Exhibit C: An Earthling Bar


Copyright-Ted Strutz


‘Ladies and gentleman, kindly proceed to exhibit C… Thank you…

‘This is what Earthlings used to call a Bar.  Archaeologists have found evidence to suggest that in establishments such as this, Earthlings used to worship their ancestors.  Little is yet known of the rituals that used to be played out in here except that the essence of the dead humans was captured and stored inside the glass containers you can now see behind the long altar. The ancestors’ spirit was then ingested, producing a feeling of euphoria or dysphoria, depending on whether the spirit trapped inside was good or evil…’

For Friday Fictioneers.  A little hint of Sci Fi for you this week.  Hope you like the history lesson!

45 comments on “Exhibit C: An Earthling Bar

  1. The “like” part just keeps saying it’s loading but doesn’t. But I liked your story. I especially liked the part about having two distinct, different effects.


    • Sandra says:

      It does that to me on some blogs, but it’s probably something to do with your server or something (far, far from being a technical person here). Usually I reload the page and it comes up okay. I’ll note your ‘like’ mentally though 😉

      Thanks for your comment, Janet.

  2. ha yeah those spirits will do it to you
    nice take on the prompt

  3. lexborgia says:

    Very original with a unique flavour; a lovely concoction. Well done. Cheers.

  4. Well that explains tequila! Thanks.

  5. Sheila says:

    Hahah! I really enjoyed this. Those Earthlings can be pretty silly drinking spirits like that. They just might be impossible to figure out.

  6. Oh, that was clever. Drinking spirits.
    Here’s to a little ancestor worshipping!
    Cute tale and very well done! Randy

  7. Catherine Louise Gurganus says:


  8. Lily Mugford says:

    What an imagination, well written little glimpse into the future and how we imagine life from little evidence.

  9. Ankita says:

    What a take on the prompt! Loved it! 🙂

  10. kz says:

    lol loved the imagination in this piece.
    so that’s how they’re gonna write our history. >< lol

    • Sandra says:

      History is written by the victors; who knows which alien species will invade in the end! Maybe they’ll make us all look like little rodents…

  11. Mystikel says:

    Humans and their primitive rituals! Nice take.

  12. Joe Owens says:

    There is a misconception at times that getting drunk is mostly to dwell on the negatives, but as you wrote some do it for the euphoria. I don’t do it at all, so no experience to say which is which is usual.

  13. 40again says:

    I wonder which planet the ladies and gentlemen are from?
    Great imagination at work

  14. I really love the misunderstanding on spirit here… 🙂

  15. Shreyank says:

    clever witty take on the prompt ! 🙂

  16. Dear Sandra,
    What the tour guide didn’t mention was that this type of worship was often followed by the worship of the porcelain god. Well done story.

  17. elappleby says:

    I love the idea of aliens completely misinterpreting what we’re up to! Great stuff – very imaginative 🙂

  18. Amusing and insightful!
    Well done.

  19. neenslewy says:

    Fantastic take- and a good explanation as to why some people are happy drunks and others are a nightmare – I have always wondered!

  20. I liked it. It’s always been one of my bugbears that archaeologists so readily explain away anything obscure about ancient civilisations by reference to religion or ritual. It’s almost a comfort to see alien archaeologists doing the same thing 🙂
    Sorry I’m so late with a comment.

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