Alien eggsSophie had expected green eyes. The advert had promised her that. And it’s not that they weren’t attractive; they were actually stunning, made more so by the incredibly long matching eyelashes, but she’d have preferred a human body to be attached to them.

The advert had also said ‘unique’ and again it was telling the truth. It had just left out the fact that when it said ‘male’ the other options were female, antine and provine. Not that Sophie had known that this particular species of non-human had four genders until Yemandis had told her… along with the history of his planet, ancestors and some of their more peculiar customs.

It was with relief then that the waiter had brought the bill and Yemandis had insisted on paying for the entire dinner… all sixteen courses. Well, he did have ten foot concertina-style legs to fill. And even more of a relief when he looked her in the eyes; her two human blue ones with his six Antifden green ones and said, “I’m sorry Sophie, it’s not you, it’s me.”

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This story was taken from my Story A Day May 2011 collection. Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.

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