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Friday, July 23, 2010

A Misunderstanding

A single gentle touch, made with the most sensitive of her tactile limbs, caused a quick but agonizing death. The angry mob pursued the alien back to the ship.
Years after the incident, the last thing the aliens ever said was translated: "Please don't kill her, she's only a child. We didn't know."

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17 Comments:

At Friday, July 23, 2010 at 8:45:00 AM EDT, Blogger shakeobros $visitorIP said...

nice article, but i didn't totally understand it, who touched who and who died.

At Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 7:46:00 AM EDT, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

When communication is a problem, there is utter chaos...

At Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 7:48:00 AM EDT, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

and its tragic too...

At Monday, July 26, 2010 at 9:07:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

shakeobros,
The alien touched a person, who died, and then all the aliens died. Just because of a gentle touch that wasn't meant to do anything other than gently caress another.

Mona,
Indeed, I couldn't agree more. Everyone should speak English (just kidding.) Wouldn't telepathy be wonderful?

At Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM EDT, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

It would be wonderful yes...only if it could make one drink water!

At Friday, July 30, 2010 at 2:11:00 AM EDT, Blogger moondustwriter $visitorIP said...

Communication always an issue.

misunderstandings can have some terrible outcomes

Nice 55

Smiles from the Moon

At Friday, July 30, 2010 at 5:38:00 AM EDT, Blogger John's comments $visitorIP said...

Interesting story and has historical roots in what happened with contact by the West in the Americas. Just a fun 55 today!

At Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:37:00 AM EDT, Blogger benjibopper $visitorIP said...

Excellent. Good flash fiction impresses me so much. I can't do it. This had such a great arc to it.

At Friday, July 30, 2010 at 9:40:00 PM EDT, Blogger Jingle $visitorIP said...

powerful 55,
love the theme in it,
misunderstand costs,
misunderstanding hurts.

At Friday, August 6, 2010 at 5:13:00 AM EDT, OpenID kavisionz $visitorIP said...

OUCH! Little did she know that she would kill a human! We can be so ruthless... phew! And here we are, fearing aliens... WE should be the ones we fear...

A tight 55!

At Friday, August 6, 2010 at 10:42:00 AM EDT, Blogger Eric Alder $visitorIP said...

It'a like a version of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" in 55 words.

Nice sci-fi take on this 55!

At Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 7:35:00 AM EDT, Blogger Me $visitorIP said...

What a wonderfully written story...beginning, middle, end - in 55 words. I usually wimp out with poems because an actual story is so difficult to do. Great job!! :)
-C

At Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 10:18:00 AM EDT, Blogger Jannie Funster $visitorIP said...

This reminds me of poor sweet little E.T. We are all aliens, and must love and understand each other.

At Friday, August 13, 2010 at 3:06:00 PM EDT, Blogger Colonialist $visitorIP said...

Well done, indeed. In a way, this is what happened with the Spanish and the Incas.

I see John has also made the point.

At Friday, August 13, 2010 at 4:18:00 PM EDT, Blogger Jingle $visitorIP said...

wise 55,
the implication is great....

http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/08/55-flash-friday-55-is-written-by.html

At Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 3:03:00 PM EDT, Blogger PattiKen $visitorIP said...

Oh, this is a heartwrenching description of jumping to conclusions. With no common language, a gesture of greeting is interpreted as a threat. Excellent post.

At Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 8:13:00 PM EDT, Blogger Judy Sheldon-Walker $visitorIP said...

Such an intriguing glimpse...

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