This was a Microcosms entry. Each Friday you are given a theme, a character, a location and a genre. You have 24 hours to submit your 300-word maximum story.
The theme this time around was The Seven Sleeper at Ephesus, which I had never heard of. I also warned James not to worry if search engine history had words like opium den, pipes and lamps in it. The other thing that made this piece a challenge was that I have not written humor before. It ended up being one of my favorite pieces to write. I had a blast trying to incorporate all the different elements into it.
George fumbled getting his phone out of his pocket. He cursed as he tried to type Catherine a text. These damn human thumbs, so fat and inflexible.
Thursday, August 4, 1870
5:02 pm Catherine —are you there?
5:03 pm Oh George, I was so worried.
5:04 pm I’m fine. I landed on earth three days ago. Sorry I didn’t text sooner. The trip was uneventful except my wings keep popping out of my skin. Can you bring the brown bottle of glue when you come?
5:05 pm Sure. The kids and I are almost packed.
5:06 pm I found a little shop. It has the most beautiful pipes, I can’t stop rubbing my human hands on the wood. The people here are so kind too. Everyone lays around in a dreamlike state with their long pipes and lamps, it reminds me of the seven sleepers of Ephesus. I think it may be how the Earth-folk eat.
5:07 pm Interesting. I wonder if it is like planet Oratail where they live on vapor?
5:08 pm Too soon to tell. My preliminary reports are that earth looks to be inhabitable.
Tuesday, August 9, 1870
8:30 am Are you ok? I haven’t heard from you. The pods are almost ready. Is it safe for the kids and I to come?
9:00 pm I’m so sorry, Catherine. I was out with the squad.
9:01 pm Squad, like an ambulance? What happened?
9:16 pm No, nothing like that. The squad is Earthling talk for my friends, my groupies.
9:17 pm You are acting weird, George.
9:28 pm Nope. I’m as good as ever. Earth is euphoric. I’ve picked out a blue pipe for Leroy and one with a beautiful design for Elroy.
9:30 pm George, you are the best. The kids will love the toys.