The alien starship nearly crashed into Earth. Luckily, the crew restarted the engines a scant 300ft above a lake. All was fine, except a package of exotic food fell out. No one knew how it would affect Earth creatures. Unaware of the loss, the ship flew off.
The package burst open in the water and live food swam out. A pair of Herons began devouring the squid-like morsels. In moments, their intelligence grew 100,000 percent. The two birds began chatting.
“I could build an interstellar vessel,” noted Blook. “It would be easy.”
“Me too,” said Blick. “But you would need infrastructure and industry to do it. I suddenly understand humans better.”
“Now, we Herons could do it too.”
“Sure, but consider this. Humans spend their lives slaving at stressful jobs with irritable bosses to build all that industry. When they retire, they do what they really wanted all along.”
“You’ve seen it. They go fishing!”
“Humans are smart, but not that smart. Why not skip the middle part and just go fishing?”
Written for: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/fffaw-challenge-week-of-january-2-2018/