SF Drabble #298 “Low Country Cooking”

“What is this? it’s delicious!”

The waiter looked at him quizzically until he remembered he had shut off his translator. He turned it back on and repeated: “This food, what am I eating?”

“It’s a boiled arthropod from Gwolb. A particular favorite of both my mates.”

“Arthropod? Is that like a spider?”

“I don’t know what a ‘spider’ is. You can look up the creature on your table computer: enter ‘Chiktakchit’.” The waiter shuffled away. 

He took another bite and while chewing, activated the computer. When he found a picture of a Chiktakchit, he spat it out onto his plate.

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