Drabble: What’s that?

My response to the prompt construct.

Genre: general, family, humour


~What’s that?~

The two siblings stared into the glass case, little hands pressed against the invisible barrier.

“What’s that?” the younger brother asked.

The older sister studied the large dark dome and the funny groves and projections on it.

“It’s a helmet for giants,” she declared.


Behind them, their parents stifled a laugh.

“A helmet?” the father whispered.

“Could work. If someone hollows it out first,” the mother replied.

The two children turned their attention to something else, and the parents followed them to another display.

“What’s that?” the younger brother asked, pointing to a structure covered with feather and beads.

“Clothes for the giant.”

The parents disguised their laughter as a cough.

“Didn’t know you were such a fan of giants,” the father whispered to the mother, who was one of the artists participating in the art exhibition and the creator of both the giant’s ‘helmet’ and ‘clothes’.

The mother slapped him playfully on his arm. “I blame your recent giant bedtime stories.”

The father grinned and raised his camera. “Kids, look here. Say cheese.”

Well trained, the children spun around and gave them great toothy smiles. The father snapped the happy picture to be used in a few years to tease the kids mercilessly.

Sometimes, having kids was great.



When I first saw the prompt, my first thought was, I have zero inspiration for this.

Having zero inspiration didn’t mean that I shouldn’t bother, so I brainstormed a few ideas. I considered exploring the creation of the Wilhem Dolls in Perfect Junk, or the city wall in Defenders of the Wall, or some sort of superhero power relating to creating things.

But I wanted to create something new, and this happened. *shrug*


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