Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Newcomer

Now it's on to my drabble for the letter N!  N-joy!  Get it?  It's "enjoy" except spelled . . .  Oh nevermind.  I find it increasingly difficult to defend my bad jokes.


Newcomers are treated with a mixture of curiosity and suspicion.  I know this from my childhood.  Being an army brat, I was always the new kid in school.

Now, as a diplomat, I get to experience it again on a whole new level.  First contact with an alien species.  I’ve been living on a starship for the last three years just in case we encountered anyone.  I’d almost given up on the possibility of it happening.

It’s even more intimidating that we’re meeting on their home world.  I stroll into the room, the lone human.  I am the alien here.


  1. I love how you don't just stick to the norm when you think of a topic - these twists are cool!

  2. Love the way it ends :) -- a human is an alien in other worlds!

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  3. New kid in class rather pales to new species on the planet. And btw, I enjoyed your bad joke. :)

  4. Wow, that is definitely a big newcomer. How does one go about being diplomatic with an alien species? The pun was funny too :)
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  5. At least he's in familiar territory.
    And I was a military brat, so I know the feeling.

  6. Loved the last line, nice sense of separateness.
    Bad jokes don't need defending, they just need a good groan ;P
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  7. Never defend or explain a joke or pun. It's just too bad if someone doesn't get it!
    Strange feeling being the Newcomer in a group of aliens. Hope they are friendly. Love your little scenarios.
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  8. I bet anyone would feel like a newcomer in that situation.

  9. I love how you turn it around in the end: "I am the alien here." Nicely done!

  10. Interesting vignette. Well done. Those five sentence pack a power of story. I should wander over there and take a look.

  11. Love the idea of a human being the alien amidst other "foreigners".