Riseof the Phoenix Writing Group
#5 Prompt hosted by Diana Jillian
|Earth as seen from Mars : NASA|
Brisk winds picked up the fine snow. Swirling and twirling, deep drifts formed along the paths which had once been two lane streets. Winter was deeply entrenched along the land. Blankets of white stretched for as far as the eye could see.
Hard winter’s had become a thing of the past. Lore handed down from Grandparents in the form of afternoon stories. No one had seen drifts reaching the rooftops, therefore it could not have really happened.
This weather so reminds me of my youth. Brothers, sisters and neighbors skating on the ice of the lake in front of our house. Or perhaps sledding down the hillside on the old wooden toboggan. Ski goggles on plowing headlong through drifts and dodging the trees! What fun to trudge back up the hill, set the sled, pile on and squeal all the way down!
The difference in this snow and the snow from my youth is the planet we are living on. It’s no longer Earth. We’ve moved on. They demanded we leave the only home our generations have known. Oh, there were stories, but we too thought them myth.
‘They’ appeared nearly twenty years ago. As if out of thin air the sky was filled with their crafts. So many over each countries capitals, it nearly blotted out the sun. I remember as though it were only yesterday instead of two hundred years.
We, Humans, found the Derinkuyu Underground City. They had anticipated our discovery and abandoned that location. They had moved to underwater caverns, we soon found many of those as well. They moved deeper into the oceans. Our “veils” were lifted and we began to notice them as they moved about.
The chronicles of Mesopotamia told us of their being, too many generations had transpired between their open existence on top of the planet. We forgot there were physical beings far greater than ourselves. Then something odd began to happen, people and I mean specifically women, began to simply disappear.
The stories some brought back and told were scoffed at. There are no “aliens” we laughed and pointed at the weirdoes who told tales of fertilization/implantation only to have the fetus removed. Turned out to be fact. We started noticing more and more anomalies among the successful people. Artists. Actors.
The shape of their ears, the odd coloration of eyes, the smoothness of skin. These all pointed to enhanced beings, born to be successful. Not simply exist. Born for success, to endear themselves to those of us who were born less of them and more of the earth. We are more animalistic. More prone to tend and care for one another. Not the ruthless “anything for the win” attitude of this new breed. They had bred with our species enough to reproduce should they want to.
They no longer had a need for us, the breeders, the dirty abusers of their planet, the slow witted.
We were deported. They did not want our type on ‘their’ planet any longer. They said they did not want to destroy their planet again in an attempt to purge it of us. They gave us the technology to build our own crafts and sent us on our way. Leave or die. We moved on,
The sun shines here every day. The wind howls, the snows do not melt in this region. Food is grown in greenhouses. There are entities here that frighten us. The night frightens us. We do not have the technology we had once had. New Earth is a new beginning.
And the Human cycle begins again.