The Alien Attack Continues

April 20, 1961

April 20, 1961 Captain’s Log:


I stepped onto the deck of the USS Constant, feeling vaguely guilty. I knew I should be preparing more for the approaching alien attack, but I had delegated that duty to my second in command. I wanted nothing to do but wait and worry.

As I stood on the deck I realized that the entire crew was on duty and hard at work. Then I looked out into the ocean and had forgotten that it was so vast. Almost endless. Haunting and undiscovered.

One of the crew was working over something, then turned around and smiled a full smile at me. It was genuine and not out of respect for the position. I knew that he trusted me completely and over the years while under my command I had never let anyone down. Not once.


The aliens have terrified the world. My commanders thought waving peace with these aliens was going to prevent worldwide destruction. But that was a monumental mistake. It just gave the aliens a leg up. My job was to kick away the stool from beneath that leg up.

The sad thing about our situation is that I’ve dedicated my entire life, my entire career to peace. I wanted to live in a world of total peace. Share that peace with every country and every nation. I had no idea that what ever formed the nightmares in my head was changed drastically by these aliens. They gave a new meaning to fear. And now I fear that the only way we could come to peaceful terms is by starting a war.

A confused revelation...

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Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

Good job Frank. Keep the action coming.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Marlin 55

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I think we need to find a producer and director for this wonderful movie you are creating frank.. awesome

keep them coming my friend


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

you are too to sweet :)

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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I'm loving this story. The ideology explored in your ending has me intrigued. The wanting of peace and having to go through war to have it. I guess that is the ultimate irony. It seems very "current", if you know what I mean. It also seems timeless. Has that not always been the way throughout human history? I'm starting to think the only way to have true peace is to always be ready for full on war. Any sign of weakness, of not being prepared, only invites attack. What a horrible thought, but history does suggest it has some merit. Off to the next one!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Bated breath . . . .

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Exciting story Frank..Look forward to the the next chapter..:)

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Poetvix for indulging in my little alien adventure.. bless you .. and thanks Audrey.. did you just say bad breath? LOL kidding Sunnie thanks for looking on bless you all

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Valleypoet 4 years ago

Just to echo what Poetvix is saying above...peace, unfortunately, always has its price...nice piece Frank :-))

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Valleypoet :)

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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!

Voted up for awesome and interesting, Frank. The tension is building, building every so gradually, which is what make the tension so tense. And, it seems you have learned a very important lesson of horror---withhold sight of the monster so that we can build it up in our own imagination.

Good Job!

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for visiting my little serial :) winged ..:)

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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia

These installments have been entertaining. Glad to see you shared them again. Looking forward to more. Sharing.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you cyndi10 :)

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