The Golden Rule
Billy found a toy pistol in the playground.
"Itís mine," a girl said.
"Finders keepers, losers weepers," Billy hollered. He pointed the pistol at her and pulled the trigger.
Purple rays blasted the girl. She disappeared.
Shocked, Billy cried: "Oh God, I didnít mean to kill her. I didnít know it was a ray gun. Please bring her back to life. I promise Iíll say my prayers everyday, and go to church every Sunday."
The girl reappeared. Grabbing the pistol, she removed a gray disk, inserted an orange one, then shot Billy.
Billy disappeared forever.
Minutes later, a spacecraft landed in the playground. The girl boarded.
"Did you enjoy playing with Earth children?" her mom asked.
"Did you follow The Golden Rule when visiting foreign planets?"
"Yes, Mother. I did to an Earth boy exactly what he did to me. Only, I used a new battery."
submitted at 6:33pm
7 May 2009
Michael's stories have been published by 107 magazines and 30 anthologies.