Well, that didn't take long. I walked down the hall to the restroom wondering what I might write about. By the time I got back, I had it. Here's a sample.
A grey-skinned alien next to Derek shouted something unintelligible at them.
"What the hell does he want?" asked Peter.
"How the fuck would I know?" yelled an exasperated Derek. "They didn't cover alien gibberish at orientation!"
Peter said, "Wait!" He closed his eyes and concentrated.
After something failed to happen for 30 seconds, Derek started to ask, "What are--".
"Shh!" shushed Peter through clenched teeth. After a few more seconds, there was the now familiar popping sound. In Peter's hands were two small headsets, a combination of earphone speaker, microphone, and vision enhancement device. "Huh. That's not quite how I pictured them," he said with amusement and surprise.
"What are they?"
"Translators, I hope. Took me a while to guess what shape they might be. I was going to try a fish next."
"Douglas Adams? The Babelfish?"
"Fuck your nerd shit, dude. Seriously. Give me that thing."
Coincidentally, it was at about 650 words when I decided to post this.
Nice! I'm looking forward to reading more (when December comes or I've hit 50k. No reading while writing for me, I've found the hard way).