Prompt 345-Commercialized

Is there anything you feel is too commercialized?

“Oh no,” La’vi groaned.

S’rai looked up from her holo and glanced around excitedly. “What? What is it?”

La’vi gestured with her favorite hand, the topmost left, toward the vendor across the market. “They’ve already started putting up decorations for Universal Awareness Day.”

“Oh! Is it almost that time of the solar revolution?” S’rai smoothed the fur around her neck as if she expected the parties to commence immediately. It wouldn’t have surprised either of them if a party did break out then and there.

“There are at least twenty more cycles between now and then,” La’vi said, folding all four of her arms across her chest. “It’s the dumbest holiday.”

“How can you think that?” S’rai sounded scandalized. “It is one of the most joy-filled days of the revolution!”

La’vi snorted. “It’s just an excuse to raise prices on everything from here to the Zeta quadrant and make money off all the tourists coming to Yadda in a ridiculous display of hospitality. It’s literally just a single cycle to remember that there are others out in our universe.” She sucked her frozen dairy beverage vehemently. “Universal Awareness. Oh, I’m aware of the universe, thank you very much. Can’t get a decent grooming anymore without tripping over peoples of other planets, never mind around UAD.”

“That’s not what it’s about,” S’rai scolded. “It’s about celebrating diversity and uniting planets all over the universe.”

“It may have started out that way,” La’vi said, “but look at it now.” She indicated the garish ornaments hanging from shop windows and the giant “UAD SALE” signs plastered up and down the corridor. “Now it’s just an excuse to sell merch and make bad films.”

S’rai giggled. With her large frame, it came out as a growl. “That is true,” she said. “The UAD films tend to be pretty terrible. Remember that one a couple years ago about the Terran and the Ionian’s daughter?”

“Talk about a backfire,” La’vi laughed. “I know a few Ionians who still avoid Terrans because of that film.”

“See? There’s amusement to be had, too,” S’rai grinned.

La’vi shook her head with a sigh. “I guess.” She shrugged. “I guess I’ll have to go shopping for a present for you now.”

“I guess you do,” S’rai giggled.

“I’m gonna complain about it the whole time though.”

S’rai leaned across the table and gave her friend a platonic kiss. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Notes: The creative front has been all over the place today. Between editing stuff for my November blog plans, taking part in some Twitter writing prompts, and watching anime half the night, I’ve had lots of ideas flowing through my head. Yesterday when I was looking ahead to tonight’s prompt to get me kickstarted on thinking about it, I decided I was going to do some silly tale about some mundane day that people get way too into.

Luckily, I have a lot of real life examples to draw on! Basically every single holiday here in the States is over commercialized if you ask me. And the fall holidays are so close together that they fight for who gets to come out first and stay the latest. I love watching the Halloween goths butt heads with the Christmas Elves halfway through September. Meanwhile I’m over here enjoying my PSL and eating Halloween candy while listening to Christmas carols.

What about you? What do you find is too commercialized? Do you have something other than holidays in mind? Write it down!

That concludes another week of prompts. I will return Sunday with a fresh batch for you! Have a great weekend!

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