UFO Rumors

Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing...

Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing the “capture” of a “flying saucer.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The radio in the den cackled with the announcer’s slick, made-over voice, “As quickly as the sun rose over the wreckage in the hot desert, the rumors began to fly of aliens, visitors from another planet, crash landing on the little planet we like to call home, Earth. Are they friendly, do they come in peace, or are they of the more dangerous kind, the ones who kidnap. experiment, and torture, or…”

Mother switched off the radio as the announcer’s voice turned low and sinister. “That’s enough for radio for today’s boys,” she announced flustered.

“But ma,” her oldest son, Tommy, complained from his prime position on the floor in front of the radio.

“No ‘buts’ mister, now wash up for dinner before your father gets home,” she commanded before returning to the dinner-making already in progress.

The boys plodded up the stairs to their shared room, finding the door to the washroom ajar and the water running. “Do you think…?” Mikey fearfully asked the older Tommy.

Tommy shrugged unknowingly before cautiously opening the door just enough to peek inside. He looked high and low but saw nothing.

The source of the running water still out of sight, he opened the door even wider. Mikey, now with some courage, leaned in close to his brother for a peek at the possible alien, hearts pounding as loudly as the running water.

As he leaned in even closer, Mikey brushed up against Tommy, sending both boys screaming down to their mother in the kitchen.

—252 words—

Trifecta: Week Eighty-Five

This week we are asking for a 33- to 333-word response using the word:

FLY (intransitive verb)
1a : to move in or pass through the air with wings

  b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space
c : to float, wave, or soar in the air <flags flying at half-mast>
2a : to take flight : flee
b : to fade and disappear : vanish
3a : to move, pass, or spread quickly   
Please note that the above examples of the third definition use various tenses of the verb.  For Trifecta, remember, you must not change the tense.  We need fly, not flying or flew.
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.

This week’s word is fly.


9 thoughts on “UFO Rumors

  1. Gabriella says:

    That was funny!

  2. LaTonya says:

    Well done. Solid pacing, tone and suspense. Solid.

  3. I loved the idea of the aliens washing up in the bathroom after their crash. This captured perfectly two young boys working themselves into a frenzy.

  4. yarnspinnerr says:

    Agree with Jennifer ….. aliens washing in bathroom is innovative.

  5. jannatwrites says:

    I had to laugh at this. They spooked themselves before they even saw what was in the bathroom! I can’t tell you how many times I psyched myself out like this as a kid. It must have driven my mom nuts 🙂

  6. Suzanne says:

    Great job capturing kids at their best! My brother and I used to work each other up just like this. And yes, aliens washing up is a great image!

  7. Tara R. says:

    I jumped at that last line. You did a wonderful job building the suspense.

  8. kallanannie says:

    It doesn’t take much for kids to scare the bejesus out of one another–great job depicting their escalating fear!

  9. jeanmcurio says:

    This caused me to utter a short but very real little chuckle. Very good.

Comments are closed.