#fwf (4/13/14): strange stranger

2014-04-08 09.52.48
“tell me about that girl”


She liked the word “unique” rather than strange. From an early age, she determined she was not from here. By here, she meant earth, not the small town she grew up in. She lay on her back, looking up at the starscape to wonder which light in the dark night sky was her real home.

It’s not easy being a space alien, a stranger. She tried hard to learn the manners, customs, morals, perspectives, ideologies, and strategies. She was sure that she needed to fit in, to appear totally human before her mission was made clear. For practice she watched instructional television shows such as Mork and Mindy, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Alf, and My Favorite Martian. Obviously, aliens and humans found each other comical; there was always laughter from the actors or unseen people.

She found staying human difficult, not funny. She never grasped how the synapses of society fired; how humanity could be evil and good; selfish and altruistic; greedy and self-sacrificing. She was surrounded by these contradictions; how everyone had at least two “faces” they presented to the world. She had only one.

She stopped trying to fit in; to be a member of human society. She kept to the margins. Peeking in through the window, but never crossing the threshold of the door. If she were human, she would feel loss, loneliness, pain. But she didn’t. This was a more comfortable world for her as she lay and watched the night sky.


@ phylor 2014


8 thoughts on “#fwf (4/13/14): strange stranger

  1. Kellie Elmore April 16, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    i truly love how everyone seemed to embrace this girl. how there was a little piece of her in all of us and the ways you guys revealed her is fantastic!

    thank you!


    • phylor April 16, 2014 / 8:17 pm

      You gave folks a great prompt to work with. It is interesting how she did speak to a part of us — one we may or may not have explored before.


  2. Charlene Woodley April 15, 2014 / 11:40 am

    ‘That girl’ and I have a lot in common, so I really love the way you conveyed her thoughts about her environment, the people in it, and her proverbial shield of protection from it all. Very nice work! :)


    • phylor April 15, 2014 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks Charlene. I have things in common with her too. I guess that’s why I could express how she felt; the feelings weren’t unfamiliar.


  3. buildingalifeofhope April 14, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Really, a great perspective on what it is like to be an outsider; but also an underlying message about walling oneself off from others in order to avoid heartbreak.


    • phylor April 14, 2014 / 9:38 pm

      Yes, sometimes we try to protect ourselves by withdrawing, telling ourselves we don’t need anybody else. It’s hard to be the outsider, wanting to fit in yet never quite able to.


  4. debzywebzy April 14, 2014 / 5:10 am

    This is great coz you fulfilled the “about this girl” part of the prompt (which I don’t feel like I did haha) while giving a completely different take on it. An effective way to comment on humanity without getting too cliche or emotional (although emotions are a good thing but you know what I mean).


    • phylor April 14, 2014 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks! I thought about the “otherworldliness” and went with that. I’m off to read your story!


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