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"Ha! Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

"It is a gun. But I am also happy to see you."

"...I knew it was a gun, Rich. I was making a joke, you know? Because your gun was sticking out like- oh, nevermind. You friggin' aliens will never get the joke."

"You could try the line again? I will laugh this time."

"No. It's ruined now."

"Is that why you are upset, then?"

"I'm not upset. It just would've been a good joke."

"You are upset. Your symptoms show it."

"Gah- I told you to stop doing that! You don't need to know my body temperature or metabolism at the moment or whatever the heck you were looking for. Stop using your weird power things."

"They are not weird."

"Maybe not on Mars."

"I didn't come from Mars."

"You know what I mean!"

"Sometimes I am not sure, little earthling."

"Seriously. Don't call me that."

"I have nothing else to call you, since you stated that you preferred me not to call you Elizabeth Sandra Lener."

"That's my full name. Just call me Liz. Don't you aliens have nicknames in some way?"


"Well, geez. Okay then."

"...I am still confused on the matter of what to call you. Is Liz acceptable?"

"Yes, that's fine. I don't like hearing my full name, anyways. Reminds me of my parents."

"I was not aware that such a thing would be bad."

"It's not, for most people. Just... I didn't really like my parents, so, yeah..."

"I... I am- I do not know what to say at this point."

"That's alright, Rich. You don't have to say anything."

"But, I...What do earthlings say to one another to cheer them up?"

"It depends. Sometimes it's 'everything will be okay', or 'cheer up', or sometimes they don't say anything at all. Sometimes actions are better than words."

"What sort of actions?"

"Oh, I dunno; hugs, a clap on the back."

"What is a... hug?"

"....You don't know what a hug is? That's pretty standard knowledge down here, Rich. I thought you said you knew everything about us there was to know."

"Everything I know is from books, or paper. Emotion was not... included, or translated correctly."

"Huh? What do you mean, 'not translated correctly'?"

"There were mentions of different emotions that I read, but, ah... I believe that the authors were confused. They did not 'translate', or, what is the word.... they did not explain them correctly. I know that being rude or insulting will result in a human taking offense. I know that a compliment will produce a smile, or heightening of happiness. But I still cannot predict or describe a great many emotions that you have shown me. It is frustrating."

"If it makes you feel any better, a lot of humans get frustrated with that, too. It's not easy for any of us."

"Thank you. It does make me feel better."

"...C'mere for a second."

"Ah! Liz... wha- what is this?"

"This is a hug. Now you put your arms around me."

" this?"

"Yep. You're a natural, Rich."

"...I like them."

"Everyone likes hugs."

"What happens now?"

"Now... we let go."

edit FANAAAAAART. Of the highest talent, from the always awesome :iconreubendeflash:- she drew a comic for these characters! Please go check it out, it's funny and awesome and gorgeous. >>> [link]

editedit MOAR FANART>>>> [link]


dialogue only! i honestly wasn't going to try it, but then someone- i'm not gonna name any names (*cough*~austheke*cough*) convinced me to try it after writing one herself. And it turned out to be really fun, so, thank you! :hug:

AND GO LOOK AT HER DIALOGUE ONLY STORY THAT SHE PUT UP. My goodness, it was amazing- [link]

So, originally this was for the genre meme, for the "comedy" section, but then it grew too big for the two-paragraph limit, and then it grew some more, so...

yeah. why do i keep writing about stuff like this? i keep writing drabbles about aliens and science fiction and gah.

also, i tried to figure out a better title for this, like a more technical term for "hug", but there was NOTHING. other than "embrace", or "linking of limbs", or something dumb like that. ha.

Liz, Rich @ ~AndThenYou
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hehehihi2023 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even know these characters and I already love them!
Explanoite Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist
"You could try the line again? I will laugh this time."

"No. It's ruined now.

This made me laugh :)
el-fordo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015
Wow I wish I wrote this! Packs such a punch in so few words. I imagined a whole scene and setting and, upon rereading, realized the entire story is dialogue. Well done.
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist
My first thought was Alien Nation…) never watched it but anyway that's where my brain went.
DawntheHedgie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
....I know nothing of these characters. I only know that this is adorable. And that's all I need to know.

