The Inhabitants of 402 – PART 3

“In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind. ” ~ Stephen Hawking

This is the third and final part of the fictional Inhabitants of 402, written on a whim and published in response to the word prompt Haywire from Weekly Prompts the site I share with my partner GC.

Previously Part OnePart Two


A couple of days later, George was waiting at Sally’s door. “Come on Sally, why aren’t you ready, I’ve something to show you!” he exclaimed 

“What’s the mad rush, where are we going?” she asked.

“You’ll see,” answered George excitedly.

After pulling on her bobble hat and buttoning up her warm waterproof jacket, Sally followed George as he sprinted down the steps of her building and into the chilly morning air.

Arriving on the corner of his apartment block, George took hold of Sally’s arm and led her towards the garbage bins. 

“Do you see it?” he asked as he pointed toward the side of one of the large bins.

Sally peered closely at what appeared to be thick beige slime with a green jelly substance toward the centre. “What is it?”

With a smug expression on his face, George proudly announced “It’s alien larvae! I’ve taken photos of it, and I’ve been collecting other evidence too, come on I’ll show you.” 

Leaning against the wall, George showed Sally his photographs, including lots of the woman in the bright green hat.

I’ve been watching her and the kids, they’ve hatched those alien creatures, and now they’re all living inside 402! If we go around the back of the building, we might be able to see one of them!”

Turning the corner, they walked straight into George’s angry father.

 “Come with me, both of you!” he instructed.

Inside George’s apartment, his mother looked nervous, and sitting opposite her was the woman in the bright green hat and the apartment manager.

“Why have you been spying on this family and taking photographs of them?” demanded his father.

George looked at his father with surprise, “Because they’re aliens, and I’ve been gathering evidence!”

“Aliens! George, what are you talking about?”

“That’s what you said the other day, you said the family in 402 were from another world, another planet” answered George.

George’s father looked uncomfortable; he shuffled his feet and cleared his throat before speaking.

“I said they were from the third world! I meant a country that isn’t as developed as ours, these people are immigrants, and they’re still unsure of what is acceptable here!”

chicken and duck

“But Dad, they’ve got alien creatures in their apartment!”

“No George, they’ve got chickens, ducks and a couple of dogs, they didn’t know that animals weren’t allowed, they have difficulty reading English. 

After apologising to the woman in the bright green hat and again to the apartment manager George and Sally left the room.

George opened the outer door: “Did you see her face Sally, did you see those strange, staring, eyes?”

Before Sally could answer, the pair were stopped dead in their tracks, blocking their exit were the supposedly innocent creatures from 402, the dogs, the chickens and the ducks! 


(C) 2019 Word Prompt Haywire from Weekly Prompts

Editorial Comment: Many thanks to my daughter Sophie for her animal drawings.

15 thoughts on “The Inhabitants of 402 – PART 3

    1. Thank you so much Derrick. It is exactly what happened at Gerry’s apartment building in Canada, minus the children with cameras! His disbelief and amusing remarks led to the story.
      I wish Sophie would draw more for me. Thank you againI do appreciate your kind comments.

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    1. I’m glad you like it. I stopped doing fiction when I disabled the old Facts and Fiction site. Thank you for your comments and for your lovely little drawings! 🙂


  1. Murphy's Law

    What a fun read….and what a great lesson to be learned! You left us with a bit of a “cliff hanger ” Sue. I hope that means there are more episodes in the works. You and Sophie make a great team. You are gifted with a great imagination and the ability to put it into words, and Sophie is a gifted artist who knows exactly how to illustrate your words.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thank you very much Ginger. It was a fun one to do. Unfortunately, Sophie is a reluctant artist these days. She did these ones some time ago and had completely forgotten she’d done them! I have a lot of her old drawings so I may adapt more in the future. Thank you again and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the story 😀


    1. Peter, thank you so much for your kind comments, very much appreciated. I promise not to look into their eyes, though it was a tad difficult not to when I was touching up the eye colour! These days Sophie is reluctant to pick up her artist’s pen more’s the pity.

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  2. Ooh that was a twist I wasn’t expecting, Sue! I thought there was something fishy about the green goo!! I have enjoyed reading about The Inhabitants of 402 & Sophie’s fabulous drawings are perfectly scary enough to look cutely alien! Peter’s comment made me think about Kenny Craig, the hypnotist character on Little Britain, “….Look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don’t look around the eyes, look into my’re under!” Beam me up, Scotty! 😉

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    1. Haha! I enjoyed writing it and it was based on a real event. Gerry actually had immigrant neighbours who had chickens and ducks in the apartment! Thank you Debbie 😀

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      1. He wasn’t best pleased about that situation but saw the funny side for the story. It brings it home to you that for some people this is their normal.

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  3. Ooh that was a twist I didn’t expect, Sue! I had a hunch there was more to that green goo! I’ve really enjoyed reading about The Inhabitants of 402, & Sophie’s fabulous alien animal drawings, are very cutely menacing. Peter’s comment reminded me of the hypnotist, Kenny Craig from Little Britain, “…look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don’t look around the eyes, look into my eyes. [click] You’re under!”
    Think it’s time to beam me up, Scotty!! 😉

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