Thursday, July 22, 2010


Karen rushed into the kitchen.


Her mother let out a sigh and said into the phone, “Hold on a minute.” She gave Karen the eye. “What is it now?”

“Can I have one more donut? Please?” Karen gave her mother the nicest little angel smile she could muster.

“Just take the bag,” her mother said. “And don’t get any of that sugar on your clothes.”

Karen grabbed the bag from the counter and returned to the backyard.

“Okay,” she said as she sat back down at the edge of the sandbox. “There’s only two left, so we can each have one.”

She pulled one out of the bag and held it in the air.

"This is what we call a donut,” she said. “Can you say donut?”

Ambassador Klarn, fifth generation diplomat from the First Federation and sole survivor of the invasion fleet glanced at his warbird, buried in the sand. Then he stared at the girl, the gigantic child, towering over his 6 inch frame. He could feast on that pastry for a week.

He sighed, brushed a fleck of sand from his jacket, and said in his most dignified voice, “Donut.”


Laura Eno said...

Awesome! I love it. ;)

Marisa Birns said...

Oh, poor alien has to muster all his diplomatic tact to deal with this situation!

Really clever idea, Neil. I am impressed! :)

*goes off to find a donut*

That Neil Guy said...

Credit must go to Laura Eno for the writing prompt she gave me via Twitter: "Hostile aliens arrive on earth but they're only 6" tall."

J. A. Platt said...

I love the dignity he musters for a donut. I only hope he doesn't have to endure a Mrs. Nesbit style tea party in the near future. Though I'm sure he'd look fetching in an apron.

John Wiswell said...

The baby talk treatment for an alien bossman. Nice, Neil.

pegjet said...

Donuts. It had to be donuts.

You come up with more ways to honor the sugary, deep-fried confection that Paula Dean has recipes using butter.

Loved this.

Anonymous said...

Great story. I love it. Even aliens need to bow before the awesomness that is doughnuts.

alphabete said...

Poor *really* foreign dignitary. I wonder if he is plotting the destruction of the planet right now. Cute and very creative. Good work on that prompt, Laura Eno!

Mk said...

This is very cute; well done.