“Baba is there life outside our earth?”
Toto asked while inserting a metal antenna inside a milk carton. Unprepared Dad could not fathom the direction conversation was going, so he simply said,
“I don’t know son. Why do you ask?”
“Last night I was looking at the sky,”
Toto said while looking at Kanji scripts on a piece of paper
“I thought, do kids in other planets also drink milk? Do they have cows there? Can I talk to them baba?”
Toto often asked such questions. Teachers have complained and called these questions absurd. Other kids call Toto “pagla or nut case.”
Family friends say, “Toto has a fertile mind that asks unusual questions. He should be encouraged.”
Others say, “Kid is a fit case for an asylum.”
A thin line separates a genius and a mad man. Toto’s father did not know which side of the line his son stood.
Word Count: 152
Competition No. 185
This little piece of fiction was inspired by the weekly prompt challenge of Ist Oct, 2018 hosted by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks for reading! Other entries on the topic can be found here.
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