The Experiment

Photo by: Al Forbes

The creatures that Brent saw in the alley were undoubtedly alien. He cautiously peered around the cardboard box that was his home. They looked like clothed bunnies with enormous antennas.

One of them stepped forward. “I am Fureet, a scientist on my world. With your help, we’d like to to conduct a sociological experiment.”

Brent was terrified. People asked weird things of the homeless all the time. “I don’t do no anal testing!”

“Nothing like that,” assured Fureet. “We will give you $10 million dollars. To receive it, you must spend one day trying to give that amount of money away. If you do give it away we’ll still give you $100 dollars. Will you help us?”

The next day, Brent sat on an old box in his usual spot in the sidewalk. He held up a new hand-written cardboard sign. Some tossed money in his little can. Most ignored him and passed him by. When the day finished, no one accepted his offer. The aliens gave him the $10 million and he walked away a rich man. He tossed the cardboard sign on the ground. It read as follows:

PLEASE let me
GIVE you
$1 0,000,000 dollars.
Anything Helps
God Bless

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

Author’s notes:

Yeah, I know I could’ve written this without aliens. But aliens and spacceships and robots are what I do, man. It’s the way I roll.

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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13 Responses to The Experiment

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Brent is a smart guy, I feel the alien’s experiment was flawed! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. James says:

    I was going to say “Brent’s a smart guy.” but Iain beat me to it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. michael1148humphris says:

    In today’s world one hardly needs aliens. But I agree if you have aliens, they do need good eye sight.

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  4. athling2001 says:

    Many depths here, comments on society. Their experiment was him and yet he found a way to work around their parameters. He did so by using a method we have all seen and most have passed by, not stopping. So who is worse? The man who cheats or those who walk away?

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  5. Ha ha ha, I just hope the challenge that the aliens set for the next guy is not to take that 10 million dollars away from Brent in a single day 🙂

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  6. Keep rolling!
    Loved it.


  7. Dahlia says:

    Homeless but no fool 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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