Poppa’s Legacy

Photo by: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Glenn sighed as Jason fired another hole-in-one into the frisbee golf basket.

“You’re too good at this game,” said Glenn.

“I’ve never been off the farm all my life,” said Jason. “Got lots of time to get good at it.”

“Sure that’s it? Maybe you get it from your Poppa.”

“Mom says I look a lot like him. She still misses him.”

“Even though he ran off?”

“She says he didn’t run. He had to go. Folks wouldn’t understand.”

Glenn shrugged, “Maybe here’s another reason you’re so good with frisbee discs.”

“What’s that?”

“Maybe that third eye in your forehead.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2018/04/18/20-april-2018/

Author’s Notes:

If anything has inspired my writing the top of the list must be the Twilight Zone. Undoubtedly this story was inspired by the Twilight Zone Episode: “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”

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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45 Responses to Poppa’s Legacy

  1. James says:

    Cue the theme from “The Twilight Zone.”

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  2. athling2001 says:

    Quite a twist there at the end. So did his father leave because nobody understood he was an alien? Interesting. Well done.

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s precisely it. A third eye in the forehead really sets one apart. Having a child with a human woman would raise more than eyebrows. Probably would raise shotguns. 😉 Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks!

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  3. This was such an unexpected story – loved it. Thanks for surprising me!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I can see why folks may have a few questions.

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  5. granonine says:

    Yeah, people with three eyes may have a little issue with social acceptance 🙂

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  6. Dale says:

    Love when you get me bursting out laughing at the end like that, Eric!

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  7. Sandra says:

    Not a twist I was expecting. 🙂

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  8. draliman says:

    I suppose he could pop a plaster over it and claim really bad acne 🙂

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  9. Dear Eric,

    Smart me. I set my coffee aside before reading your story. I wonder what it would be like to have a third eye in the middle of your forehead? Good one.



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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Superficially that’s a fun story, and it did, indeed, make me chuckle. But looking at its allegorical aspect, how sad that those who are different are marginalised and “Got lots of time to get good at it.” – “it” being a solitary and useless accomplishment.
    Nice write, EagleAye.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Aha. You reached into the story and pulled the sentences apart to look behind. True enough, it is an allegory. Over here, we’re the Great Melting Pot where a lot of folks had lots of time alone, afraid to join the mainstream with good reason. Some still do. The Melting Pot is still cooking and it’s still not soup yet, but it’s getting there. Thanks Penny!

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  11. Anita says:

    Interesting story. 3rd eye sets him apart & grants extra powers…
    In Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva has 3rd eye.

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  12. subroto says:

    Then there is the problem of being overcharged by the opticians. Fun story.

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  13. Norma says:

    Haha! never expected that. Now that’s an additional feature for an appearance that needs no attention.
    He can tie a band or something. 🙂 I bet he is too good with his frisbee throwing.

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  14. lisarey1990 says:

    Loved the twist.

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  15. And I thought mothers were the only ones with extra eyes (usually in the back of their heads).
    Well done, Eric. I love the way you set this up, leading us along like lambs to the slaughter before killing us with the punch line (and video).

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  16. Liz Young says:

    A third eye? That might be useful but a tad grotesque!

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  17. Lyn says:

    I do believe I remember that episode of TTZ Didn’t know Martians were interested in golf, Eric 😀

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  18. That Martian was so realistic. Ha ha I was always afraid to watch the Twilight Zone as a kid but now if I watch it, some of its brilliant.

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  19. That third eye certainly twisted the story. If it helped him with the golf he obviously didn’t cover it with a hat. I imagine he raised a few eyebrows.

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  20. gahlearner says:

    Haha, that was unexpected. He could make a fortune in esoteric circles, a real, existing third eye…

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  21. Ha ha ha. That may qualify as cheating if he ever enters into a professional tournament.

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