This Moonless Night

Why doesn’t anyone see them? They’re right there, in the clear night sky of this urban piece of the city. The craft are having some kind of gigantic flying battle over the ocean of lights from the streets below. The big one is triangularly shaped and seems to serve as a platform for the smaller, more rapid fighters that battle with the cylindrical ones.There are more of those. I can’t believe that no one has looked up into the sky and seen them.

This moonless night is filled with an ocean of stars, and the air is so clear, you can almost see all the way to them. The Milky Way spilled over and stars splashed across the sky. The rays of energy coruscated off the energy shields of the other ships and light missiles of some kind flashed across the sky. The battle raged on and on, each side looking for a weakness in the other’s defenses. The sky seems huge as I watch this epic battle rage on from the rooftop of my building. The rain earlier in the evening left a wet covering on the rooftop, but had clarified the air to it’s now pristine and crystalline quality.

Unbelievably, one of the ships was hit and damaged so badly, it veered off it’s course and crashed into the ground off in the distance. It flashed brilliantly as it was destroyed. Why couldn’t anyone see that? The destruction of one of the fighters caused the others to rally together between the cylindrical ships and the triangular mother ship, their energy beams now forming a concentrated cone of beam-fire on one of the cylinders. As it’s protecting energy shield began to flouresce with lights of all colors, it had to withdraw from such concentrated fire from the fighters. In the wink of an eye, it and all the other cylinders vanished from my field of view. The fighters began to return to the huge mother ship and one by one, they entered her hull. When all had been inducted into the ship, it too vanished in the blink of an eye.

The shock of seeing such a gigantic conflict over the city was offset by my burning curiosity about why no one else saw it. All anyone would have to have done to see it was just look up. Was I asleep? Did I just dream the whole thing? I searched the skies for another half hour but saw nothing unusual except for that beautifully clear night sky and the occasional shooting star. I scanned the area where the one fighter had crashed but couldn’t make out anything in the distance. I eventually gave up looking for it and went back to my room. My head buzzed with excitement at what I had seen, but it was late and eventually my tired mind drifted off to sleep.

When I awoke, the incident was still fresh in my mind. I jumped out of bed and ran to the TV to see if there was anything in the news about the sighting over the city. There was nothing there. The only local news I could find was that a small fire had been started in the woods north of town but had been put out quickly by the rapid response of the fire department in that vicinity. No cause for the fire had been found, but an investigation was ongoing. That was the area where the fighter had crashed!

This Moonless Night

Jim Hall

Fayetteville, United States

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Oftentimes we see things that we are not exactly sure what they may be. Sometimes we speculate, but most times we go with our first impressions. We cling to them dearly. JH

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