Death From the Skies

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Cruelty to animals is everywhere, but this time it's something special: Animals fall from the skies ....

Submitted: April 26, 2010

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Arlene got a shock when her car was hit the first time. She dared not step outside to remove the missile, but stayed inside and watched in terror and disbelief how the missile, this unlikely, but all too true misslile of a fourlegged creature slid down the pane, all mashed.
 - Pulp, she thought, so that's what pulp means: Blood and entrails all over the window pane of my car ...
She groped for her handbag to find something to use as a basin as she felt nauseated and feared that she might get sick. However, not finding anything she fought it well enough to be able to phone her cousin and boss, Martin.
When he answered the phone she couldn't help it, but started to cry. "Some devil ... some damn creature killed this poor animal by throwing it on my car," she wailed into her cell phone.
"You know what I feel about these incidents," he said, "I want you to report it to the police. Steven takes your report if you phone him."
"I couldn't talk to anybody, not even Steven, right now. That is except you ...
"All right, do you want me to report it?"
"Oh, could you? I would be so very relieved if you did ... and then I can talk to Steven  myself later today - or perhaps tomorrow?"
"OK, Arlene, and where did it happen?"
"Right outside the railway station, but I can't see how anybody could do it without being noticed. Lots of people here - and, I even think someone else got hit this very moment. That's awful, she has a small child in her car ..."
She really was shocked and so was Martin. He kept quiet for several seconds then he said: "I better come down to see you and also the scenery as such. Stay put until I come. OK?"

Until this incident she hadn't believed in all the recent tales of live animal missiles. Many people had told about how they all of a sudden were attacked by something or someone unknown and how the weapon of attack had been live animals, but she hadn't even considered the possibility that it was true.  Now, that she experienced it herself, it was a perversion beyond words for her. Especially when she caught the eye of the recently alive, but now dead or dying animal on her window pane. Actually, she had felt like she herself slid down the cold glass, side by side with its mutilated body.
This was all so very weird, so unnatural that she shied away from the knowledge that it was true. Also it meant that neither her Mom, nor her ex-husband Patrick had lied when they told her how it happened to them and in her mind she apologized to them for not believing one word of what they had said. However, the only one she felt like talking to about this incident was Martin who had been her best friend since early childhood. Had he not been gay he might definitely have become more than a friend, but as it was she was happy to have both him and his boyfriend, the police officer, Steven, as her close and trusted friends.
At the very moment she spotted Martin and his photographer, Karen, her car was hit once more. Unfortunately neither Martin nor Karen, were fast enough to catch the incident. They just stood there, Karen shooting a split second too late, and Martin gaping at the sight of two mashed animals on the window pane of Arlene's otherwise so tidy car. Then another car was hit and he realized that all in all four cars were smeared in with animal entrails and what was left of the helpless, four-legged victims.
"This is much, much worse than I thought," he said to Arlene, "we have to find the guilty ones as soon as possible. Yours are frogs, but the lady further back got a cat and she is beyond herself with shock and disgust. Besides it didn't die right away and was in great pain now."
"Oh, that's awful," Arlene said, starting to cry again. "I wish I had seen where it came from, but I didn't because I was too shocked."
Martin hugged her and tried to console her, but she just cried and cried, couldn't even catch what he said. The reason was that she had caught a glimpse of one of the animals on another car: It was a small dog, it was panting with fright and pain. Pleading eyes looked at all the bystanders, but it was obvious that it would have to be put down as its back was broken.
"Who does this, who can even consider something like this?" Arlene wailed. "He is a creep, an abomination of Nature ..."
Martin hugged her without answering. He too was utterly shocked, and more so when he thought of the SMS he just had received from Steven. It read that some finds suggested that the one who did this was not positioned on Earth and that that was the reason why the animals were so severely mauled. To him that was a crazy notion as nobody had seen any airplanes or helicopters hovering above the scenes of crime. He glanced upwards and saw a flawless, blue sky without any airplanes. This he SMS'ed to Steven, but he didn't get any reply.
Being a highly respected journalist he didn't want to get caught in all too crazy notions. As he knew full well that might ruin his reputation. However, standing at the crime scene as he did he couldn't see any place which would furnish the perpetrator with a good hiding place.
Arlene asked him if he knew when Steven would come and that made him wonder at his absence. He was supposed to come at once, but hadn't showed up which was very unlike him so he made up his mind to send him an SMS, but also this time there was no reply. This was worrying and he decided to phone his secretary, Mary. When she too burst out crying he was quite surprised. Arlene was crying in his arms and Mary into his ear which was all very confusing. Then he caught the word "hospital" and "accident" and he understood why Mary was this upset: Steven had been out investigating a case of this kind of animal cruelty when he himself was hit by the largest animal victim up till now, i.e. a ram.
"The ram survived," Mary wailed into the phone, "but Steven ..."
"What do you mean?" Martin asked, suddenly cold all over with fright. "Is he all right?"
"No," she said, still crying, his back was broken and he also had a concussion ... They don't know if he will recover."
"What?!!!" he yelled. "I come at once."
She told him where to find Steven and he informed Arlene about what had happened. Somehow she seemed to regain some of her poise at these sad tidings. She at once decided to come too, but Karen stayed behind to take some more photos.

