Photo by: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Billy-Joe never meant to cause trouble, but he had an uncanny talent for finding it. So when he stumbled across the intergalactic transit station, teeming with thousands of alien species, he vowed to stay out of trouble.

Hungry, he praised the station designers for placing a convenient orchard, complete with an apple tree. He plucked a fruit and ventured on, hoping to find a way home.

Minutes later, the mantis-like station police officer said, “Kidnapping is a serious offense, ma’am. Isn’t it possible your daughter wandered and got lost?”

“She couldn’t have,” exclaimed the sentient apple tree. “She’s an apple!”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers:

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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14 Responses to Troublemaker

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    Dear EagleAye
    You’ve written a very imaginative take on the prompt. I love the idea of the sentient apple tree!

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  2. Dear Eric,

    Oh dear. Kidnapped and eaten. I see trouble on the horizon for Billy-Joe. No apple pie for him. 😉 Imaginative take.



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  3. Dale says:

    He tried. And failed. Life is never simple, is it?
    You went out on a limb with this one!

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  4. gahlearner says:

    Billy Joe will be arrested for murder, I’m afraid. That was unique and great fun.

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  5. draliman says:

    Oh dear. I hope he hasn’t eaten “her” 🙂

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  6. There needs to be a sign, apparently. I was going to say the apple doesn’t fall from the tree…unless it was carried off by a hungry commuter. Nice original story. 🙂

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  7. Well, that’s different! I’m feeling guilty about my fruit bowl now!

    My FriFic tale!

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  8. A good and amusing story, Eric. A sentient apple tree of all things. I wonder if it’s related to the trees that threw apples at Dorothy on Oz. A large mantis would be a bad character to run into. I’m afraid Billy-Joe is in a lot of trouble. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  9. A very creative story and I love the idea of a sentient apple tree. So sad about her daughter. I think Billy-Joe is in deep trouble.

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  10. granonine says:

    Imagining a praying mantis guard and a sentient apple tree is good fun. Poor Billy-Joe has no idea what he’s done 🙂

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  11. Abhijit Ray says:

    Can it strictly be called a kidnapping? Since this apple tree can talk, may be one of her daughters eloped with Billy Joe! Who wants to hang from an apple tree all her life?

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  12. msjadeli says:

    Totally cool twist at the end. You just never know what you’ll find at an intergalactic way station.

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  13. lisarey1990 says:

    Very imaginative with a great twist.

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