The screams woke me up, and I must admit it was a pleasant departure from my nightmares.
I jumped out of my sleep almost rolling off the edge of the building. I quickly got my bearings and crawled to the edge as the screams continued. They were coming from the building across the way. Even with daylight breaking, it was still difficult to fully see what was happening, but there was no doubting what was going on next door.
The screams were from a woman far older than my mother. I wanted to help her, but there wasn’t a cable connecting our buildings and the closest rope bridge was on the twelfth floor. I would never make it, and I must be honest curiosity did get the better of me. I had only heard the ghost stories and myths and each one varied greatly in their details. In my dreams they were always blurred fragments hidden in the shadows. Till this moment, I had never seen one of the aliens in person.
There were two of them, and they pulled the women by her feet right out of bed dragging her towards the front door. She tried to fight, but she was no match for them.
I was surprised by how tall they were. They ducked their heads as they moved magnetically from room to room. Their bodies, ghastly pale and thin, darted in and out of the shadows seeming almost abnormally stretched. Withering snake-like arms and hands nearly dragged the ground. Their lower bodies were quite the opposite with rather short legs, but what they lacked in length they made up for in build. They were a thick mass of muscles wrapped tightly in reptilian scales.
I continued to watch the horror unfold. The woman seemed to find me in the dark staring helplessly as she was abducted. Knowing there was nothing I could do for her, she grew silent as they pulled her out the door. She disappeared quickly and all was silent except for the pounding of my heart and the throbbing of my temples.
One of the aliens returned to the home moving with an unnatural glide. It moved from room to room but stopped abruptly. It turned towards me walking towards the completely exposed side of the building. The alien stood at the edge of the broken down window looking up at me through blank, soulless eyes sunken deep into a sickly worn down face. Surely this face would haunt my nightmares from now on.
I could not pull my eyes away from the alien. Its eyes bore straight into my brain. Was it trying to read my mind? It moved even closer as if it was going to walk across the air towards me.
The door to the rooftop kicked open wildly. My heart nearly burst from the inside out. It was Buck, my brother. He ran to my side in his full Firemen uniform and an assault rifle at the ready. Buck aimed quickly down at the alien and fired. The alien took a direct hit in the arm, but the bullet barely even phased it.
It crouched slightly and leaped out the window. My brother took another shot, but as the alien fell it quickly vanished and the bullets ricocheted off the side of the skyscraper.
Buck dropped his rifle. “Son of a bitch. You okay?”
He kicked lightly at my side.
“Hello? You alright?”
“Yeah”. I must admit my mind was reeling, and I was still trying to catch my breath. “Where did it go?”
“The damn things have some sort of way to teleport or cloaking device. I don’t know what it is. I don’t care what it is. I just want the suckers dead.”
“They abducted that women.”
“And why didn’t you do anything to stop it… That’s because you weren’t carrying your rifle.”
Sometimes he was a sarcastic asshole, and obviously his new role was going straight to his head but today he was right.
“From now on you carry your gun with you at all times. Sleep with it by your side at night, and when one of those things shows up again blast it right off this planet.”
“Why are they doing this?”
“We’re not too sure, but we’ll find out why soon enough. Now let’s see what mom’s got for breakfast.”
Buck said it like today maybe she was going to have a full Thanksgiving feast prepared by Julia Child spread out on fine china.
He helped me up as we walked back inside.
“What were you doing up here anyway?”
He laughed to himself. “I always knew you were a little different."