First Contact Mission: Flash Fiction by cam
First Contact Mission
Dr. Janis Ogilvy administered local anesthesia with mild sedation to her patient in the facility’s oral surgery department and was waiting for the drugs to take effect. Under normal circumstances, this would have been a simple, dental procedure involving the extraction of what appeared to be an abscessed tooth. But where Janis worked, circumstances were rarely normal.
The female patient could not speak English, nor any other human language. Her Enemy Prisoner of War Identification Number, was TNA-76-03824, so she had simply been nicknamed, Tina.
On September 3, 2144, a date thereafter noted on every calendar, the North American Union military had been deployed to the southwestern United States. The Interplanetary Radar System had identified three alien spacecraft entering geosynchronous orbit of Earth.
One of the spacecraft had dropped through the atmosphere, causing defensive weapons to be unleashed by NMU forces. The ship had not retaliated and was brought down in a fiery blaze over North America’s desert southwest. Several aliens had abandoned ship by means of parachutes, but Tina was the only one to survive. Bodies and debris were collected and shuttled off to Area 51 in the Nevada Test and Training Range. The other two ships had retreated into space.
The investigation following the incident had revealed only basic military weaponry aboard the downed craft. Apparently, it had been a peaceful, although blundered, first contact mission.
Janis had become Tina’s personal physician, and over the ensuing months the two had built a friendship in spite of the language barrier. Janis resided in the quarters adjacent to Tina’s, so the two had nearly constant contact. For security reasons, Tina was only permitted outside during the nighttime when she and Janis would walk under the clear, high desert sky. Tears came to the alien woman’s large black eyes as she fruitlessly searched for her home among the stars.
Tina’s voice was high pitched and her language a series of chirps and clicks. Janis managed to identify patterns in these sounds, even individual words. She attempted to mimic the vocalizations, causing Tina to break out into a long stretch of clicking which Janis decided must have been laughter.
Tina’s appearance was similar to that of a human. She had two arms, two legs, a torso and similar internal organs. Her head was large and angular, coming nearly to a point at the chin. Thin lips opened to reveal a small oral cavity, narrow tongue and twenty teeth. She loved to eat fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes.
She had no external sexual organs, although there were internal structures which had been identified as reproductive. Janis had been responsible for comparing the bodies of the dead aliens and determining gender. It was the imaging of their organs that had finally provided conclusive proof. To Janis, the procreative act of these beings was a mystery.
Nevada Test and Training Range, Area 51
Janis checked to see how Tina was handling the anesthesia and conscious sedation. The alien managed a smile and reached out for the hand of her doctor and friend. A few days before, Tina had become concerned about something in her mouth. Janis had performed an examination, finding a tooth-like growth toward the back, right side.
Janis proceeded with what she expected to be routine, oral surgery. Twenty minutes later, the Doctor removed the round object and placed it in a sterile cup on her instrument stand. Two things happened at that point. Tina recovered from the anesthesia and the small orb in the cup began to crack. Tina watched with a smile. Doctor Ogilvy watched, perplexed.
The hard outer shell fell away, revealing a mass of soft tissue. Tina picked it up, popped it into her mouth and swallowed. Then she lay back, closed her big, dark eyes and went to sleep, a slumber that lasted three months.
In late April, Janis entered Tina’s room to find the alien naked on her hands and knees, dry heaving over a bed sheet. Janis got down beside Tina, placing her hand on the woman’s back, but clueless about what to do next.
Tina’s face began to contort and her mouth to open unnaturally wide. Something slowly emerged past teeth which had rotated slightly outward allowing the thing to pass unhindered.
Janis folded another sheet and held it beneath Tina’s downturned face. The baby, smaller than the average human baby by at least half, finally slid out, followed by the placenta. Janis knew what to do from that point, cutting the umbilical chord and clearing the infant’s nostrils. Tina curled up on the floor and pulled the baby close, then looked up at Janis and clicked the word for food.
Janis quickly produced an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Tina ate ravenously, having just woken from three months of true hibernation. When she had finished, she lowered her mouth to her baby’s mouth and regurgitated a small amount of what she had just consumed. The baby accepted the nourishment with eager lips and tongue. After they had eaten, the mother and child slept.
A few weeks later, Janis went to Tina’s apartment to discover that the alien woman and her child were gone. She was informed that the alien ships had returned with an ultimatum. The NAU was to return all alien bodies, the ship’s wreckage and any survivors or face the full force of their advanced weapons systems. Compliance was immediate.
Dr. Janis Ogilvy had been detained, questioned and chemically hypnotized to replace her entire memory with a newly fabricated “life story.” She awoke in an apartment in Philadelphia with documents identifying her as Dr. Elizabeth Stewart. She went to work that morning in a V.A. hospital and seamlessly moved into her new role, believing she had just been transferred there from Cleveland.