A Familiar Object – Seen by Unfamiliar Eyes

Now that I have reached the 50K goal for NaNoWriMo, I can do some more of the #5MinuteFiction prompts. Tonight’s prompt was

Describe something that you know through the POV of a character that has never seen it before.

This was tough at first. I almost gave up. By the time it was over, I was happy with it. Here’s the story:

Traveling across the universe evokes some interesting stories. I remember the trip to Primesan 3. They were, at first glance not a very technological society. But then….

I remember seeing the small rectangular object. I picked it up and looked at it. It had a shiny side that glowed sometimes. When I turned it over, it didn’t shine, it was black. I knew it was unimportant – anything made of black had to be unimportant.

Then, I hit a button. A Picture appeared on the shiny side. It appeared to be a picture of a young life form from the planet. I smiled. I had figured out that it was unimportant and now I realized it was merely a child’s toy. I did think the way of identifying which child owned the toy was ingenious.

But what did it do? What was so exciting about this toy that could keep a child occupied. Surely it had to do something. I rubbed my hand across the picture, just to see if it would do anything.

Miraculously it changed so that many pictures were on top of the child’s face. That didn’t seem like a lot of fun. I wondered if there was some kind of matching game to make the whole picture show up again. I tried pushing one of the pictures.

I have no idea what happened, but all of the sudden pictures of gems started falling down. “This might cause a child to watch it,” I thought.

Then, suddenly it made a loud clanging noise. I thought I had won something just for watching those pictures, but the noise continued. I pushed all over the box until suddenly a voice came out. “Harry! Harry! Is that you?”

“Demon! Witch!” I yelled and I threw it as far away as I could. As I watched the people, I realized that they must be enchanted by the witch – so many of them carried those boxes and held them to their ears to get a message from the gods.

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