For those of you who don't understand the joke in the title, I remind you of the terms, "two-way conversation" and "one-way conversation." In a two-way conversation, both people are talking to each other and listening to each other. In a one-way conversation, one person is talking and the other is listening.


The No-Way Conversation

Piper and Finn were walking through the fair on the newly-liberated Terra Gale. The terra's fair was being held in celebration of the liberation. It was the first terra fair Gale had held in nearly a decade. While Piper marveled at everything with glee, Finn was looking around and wondering why they were at the animal shows' part of the fairgrounds. People were leading their farm animals back and forth, and an unpleasant smell hung in the air.

"Isn't it wonderful, Finn?" Piper said. "Terra Gale free at last!"

"I think I just stepped in cow crap," Finn said aloud. "Shouldn't we join up with the others? You know, over by the rides? Where there aren't any cows?"

"This'll give the rest of Atmos hope!" Piper continued excitedly. "Once they see it is possible to repel Cyclonia, they might finally be convinced to join forces again, like they did under Lightning Strike."

Finn looked down and wrinkled up his nose. "It's squished all over my shoe. That's going to be smelling all day, dude!"

"The Council might finally take us seriously as a squadron now that we've freed Gale."

"Is there a rule here telling people not to let their cows crap in the middle of the walkway? There should be. Don't you think so? I mean, come on!"

"And I bet this'll teach Cyclonis a lesson, too," Piper said with a wicked smile. "It's nice for her to realize she's not invincible every once in awhile."

"Can we stop a second so I can scrape this off my shoe? Help me find a stick. That pile was as big as my head!"

Piper turned and scowled at him. "You haven't listened to a word I said, have you?"

"Uh . . . maybe?"

"Finn!" She spun around to glare at him but then stopped, her eyes widening. "What did I just step in?"

Finn raised an eyebrow. "Right. I'm the one not listening."


This was inspired by the thought of Finn stepping in a cow pie while someone was talking to him, and the entire time he was trying to get the dung off without anyone noticing. That grew into this.