Also, I kinda... never thought an alien wouldn't know what a hug was. ._. They're everywhere.
save023 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I had finally hit rock bottom I was able to regain my independence using this these days im making my way to the top take a look at what I mean
demarc0 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had tried everything finding this was the greatest thing thats ever happened my success was effortless just think of all the possibilities
AkatsukiLoverXDX3 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lunnett Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was adorable, I'm not familiar the characters, but it was REALLLY cute.
KiarraD Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you should wright more Rich and Liz story's, their so nice!
KiarraD Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! this is so cute!
christinask97 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a whole story with those characters or is this like an one-shot? Because it's adorable and I've officially fallen in love with Rich and Lizis hillarious. So if there is more, please, PLEASE post a link, I'm dying for more.
lalaith913 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Writer
Really cool, and the contrast between the two voices is really specific without being exaggerated. Loved it!
ilkovenicodiangelo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I love it its so funny
FairyBubblePuppy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
That's so cute :)
PercyFTW Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
buzzjh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
It's funny how your icon shows Blaire and Prosper hugging, right besides the title "Hug". hehehe
Danzi343 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
This was so cute!!! XD loved it!
GreenBeanMarie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Give a kiss to your hand (left hand)
2.-Say the name of your love.
3.-Close your hand
4.-Say the name of a weekday
5.-Say your name.
6.-Open your hand
8.-Paste this in 15 comments and the day you said (step # 4) will tell you she/he likes you and you will be asked to be engaged. If you dont do . you will suffer wrong going on 3 years
Perey Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This is really cute. The pure dialogue works really well. The scene made me smile. Humans are difficult to understand. I like Rich, he is sweet.
CopyThatCat Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Mayyuo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So, I thought at first I won't like it... you proved me wrong. :) It was simple and sweet. Rich and Liz are soooo precious.
Zeeberg Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist
This is the most precious thing ever.
Uneclipsed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Bwahaha! I really like this.
minimgardens Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
pleasepleasepleaseplease write more about them PLEASE ugh
drawing4eva Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
my friend would say, "thats so lol!"
i agree :)
Icolorcat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sweet ^^ great job :)
woodsykid Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist was cool but somewhat confusing, maybe another to clear things up; a third that describes how they met?
haileystark Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww! I love this so much!
ArtIsMyWeapon12 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   Writer
Rich is adorable! He's just like "What are you doing, no touchy!" at first...XD
Noder Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I like it when someone is so foregin to emotion. Makes a good topic.
shermonsinmango Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, this is great. Yo're amazing at writing!
Quita123 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is adorable. :heart:
DriteAltia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Adorable <3
8countGirl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
This is rather adorable.
Sakera-Draw Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, i love this! :heart:
Elizabella Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
dgjasdbgjudbodnfnjsd Words cannot describe my thoughts at the moment, but I hope this broken down version will suffice: Ah, so cute. :)
RoxanneVL Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Rich reminds me SO MUCH of Spock. I love it!!!
Elizabella Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
FRENCH THE LLAMA! NERDFIGHTER!!! *crushes you in a pixelated, metaphorical hug*
Or, I at least assume you are, considering the proud display of the DFTBA-thing and the brilliantly nerdy commentary...
(Merlin, I hope you're a Nerdfighter, otherwise I'll sound insane xD)
RoxanneVL Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Alas, I am also a Nerdfighter! :) *hugs back* I love meeting other Nerdfighters online, it makes me so happy! Have a wonderful new year, DFTBA!
(and don't worry about sounding insane, I'm exactly the same way even if the person I'm talking to knows what I'm talking about :))
Elizabella Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
This message comes to you in three and a half parts:

1. I know right?! For some reason, it makes me all proud. Like the nerd community is finally rising and defeating the Decepticons! I hope it happens soon, though. Nerdfighteria hasn't hypnotized the Philippines yet. I've only met one IRL. (Pitiful, I know.)

2. Have a fracking brilliant year! :D

3. If only more people in this world embraced insanity. Whenever I act just a fraction of a bit crazier than usual, they all stare at me like it's illegal! Pfft, I think not-- I've checked. ;)

*And a half* I'm totally cool-liking right now.
sk8ter285 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soulmech1 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
If this were a book i'd totally buy it
Ash-Ellie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg me too! :D
garbs4444 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Writer
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