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Topic: Write in the SCIENCE FICTION genre (05/10/07)
TITLE: Alien Invasion!
By David Butler
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The Great Man himself called on us to fight ‘em tooth and nail. No good! They were way too strong. We thought that humanity was a lost cause. We were gonna be slaves to an alien culture!
The Regime were hurling everything at ‘em when it began – Nukes, rockets, grenades .. you name it! But nothing could touch ‘em! It all kind of bounced off and come back on the Regime Forces! So much for the greatest army ever got together in human history!
Don’t have ownership of my own house and land any more. They brung in these Elect Guardians who restructured the whole joint. They’re pulling down all the heavy industry factories, and making us all into veggy and fruit growers. Can’t rip off the system any more. Under the Old Regime we would have complained about our Basic Human Rights and stuff.
Miss my ciggies, the wild women and the old booze-ups. Can’t even eat meat any more! No more steaks on the barbie with the six-packs nearby. Can’t even swear, Darn it!
But hey! It’s not that bad!
Gotta admit we’re better off. Somehow feel I’m getting’ younger with all this clean air and organic food. Got a farm and I got Marcie.
Marriage is legal again, so Marcie and I done the right thing and got hitched. She’s happy. Cooks better too! Maybe I don’t really miss the meat.
All that pollution’s rapidly disappearing.
Life’s a lot simpler. Heck of a lot of tree planting, and environmental-friendly stuff going on. We’re starting to learn how to work with nature instead of always trying’ to conquer it like the old Regime did - and paying’ mega-bucks to repair the damage we done because of it.
The animals’ behaviour lately’s gonna take some getting used to. The New Vibes have settled them all down somehow – even the wildest of ‘em! Would you believe it? They’ve let ‘em all out of their cages at the zoo, and they’re as tame as pussycats! Saw a little lamb settle down to snooze against the flanks of this monster of a lion the other day! I’m not kiddin’ you! And all the while Leo was chomping on straw and mash, instead of throwing that lamb on the barbie!
To think young Danny’s become one of them Elect Guardians! We all gave him a hard time before the invasion, especially when we found out he was one of them born-again Christians! The old Regime was passing laws in every country to ban ‘em before it all ended. Now he’s got the last laugh on us. Not that he ever does. He was the nicest bloke I’ve ever met, (apart from being a Christian) but now he’s even better. He’s got the build of a footy star, and an awesome kind of aura that makes him stand out in a crowd. Running the place like it should be run.
Wouldn’t call him a politician, though, ‘cos he knows what’s going on, and everyone can trust him.
A few of his kind around! Take old Maggie Maggs who used to say she was prayin’ for us! Look at her now! A beautiful-looking sheila of twenty-five or so! Sexy? Nah! Not that kind of beauty! But can she sing!!!
And, yeah! I saw Danny take off like a blazing rocket into the sky when this Invasion began! Just in time! Cops were after him for distributing bibles!
No cops needed now though. Not too many laws neither!
Nor doctors! People don’t seem to get sick like they used to.
The Army’s gone too. No one fights each other any more.
Dunno how they did it, but all the earthquakes and cyclones have stopped. Weather’s perfect.
The most scary part was seeing Him, of course. He was shining so bright, the sun looked dark!
We thought we were in for it then! We ran for the rocks and caves – anywhere! Just to get away from all that Glory. Somehow it seemed to expose all the filth inside of us.
But, you know what? Danny himself, glorified as he was, come and got me out of that underground dunny and said “It’s alright, mate! It’s only the Lord come to take back planet Earth and put things back together again!”
Bull .. er .. garbage!
Reckon it was His right from the start!
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