Now What?

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Zing stood invisibly at the “Nature Table,” studying  the bits and pieces. He poked Zang on the shoulder.
“What is the purpose of this collection?  We saw pictures of these creatures in our studies, but nothing is alive here. Why do earth people collect  dead things from their oceans?”

“Hmm.  Probably because they do not have our capacity to go deep into their oceans and stay there long enough to study the lifespan of such creatures.”

“They are quite a helpless race.”

“They surely couldn’t live among Zerkonians and go without notice. We’d spot them miles away.”

 

52 thoughts on “Now What?

    1. Yes, they do. You and Sandra made similar comments, and I’ve been thinking that I need to bring some other relationship sorts of stories. Zing and Zang have been with us long enough to not be quite so shocked and puzzled 🙂

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  1. Aha! The first slightly sinister note! “They are quite a helpless race.” Before you know it, Zing and Zang will be drawing up plans for our re-education – for our own good, of course. Just as well they have Peony to keep them on the straight and narrow!

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    1. To be sure. But there does seem to be a hint of superiority in Zing and Zang’s attitudes toward us earth-bound creatures. After all, they can be invisible, or take on the form of an earthling. And they’ve been on Earth for some time without our being aware of it. Just like any other tribe, they feel superior to everyone else. I’m afraid it’s not just a human tendency.

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    1. I collect tea pots. When my husband pointed out that there is no more room for them, I decided to stop. I love them, and I have some really unusual pots. But no one else in my family seems to want them. The value, then, is in the eye of the beholder 🙂

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    1. I’m married to a human Zing. He doesn’t get “just for nice.” If something is functional, that’s all that is necessary. I don’t think that purely practical thought process is restricted to our planet 🙂

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