Friday, November 16, 2007

Alien Smoke Signals, by Terrika

Ashley woke up with her head throbbing, her eyes swollen, and her nose stuffy. She didn’t know what was wrong but she did know it wasn’t that time for “Mother Nature” to be due, so she was very puzzled. Something was strange feeling, and her house was extremely cold. She looked out the window and saw that the sky was darker than ever for an August summer morning. She called her boyfriend, but all she kept getting was his voice mail. She put on her house coat so she cold step outside. She grabbed her cigarette box and a lighter, pulled out a cigarette and lit one.

When she stepped outside on her porch, it was so cold that her windows had frosted. She looked around to see if she might see anyone. Her street was deserted as if she were the only person left. She knocked on her neighbor’s door but didn’t get an answer. She then heard a whirling noise coming from her backyard. She threw away her spent cigarette and lit another one. When she peeked around the corner, as if she were a secret spy, she saw nothing. She was beginning to feel more afraid. Her heart starting beating fast and her knees started to buckle. She tried to call her boyfriend again. She pulled out her cell phone and dialed his number. Again there was no answer just a static noise in the background.

Starting to get as annoyed as she was scared, she hung the phone up and started to walk in her backdoor. Suddenly something tapped her on her shoulder. She dropped her cigarette and phone as she jumped and twisted around to see what touched her but nothing was there. Frightened, she turned around to pick up her cigarette and phone. Her cigarette wasn’t there. She hurried up and grabbed her phone, rushed into the house, and locked the door.

Running into her room, she was startled again by the whirling sound this time it came from her bathroom. She walked up to the door and reached out to turn the door knob. She felt as if was moving in slow motion and her feet were stuck in sand. When she opened the door she couldn’t believe what she saw. A blinding light like those at a football game came from her bath tub. Her eyes grew big like an owl. She slammed the door and ran into her room and locked the door. She then heard jittering coming from the bathroom. She thought that someone was going to kill her so she grabbed her cell phone and called 911. When the phone kept giving off static she then tossed it across the room because she knew it wasn’t going to help her. She started to climb out the window when her door slammed open and two strange figures were standing in her doorway. They had rubber looking skin and football-shaped heads with no nose. She knew that they weren’t humans and couldn’t believe what was happening. They then raised they’re hands and started to suck her into their bodies. She tried to resist being sucked in but couldn’t help it. As soon as they got her in there touch Ashley blacked out.

When Ashley awoke she was in the middle of a cemetery. She searched her coat pocket to see if her cigarettes were in there. When she felt that they were, she took one out and lit it. She started to look around and couldn’t believe that she was just abducted by aliens and dropped off in a cemetery. But why did they drop her off in a cemetery? She was walking around trying to find the nearest person so she could get help. She seen this old looking man with a torn shirt and raggedy pants with no shoes on and it looked like he had no face smoking a cigarette walking toward a specific grave. She tried to ask him a question but he just going by as if he didn’t see her.

“Excuse me, Excuse me sir could you help me?” Ashley said as he kept going.

She watched as the man stopped in front of the grave site and then sank into the ground. She started to think that she was hallucinating. She tried to find the nearest way out herself. She then noticed that she was caged in. Then she saw a woman that looked similar to the man stop in front of a grave site and sink into it. Ashley walked over to the grave site to read it. It read: Here lays Samantha Smith a mother of two. We love you mom. Then she saw a cigarette engraved on her site. She then knew that the women must have died from smoking cigarettes. She turned to look at all the grave site’s and every one had a cigarette engraved in there site. She started walking and noticed something. On a site there was her name and a cigarette engraved in her site. She then knew why the aliens brought her here. She began to cry when the blinding light came back and she blacked out again.

Ashley woke up in her bed and started to look around. She looked out the window to see if the sky was dark but it was blue with white healthy clouds sitting and the sun peeking over the horizon. She walked outside to see if anyone was around and her neighbor’s and children were outside playing in the yard and pulling off for work. Ashley walked in her room and got her cell phone to call her boyfriend.

“Hello.” Her boyfriend said

“You won’t believe what I had a dream about.” Ashley said to her boyfriend

She told him what happened. She picked up her pack of cigarettes and threw them in the garbage. Ashley thought that the aliens were trying to protect her and she thanked them in her dreams.


BJ Lawson said...

Terricka -- as someone who has lost relatives to tobacco, including watching a slow, painful death from suffocation among oxygen concentrators and oxygen tanks, I found this to be a gripping and insightful post.

You guys are now on my blogroll. Great stuff.

Belle Starr said...

Oooh, girl, you are a strong writer. I'm a professional writer and writing teacher---and a woman who lost her beloved mom to lung cancer after she'd smoked for most of her 85 years.
Keep it goin' on and thank you.