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Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)
TITLE: It Came from Outer Space
By Clyde Blakely
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“Sensors show quite a variety of life with several large concentrations. I’ll beam down along this peninsula and stay cloaked until I know it’s safe.”
<i><b>Fizzle, fizzle, crack, crack, b-e-a-m</b>
What’s this, creatures resembling my own species! Round and orange but with different appendages and heads. We do have the same Creator; however it is best to remain cloaked during first contact. Ah, a sign over an entryway, I’ll have the universal translator read it for me.</i>
<b><center>Florida Orange Juice Convention
<i>‘Happy Halloween,’ what does that mean? ‘Orange Juice’, sounds like a place to get charged up again, my energy juices are running low. I’ll enter. I like the orange ribbons but a little leery of it being interwoven with black. Well, they are a different species. It appears one of them is going to speak, he certainly isn’t as round as the two entryway greeters but he is dressed in orange. I’ll turn the translator to audio and listen in.</i>
“Greetings guests and Happy Halloween!” A cheer breaks forth throughout the crowd.
<i>‘Happy Halloween’, there it is again.</i>
“I hope you gave our greeters at the door a big ‘squeeze’!”
Laughter and applause erupts startling the space traveler. Glancing around he does not perceive any danger but remains hyper-vigilant.
“Please help yourself to some of our new energy drinks. Our trick-or-treaters should be arriving shortly. Afterwards we will present our plans to take over the energy drink world!”
More cheers and applause.
<i>Good. It’s been a long trip and I need to be recharged. I’m glad we are a close enough species to perhaps have the same recharging system. “Trick-or-treaters”, must be some cultural custom, an alien term worth checking out.</i>
The crowd moves towards several large tables with rotund, orange beings on the opposite side, similar to the ones at the door.
<i>Their facial expressions seem to show contentment or pleasure. I wonder where I can plug in to get my energy stores recharged?</i>
Stopping a short distance from a table, <i>Look at that! They’ve brought along eggs for incubation, placing them in big clear bowls. How nice. These beings cherish their young as we do.</i>
Unable to find a recharging outlet he steps back to see how this planet’s creatures re-supply their energy storage system.
<i>Oh no! What kind of beings would eat their own? They are ripping the skin right off their unborn, tearing apart and devouring them, piece by piece. I feel nauseous.</i>
Juice from the consumed orange globes occasionally runs down faces bringing smiles and sounds of contentment from the creatures.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the tour buses carrying the little monsters are starting to arrive now! Please don’t be afraid, just drop our fruit in their bags. They’ll be gone soon and then we’ll share our take-over plans.”
The crowd gathers the orange eggs and awaits the “monsters”.
<i>I’m glad I’ve turned on the translator's audio and video recording settings. The governing war body back home will need to be aware of this planet.</i>
Stunned he sees smaller beings rush through the door, most are hideous in appearance. There are a few round orange beings, which brings a ‘cute’ thought to the space traveler. Onlookers gasp and appear frightened.
<i>I’m glad they can’t see me! The larger beings accompanying them must be their managers or tamers. They appear even more ugly and gruesome than the quicker, smaller ones.</i>
“Trick or treat” cries are heard all around. Expressing fear they literally throw the orange eggs into containers held up by these small, horrifying and fearsome monsters.
<i>I can not believe they sacrifice their young to these ‘things’. This must be the ‘treats’ given to avoid the threatened, dreadful ‘tricks’ from these small fiends.</i>
They start to leave, directed by their manager/tamers. The monsters have already started removing the eggs protective, soft outer shell in order to devourer them.
<i>I need to leave before my cloaking system fails; I’m almost out of energy juice. I do not want to stay to hear how they plan to take over the energy drink world. This planet must be stopped from ever expanding into space. I will recommend their complete annihilation as soon as possible. I need to get back to my craft now!
‘Halloween’, what an immoral planet to have this type of custom!
<b>Fizzle, fizzle, crack, crack, b-e-a-m</i></bold>
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