Daily Snippit: Science Fiction

Mary officially-unofficially dubbed them Quan before Mark could rally the troops and cement the furry little aliens’ designation as Tribbles. True, the pair was looking to polish off everything (and anything) with sugar in it, but they were hardly breeding like Tribbles… As far as anyone could tell.

Ever since the two apparent pets had been rescued from the drifting spacecraft, they’d been slowly working their way into everyday life. In less than a week, the sight of the two furballs barreling down the corridor in the midst of playing tag with the kids wasn’t cause for alarm. The Navy might want them under lock and key, but until a cruiser actually made it out to the Far Side of Nowhere, the station wasn’t about to play along.

Karin’s oldest son had taken to teaching them to mimic some of the classic science fiction shows and Mounds was absorbing them with startling speed. Thankfully Almond Joy was less enthralled, the smaller grey Quan seemed more interested in mimicking the random kitchen gadgets than people.

A blender noise from her feet alerted Mary that someone was in need of a snack. She paused in her cooking to toss the Quan a bite of the protein slab. It might have been the station’s answer to Spam, but Almond Joy seemed to love it. There was a oddly contented mimic of the air recycler’s purr as the strange little fuzzball retreated to her lair under the computer desk.

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  1. nmdrkangl

    Quan, quan, quan, quan, quan quan quan QUAN!

    1. Martha Bechtel

      Quan? Quan, quan quan-quan. Quan, quuuuuuuuuuuuuuuan. *nods* Quan.

  2. nmdrkangl

    and let me guess… Mounds is the female? *G*

    *dances to the jingle in his fevered head*

    1. Martha Bechtel

      Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t… ^_~

      I can actually never keep track on which one is female. I think both of them are at this point… Darn you inconsistant story notiations! ^_^;;

      1. nmdrkangl

        Almond Joy’s got nuts… Mounds don’t

          1. nmdrkangl


            I like my idea better. Any guy who would want to name them Tribbles would be more than immature enough to name them Almond Joy and Mounds for precicely that reason. So says an immature guy who would likely name them tribbles

            1. Martha Bechtel

              I bow to your unfathomable yet unquestionably male logic. ^_~ *snickers*

              1. nmdrkangl

                unquestionably male, huh?… must be the beard.

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