What if we’re the only species that get freaked out by the “uncanny,” what if that’s just a mammal thing and with the idea that inanimate objects that look like us “could” spontaneously come to life and try to kill us is something that only we even so much as think of.
A group of alien crew mates find this out the hard way by buying human Jane what they think is a nice gift; an old “china human shaped doll” with jet black hair, scarlet red lips, pale china face and paler glass eyes.
Granted it is “preloved” possibly was a child’s, it’s a little dirty and chipped, some kind of squiggle has been drawn on it’s face but human Jane so holds close her Earth “art pieces”. They believe this object resembling a innocent human young, though battered ,would make a good addition to her small collection.
They take it back to the ship with them and place " the thoughtful gift” on her cabinet by her bed in her quarters, this way she will see the “lovely” gift as soon as she enters her room. They all hide round the door in the room opposite to watch her gleeful surprise, human Jane likes surprises so they don’t wish to spoil it by just handing it to her.
After serval minuets Jane appears and makes her way to her room. The aliens huddle closer in anticipation of watching her reaction of joy. Jane walks into the room. She freezes. They huddle closer waiting for the signs of joy.
However serval minuets seem to go past. Jane doesn’t move a inch. She doesn’t even seem to be breathing. Wide eyed she is stands staring the doll straight in the eyes. Some how she seems to be even stiller than even the doll it’s self.
The aliens look at each other perplexed… Is this what these “dolls” are suppose to do? They could of swear they have seen human infants play happily with such things in the past! Does she not know what it is? Can she not see it is a toy human shaped ornamental model? Wait have they accidently given her a gift to signify insult or threat? …Do humans even have those? Maybe this doll was made to practise the odd human “ Stair at each other” contest or “Mr Summon says” game? ….Maybe she is so over joyed they “broke” her?
One of them gets fed up of waiting and decides to move it closer to Jane so she can get a better look, it at least might make her snap out of what he hopes is a joyful trance and get her to just take the silly thing.
To all of their shock the doll has merely twitched before Jane bolts out the door, lobbing her clip board device as hard as she can towards the human toy as she goes, she vanishes down the hall, her ear piecing scream still audible even when she’s long vanished and hallways away.
The group of witnessing aliens simply stand, completely and utterly perplexed…..
“As a first-generation Japanese American, I’ve always wanted to play a samurai warrior like my Suicide Squad
character, Katana. Samurai are almost always male, so growing up in
America I had a hard time figuring out role models. Katana and I may not
have the same personality, but coming from the same cultural
upbringing, we share core values.
Japanese culture there’s this idea of putting others before yourself,
but I’ve also never wanted to let myself down. Someone recently told me
how refreshing it is to see an Asian woman as a superhero. That stuck
with me. Stand up for yourself and what you love.” - Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad (2016)