The Tradeoff

Photo by: Na’ama Yehuda

Alien technology was great, but the aliens took wicked delight in human foibles.

That’s why Jenny felt nervous at meeting George the alien in the cafe. He placed a tub of Haagen-Dazs Rocky Road before her. Jenny was addicted to it, and also horribly allergic.

George held up a vial. “These nano-meds will eliminate your allergy.”

Jenny hesitated, “And…”

“The side effects are: you’ll grow horns and a tail.”

She thought about it. The cafe’s patrons all listened in. Jenny turned to them and said, “should I?”

Across the cafe, tentacles, wings, and flippers rose up in a Yes vote.
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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16 Responses to The Tradeoff

  1. Anita says:

    Sci-fi story.
    Sounds scary. May be reality soon!


  2. Dale says:

    Somehow, I see no downside to this story!!


  3. How fun! I like this one! 🙂


  4. pennygadd51 says:

    I can hear the silence fall as the café await Jenny’s decision! Great twist and extremely well constructed!


  5. draliman says:

    Worry about the side effects later – it’s Haagen-Dazs for goodness sake!


  6. Anonymous says:



  7. Dear Eric,

    Once more you have me laughing out loud. (Coffee set aside for the read). I could just see this. Love it! Love it!


    The unspewable Rochelle

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  8. granonine says:

    This one has me laughing, imagining that scene. Good ice cream is worth a lot 🙂


  9. I remembered to put my coffee down before reading! Yah, bring on the ice-cream! No down-side there. Er – personally I’d hesitate if the nano-meds turned whoever took them into politicians, but horns and a tail? No problem…

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  10. susanmehr says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with horns and tails, bring it on. 🙂


  11. msjadeli says:

    Some temptations are easier to resist than others. Some you just say to hell with it!


  12. tedstrutz says:

    Damn, this is a good one! Made me think of Star Wars.


  13. James McEwan says:

    Nice understanding friends.


  14. Ice cream’s worth horns and a tail. Very creative tale!


  15. Lyn says:

    LOL Hmmm it seems lots of other patrons had been eating what they shouldn’t too. Rocky Road wouldn’t tempt me, but double chocolate chip with fudge sauce just might 😀


  16. Indira says:

    That’s a tough choice. LOL. You never fail to bring out a laugh and it’s different every time. Very imaginative mind, indeed.


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