The alien research vessel cruised in stealth mode above Earth. Harypht zoomed the cameras into the zone of the tragedy. He could see a little girl holding a sign that read, “Love.” Once again, the alien doubted his work.
“The Humans have suffered enough, I think,” he said to Pallyphyt.
“Suffered? They’re just simple creatures.”
“But they still feel. We have moral obligations.”
“Moral?” scoffed Pallyphyt. “Don’t the humans spray perfume into rabbits’ eyes, knowing it will hurt?”
“Does that justify continuing to fire the Violence Ray?”
Pallyphyt sighed, “More data is needed. You know that.”
Harypht bristled. “You’ve aimed it at Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando, now Las Vegas. Isn’t that enough?”
“Our signal is getting jammed. I think the humans have discovered us,” grimaced Pallyphyt.
“If that’s true, we’re dead meat!”
“Hardly. Our mission is peaceful.”
“Peaceful? The humans will see it as an attack.”
“It’s science! We’ll tell them we’re just testing.”
Harypht saw the nuclear missile fast approaching their ship on his sensors. “Well then you better talk fast!”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/fffaw-challenge-week-of-october-3-2017/
The worst mass shooting in US history just occurred recently in Las Vegas. Thoughts and condolences go out to friends and families of the victims. I found myself wondering what causes these things. I wish there was a way to stop it. This story is one of my many thoughts about that.