Silent Observers (Short Story) by C.D. Reimer
Approx. 1,460 words.
Published on July 1, 2011.
After a deaf person leaves behind a pen and card requesting a donation, money wasn't the only thing being collected. A team of xenobiologist students from another planet are monitoring the eating habits of humans in their most natural environment: the shopping mall food court. (A 1,000-word short story.)