Out Of The Blue
When it happened, the Park was calm and serene. It was still afternoon, but the heat of the sun was not harsh. It was cozy, even. People walked about leisurely, children running around excitedly, couples holding hands or kissing. A perfect picture of peace.
Moses stood beside the bouncing castle, watching his daughter, Faith, play excitedly. As he heard her shrieks of happiness, he realized he had to have more time with her. If only her mother would permit.
By the time Faith was done, he scooped her into his arms.
"Daddy!" She called happily, "did you see how high I jumped?"
"Of course, sweetie." He replied, running his hand down her hair. "I saw you. If you had gone any higher, I would have had to use ropes to pull you down."
She laughed at that, exposing her missing front tooth. Suddenly, the excitement left her face and was replaced by curiosity.
"Daddy, what's that?"
He turned, following her pointing finger, he looked at the sky.
Something like an orange ball was falling from the sky, a thick plume of smoke trailed it, leaving a long dark trail across the sky.
"Wait a second..." He muttered as he studied it more closely. "Oh my God..."
Around him, people were also noticing the strange object hurtling through the sky. And as it got closer and bigger, they slowly recognized it.
"It's a meteor!" Moses screamed in shock. Still holding on tight to his daughter, he turned and began to run, "get out of the way!"
People scampered about, trying to get to safety as the meteor hurtled on towards them.
"Take cover!" Someone cried out.
The meteor was a hurtling ball of fire, the tongues of fire dancing wickedly in the slipstream. The thick plume of smoke spread out across the blue sky.
Moses, along with the others, ran into the main building in the Park. Well away from the path of the meteor.
"Daddy, what's happening?" Faith asked.
"It's gonna be okay, baby." He assured her, his heart pounding fiercely as his eyes followed the meteor.
They watched with bated breath as the meteor closed in and with a loud explosion, crashed into the ground, crushing two cars in the process.
The force of the impact pushed the meteor through the ground, creating a crater of about six feet.
And silence fell.
From their point, they could see thick smoke wafting from the crater, tongues of fire scattered around.
A mumble filtered through the crowd.
Hesitantly, his daughter still in his arms, Moses stepped out of the building. And slowly began to walk towards the crater. And just as slowly, the others began to follow.
They stopped by the edge of the crater and looked into the hole. The meteorite was no longer on fire. And as the smoke cleared out, they saw it clearly for the first time.
And at the same time, everyone let out a collective gasp.
"Daddy, what is that?" Faith asked.
Someone shrieked as with a click a section of the object slid open. With a hiss, trapped air escaped.
It was not a meteorite.
"It's a spaceship."
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