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Red, Swirly and Pointed

Alien fingers? How the hell would she even know what alien fingers look like?

“Daddy,” she continued, “everyone knows that Alien Fingers are red, and swirly and they have very pointy ends.”


“Alien Fingers, Dad!” She sighed impatiently.“They’re two for one at the Quik Stop at the corner. Can we stop to get some?”

Again he was at a loss for words. “What…”

“Alien Fingers, Dad!” She repeated, all patience in her voice gone. “Where have you been all your life? In a cave?” Her shoulders heaved in disgust at her ignorant father. Another impatient sigh. "It’s just candy. I mean really. It’s not that complicated of an idea. Can we stop?” Long pause. “Pleeeease?”

He sighed with relief. “May we.”

Now it was her turn. “What…?”

“May we stop. You’re asking permission…”

“Geez, Dad!” Then the syrupy sarcastic tone that always bristled him wrong. “*May* we stop at Quik Stop for the Alien Fingers?”

“Red, you say.”

“Yes! Red! Daaad!”

“Of course we can.”

He pulled into the parking lot. She dashed in. Less than 45 seconds later she bounded back to the car while opening one of the long, sickly sweet, red, swirly, pointed candies on a stick.

“Thank you, Daddy!” She said angelically.

“You’re welcome.”

That night when all was quiet in the house and after he checked all the doors, he began the ritual of undressing for the night.

“Red Alien Fingers indeed” he muttered while he removed the flesh colored glove that covered his blue, swirly, pointed fingers. “Everyone knows that alien fingers are blue.”

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  • Banalheed
    Banalheedover 6 years ago

    This is an excellent take on the prompt and hugely enjoyable. I would just look at the point of view narration though. At times you mention the father as “he” in third person and other times it becomes first person “I”

  • Ah, thanks. Will review it now.

    – Karirose

  • Here’s hoping I spotted errors in narration.

    – Karirose

  • Banalheed
    Banalheedover 6 years ago

    Yes – I think you sorted it now. :)

  • Miri
    Miriover 6 years ago

    very nice twist & great take on the prompt….made me giggle…i’m sure i was that girl once…tho i’ve got pretty normal fingers!

  • So happy to hear your fingers are pretty normal. :D And thanks! :D

    – Karirose

  • Debbie Irwin
    Debbie Irwinover 6 years ago

    Fabulous =)

  • Thank you Debbie! Glad you liked it. :)

    – Karirose

  • lightsmith
    lightsmithover 6 years ago

    LOL. Magnificent.

  • Thank so much! I’m glad you found it funny. Thanks for the read and comment.

    – Karirose

  • Paul Rees-Jones
    Paul Rees-Jonesover 6 years ago

    I have a little girl like that (11) and funnily enough we had the MAY/CAN discussion last night…LOL.

    Loved it!

  • When I taught high school I was still working on the MAY/CAN issue—I don’t get it, it’s so simple. But then again, a friend and I got into a rather heated debate on the subject just recently. Perhaps it isn’t as clear cut as it seems! LOL

    Glad you enjoyed the story. :)

    – Karirose

  • Matthew Dalton
    Matthew Daltonover 6 years ago

    Nice work Karirose. Great father daughter dialogue.

  • Thank you, Matthew. I’m happy the dialog worked. It came from memories of discussions with my dad as well as the reverse situation with my kids.

    – Karirose

  • MillicentMorrow
    MillicentMorrowover 6 years ago

    Very cute use of the prompt. Terrific dialogue.

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 6 years ago

    Thank you, Millicent. I appreciate you reading. :)

  • Zolton
    Zoltonover 6 years ago

    Hee hee. Very good. Oooh… I hope I wasn’t that obnoxious to my parents. He must have been quite insulted at the faux pas. : )

  • LOL! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure I was that obnoxious to my folks! hee hee

    – Karirose

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