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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Uncles/Aunts (04/17/08)

TITLE: Entertained an Alien Unaware
By Beth LaBuff


Date: Last day of the school year
T-plus one nanosecond after the final bell
Location: Third grade classroom – Orson Wells Elementary School

The long awaited day arrived.
Their schooling was on hold.
The lectures would cease and desist
With kids summer paroled.

Joe and Sis had plans to shop
That afternoon at three
For snacks and junk to celebrate
Their summer liberty.

T-plus seven minutes and twenty-eight seconds after the school bell
Location: Convenience Store on Maple Street

With treats in hand, they sought to pay,
Their faces overjoyed,
Then headlines blasted out at them
From counter’s rack tabloid.

Joe nudged Sis, his pupils fixed
On details so bizarre –
“Aliens Land from Outer Space”
Was written in The Star.

The paper, gripped with shaking hands,
Their candy ‘twas forgot.
They pooled their funds, purchased The Star --
The only item bought.

T-plus twenty-one minutes after The Star purchase
Location: The clubhouse in the backyard where Joe and Sis read
The Star

“Reports from unknown sources say,
Strange sightings that occurred
Were witnessed in the northern sky
Yesterday, on the third.”

“Apparently a U-F-O,”
More details were revealed,
“Was seen stealthily hovering,
Then landed in a field.”

“Our sources,” he continued on
To read The Star tabloid,
“Said aliens that disembarked
Looked oddly humanoid.”

“Observers said the aliens had
Eyelids that wouldn’t close.
And if encompassed in their stare,
Then you would be quick-froze.”

“Another oddity observed
By people in the know,
‘We think they have an allergy
To liquid H2O’ .”

“More witnesses offered these facts,
‘Victims, grabbed by their thumbs,
Were swallowed headfirst, whole, unpeeled,
Leaving the toenail crumbs’.”

Their mother interrupted this
Summer’s War of the Worlds.
At her news, The Star was dropped,
Its corner edges curled.

She announced they ‘d entertain,
So they must look their best.
Aunt Sue would come for evening’s meal
And bring a dinner guest.

T-minus five minutes until dinner
Location: Joe and Sis’s home

Excitement grew, Aunt Sue arrived --
The evening promised fun,
Until they glimpsed her dinner guest’s
Green tinted complexion.

Sue met him in the morning.
They fell in love at brunch,
Were married in the afternoon --
One hour after lunch.

Most honeymooner’s eyes are starred,
They bask in wedded bliss.
But Aunt Sue’s groom seemed zombie-like
And something seemed amiss.

He seemed a trifle statue-like
Eyes open during prayer.
He wouldn’t drink the water
And gave off a cosmic air.

A light went on inside their heads
While eating orange-glazed ham.
Their uncle was an alien,
It finally dawned on them.

T-plus five minutes after the revelation and
T-minus two minutes and fifteen seconds before desert and coffee
Place: formal living room

The kids contrived a rescue plan
Of Nobel prize proportions,
By sprinkling water on their uncle
With clumsy trip contortions.

With patriotic duty
They’d take up their country’s cause.
Perhaps their Uncle Alien
Would melt like the witch from Oz.

Joe carried in the water glass.
With plans to give a flick
Of H2O their uncles way.
He’d have to do it quick.

T-minus one nanosecond before Joe was sent to bed without dessert
Place: the couch in the living room where their aunt and new uncle were seated

But instead of just a sprinkle,
Joe was mesmerized
While looking in those blinkless orbs,
Then Uncle got baptized.

T-plus eight hours and thirty minutes after Joe was grounded for life
Place: the breakfast table

Day’s dawn found them at breakfast
Where they became aware
Their Mom’s response to questions was
Only a vacant stare.

What happened to their family’s
Morning meal routine?
And duct tape cordoned off the sink
Evoking a crime scene.

The commencement of their summer
Saw events that were surreal,
Since discovering their uncle was an

Note: While we encourage you to entertain angels unaware, we strongly recommend that you refrain from entertaining an alien uncle unaware due to the potential hazard to your family.

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Lynda Schultz 04/24/08
I especially liked the T-minus comments. Entertaining.
Sara Harricharan 04/25/08
ROFL! I loved this-the sci-fi angle of having an Alien uncle was hilarious! I was with the kids all the way and wondering if and what would happen when! Great job-especially with the T-minus countdowns. Great stuff! ^_^
Laury Hubrich 04/26/08
I LOVED this! How funny!
Patty Wysong04/26/08
This was so fun!! What a creative tale you wove for us. Maybe I should start reading the tabloids so we don't entertain unaware? I loved this!
Joanne Sher 04/26/08
SO fun - to write (I hope) AND to read! So many gems in here. Entirely too entertaining.
Yvonne Blake 04/27/08
Very creative! The "remedy" sounds very familiar...but who knows, maybe that's the only good weapon against aliens.
I love how you showed how kids get all excited over anything that hints of mystery.
Great writing.
Joshua Janoski04/27/08
I liked the t-minus comments and the disclaimer at the very end. Your rhymes were smooth too. This was an extremely creative take on the topic, and I think you have a good shot at ranking high this week with this one.

Thank you for sharing this. It was a delight to read.
Janice Cartwright04/28/08
Very entertaining and creative. I was just intrigued as I read to see what would happen next. Cute and different and well-done.
Loved it.

Sharlyn Guthrie04/28/08
Now this is unique, plus entertaining and ultra-creative. Wow!
Jan Ackerson 04/28/08
This is SO creative! I really, really enjoyed it.
Debbie Wistrom04/29/08
This packs a punch, fun, creative, engaging. Did I say fun? Loved your uncle poem.
Willena Flewelling 04/29/08
This reads almost like a movie, with images continually parading by from beginning to end. Good work!
Dianne Janak05/01/08
Beth... your creativity is masterful as well as your delivery... I LOVED this. You inspire me to write fiction poetry, and because of what you branch out doing, I want to learn by reading yours. GREAT writing once again... Dianne
Jeffrey Gante06/05/08
Hi Beth,

This article went a different direction than I thought it was going, but it was very well written and humorous. (I admit I thought you were going to show how children can be deceived by the lies of society, but your poetry and use of words was very good.)