Caught Between Dimensions (Flash Fiction)

another dimension

The Disc Crashed in the Meadow, Credit: cocoparisieene

Metallic disc crash lands in meadow.

A source and friend I have in government told me an interesting unreported incident about a farmer who witnessed a reddish metallic disk crash into his pasture. It seems the farmer, who agreed to keep his mouth shut, saw the crash in the late afternoon of Oct. 15, 2017.

He immediately grabbed his double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun and set out to capture himself an alien. When he came upon the creature, the farmer and his hound dog were quite surprised to see what appeared to be regular human being, except for the extra pair of eyeballs he had embedded in the palms of its hands.

“This fella was really trying to make his opinions known and although the gibberish he was speaking sounded vaguely familiar, I couldn’t remember where I heard it before. Still, I couldn’t make heads nor tails out of what the fella was trying to say,” the farmer told my friend.

To be on the safe side, the farmer said he shot a round of buckshot over this alien’s head, which quickly kept it in line. The farmer then dutifully marched it up to his house and called the local authorities. Hours later, my friend got a call in the middle of the night and flew down to the Southern state where the farm was and met up with his special team. After a few hours of trying to interrogate the creature without success, my friend said one of the linguists on the team made an amazing discovery.

“I believe this creature is speaking English, but he’s speaking it backwards!”

“Once that was established, getting our IT experts to create a computer program to translate his language was easy,” my friend explained. “Here’s is what we found out about the visitor:

He was definitely not from a distant galaxy nor a different time. He was from right here, except where there is a farm in this dimension, in his parallel universe there was a space terminal. The best our visitor could figure out is that the space portal in his universe malfunctioned this morning and he was shot into our world via a temporary break in the dimensional continuum.

Would not be staying long

The alien assured us that this rarely happened, but he also assured us he would not be staying in our world for very long.

“I will soon begin to dematerialize,” he said sadly, staring down at the second pair of eyes in his hands. I will become what you call a ghost. Sometimes, I will be seen as a transparent apparition, other times I will simply be a disembodied voice.”

My friend told me that although he tried to assure the visitor we would use all of our science and technology to make sure that didn’t happen, within two weeks, the visitor had faded into the ether — along with his ship.

© 2018 Chet Dembeck

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