Gone Fishing

Photo by: J.S. Brand

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.”

“What’s that?”

“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/

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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25 Responses to Gone Fishing

  1. James says:

    They’d been doing that all along without the intelligence so maybe they were better off before.

    I keep trying to imagine an alien spacecraft in total free fall though 100 miles of atmosphere suddenly putting the brakes on 100 feet above the surface. I’m pretty sure something would have gone BOOM. 😉

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  2. That’s the secret to life – skip work or school and go fishing! LOL! Love this story! Two birds became so brilliant they figured out the secret to life!

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  3. Lyn says:

    So, the answer to life, the universe and everything isn’t 42, it’s Gone Fishin’ 😀

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  4. Aah, so that’s how they attained Nirvana, while most humans are still slogging their asses off 🙂

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  5. List of X says:

    But haven’t you noticed that for all the millions of people who do fishing recreationally, very few actually chose to do it for a living?
    Because fishing is not much fun when you have to fish during a rainstorm because you have nothing else to eat, catch nothing and go to sleep hungry in the cold wet grass you share with rattlesnakes and fire ants.
    These herons are going to need some more of that supersquid.

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    • EagleAye says:

      True, commercial fishing is hard work, dangerous even. Maybe the key is varying the diet. Down in Louisiana even the fishermen know how to cook up some tasty ‘gator. 😉


      • List of X says:

        I don’t think it has to do with diet. Commercial fishing would still be a hard and dangerous work even if the ship’s kitchen had a couple of Michelin stars. 🙂
        No, I think the key is the freedom of not having to rely on fishing for food, which is what I think these herons don’t get.

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  6. JS Brand says:

    Great story. I can’t help thinking that if the herons had used their super intelligence to find a way of generating pensions without working, they like have made humans so grateful that we would have provided them with all the fish they’d ever need.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Now that’s some clever thinking. They might get to that now that they can learn human culture with better understanding. Heck, they might even end up forming their own world government and running everything. 😉 Thanks so much. Great pic by the way. I always snap pics of herons whenever I see them.

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  7. athling2001 says:

    Great take. And what smart birds!

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  8. Nis says:

    very clever 😀

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  9. mandibelle16 says:

    Cute. A funny story to. I think both herons are into something. At least they can have intelligent conversation with each other and live to be old herons because of it. The alien food didn’t sound very appealing, even next to a fish lol.

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  10. I truly wish we could skip all the nonsense and just get to the relaxing part – go fishing and shoot the breeze 🙂

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