by Stormbird Throneshaker
Robert Jackson traveled around on the weekends with his wife Patricia, and their two children, Eric and Amber. They would pile into the old sixty-four chevy and Robert would drive them all over the state of Wisconsin and into the surrounding states as well, for going to the state parks and tourist attractions together was the highlight of their planned time together on the weekends. Well, this weekend would be a little different than the others and would last a bit longer than a day out of the house or state. They never had in their wildest dreams ever thought of traveling into space as a family together. On this friday night in September of nineteen eighty six, their weekend plans would be changed for them.
"You're telling me that you want me to be the captain of this starship from another world?" I said as I took a seat in front of an alien that reminded me of an Andorion from Star Trek.
"Yes, Robert Jackson, from the world you call Earth." he or it answered as I gazed about the room nervously and scared out of my wits while feeling a strange object in my left ear. "You're crazy and out of your mind, I'm no starship captain!"
"Jackson, in order to save yourself and your world, you will be the commander of this vessel, and please do not remove the translator from your ear!" he told me as he stood.
"Just you wait a minute here, what do you mean, save myself and my world?" I asked as I gazed up at the alien while lowering my left arm.
"Yours is not the only world destined for dominance or destruction, depending upon one of only two answers given, not only from you yourself, but from your worlds highest leaders in command. There are others aboard this ship whose worlds have already been dominated or completely annihilated." he explained.
"Where's the original captain of this vessel that I'm on?" I asked as I pondered my question.
"She's dead, murdered by the aliens that destroyed her world and it's star ships, save the one that you are now aboard". he answered as he gazed upon me with one of his weird looking eyebrows raised.
"What about her second in command?' I asked as the oval door to the room zipped open and one of my best friends, Donald April was escorted in by two more strange looking aliens.
"Admiral, here's the other earthling that you have requested to see." said one of them, as Donald walked over and stood by my chair.
"Thank you, and that will be all for now, Lieutenants Tholari and Lumada." replied the alien that they had called an admiral.
After they had left I gazed up at Donald and he back down at me.
"I know that I'm having a bad dream if you're in it, Jackson!" he bellowed out.
"Dream, I seriously doubt that we're dreaming, Donald." I said as the two of us turned our gazes back to the alien admiral.
"Are you Donald Sherman April?" he asked as Donald also gazed about the room as I had earlier.
Ah yes, I guess I still am." Donald answered as the alien extended it's arm out to shake hands with him, but he just stood there unmoving and unresponsive.
"Jackson, April, your world will be invaded in one of your earthen years by a race from another part of our galaxy. They have claimed at least thirteen solar systems thus far and a portion of the survivors are aboard this ship while the others are being held in cells aboard the attacking vessels." he explained to us.
"Still, where's this ships second in command." I asked once again.
"Dead, along with the captain. We do have a few commanders from the other worlds, but none are qualified enough to be---
"And if you should just so happen to say that I am, you're further out there in deep space than---
"Qualified for what Jackson?" Donald asked, gazing over at me as I arose up and out of my chair.
"He or it wants me to command this starship that we're supposedly on, believe it or not." I answered and watched his eyes open wide.
"I don't, good lord what a dream I'm . . . dream heck, a nightmare, I'm actually having a nightmare!" Donald thundered as he fell into the chair that I had just vacated.
"It will be if this admiral fruitcake makes me the captain of this ship." I replied while placing my right hand on the back of April's chair.
"How did we get here, and how is it that we are able to understand one another?" Donald asked as he gazed up at the alien.
"You were all transported here while you were still asleep by our molecular transporters, and as to your other question, we had language aid translators placed into your left ears." he explained to us as Donald reached up with his left hand to feel the device.
"So, we've been abducted aboard a u.f.o. and you want me to play it's captain and save the earth from destruction---
"Not play the part of a captain, you will be the captain of this vessel and April shall be it's second in command!" the alien stormed.
"Why don't you just send us all back home and you can get your head examined!" I thundered back as I stared him straight in the eyes.
"Because Jackson, according to Delindrian prophecy, you're the One." he replied calmly as Donald's and my very own eyebrows shot upwards.
"According to what, I'm a what?" I asked as Donald placed his right hand on my left arm.
"Don't worry Jackson, this is just a dream, and I know what caused it." he said.
"For your information Mister April, you're not dreaming, nor are any of the other inhabitants, that we've selected from your world, in a dream state." the alien said as he sat back down in his chair behind his desk.