I took a long deep pull on the cigarette that was mixed with some weed. The drug policy at work was clear, don’t come to work high. But getting high was the only way to make it through work. Mixing it with tobacco hide it nicely. It was lunch time and I had walked over to the park not to far from work. Sat down on the same bench I always did and watched the world pass. Checking out the occasional jogger in yoga pants as she ran through life.
Holding the cigarette between two fingers I reached for my water bottle and unscrewed the cap and took a few deep gulps of carbonated water, grapefruit was my flavor of choice. A sudden bang caused me to drop my water bottle into my lap. It scared the living crap out of me, and now it looked like I pissed my pants. I looked around thinking it was a car accident, or a gun shot, or worse some kind of terror attack. Seeing nothing I turned my attention to the sky and there were four vapour clouds in the shape of circles, each one a little small than the other. Screams echoed through the park. I heard one person yell out that this was a nuclear attack and we were all about to die. I doubted that or we’d already be dead from the air burst. The only reason I knew this was from video games and movies.
An object in the sky slowly caused me to stand, my head titled up as I watched this ship come in to focus. It looked like a rocket ship straight out of 1950’s science fiction. It was cylindrical in shape and came to a rounded point with long fins attached at the rear with a flame that seemed to be cutting in and out. And the bloody thing was coming right at me.
I was in shock at being this close to some strange event, I wanted to move but my body was glued to the spot.
Sirens echoed in the city behind me as emergency services rolled up on to the scene. Police cars jumped the curb, followed by swat vans. Shit was hitting the fan it a big way. Being the idiot that I am I decided to walk in to the park, following the emergency vehicles. I had only walked a few steps before the ship passed out of view, hidden by the tree tops. The ground shook and was followed by a bloom of dirt, sod, and women screaming. The ship had crashed and I picked up my pace not wanting to miss out on the excitement of first contact. Totally forgetting that my lunch was over. But who was still working with all this racket going on?
I follow the emergence crew lights and my pace slowed as I near the scene. Police cars blocked most of the crowd and the police officers were doing a great job at keeping the rest of us far enough away that we couldn’t see much. Behind me a horn went off and I turned to see large black Hum-V’s enter the park. They had no army or military insignia’s on them. But they didn’t seem to give a shit who I was or anyone else. After nearly running us over I watched the vehicles enter the park.
Men in dark suits stepped out, probably with some secret government department that I never had heard of. They walked up to the police and whispered something and all there men were pulled back. My attention then turned to what everyone else was staring at, a large ship with spider like legs holding it up right. It was red and white with some scorch marks from when it entered the atmosphere. The men in black suits walked up and stood just before it, military personal behind them in urban camouflage with weapons at the ready.
An orb of light between the men in black suits and the ship appeared. It was bright and seemed to grow in brightness until a flash caused me to look away. A gasp shared with the group moved through the crowd as we all shared a breath. Standing where the orb had been were three….three…fuck if I knew what they were. They looked like us but with short torsos and long limbs. But there bodies were hidden behind some kind of suit.
And then it began.
People started to fall down like they were being choked and a few seconds later there was a pop sound. Like a child had jumped in a deep puddle a wave of dark red blood was sent up in to the air. The sound of guns silenced the sound of screams. One by one people exploded like water balloons. I did what I could only do. I brought my cig from hand to my lips took a long hard pull. A high pitched sound echoed inside my head, I felt a great pressure. The cigarette dropped from my lips, I saw it flutter through the sky for a brief beautiful moment the cigarette hung in the air. Then I to, went pop.