“The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?” – Daily Prompt
I was about to return to our house after throwing the garbage outside when a whistle stop me. I turned around and sighed loudly. “Come on, you’re here again?” I asked the English-speaking extraterrestrial.
“What? I was done with the books you suggested yesterday.” It said.
“Do you even sleep?” I asked, but it just chuckled. “What do you want so I can get inside?”
“Well, a new read again. About what you, humans, are all about.”
I tapped my chin. “Well, I’ll recommend some history books, but that’ll be cliché. How about ‘The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher? Now, that’s a great read!”
“What’s it about?”
“Well, it’s tragedy-romance. If you look at it deeply, it means that humans can do anything for the one thing they love, even if it involves playing dirty, deceiving others and fighting to death for it. It also means that humans learn things the hardest possible ways, sometimes, and that a few times, what you hope for isn’t what you get.
It’s only a part of a human that you will know in this story so don’t fully take this read personally, alright? Are we done here?” I asked and yawned.
It rolled its eyes. “Yeah, yeah. Go inside now and I’ll look for that read.”
I turned to walk away, praying that I didn’t give a wrong read.