I Never Believed in Aliens. I'd Like To Keep It That Way, Thanks
“Hey, Chloe, weird question. Did you see anything unusual in the sky? Like, around 2 in the afternoon?”
“Uh, no. I don’t stare at the sky in my free time.” Chloe replied sarcastically.
Analiese rolled her eyes. “Okay, well, I did. I was walking Matteo to the park, and he was looking around and stuff, and he looked into the sky and saw an airplane. It didn’t look like your normal airplane, though. I want to see if I can somehow see it again. Are you able to meet me at the park in ten?”
“I’m actually about to go eat out with my family, so maybe later tonight? It’s… 5:32 right now. My family takes a while to eat, maybe around 9:30 or 10 tonight?”
“Yeah, I’m free. I don’t work today.” Analiese shifted on her bed.
“Alright, I’ll see you then!”
“See ya! Don’t stuff yourself.” Analiese warned as they ended the call.
Analiese put her phone on the bed and walked over to her desk. She opened her laptop and searched for answers. The only results that appeared were articles about UFOs, aliens, and everything in between.
“There’s no such thing as aliens, people,” Analiese muttered as she closed her laptop.
Answerless, Analiese slumped back to her bed and picked up her phone again, entertaining herself for four hours.
After what seemed like forever, Analiese’s phone buzzed.
Home now. Meet me at the park
Be right there!
Analiese jumped out of bed and held her phone tight as she ran out of her room. She leaped down the stairs, surprising her mother, who sat at her desk, working.
“Analiese, what are you doing?” her mother asked, once she recomposed herself.
“Oh, um, is it okay with you if Chloe and I head over to the park? We’re looking at the sky… for her online class.”
“Okay, just be home by ten and have dada drive you.”
“Alright! Thanks, mom!” Analiese said as she grabbed her scarf and earmuffs.
Analiese opened the door and stepped outside into the dark, wintery landscape. Already shivering, she walked over to her father’s workshop, where an ambitious young carpenter worked, surrounded by wood pieces and carvings. The sawdust scent and the noise of a circular saw immediately enveloped Analiese the minute she slipped inside the warm, cozy workshop.
“Dada!” Analiese shouted over the noise. “Dada!”
Erick Wolff finished his cutting and looked up, “Ja?”
“Can you drive me to the park? Chloe and I are heading over to stargaze. I already talked to mama about it. She told me I could go as long as you could drive me. Is that okay with you?”
“Uh, yeah, yeah, that’s fine. I just have to get cleaned up here.” Her father put away his saw, took off his goggles and gloves, and laid the wood on a pile of similar slices.
“I’m making a mahogany shelf for a customer up in Ucon township,” he said as they walked out the door.
“Isn’t that kinda far?”
“Only 11 miles away.” Erick got into his car and started the engine. “I should be able to finish it tonight and drive it up early tomorrow morning. My next project is a cabinet set. I’m making it out of alder wood with a walnut stain.”
“Ooh, walnut stain looks so nice!”
“I prefer mahogany, but it’s more expensive.”
In a matter of minutes, the pair arrived at the park.
“Thanks, dada!” Analiese got out of the car.
“Auf Deutsch,” Erick replied.
Analiese smiled, “Danke vater. Tschüss, ich liebe dich!”
“Ich liebe dich!”
Erick drove away, and Analiese walked towards the park fountain.
I’m at the fountain. Where are you?
Omw to the fountain
Analiese soon saw her friend, sitting peacefully on the fountain ledge, on her phone.
Chloe heard her friend’s footsteps and looked up. “Analiese! You’ll never believe it! I just saw it!”
“Where?” Analiese approached her friend.
“Gee, I don’t know the sky? Where else?” Chloe teased.
Analiese rolled her eyes. “Yeah, whatever. Where in the sky? How close?”
“It was just beyond the big maple tree. I could see just the outline. It definitely does not look like a typical aircraft.”
The girls stepped closer to the fountain into the clearing where they had a better view of the sky.
“Say ‘Hi’ to the Alien Cam, Ana.” Chloe brought out her phone and started recording.
Analiese smirked, “That’s ridiculous.”
“Just think, if we get even a glimpse of whatever this is, people will pay some good money to see it and make their conspiracy videos and such. I could get a pretty sum.”
“Analiese, look!” Chloe exclaimed and pointed behind her friend.
Analiese shushed her friend.
“What are they gonna do, Ana? Hear us from down here?” Chloe asked.
“Chloe Rene Angelos, you have been very sarcastic this evening.” Analiese teased her friend. “We’re gonna have some problems.”
Suddenly, the object shot a beam of light into a section of the park near the clearing. The grass rustled, and the wind blew harshly towards the girls. Shock and amazement froze the girls in place.
“It’s right there,” Chloe said.
“What do we do?” Analiese whispered.
“I don’t know. Watch it?”
“What if it comes closer?”
“I don’t know.”
The object moved again. This time, it was coming straight towards the girls.
“Run!” Analiese whisper-yelled.
Chloe and Analiese darted away from the fountain and towards the cover of the trees. They hid behind a tree and watched the object as it stopped directly above them. The girls caught their breath and looked at each other, wide-eyed.
“So, what are your thoughts?” Chloe whispered and tilted her phone to face Analiese.
Analiese rolled her eyes and smiled, “Oh my goodness.”
“Well, I think this is like something straight out of a movie.” Chloe turned the camera towards herself. “Ew, now I feel like a vlogger, we’re not doing that.”
Chloe turned the camera towards the sky to show the object through the leaves.
“Why isn’t it going away?” Analiese tilted her head to get a better view through the branches.
The light from before immediately turned back on again, illuminating Analiese. Her feet lifted off the ground, and she wriggled frantically to grab hold of something.
“Ana!” Chloe turned off the camera and looked for something to grab her friend with. “What do I do?”
“Chloe, do something!” Analiese yelled. She was almost to the ship. “Lasciami andare, mucche! Che diamine? Ich- was ist-”
The light turned off and, along with it, went Analiese.