyed the last second reveal. Those are my favorite kind. Thanks very much!

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  16. *poof*
    dear me, although I felt all the fantasy, distraction, technological themes of this flash fiction, I got lost in the flash of the
    *poof*

    Did Sylvia enter a portal through twitter? Who poofed?

    What am I not paying attention to?
    Randy

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  17. Joy Pixley says:

    I love how you show the hypocrisy of the mother being judgemental that the boy doesn’t live in the “real” world while she’s stuck on her phone reading about celebrity “news”. It would be too funny if she tried to tell everyone later about how she went to a planet with two moons, and they all accused HER of letting her imagination go wild. πŸ˜‰

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  18. Ah, loved it! High Sci-fi. It is good to be back and see you are still here at it.
    Scott
    Mine: https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/friday-fictioneers-by-the-light-of-the-silvery-moon/

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  19. granonine says:

    Maybe Mom’s the one who really lives in the fantasy world. . .

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  20. rgayer55 says:

    Well done, Eric. My 3 brothers were all about 15 years older than me, so it was like growing up as an only child. I learned to entertain myself and use my imagination at an early age. I don’t see how any one could be a writer without it. Also handy for new discoveries and technology.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ah. I have a similar story. My siblings were much older, so I made do with my imagination. I’m happy with all the ideas boiling in my head. I think it’s fun. It’s also handy for dreaming up kooky stories. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  21. Great story! As a kid, my Mum was always pushing us to explore everything – real world and fantasy (I still have her collection of mythology and fantasy books). “Two moons” puts me in mind of a TV advertisement that showed here in NZ about 20 years ago – preserved here just because, well, NZ ads tend to end up on YouTube for being good comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaoAkoLT274

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s awesome. I come from a family of readers, so there was no end of books to read in the house. I still remember reading H.G Wells books at the age of twelve. Books supplied by my Dad. He also bought me a collection of Heinlein books. “Stranger in a Strange Land” still marks a paradigm shift in my thinking.

      Haha! Loved the commercial. So funny!

      Thanks Matthew!

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  22. Vivian Zems says:

    poof! What just happened? what? what?

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    • EagleAye says:

      My bad. I didn’t have the space to explain in detail. The ferry could use portals to travel to distant planets. The captain asked Chris if he he wanted to travel through a portal. The mother agreed, thinking it was all childish fantasy. So “poof” was the ferry passing through a portal to another planet…one with two moons. The mother, so caught up in her twitter feed, didn’t even realize the fantastic thing that just happened. Sorry for the confusion.

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  23. Another good story, Eric. Always like to pop in and see what you’re doing even if it is another wacky mad scientist scheme to gobble up the planet.😁
    It seems to be confession time for day-dreamers. When I was five and Mom was at work my cousin babysat me by taking me to his job (garage) and leaving me in his car all day. We were sort poor; I guess it’s all Mom could afford for a time. I think that’s where I developed my terrific imagination and terrible habit😢 of fantasizing.

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