Aliens? (flash fiction)





“So what do you think it is?”




“So aliens are having some sort of weird confab in the middle of this village?”

“Well that’s aliens for you.”

“So you go for the most outlandish explanation…”

“Okay smartarse, what do you think they are?”

“It’s a sculpture.”

“A sculpture? Really?”

“This is a good example of Occam’s Razor.”

“Occam’s what now?”

“Occam’s Razor. The explanation that requires the smallest number of assumptions is usually the right one.”

“But I said aliens. That’s a really small number of assumptions.”

“Well no it isn’t. It assumes that aliens exist and are visiting the Earth, and are okay to have some sort of strange meeting in a populated area. I said it was a sculpture, the most obvious explanation, being in the middle of town with no one walking past really noticing it.”

“That’s just what they want you to think!”


Joanne Fisher


Word count: 150


This was written with the photo prompt provided by Crimson’s Creative Challenge #64.



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