Our Place in the Universe: Chapter 2

Connections

"…and that is why plants sometimes lean sideways." Mr. Robert Lanning said to his class as he drew a diagram on his chalkboard, detailing the germination process of young plants. A girl named Linda raised her hand.

"So what you're saying is, it's a plant's instinct to move toward an area with an abundance of sunlight?" She asked inquisitively.

"That is exactly what I'm saying, Linda." Mr. Lanning told her. He then saw a strange figure standing near the school entrance, just watching him. The figure had no shadow, was pitch black, and no features could be made out. It was roughly the size of a teenager. He looked at his class, then back at the figure. It was gone.

"Are you alright, Mr. Lanning?" Linda asked. Linda was the A-student in the class, she always had something nice to say. Every word that comes out of her mouth has zero-percent hostility.

"Yes, Linda." he told her. "I'm absolutely fine."

"You sure?"

"Yes."

"Tell Me, Mr. Lanning," a girl named Mindy asked with a blank tone. "Are we alone in this universe?"

Mindy was a strange girl, she never smiled. She would just stare at you when you talked to her. Outside of class, you would always see her reading in a corner. She would never let anybody come close as if she was hiding something.

"Um, well" Mr. Lanning was improvising his answer as he went along. "That has been a question for humanity since we had modernized. Some people say we are, some people say we're not."

"But, what do you think Mr. Lanning?" Mindy asked, still with that blank tone. It gave him the chills.

"Well, I personally believe that alien races do exist. Because I have seen them, caught them with my own eyes!" Mr. Lanning shouted at the class, not like he was angry, but like he was relieving a burden. "Every night, I see something in the sky, I see something moving in the shadows, aliens do exist!"

"I believe in aliens too. And soon, so will everyone." Mindy said in an enigmatic fashion. The school bell rang for recess.

"Okay, complete pages 145 and 146 in your textbooks class." Mr. Lanning told the class as they walked out the classroom.

"Good morning, Mr. Lanning." Ms. Evans, the space science teacher told him as her class next door walked out in single file. "How was your class?"

"Eh, weird. Very weird." He told her while placing his hands on his forehead.

"I heard you yelling, everything alright?"

"Yeah. It's just that, Mandy, she asked if we were alone in the universe."

"Of course they would. They're kids. This is a question we've been trying to answer since how long ago."

"Yeah, but she said that everyone will believe in aliens soon."

Ms. Evans called Mindy over from her book reading and asked what she meant in Mr. Lannings class. She still retained that enigmatic, creepy face as she did in the classroom.

"Soon, everyone will believe in aliens." Mindy said.

"Honey, what do you mean by that?" Ms. Evans asked concerned.

"Everyone will believe in aliens." She repeated yet again with a creepy tone. It seemed much creepier the second time. There was no emotion in her voice, just blank

"What are you talking about, Sweetheart?" Ms. Evans asked while grabbing her head like a mother does to a child to comfort them.

"You can't believe everything you hear, but you can believe everything you see." Mindy scowled at them and walked off to continue reading her book. Later that evening, when Mr. Lanning arrived at home, his wife, Ariel, was watching a television program on aliens.

"Honey, I'm home!" He yelled as he walked through the front door of their two story house.

"Hello, how was your day?" As she got up to give Mr. Lanning a hug.

"Eh, it was okay. Mindy's a weird one." Mr. Lanning said sighing. He put his jacket on the couch and upon seeing the TV screen, just watched it with big eyes.

"Honey?" Ariel asked worried

"Um, Why are you watching this?" Mr. Lanning asked as he remembered the strange figure he saw that morning. The figure, the same figure, was standing behind the narrator as he was interviewing a woman on the street.

"Do you see that?" Mr. Lanning asked, pointing to the shadowy figure in the background.

"No, honey. I see the street." Ariel replied as she put her hands on his shoulders, going off to bed. As Mr. Lanning stared at the figure, he felt as the figure was staring back at him. He wondered how it could be possible; it was just an image on the screen. Before dosing to bed, he saw the figure change from a black shadow to a black humanoid. He heard a word whisper from the screen, a word that would change his life forever, a word that hinted his future; a word that left him wondering his near, inevitable future. It was Mindy's voice. It whispered: Sukronia!

Sorry, I've been busy this summer! I will write more! I am now interested in this story a lot more!