“What?” I replied to my brother.
My brother responded, “LOOK OUTSIDE.”
I rushed to the door and opened it. “I don't see anything.”
My brother's voice grew increasingly agitated. “Up in the sky and down the street.”
I stepped out a bit onto the front porch, lifting my gaze upward. Still accustomed to the indoor illumination, my vision had not yet adjusted to the unbridled sunlight.
“I don't see anything but clouds.”
“Keep looking. You will see it,” my brother snapped.
Despite growing frustration at my brother's tone, I continued as he insisted. After a few more moments, my eyes finally noticed what it was my sibling had been so insistent about.
Its outline nearly matched the clouds in the background in terms of color. However, if one stared with sufficient intent, one could make out the faint hint of a metallic curvature.
My heart palpitated. It couldn't be. But it apparently was. “Oh myyyy....Is that a UFO?”
“No way,” my brother replied, almost dismissively.
“That's a UFO.” My limbs growing unsteady as I contemplated the import of my words.
My brother retorted, “You just want it to be a UFO because you believe they exist.”
“And why do you need to be so skeptical? If you don't believe that's a UFO, why did you bother me with this?”, I replied.
To that, he had no answer. It was difficult to transcend the overwhelming sense of dumbfoundedness that washed over the psyche as one contemplated the significance of the image seemingly floating there in the sky.
“It's just dangling there, “ my bother observed, “even though you can see right through it.”
I hypothesized, “It probably doesn't even have any physical substance.”
“You mean like an illusion?”
“Not exactly. I mean it's probably spiritual, slipping through from another dimension.”
My brother still did not want to concede to the validity of my speculations. But with no other explanations for what he was seeing with his very own eyes, he enunciated no further protests.
Curious onlookers began to gather, wondering what it was suspended in the sky. Arms and hands gestured upward.
The bottom of the translucent metallic outline slowly opened. A beam of light extended downward to the blacktopped street below.
My eyes widened. I walked down a few steps, wanting a closer look but trepidatious regarding the mysterious phenomena unfolding before me.
Apparently I wasn't quite as excited as the assembling throng. Though they were probably halfway down the street, one could still hear their enthusiastic yammering.
I descended to at least the bottom of the steps. From there, I would at least have a better view but be close enough to hurry back into the house if something dangerous was to transpire or something over which one would need a degree of plausible deniability if men adorned in certain downplayed hues came knocking to ascertain just how much individuals had witnessed.
A form slowly yet steadily descended through the bottom of what most would categorize as a spaceship or flying saucer. The gasps of the onlookers grew even louder.
The protrusion was a pasty gray, almost like clay in coloration. The end of this tubular extension flicked back and forth in an obviously serpentine manner.
But as the creature emerged from the craft, it became apparent that it was not entirely cylindrical. Two spindly arms branched off the upper sides of the torso. These appendages were held outstretched.
Given my religious background, it almost seemed as if the entity was posing in a crucified posture. To others, it could have just as easily suggested, “Come unto me all that are weary so that you may find rest.”
As the creature lowered itself in the tractor beam to the street below, that was exactly what the gathered began to do. A stretcher with a patient upon it was slowly pushed through the crowd.
The assembled could now see some kind of tube dangling from the entity's outstretched limb. A dark, viscous fluid dripped from it into what appeared to be a plastic collection bag.
Intrigued, I squinted to get a better glimpse of the spectacle unfolding before me. I informed my sibling, “That must be that abomination's blood. He's making it appear as if he is shedding his blood for them.” My brother simply deferred to my observation and analysis.
The entity look down at the convalescent reclining upon the gurney. What might pass as an expression of sympathy or pity formed on its nearly colorless face.
Medical personnel quickly took the tube dangling beneath the lifeform's extended appendage and attached it to the convalescent's arm. The dark, viscous fluid oozed into the patient's body.
The gathered observed in reverent anticipation. They barely said a word, but the attentive could still hear the audible gasps and sighs.
The invalid began to stir. Vitality returned to the previously near-lifeless body at a steady pace.
Eventually, the joyous person sat up in amazement under his own strength. He hopped to his feet with the enthusiasm of someone that had not been able to accomplish such a simple gesture in what seemed to him no doubt ages.
Cheers of adulation erupted. The hovering serpentine entity looked down and offered what it could of a smile. It looked upward as it ascended the tractor beam back through the bottom of the ethereal saucer.
Still watching from a distance, I turned to my brother and observed, “I bet the cost of that doesn't come cheap. And it will probably end up being a price we will all be forced to pay whether we want to or not.”
by Frederick Meekins
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