Repressed Encounter

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
What would it be like to be abducted by aliens? How might your mind interpret the experience?

Submitted: February 20, 2019

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Submitted: February 20, 2019

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You have been driving for hours. It's a dark west Texas night. Driving through the Texas panhandle the only light you see is the stars, the dashboard and the headlights. You are driving home from Colorado after having visited family. This stretch of highway is empty and desolate. Even at 12:30 A.M. the temperature is in the upper eighties. You have rolled down the window of your Mustang in order to save fuel. The warm wind circulating blows your hair. There has not been a vehicle pass in at least thirty minutes. Outside there are miles and miles of cacti and sand dunes. Probably snakes and coyotes too, but they are hidden by the darkness. Nothing can be seen beyond your headlights and you are driving too fast for them to be of much use.

You are feeling sleepy. Highway hypnosis. Better roll up the window for a smoke. The flame from your lighter fills your vision and for a moment you are blinded as your eyes readjust. You decide to leave the windows up for a while. You turn on the air conditioner and find roadhouse on Sirius. Old country is the best, you think to yourself. The air is cooling inside and filling up with tobbaco smoke. You feel a little groggy. Your eyes are getting heavy. And you need to pee. You have been trying to ignore the feeling for a while. You slow down and pull over. Open the door. Look forward and backward. Step out. Leave the motor running and the lights beaming. Your legs feel heavy after sitting in the driver's seat for so long. Your back is stiff. It's good to stretch. You take a deep breath of fresh air. You move into the darkness. You feel the sand and gravel under your feet. You hear the buzzing of insects. Otherwise, everything is quiet and calm. You sigh as you relieve yourself. You look up into the sky. The sparkling stars are innumerable. You cannot remember the last time you saw such a starry night.

You notice a falling star perhaps a meteor streaking. Then something unusual. An object perhaps an airplane, twinkling, moving slowly, multi-colored. It might be a military aircraft of some kind. It is flying low and silently. You watch it for a moment somewhat transfixed. Whatever it is, you need to get on down the road. It is not unusual to see flying objects over Texas skies. The dome light comes on when you open the door. You take your cell phone from the console in order to video the intriguing object but it seems the batteries are dead. You buckle your seat belt. You notice the radio has lost contact with the satellite. Take your cigarette from the ashtray. You move to put the car in gear. Suddenly, you are enveloped in a bright, white, blinding light. You try to shield your eyes from the mysterious glow but you are paralyzed, frozen. Everything goes blank.

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When you regain your vison you are laying, motionless, immovable in a trance-like state. You have no idea where you are. You feel like your are lost in some strange dream. Nothing is comprehensible. Your mind struggles to make sense of your surroundings. After a few moments (you have no sense of time) your imagination begins to transform the unfamiliar into something understandable to your human mind. You think you are laying on a nice comfortable mattress. You feel no sense of panic or fear. You are so totally relaxed as though you have been given a tranquilizer that calms your mind and body. Indeed, you feel no need or desire to move even though your environment is so strange, so alien.

You begin to perceive your environment in ways that are somewhat relatable. Everything is in shades of gray and black like old black and white movies. You detect movement around you. Something above you comes into focus. Two things, that appear to be bears, are looking down at you as you lay still. You stare without blinking. You hear grunts and growls. These beastly sounds seem to come from all around you. You are suddenly sickened by a wave of disgusting odor. One of the creatures is leaning close. It is growling but it's jowls are not moving. You hold your breathe as long as you can to shut out the noxious smell, but eventually the stench flows back through your nostrils. You can breathe through your nose, but you can not part your lips or move your mouth. Every attempt to speak is a failure. The more you try to speak the more impossible it becomes.

Your survival instincts have been latent but now they are emerging within you. Fear is taking over your body and your mind. You want to run or fight to free yourself. It is impossible for you to move, however. The more you try to move the more impossible it becomes. You are helpless, confused and paralyzed. The thing moves your head from side to side as it looks you over. Your eyes perceive what you imagine to be speaker cabinets arranged in rows several deep in what appears to be a large auditorium. They remind you of stacked Marshal amps like you would see at a rock concert. There are numerous bears (you do not count how many). They are jumping from speaker to speaker like monkeys. Their hideous growls fill your ears. There are creatures manipulating your arms and legs as though your were an object to be toyed with. They touch you all over. Their furry paws feel cold and repulsive. Shivers run down your spine. You feel your heart beating faster and faster, pounding in your chest. You want to scream. You want to cry.

The bear that has been standing over you and examining your head and upper body puts his disgusting paws on both sides of you face and turns you to face him. It leans it's horrible snout close, too close to your face. The nauseating smell is worse than decaying flesh. The strange being raises it's paw and reveals what your mind can only perceive as a magic wand. It's glows a luminescent orange. Your shirt is ripped open. Then you feel a sharp intense pain as though a line is being burned in your chest. You feel bones cracking. You are being dissected. You are powerless to move. You feel the creatures filthy claws poking around inside you. The pain is unbearable. The horrible growls grow louder and louder until they become one deafening roar.

Your mind suddenly goes blank and dark.

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When you wake up you are back in the front seat of your car. You shake your head and blink your eyes as you orient yourself to your new environment. Bright sunlight is pouring through the windshield. It is hot, very hot. You are perspiring and thirsty. You are confused about what just happened. It had to be some kind of a crazy nightmare, or temporary insanity. You struggle to remember, but your memory is fuzzy, incomplete. The word "bear" keeps coming to mind. That seems silly. There are no bears in this part of the world.

You become aware of a burning sensation running down the middle of your torso. Your shirt is open and you see a red streak. How odd. Perhaps you had a wreck and was knocked unconscious. You scratch your head and look to your left. Strange, you are not on the road. Your car is sitting in a field surrounded by cacti and small desert brush. You open the door and slowly walk around the car trying to figure out exactly where you are. You see a road on the other side of a barbed-wire fence. There is no break in the fence. There are no tire tracks anywhere. There seems to be no logical explanation for how you got here.

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Overtime the experience fades from your conscious mind. It will manifest itself throughout the rest of your life in dreams and emotional outbursts that no one can understand. You will find yourself becoming angry, sad or frightened at the oddest times. You will panic If anyone mentions UFOs, aliens or bears. Paranoia will overwhelm you. You become convinced that someone or something is coming to get you, but you do not know when our where. You will wake up in the night screaming and sweating. Your relationships will suffer. You will contemplate suicide. You will abuse drugs and alcohol in futile attempts to cope with the weird secret that lies hidden in the darkest corner of your subconscious mind. You will never mention it to anyone.

No one would believe you.


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