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Stripped of Their Pigment

Updated on May 15, 2017

Like an Episode From the X-Files

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The respite was short-lived. A breaking network news report interrupted the game show we were watching. “Our sources report the CDC has quarantined the State of California. Scores of unconscious victims suffering from acute albinism continue to flood the hospitals. The origin and cause of this epidemic are unknown. . ."

I clicked the flat screen off. Teddy, my 19 year-old kid brother, glanced in my direction. His dark brown eyes were clouded with fear. My eyes probably mirrored the same anxiety. He was all I had left of my immediate family. Somehow I had to find a way to protect him and me from the calamity. Already the syndrome had struck our next door neighbor and the couple down the hallway.

The past 72 hours were like an episode from the X-Files. A State of Emergency was declared by the governor and the National Guard was called into service. The sirens from police cars and ambulances blared nonstop. As people were discovered in parking lots, at work, at home, on elevators, in restrooms, bars, and restaurants unresponsive and stripped of their skin color.

Californians seeking refuge in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona were turned away. Though celebrities and wealthy individuals managed to flee to other countries. They were forced to return to Cali. Because everyone from this state was persona non grata.

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"I told you a cover-up is going on."

“The anchor didn’t say a word about the victims’ hair being chopped off.” Teddy slumped down in the gold leather chair. "Those stories are all over the Internet."

“I told you a cover-up is going on." A video uploaded on the Internet two days ago and removed within minutes kept hunting me. The anonymous party revealed victims of the syndrome felt a whiff of coldness in the air. Next something was placed on their arms before they blacked out. I believed the video was legit and extraterrestrials were responsible for the epidemic.

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They've Been Coming Here on Melanocyte Raids for Centuries

The more I thought about it. The more I suspected they've been coming here on melanoctye raids for centuries. They may have even kidnapped the vacationers and tourists missing from national parks and forests. And possibly involved with the disappearance of the children in Atlanta.

"How come no one remembers seeing anything?" asked Teddy.

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"Mia that sounds absurd!"

"A cloaking device is being used."

He gazed at the ceiling. “Here we go again - your folks from outer space crap.”

“What if we could no longer live on Earth?”

“And?”

“We found a planet to settle on. But the climate was different from this one. Over time our physical characteristics would change. Right?”

“I’m not following you.”

"Human beings have varied skin pigments and hair textures. I think aliens are exploiting us to quickly modify their bodies."

“Mia that sounds absurd!"

That was it. I was done. Mia’s Center for Thinking Outside the Box was closed for the day, tomorrow, and forever. I started putting my action plan into effect. I placed rice paper over the flooring and poured flour into paper cups. I set the cups in different areas of the apartment. “What’s going on?” asked Teddy. I shrugged my shoulders and retrieved the can of mace from my purse

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I Felt a Chill in the Air

My nightly watch was 6 p.m. to 12 midnight while Teddy slept. My brother stood guard from 12 midnight to 6 a.m. while I slept. Around 7 p.m., I felt a chill in the air. And I spotted sheets of rice paper sinking into the carpeting. The invisible moving object was heading swiftly towards Teddy. Who was asleep on the couch in the living room. “Teddy! Teddy!" I shouted. He opened his eyes. "Get off the couch!"

"What?" He raised his body. "Why is it so cold in here?"

"Move it! Get your butt off the sofa!" I threw two cups of flour where I thought the being was standing. A blurred outline of a head and shoulders emerged. Teddy finally absorbed what was happening and leaped over the back of the sofa. "Get your stun gun!" He shot out of the room like a F-15.

When the paper started shifting rapidly in my direction, I began spraying the mace. The snaking motion of the paper stopped abruptly by the coffee table. And the paper was indented and pressed down. I tossed cups of flour in that area. "Okay," said Teddy, "I'm ready.

Its Body Flashed In and Out

The torso of the creature was exposed. He tased it. Afterwards a translucent figure appeared. Its face was grimacing and crying out in pain. But we couldn't hear it. Its body flashed in and out of our dimension until it was no longer evident. “Sorry for blowing you off, sis.”

We made a video about our experience that night. The clip was uploaded to the Internet from a café. Of course, I brought along my mace and some cups of flour. The tape went viral in a matter of seconds.

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Great story, very dramatic, very thought provoking, really enjoyable, thanks for sharing, Voted up, Lee

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      Irma Cowthern 2 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      Hi Lee, glad you enjoyed the ride.

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      NONI OLABISI 24 months ago

      Wow!!! Great story!!

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      Irma Cowthern 24 months ago from Los Angeles,CA

      Hey Noni! --- Glad you enjoyed the ride!

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