This short story has been linked up to the SHORT STORY PROMPT LINK PARTY 5.
Ready? Here’s the prompt: As she stopped to catch her breath, she looked back…
Now, here’s my version: KATE’S ENCOUNTER
As she stopped to catch her breath, she looked back for just a second as she ran toward her car.
When she got to her car she noticed how still and quiet everything was. The birds and insects had even stopped making any noise.
Kate couldn’t believe what had just happened. No one was going to believe her, actually, she couldn’t believe it herself as she stood there by her car listening to the stillness.
She had been on her way home from the diner. It was after midnight as she drove the deserted road. Tired and sleepy, she was looking forward to getting home, taking a hot shower, and getting into bed. Then she heard the front driver’s side tire. It had blown out! Luckily, she knew how to change a flat and proceeded to do so.
Once finished putting on the spare tire, she put the tools into the trunk and eagerly looked forward to getting home. The hot shower was calling her name.
As she walked toward the driver’s side, a yellow strobing light appeared in the sky. She squinted her eyes as it was so bright and was coming closer toward her. She’d never seen a helicopter with such a light! But then she thought – that isn’t a helicopter, it isn’t making any noise, it isn’t blowing the leaves on the trees.
As these thoughts went thru her mind, she heard a swoosh sound and felt herself being lifted into the air as she floated upward!
In an instant she found herself inside the flying craft and could see her car down on the road below through the large windows that surrounded the craft.
She still felt like she was floating and looked down at her feet to see that her shoes were not touching the floor.
When she looked up from her feet, two beings appeared. One of them spoke to her but didn’t actually speak. She heard the words in her mind. She was told to not be afraid. The voice in her mind sounded mechanical or computerized. The beings themselves seemed a bit robotic in form.
They were about 5 feet tall and wore yellow bodysuits that looked metallic. Their skin was a pale shade of purple, lighter colored than lilac. Their eyes were bright blue and their hair was white. Their noses were just oval openings flat on their faces and their mouths had thin, blue lips. Kate couldn’t see any teeth. The only difference in the two of them was that one had longer hair. If they had ears, hair covered them.
One of the beings stepped toward her and held out a rectangular shaped object. Kate watched as it lit up and started blinking with yellow and purple lights.
As she stood there floating over the floor of the craft, she just looked at the being and the blinking object. She felt nothing physically but thought that maybe she was being scanned.
And then all at once she heard the swoosh sound again! She floated back down to the ground and ran toward her car as the craft flew away and was gone in an instant!
*This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.