The Subtle Signs

Photo by: Dawn Miller

FBI Investigations Team Leader, Frank Howard sighed. It should’ve been easy to find aliens. Unfortunately these aliens looked nearly identical to terrestrial Elm trees, except the aliens could run pretty fast. Adding to their troubles was they hunted them in a heavily forested Montana ranch.

There were subtle signs his agents were getting frustrated, even bored with the difficult search.

He found Agents Audrey Polyczyk and Gerry Hampden beside a log pile and a wood chipper. It was clear the pair had become bored with the search.

“How’s the search going?”

“Frustrating, sir,” said Audrey. “It’s a challenging search.”

“That’s right, sir,” said Gerry. “It’s like looking for a particular piece of hay in a haystack.”

“I know it’s tough. Perhaps I’ll leave you to finish your break.”

“We weren’t on a break,” Audrey said hurriedly.

“We’re dedicated to the mission,” added Gerry.

Frank idly sifted through a wheelbarrow full of wood chips. “Well, with my keen eye and my 20 years experience in the Bureau, I can see you both were exerting yourselves.”

“Right, sir.”

“Your shirt tail is out and your hair is mussed, Audrey.”

“Sorry, sir.”

“And Gerry. I’m pretty sure the bra you’re wearing isn’t your size.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

Author’s Notes:

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Turns out the Super Bowl is 2nd biggest eating holiday behind Thanksgiving. Here’s some interesting Super Bowl facts:

– Last year 111.3 Million people watched the Super Bowl.
– This year an estimated 1.25 Billion chicken wings will be eaten (will chicken breasts be on sale?).
– 60% of all delivery orders will be for pizza.
– 8,000,000 pounds of guacamole gets consumed.

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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30 Responses to The Subtle Signs

  1. JS Brand says:

    Good story. It gave me a chuckle.

    If Gerry’s a quick thinker, though, he might put the wardrobe malfunction down to gender exploration and submit a grievance against the supervisor. Then again, if he thinks properly, he’ll keep quiet and move on.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I think the latter is the best one. It seems Howard was going to let it go anyway. If he went with gender exploration, Howard might insist he wear a bra all the time. I’m pretty sure most men aren’t ready to handle that. 😉 Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks much! 🙂

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  2. prior.. says:

    hahah = laughing at “busted”
    and thx for the super bowl info – and wonder if chicken breasts will be on sale – (and keep Gerry away)

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    What else is there to do when the two of you are alone in the forest and bored?… 🙂

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  4. Jelli says:

    Snotty giggles… still crunchy here in the land of influenza, but enjoyed the read. Loved the story.

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  5. Susan says:

    All I can say is, check for ticks.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. michael1148humphris says:

    It is not much of a wonder that the aliens run away when they see this pair of agents.😊

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The things we do when we are bored! Just the sight of them would keep the aliens at bay!

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  8. ceayr says:

    Thanks for my weekly chortle, Eric

    Liked by 1 person

  9. mandibelle16 says:

    I love the humor and imagination in all your stories. It’s inyeresting that these aliens looked like trees and I can’t say I blame the agents who became “bored” lol. I like that the guy is wearing the bra at the end. Priceless.


  10. athling2001 says:

    Love it! I could see alien-Elms scampering through the forest!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. goroyboy says:

    Now that is an imaginative post ! Alien elm trees ? Bravo!!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Extremely dedicated investigators, those two.

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  13. Dahlia says:

    This was so fun!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. List of X says:

    Rather than walk in the forest looking for aliens, it is is much more effective to do something that would attract them to you, don’t you think?

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