|| All My Aliens - Sci-Fi Soap Opera #101|
“You must be kidding?” Barbara asked, “I thought the Examinators had been pretty much driven out of this world and most of the 1,000 World Federation! How can there still be so many here?”
The others looked at Bard, several thinking the same thing. He was slow to respond, but finally answered Barbara’s question, “I am very sorry, we did think their operations had been pretty much halted. None realized their intense interest in Earth, and just how many of their agents had already placed here.”
“So, we must hurry,” Bard continued, “Glaboo and Bird, I will need your help. I am too weak to attempt this on my own, I know you are both exhausted as well, but perhaps together, we can manage it. Will you join with me?” ...
The two nodded acceptance and drew closer to Bard. The rest of the O&N agents, knowing what was coming, left the area quickly, taking Barbara and her family with them. Much to Dave’s embarrassment and discomfort, Grrphh picked him up and threw him over his shoulder.
Al laughed at the sight, asking his mother, “Is Dave really alright? He looks so funny being carried like a baby!”
Barbara smiled, but tried to hush her son, and spoke quietly, “I know it looks kind of silly, but I think we need to get out of here as soon as possible. I am told Dave will be fine, he is just a bit weak now, and Grrphh can carry him faster than he can walk for himself at the moment.”
“Where are we going then, Mom?” Al asked.
Barbara hesitated, and Grrphh answered, “For now, back to the house at the lake. We need to pick up Peliix for one, and John’s there too. Hopefully Bard will meet us when they finish cleaning up the mess here. Glaboo may need to return to her ship soon, but not before picking up the rest of her assistants. There’s been rather a lot going on. Bard needs to rest a bit too, no different than Dave here, so I assume unless there are other problems we will not go farther, today.”
Dave moaned in protest of the indignity of being carried, “Can’t you find a litter to carry me on or something, Grrphh?”
Grrphh grunted, “No time, Dave! Besides a litter would take two to carry. Try to think of it as an honor, huh, cause this really ain’t fun for me either.”
Behind them, the group heard unidentifiable sounds, and what sounded like a heavy wind storm - they began moving faster – there was a strange feeling in the air. Almost everyone was exhausted, and none bothered to turn to look back, except Al of course, but he saw only the woods and a deep darkness further in.
John and Peliix had not had a good time of it. The Examinators had had plenty of time to get a fix on Peliix before the locator chip had been vaporized. Given the ruckus across the lake, and the upset in the vacation community, there were police everywhere. The last time John had gone outside to check on the authorities’ reactions to the locals' complaints and queries, and to find out whether they intended to act on it, he had returned to find Peliix unconscious. He was not as feeble as he appeared and reacted quickly. He disabled one Examinator agent, grabbed Peliix and fled the house. John knew that he had left behind at least one other enemy agent, but wanted desperately to keep under the local authorities’ notice.
Peliix was still unconscious by the time John met up with Grrphh, Barbara, her family, and the rest of the O&N agents. He quickly briefed them, and it was decided that there was no longer a good reason to return to the lake house. Avoiding the whole situation seemed best at this time. The group stopped on the edge of the woods, waiting for Bard and Glaboo among the trees. No one minded taking some time to rest.
Al was excited to see the alien Peliix again, and asked John, “What happened to him? He was okay last time we saw him. Is he still alive?”
John nodded, “Sure he’s fine, Al. Just sleeping for a while. See you can see he is still breathing, right?”
Al looked closer to confirm it for himself and said, “Yep, he sure is. Can I watch him for you? You know I did a good job watching everybody, after Glaboo knocked ‘em out – even our guys! Can you believe it? Mom and Grandpa Joe and Grandma and I were all in the invisible ship – so we didn’t get knocked out like the rest! So they tied up the bad guys, while I watched to make sure none of the Examinator's made trouble!”
“Really?” John answered, “Well now, that is impressive. Peliix doesn’t weigh much, maybe you can carry him over there and lay him on a pile of leaves or something, and keep an eye on him for us then. I need to talk to Grrphh about a few things and it would be best if Peliix didn’t hear our plans. Watch him closely, he might pretend to be asleep once the stun wears off. You can try tickling his feet once in a while to check – you see, like this.” John demonstrated, with no effect, then finished explaining, “Beings from his planet are very ticklish, you know.”
Al nodded solemnly, taking this responsibility seriously. After the day's events, he had pretty much decided that he wanted to be an agent like Dave and Grrphh when he grew up. Then he remembered Tilly and Suli, who didn’t seem much older than he was, and decided maybe he was already kind of an agent. He sure wished he’d be able to tell his friends all about it, but figured this was the kinda thing you had to keep quiet about no matter what. He sighed for a moment, but then noticed Peliix move just slightly. He bent over to tickle the alien’s foot...
To be continued…
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