It was dawn when the team from SETI and those from NASA witnessed the ship’s entry into the atmosphere and began settling upon the coordinates that had been sent to them by the visitors. The president, politicians from both parties, every religious leader in the country, and those who believed the visitors to be God returning to claim his ‘kingdom were also present. Millions more watched in awed horror as humanity’s fate came silently from the sky.
the scene was very much the same elsewhere in the world. Europe. Asia. Africa. The Middle East. Australia and the south Pacific.
“Yam,” the lead visitor stated without moving his humanoid lips, “That I am.”
“Yah,” Another began, “that I am. Weh be my title.”
“Jesu,” another moved to the front of the group that appeared as most envisioned Christ to be, white, long haired, bearded, thin, and very American in appearance, “That I am.”
“The end of time has arrived!” The murmur began coursing its way through the religious leaders and rapture-hopefuls. “They are here to rapture us away from this cesspool of evil!”
“We come in peace,” The one who had addressed himself as Jesu began, “and to bring peace. We come to bring you Heaven on Earth. An end to your sorrows.”
“Come,” Yam interjected, “and learn war no more. learn to serve your fellows as you serve the Lord you God.”
“become princes of men,” Yah seemed to smile at the phrase as he spoke it, “under us.”
“Let us bow and give thanks,” One of the religious leaders urged, “for the Lord has returned to put to death this world!”
A cheer rose above the religious collective present. a horrible, ignorant, blind cheer. As if they relished in an end they could not possibly know awaited them.
“We should learn from each other,” one of the scientists offered, “you could teach us of new technologies. New methods of farming. New medicines.”
“all in due time,” Yam urged, “Now, we must meet with your leaders.”
“I am leader here,” the president rudely pushed his way to the front with his cabal of criminals and the congress members who supported his corruption, “I rule this land.”
“Then,” Yam grinned darkly, “I shall start with you. Then, I will meet with those who would pray to us.”
“Shall we go to the White House?” The president demanded. “Or shall we meet on your ship?”
“We shall go to your abode,” Yah stated emotionless, “for now. Future meetings will take place upon our ships.”
“As you wish,” came the response.
The alien visitors were ushered into limos and sped away to the White House. The religious leaders, praising the lord, took their leave with their respective flocks. All who had gathered scattered until only the scientists remained.
As they studied the ship, the scientists seemed to suddenly realize that these visitors were not what they claimed. They were not gods. They weren’t saviors.
“Dear God,” One of the scientists muttered, “what have we done? What horror have we brought upon humanity?”
More aliens flooded from the ship and surrounded the scientists. A select few were lucky enough to escape, but the majority were taken captive. The subjugation of Earth had begun.
I watched the broadcast. I could see past the illusion being cast. I could see the aliens for what they were. Predators. Slavers.
I could not believe my eyes as I watched the scene. Though I could believe that the religious community was suddenly willing to give all in order to follow these aliens, and that our government (as corrupt as it was) was willing to meet peaceably with these monsters, I could not believe the initial response of the science community. Sure, these beings represented a chance to learn advanced technologies, but that was not why they came.
Though we had sought them out in friendship, they had come to enslave and to slaughter us. to eradicate us. Make us extinct.
Billy MOnroe, Mac Stephens, and Larry White sat on the couch watching the telecast with me. Mac was so deep in shock that he couldn’t utter a single word. Larry’s mouth had dropped open at the precise moment the scientists had been taken.
“Can you believe that shit?” Came out of Billy’s mouth every time something happened.
“Billy,” I stated grimly, “I haven’t believed much since the current administration got into office. This was something I have always feared might happen, but hoped I would never see.”
“Whadya mean?” He whipped his gaze to me, his face whits as a ghost.
“Humanity is just not as intelligent as it believes itself to be,” I sighed, rubbing my eyes, “even the scientific community isn’t as smart as it wants to believe.” I looked over at him. “Don’t get me wrong, they’re a hella smarter than most of us, just not smart enough to know better than to call out to the rest of the universe at this time. Not smart enough to realize that the other races out there might not be all that goddamn friendly.”
“so I see,” he muttered, still trying to grasp what I had just said, “whadda we do now?”
“Well,” I took a deep breath as I began, “we begin looking for others like ourselves. Military. Civilian. Medical personnel. The scientists who escaped…as well as those who were not there for whatever reason.
“Then we begin looking for allies beyond this planet. Anything that can combat these fuckers. Anything that can destroy them.
“Then we try to convince the rest of the world that these visitors are not our saviors. They ain’t ‘God’ or ‘Christ’. We hafta convince people that these aliens are only wanting to enslave humanity.”
“Aright,” he nodded, coming out of his shock, “how do we do that?”
“I dunno,” I shrugged, “I ain’t never done the hero thing before. Never really wanted to.”
“Guess we’ll wing it,” he stated.
“First thing we hafta do is snap Larry and Mac outta their shock,” I admitted, “we’ll need all four of us on this.”
“Let’s get started then,” He averred, “it’s gonna be a long affair.”