tremendous silence

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
horror short story about aliens invading a space station on the outskirts of mars.

Submitted: July 09, 2017

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 Zengars are alien life-forms who attack and eat humans for sport. Anyone who lives to see them give differing descriptions. Some people make up these stories while others are telling the truth. My name is Private Ripley, and I know this because I survived an attack from five Zengars, who attacked my outpost near Mars. I was a soldier based at a station by the name of MC-878 or its nickname   Purgatory, because it has been attacked seven times and every member of its crew has died. To recruit soldiers, the government has offered to pay 1 million credits to get soldiers to guard it. All I saw was the cash and that’s how I am here. 
On the day of the attack, we saw a small space craft which could probably hold only five people. It was completely deserted. Two men entered the cockpit and five Zengars came out. They ripped their flesh to tatters and one of them broke the glass seal. They tried to scream but no one heard them. Their skinless bodies just floated away and stuck to a satellite. Then the Zengars flew the ship straight into Purgatory. The hatch was opened and three doctors flew into a zengar. All you heard were the screams as they were being ripped apart and eaten alive. I ran with three other soldiers towards the isolation/ panic room. The doctors and their families hid there as the rest of my unit searched for them. Two soldiers followed the screams armed with shotguns and laser pistols as I and two other men tried to flank them form the other side of the ship. 
The Zengars attack through by camouflaging themselves and blending into their environment. Their grand entrance is designed to kill and scare and cause panic in their choice of attack. One of the soldiers I was with told me that his brother survived an attack. “They first eat your legs so you can’t escape, then rip off your limbs and eat your flesh while doing so. Then they eat you whole and spit out your bones like a damn owl.” He said as we came across the first hallway to the hatch room. Using the radio we alerted the other team that we were coming. When the leader of the group was about to call in, he saw a Zengar. All you could hear was his screaming as it echoed through the hallways from the radio. He cried out for his parents in agony as he was bitten clean through his abdomen, then the radio turned off. One down. The other soldier with him fired at the Zengar blowing its head clean off. The first Zengar was killed. 
As we walked down the stairs leading to the room we saw the remains of the first Zengar. Its blood burned through the steel piping and made a hole in it. It was paralysed but still alive. I covered my- self as I fired the shot. Its blood melted through the gun making it useless. I took out a laser pistol as we moved along the second hallway.  As we came reached the end of the door- way, a Zengar jumped out and ate a soldier’s head off. We fired but it melted through the man’s ears and arms. His body was unrecognisable and the zengar melted and ate halfway through the body before it died. The man’s face was melted and in bits, his torso resembled a doll in an oven. 
We were the only team left. We reached the hatch room and found what was left of the soldiers who were first attacked. The ship was making a seal to keep the air in. I tried to locate any extra weapons or radios. The emergency transmitter was still intact so I launched a distress signal to any other ships in the vicinity. While waiting one of my team was missing, then blood dropped on my shoulder. Three Zengars were on the steel grate. One of them held the guy’s body in their mouth. I fired and the blood from the wound caused the grate to melt away, making two of them fall down the shaft and splat onto the ground. There was one left against two of us. It blended into the room. It became chameleonic so we couldn’t find it. We huddled together to protect each other. Suddenly, it burst out through the other guy’s back. It was an egg sent to him by the Zengar. It was eating its way through him as he still slowly crawled on the floor. Blood was gushing from the wound and he finally stopped moving. I fired at his body making the egg explode. 
The blood melted its way through the ship. I put on an oxygen suit and blew the Zengar’s body across the wall, smearing its blood all across the wall.  I was about to die but a ship made it through and was able to save us all. They finally decided to destroy the outpost trying to get rid of its history. But I’ll never forget it. I still hear the screams and the Zengar as it haunts me every night. I hear nothing but Screams then Tremendous silence. 
 


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