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led them down a hallway. Corbin’s blindfold hadn’t been put on completely
correctly, and by straining his eyes downwards, he could make out the off-white
floor under his feet and rolling his eyes towards the far right and left, he
could see where the tiled floors met the walls. He tried wiggling his hands out
of the handcuffs, but they were locked fast.
few minutes later, after several turns, they were stopped and their blindfolds
were taken off. However, their handcuffs were not removed. Blinking their eyes
in the sudden light, the humans again looked around them to get some sort of
bearing of their surroundings.
appeared to be in a room like their cell, only bigger, and instead of a cot and
tables, the furniture consisted of computers linked to huge machines that
filled the room with a steady hum. Chairs occupied by aliens sat in front of
each computer, and everything was the same color of off-white. Even the
clothing which was being worn by the aliens sitting in front of the computers
was the same color.
getting tired of that color…” Corbin muttered to Dania.
grinned. “If we get out of this, I never want to see anything that’s that shade
of off-white again!” She agreed.
a door behind one of the buzzing machines came the tall alien who seemed to be
the leader. He was holding the vest. Walking over to the one wall that didn’t
have any computers or machines next to it, he set the vest down.
aliens, all armed with fire guns, seemed to know what was going on, and began
lining themselves up, glancing off and on at the three humans with hate-filled
alien leader took his place at the beginning of the line and raised his open
hand, his other hand holding a fire gun. “Ready,” He began.
other aliens took their guns from the holsters and held them bare at their
The alien continued.
aliens lifted their guns and pointed them at the lone vest, leaning against the
there was a deafening hiss as all the guns were ignited. Twenty beams of fire
shot out of the guns and landed with a sizzle on the vest’s smooth surface. A
minute ticked slowly by.
weapons off,” The alien commanded.
guns were switched off and the beams of fire disappeared. There was a moment of
absolute silence as the leader walked over to the vest and examined it. He
threw it on the ground with a loud clang and stalked over to the humans, anger
and disappointment at his failure glowing from his eyes.
was a trick!” He exclaimed. “You, human,” he pointed an accusing finger at
Aaron, “You could not have figured out a way to shield humans from our guns.
alien grabbed Aaron’s shirt, lifting him off of the ground. “You must tell me
what will destroy that vest!” When Aaron hesitated, the alien continued, “Tell
me now or your friends will suffer.”
Aaron chocked out, trying to make the alien release his neck, “You have to
submerge it in water.”
well,” The alien dropped him back onto his feet and stalked away. He soon came
back, followed by two aliens holding between them a large bucket of water. This
time the alien simply put the vest into the water.
that didn’t work he stormed over to Aaron, his eyes bright with anger. “You
lied to me!”
put on a sulky air, playing his part so well it took all Corbin’s self-control
to keep a straight face. “If you aliens are so smart, you figure out how to
destroy it.” He answered.
seemed to do the trick. “Take them back to their cell!” the leader demanded.
was obeyed and the humans were put back into their blindfolds and cell. Once
they were free of their bonds again, Dania walked over to Aaron and pretended
to look at his sore neck.
did you say that?” She asked almost inaudibly while massaging his neck.
stalling,” Aaron replied through a grimace, “My wife will have guessed what has
happened by now and will bring in human officers to take over the alien forces
in this hovel and set us free.”
would your statement stall our death sentence?”
are a very proud race; they’ll do anything to prove to us humans that they’re
smarter than us. They think they are, but it’s not true. An appeal to their
vanity works as a stalling device every time.”
we just wait?”
wife will be here soon.”
walked over to “examine” Aaron’s neck. “We’ll be ready,” He promised softly.
after day while they waited for Miriam to show up, the three humans watched as
the aliens tried thing after thing on the vest. Every time, the aliens were
confident that they were going to be victorious, but every time their method
mistake was that everything they tried on the vest involved heat of some kind.
It never crossed their minds to try something cold like ice, and therefore the
metal vest only grew stronger and more immune to destruction.
failure’s piled up, the aliens were getting agitated. They didn’t kill the
humans, since they were under orders not to until the vest was destroyed, but
life in the aliens’ hands was by no means pleasant. The humans were given
hardly any food, and they stayed in their cell at all times unless the aliens
had a new plan of destruction to show them.
went by, and the humans began getting worried. What was taking Miriam so long
to rescue them?
it turned out they didn’t have long to wait. Miriam came the next day with
fifty-three human officers, men trained for the specific alien problem and men
who were just as efficient in using the fire guns as the aliens were
explosive destroyed the alien hovel entrance. A smoke bomb kept the aliens from
seeing the human rescuers, whereas the aliens’ bright yellow eyes made them a
perfect target for the officers.
angry hiss of fire guns filled the hovel and for about an hour there was
complete chaos as the humans dodged and fired at aliens and aliens stumbled
aimlessly through the smoke. Beams of fire lighted up the hovel, but as the
smoke cleared away, it was obvious that the human officers were victorious.
aliens that were alive quickly gave themselves up, and the officers had their
hands full making sure their fire guns were confiscated and the aliens in
chains. However, three human officers could be spared and they went with Miriam
to find the human prisoners.
they found them. Miriam ran into the arms of her husband, tears of relief
running down her cheeks. “You’re still alive!” She exclaimed, “I was so worried
that I would find you killed by those awful aliens.”
gave her a kiss, smiling down into her tear-filled eyes. “They couldn’t,” He
answered simply, “At least; they were under orders not to kill us until we had
seen the vest destroyed. But…” an excited gleam appeared in his eyes, “They
couldn’t do it! Miriam, I think I’ve finally done it; I’ve created a vest that
can’t be destroyed by the fire guns!”
hugged him again, “I’m so happy for you, Aaron,” She answered.
looked up at the officers who were smiling while watching the joyful reunion.
“Guys,” He said dramatically, “I’ve got something to show you.”
fire gun proof vest was approved by the government, and just as Aaron had
predicted, the factories began pumping out vests for the humans. Once the
aliens found that their guns were no longer effective, they gave up on trying
to conquer the planet earth and instead went back to their own planet.
course they were still a worry, after all, they could come up with another
weapon even more dangerous than the fire guns, but for a short time there would
be peace for the human race.
Corbin and Dania supported Aaron and his family through getting the vest out
into the public, the siblings decided it was high time they got back home.
Having outstayed their time in the future by a month, they began to feel home
sick. Living in the future was all well and good, but both of them wanted to be
back in their time.
were said at Aaron and Miriam’s house. It was a sad time, but Corbin and Dania were
glad to finally be on their way home.
inside the time traveler, Corbin looked over at his sister with a grin. “Quite
an adventure, huh?” He exclaimed with a wink.
laughed. “I’ll say!”
do you think the USRSA will send us next?” Corbin turned his twinkling eyes to
meet her own.
don’t know,” she admitted, “But I can’t wait to find out!”