The Unhelpful Help

Photo by: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Brent glared at the metal box in the weeds. “I don’t understand. The DNA sniffer is reporting aliens nearby, but there’s only us.”

Beside him, his lab help, Devin, shook his head. “So many failures. Time for the Mark XXXIX?”

“We have to finish this,” said Brent, pacing. “Aliens have been infiltrating Earth at all levels. We need this DNA sniffer to track them.”

“Perhaps aliens were in these woods, and that’s what it’s detecting?”

“I suppose so. Let’s test elsewhere. Devin? Devin, where are you?”

Devin emerged from behind a tree, inconspicuously tucking his tail away. “Right, let’s go.”
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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26 Responses to The Unhelpful Help

  1. Dale says:

    I was gonna say…. something tells me one of them ain’t who he says he is!

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  2. msjadeli says:

    I certainly wasn’t expecting that! Hoping Brent lives to tell the tale. Good one!

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  3. Dear Eric,

    Brent better watch his own tail. 😉 Things aren’t always what they seem, are they? I can always count on you for something out of the…um…box. 😉



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  4. Lyn says:

    It’s a whale of a tail 😀

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  5. Oh dear, I reckon that DNA sniffer will be detecting aliens everywhere they go until someone decides it’s broken and bins it.

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  6. James McEwan says:

    i did laugh, we humans somehow arrogantly believe we are the dominant species – we need to be careful. I enjoyed reading this piece of fantasy.

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  7. draliman says:

    Poor Brent. All those iterations of his machine and he still hasn’t suspected it’s actually been functioning correctly all the time and there really is an alien nearby 🙂

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  8. wmqcolby says:

    I had to laugh at the nomenclature — DNA Sniffer. I DID think of a dog, though. Obviously, the earth is filled with aliens. Fun read, Eric!

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  9. A brilliant twist at the end. Love it!

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  10. Nan Falkner says:

    His costume must be out of this world clever! This was a fun story to read and Thanks!

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  11. Well, as long as he tucked it away … 😉

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