Second in Command's Log

USS Constant

April 19, 1961 Second in Command’s Log:

 

The captain was issuing orders on deck. I heard his command as he ordered everyone to brace themselves.

The gray fog flashed white.

It was a blinding white.

Pure White. Like driven snow.

It was so bright that even the best sunglasses on the market wouldn’t have been enough to stop it from burning the eyes.

Then the ship was hit.

Hard.

Several times.

One of the crewmen tumbled over and rolled hard onto the steel deck, knocking the wind out of his lungs. Medic stumbled, but got to him before he could roll out into the ocean.

Suddenly, the light from the gray fog flickered and for a moment went black. Then the attack came back stronger. Bombs were exploding on the decks causing heavy damage and casualties. The noise was like the worst earthquake rumbling and deep, filling every space, moving through the water like a speed boat. That’s when we realized that the attack wasn’t coming from the aliens. It came from our own fighter planes. We were being attacked by our own men. They shot right out of the gray fog guns a blazing and hadn’t realized the damaged they caused until their third pass.

They thought they were still in the gray fog battling the aliens. Then as quickly as they hit, it stopped. The gray fog was normal, the noise gone, and our fighter planes crashed into the ocean one by one as if being led there by an escort.

Our captain stood tall on deck and just held his breath...


© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

Good job, Frank!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I guess I should start at the beginning then. Off to the beginning I go as after reading this I want more.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So are you going to continue on with this?


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

hey susan thanks for reading there wasn't too much interest for this little series so I stopped writing it.. oh and thank you edi didn't see you above susabn's head


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I meant Marlin25 duh..:)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

they are dieing off one airplane at a time.. are they next? love your stories..

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

you are still the best :)


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wingedcentaur 4 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

The story grows more and more intriguing, Frank. I agree with one of the commenters on another part, who basically said that, somehow, with this particular story you've put together, it doesn't matter where a reader starts from.

It appears that the real danger these aliens cause is that they cause human beings to turn on each other. I am vaguely reminded of a Twilight Zone episode called "Monsters are due on Maple Street."

Once again, voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much winged for the continued read bless you

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