“Here is the native species in a habitat similar to the one they would have originally lived in.”

Janta craned her long, slim neck to ensure a better view. “They’re all so beautiful. Black, brown, white. The many melodic languages soothe me.”

“I agree.” Her guide frowned. “But since they fought so much, their numbers dwindled. We captured the remaining ones and keep them under constant monitoring. For their own good.”

Janta examined her tentacles. Every member of her kind was green, their language static. She’d never understand why Earth’s first inhabitants failed to see the beauty in their differences.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

The last sentence makes me wonder about a few things. But one thing that is sure for me, the first inhabitant didn’t fail to see the beauty of their differences but they failed to understand their message and their purpose on earth.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago
Reply to  Danielle Burke

You’re welcome, Danielle. It was a very nice and thought-provoking read.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

This is lovely Danielle. We’re all suddenly going sci fi in our stories towards the end of this competition. I always wonder about aliens. When they look at each other, do they all look the same? Or do they actually look different to each other. I remember the American soldiers in films about the Vietnamese war comment that all the Vietnamese look the same as each other (I know they don’t, these aren’t my words or views), but I wonder if it is actually the same with aliens. I think this is a great piece anyway Danielle. I can’t understand why some people can’t see the beauty in our differences either.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

This is beautiful, Danielle.While reading it I wondered why we often can’t see the beauty in our differences and also similarities. This is a thought-provoking point you have raised.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hello Danielle, this story line of being different has opened a box of surprises, for every story is as different as the storyteller, and how wonderful is that. Even trying not to be different make us different ?! Thank you for keeping it simple but direct.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

I love Sci-fi but I haven’t seen myself writing in that direction. This is an interesting one. Reading through the story, I wonder if aliens truly exist. Is the guide an alien also or a human?

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