At the hospital they were informed that Steven was unconscious and that they couldn't talk to him, but they might see him. Looking down at the prostate figure in the bed felt very strange to both of them because he seemed to have shrunken. Normally he towered abobe both of them, but lying there he looked very small. It felt like a separate blow to Martin.
- Superman in the morning and then suddenly this midget, he thought.
Arlene felt like releiving herself of some stress by doing something and she suggested that they went through Steven's clothes and his briefcase. Perhaps it would be better to bring it home instead of letting it lie about like this. Martin thought it over and then agreed so they started to pack the clothes and they also looked at his notes for the day. What at once caught the eye of both of them was the world "higher".
"Higher?" Arlene said, what did he mean.
"Well, it seems that the force of the impact proves that the animals come from a higher point than just a building or a bridge."
"But that's impossible. Had it been an airplane we would have seen or heard it."
"Yes, but they have to investigate it as both the police as well as everybody else are without any clues. Also, this new, much larger missile of a ram can't have been thrown from e.g. a building or a bridge ..."
They looked at each other, both pondering all the possibilities there were.
"OK," Arlene said - or rather sneered - then it must be extraterrestrials ..." She expected that he would protest, and was surprised that he didn't. "Martin, you can't believe that!?"
"No, but I would appreciate an explanation, some names of the criminals and the like."
"Yes, I know what you mean, but that is too farfetched."
"Mmmm," he said, staring pensively at the notes. Some of them were lists of numbers which looked quite incomprehensible to them. "6000 Feet," he read, "no, it says 60000 Feet ..."

After having spoken to the doctor who was in charge of Steven they went home to Arlene's Mom. She too liked Steven and she considered her nephew Martin a sort of surplus son so she was very worried too.
Arlene told her about the situation and also her own experiences that very morning when she was on her way to her job as the secretary of Martin. Her mother got very worried when she told her of the two animals on her window pane. She herself had had a similar experience with some snakes.
"And it died?" she said, looking very worried.
"Yes, almost at once, but the second one may have taken at little longer."
"Who can think of something like this? It's so very perverted, so inhuman ..."
"Yes, and such an enigma," Steven said. "Nobody knows anything about the criminal or his - or her - reasons to do this."
"Or means," Arlene said, "they don't even know HOW he does it."
"No," Arlene's Mom, Gertrude, said, "It's almost like in the Bible."
"The Bible?" Martin said, "What do you mean?"
"Well, one of the Plagues of Egypt was frogs and another one was locust ..."
"OK, but they didn't come jumping out of the skies ..."
"No, Gertrude said, but they too "came out of the blue because of magic". Something like that can't be traced."
"When the snakes hit your car, did anyone then see what happened?"
"No, suddenly they were there, all broken." Saying that she reached for the phone which was ringing. "Hello Patrick," she said into the receiver. "Yes, I would appreciate it. Come right away if you can."
"Is Patrick coming?" Arlene asked. The friendship of her Mom and her ex-husband had always surprised, but also pleased her. It was so strange in a world where ex-husbands were hate objects to mothers-in-laws and it happened because of their common experience with the snakes that fell down unto Gertrude's car. After that incident she was very glad to be with Patrick who had had a dog falling on his car and thus knew what she was talking about. Something Arlene didn't until now.
"Yes, right away," Gertrude said. "He has found something about these cases ..."

When Patrick arrived he was eager to hear about the most recent cases of missile-animals. Arlene updated him and also told him about Steven, something which shocked him deeply.
"OK," he said, "all of you are hoping to catch the idiot who makes this happen, but you should know that perhaps the culprit isn't a human. Up through history, there have been tales of raining frogs. These stories may seem crazy, but actually, they are about real cases! From Biblical tales of Moses and Egyptian storms to British towns of today the frogs appear. Suddenly people are finding themselves covered with frogs falling from the sky. However, such events are caused when a wind storm passes over a pond or lake teaming with frogs, sucking them up and dumping them elsewhere!"
They listened in disbelief, but didn't stop his tale as it after all was all they had to go by.
"One recent story, from the Press Democrat news services, was from the month of June 1997. It happened in the town of Villa Angel Flores and it simply rained frogs for quite some while. A similar incident was reported in Serbia in June 2005."
"What happened?"
"Well, according to numerous witnesses countless frogs fell from the sky. Some expert by the name of Slavisa Ignjatovic called this "quite normal"."
"Normal?!!"
The three of them found all of this rather difficult to believe, but it was obvious that Patrick did. He felt good about this "natural explanation" until Arlene said: "And what about rams being "sucked up by winds"?"
"Rams?"
"Yes, that was what broke the back of poor Steven."
"I didn't know he was hurt that much and I thought he was hit by a cat."
The theory that he liked so much fell flat like a pierced balloon. This nightmarish situation might be caused by human sadists sitting somewhere up in the sky, some malicious ETs or be some trick of Nature. They wanted desperately to know, but for the time being they had to accept that they didn't.
Soon after all of them left for their own homes. Martin wanted to go to the hospital and Arlene planned to join him later. As to Patrick he didn't come all that far. When he stepped out his car to open the garage door which didn't budge he was hit. This time the missile wasn't a ram, but a donkey that came full speed from the sky. Both of them died.

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