Work was particularly long that day. Finn enjoyed having a corporate job. Talking to clients usually took up most of his time, but that morning, things were going slow. He only had one meeting that morning, and typing up briefs and reports felt like a drag that morning. No matter how hard he tried, he could not stop thinking about what had happened that morning.
Music could not save his thoughts either. He tried listening to different genres in an effort to start thinking about something else, but nothing helped. Not music, not work, nothing. He knew his will was not strong so instead of fighting the urge, he gave in, and opened Yahoo Search. Seriously, it is 2015. Use Google. Or even Bing.
"Alien abduction experiences". He took his eyes off the computer and looked at the cubicles outside his office. After making sure that no one was looking at him, as though they would have known what he was up to by just looking at his office, he started opening different search results. Most stories consisted of people sighting a UFO and claiming that they were kidnapped by aliens in the said UFO. Finn, however, had not seen any aliens. Yet anyway. Nor any UFOs. Just an odd place with hills and green sky. Although he could not relate with any of the stories he read online, he was convinced he was abducted by aliens. He was confused, dumbfounded, and scared. But still excited.
He paused, and thought about what he was doing.
"But it doesn't make any sense, how, why is 'alien abduction' my first thought in this situation?" he asked himself. Should have asked himself why not Google, in the first place.
"The red dust, the soil. That's really odd...", he continued. He wondered if he had been to any place recently with red sand, or red bricks. But he could not think of anything. Especially since he did not go out anywhere in sweatpants, being the pretentious corporate figure that he was.
Lunch time had come, and Finn and his colleagues made their way to the diner's across their work. While having their food, the topic of conversation was the usual - work, clients, office gossip. For the first time, Finn, who usually enjoyed these conversations realized how boring and useless they were. No one cared about how rude Jessica's clients were, or how Malcolm was rumoured to have killed someone while driving under the influence. It was all uninteresting and irrelevant. Finn thought even the Malcolm story was boring, but what does he know? He uses Yahoo Search.
All of a sudden, Finn felt overburdened. He actually felt like there was a physical pressure pushing down. He knew he had to say it, not because he wanted to share his experience but because he wanted to get it off his chest.
"So, I was abducted by aliens last night", he said calmly, as he sipped on his milkshake.
After a few seconds of silence, everyone erupted into laughter.
"Okay, okay. We get it. Our stories are boring", Jessica said.
"Didn't know you were a farmer, buddy. Got crop circles too?", Ajay amusingly enquired.
Finn realized that no one would believe him. For a brief moment, he felt dejected, but then he chuckled as he realized that this was for the best.
What if it was not real? What if it was just some odd dream or some weird glitch in real life? He did not want to be judged for his experience. No one would have believed him either if he would have tried to convince them.
Maybe this was for the best.