The Night The Aliens Came

By Brian Biswas

sfgenreThe night the aliens came I was sitting on my front porch, looking out over the cornfields. I saw the constellation Orion low in the eastern sky and a fuzzy patch near the middle star in the sword: the Orion Nebula, a stellar nursery. And from the tip of the sword came a blinding flash, a shooting star that streaked across the sky. It seemed so inconsequential; it had happened many times before. How could I have known it was the place from where the aliens came?

The next morning I came across the aliens' spaceship, a bright silver cylindrical craft, but with no distinguishing markings. The aliens had emerged and were looking out over the cornfields. They did not notice me. (Perhaps they considered me too unimportant to notice?) After awhile they got into their craft which rose silently into the air.

I returned to the cornfields night after night and, night after night, the aliens came. One windy evening, when the aliens had wandered off, I drummed up the courage to stow away aboard their vessel. The next morning, we rose up. And up and up and up. A pale dot in a clear blue sky.

As luck would have it, there was a porthole in my hiding place, and I was able to observe the heavens as we passed by. We passed the outer planets of the solar system: the great gas planet Jupiter; Saturn, the home of sorcerers; Uranus, which lay laughing upon its back; and Neptune, that pale blue watery world. For a moment I thought Pluto might be our final destination! Was I lucky enough to have been spirited away by a civilization from the Underworld?

But, alas, we zoomed by.

It seemed that the ship's rate of acceleration only increased. Soon we left the confines of our galaxy, and I found myself in the vastness of space. I felt an emptiness I had experienced many times before. Only this time I spied not a single atom. Was this the place from where the aliens came?

And then what I was afraid was about to happen happened: My mind was here and it was not here. My thoughts were here and they were not here. I found myself in a world that flashed in and out of existence, for consciousness itself had begun to fade.

When I awoke I was back on my front porch, looking out over the cornfields. I felt as if I was one-hundred years old. I thought of Isabella and of how it was before she slipped away. Later that night as I drifted off to sleep, I remembered how it was when I held her close, clinging to her for dear life, the edge of existence fading. Until the day when all would be as if it never really was. Like that misty unforgiving space out of which the aliens came.

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About The Author

Brian Biswas

brian-biswasBrian Biswas lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA with his wife and an ever-changing assortment of animals. He has published over fifty short stories both in the U.S. and internationally. His story "A Betrayal" was included in the speculative fiction anthology The Irreal Reader and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. "The Last Photon" was selected Web Short Story of the Day by fictiondaily.org.

Brian's most recent publications are in Perihelion Science Fiction, Cafe Irreal, and The Story Shack. He is listed in the International Writers and Authors Who's Who, Marquis Who's Who, and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

This story can be read in two ways. One, a straightforward narration of events (the aliens come down and spirit our narrator away). Two, the onset of a mental illness.

You can read more of Brian's work at his website, www.brianbiswas.com.

Or follow him on twitter: @brianbiswas

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