An Exceptional Child

Posted: December 12, 2018 in Friday Fictioneers
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Throughout the year, people noticed changes in the sky. Venus went missing. Then mars. Soon Neptune disappeared. Scientists met. Threw out ideas: Changes in atmospheric conditions? Shift in the earth’s rotation? Thickening of moon dust?

Mrs. Peterson was thrilled when Jimmy began spending more time in the garage, hunched over his computer, wires dangling from rafters, tape stuck here and there. Positive that he would provide the answer she let him be until a bolt of lightning shot through the roof and curiosity took over. What she saw through the window was astonishing.

“Oh, Jimmy, you must put them back!”


  1. neilmacdon says:

    He has planets in his mancave? Wow! I want one of those

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  2. Danny James says:

    All bow to Jimmy!

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Like some futuristic Bond villain is Jimmy, stealing whole worlds for himself! Good fun 🙂

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    A very exceptional child, indeed… A lot of kids have tiny solar systems in their rooms, only Jimmy has the real thing!

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  5. Kalpana Solsi says:

    Jimmy seems to be an exceptional kid.

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  6. wildchild47 says:

    Brilliant idea and why not? although I suspect it would throw more than just a whole lot out of whack! Fresh and original idea 🙂

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  7. granonine says:

    Loved this. What a brilliant kid. And his mom’s understated reaction, as if it were nothing more than few tomatoes from the neighbor’s garden 🙂

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  8. pennygadd51 says:

    Like Linda, I think the mom’s understated reaction absolutely makes this story!

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  9. A delightful story and creative take on the prompt. 🙂

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  10. Dale says:

    Ha ha! Whoa Jimmy!!!

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  11. Ha ha ha, she should have given him the money for the bulbs when he asked for it 🙂

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  12. draliman says:

    There’s always someone somewhere who thinks it’s okay to steal planets 🙂

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  13. Sandra says:

    That’s taking an interest in astronomy just a tad too far. Unusual take for you this week, Alicia.

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  14. That’s a serious skill… I hope he knows how to reverse the process… (and that he doesn’t decide to bring in the sun)

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  15. Dear Lish,

    I laughed out loud at the end. Jimmy, put those planets back where you got them. Cute and funny. Thanks I needed that. 😀



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  16. plaridel says:

    i think this jimmy is naughty. no christmas presents for him if he doesn’t put them back. 🙂

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  17. Violet Lentz says:

    First laugh out loud in the lot!!! love it!!

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  18. ceayr says:

    Ah, his own orrery, the real thing miniaturised!

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  19. When I was young I collected postage stamps – how things have changed!

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  20. The boy could have been little Dougie. He’s always checking out the celestrial realm.

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  21. lisarey1990 says:

    Think it sounds cool but if there’s any inhabitants on the planets they may not like the idea so much! Fun read.

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  22. Liz Young says:

    She was remarkably restrained under the circumstances.

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  23. Hahaha This was so cute. Nice job.

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  24. jillyfunnell says:

    Lovely contrast between her benign existence alongside Jimmy then her discovery of what he’s been up to – beautifully written and a fantastic idea for a longer story.

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  25. 4963andypop says:

    Well, we all wonder what our kids are up to out there on the internets…great last line.

    Funny, when I read the title, I wasn’t sure what was coming. In our neck of the woods, “exceptional” is a euphemism, used by the school system for kids with learning difficulties. :). Some of those “exceptional” kids who have splinter skills ( areas of impressive strength) might be able to pull something like this off!

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  26. StuHN says:

    What a way to study the cosmos up close. Fun

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  27. Love the geekiness of Jimmy and as others have said, his down to earth mum. What’s a few missing planets here & there ? Witty writing. Well done.

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  28. Wow he’s nicked the planets, he’s a very naughty boy. But you have to admire his ingenuity, nicely done

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  29. Amazing imagination at work. Well done!

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  30. James McEwan says:

    Loved the humorous tone. Reminded me of Sheldon in the ‘Big Bang Theory”.

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  31. Exceptional child, to say the least!

    Good story.

    Your fellow blogger,


  32. LOL…well THAT was unexpected!

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