Over By The Tree

Digital StillCamera


‘What? Where?’

‘Oh… hang on. No…. It doesn’t matter.’

‘What doesn’t matter?’

‘No, it’s gone now… forget about it.’

‘How can I forget about it now? When I don’t know what it is I’m supposed to be forgetting?’

‘I said it didn’t matter.’

‘It’s too late for that now. Now, it does matter, because until I know what it is, I’m going to be wondering about it. Trying to find out what it is and why it was so important for a moment and then – arbitrarily, as far as I know – it suddenly wasn’t.’

‘Oh, shut up.’


‘Why must you always make such a fuss about everything? There was a… something over there, but it has gone now.’

‘I don’t make a fuss abou….’

‘Yes, you do.’



‘That’s something you do. You start something off like this stuff about this whatever it was you thought you saw, and when I try to find what you are on about, you blame me.’

‘Well, I was just….’



‘No, I won’t shush…. Hang on, what are you staring at…?’

‘It’s back…. Look, over there… under that tree.’

‘Which tree? We are in the bloody woods, if you hadn’t realised. One thing about this place is…. Oh, shit…. What is that… that… thing?’

‘I dunno…. But what is that thing that… thing is pointing at us?’

‘It’s an alien… got to be…. Come on, let’s get out of here! That thing in its hand looks like a gu….’

‘Geoff? Geoff! Oh, shi…! Geoff! Oh, god, it’s pointing that thing at me, n….’


Published by David Hadley

A Bloke. Occasionally points at ducks.

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