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The Shelf (standard:science fiction, 678 words)
Author: Michael Lance KerstingAdded: Dec 10 2009Views/Reads: 1838/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A strange thing happened at Eddie's farm

The Shelf By Michael L Kersting 

The spacecraft landed quietly behind the red Barn on Eddie Conner's
farm. Overhead, the stars twinkled like little diamonds against the 
black backdrop of the night sky. Eddie was awakened by the ferocious 
barking of his dogs, which indicated that there were intruders. Getting 
out of bed, he grabbed the shotgun which stood next to the bed and made 
his way across the dusty floor to the bedroom window. He peered out 
then gasped at the sight that stood before him. - - About fifty feet 
away, stood shimmering in the darkness, was the space ship. Portholes 
were all around the rim of the ship.  Pulsating green lights and 
movement came from within the spaceship. 

Eddie stood transfixed at the amazing sight. Suddenly, unexpectedly, a
panel at the side of the ship began opening slowly and a short ramp 
began emerging from the dark recesses of the ship. A pair of hideous 
looking creatures came out carrying what looked like weapons in their 
hands. They were humanoid in appearance about six feet tall with huge 
heads and big glowing orange eyes that searched the surroundings  They 
wore metallic like outfits that shone in the dark with insignias of a 
triangle within a circle on the chest. 

Panic gripped Eddie's heart as he saw them stop and looked in his
direction. Their eyes glittering like luminous bulbs. They then slowly, 
deliberately headed towards his farmhouse. 

Eddie, now confused quickly debated whether to confront them or hide,
but their hideous hostile looking appearances daunted him, so quickly, 
he dashed into the living room and lifted a carpet which covered a 

Hurriedly, heart pounding in his chest, he lifted the lid and careful to
replace it he descended the few steps into the darkness of the cellar. 
Crouching against the cold wall and gripping his shotgun tightly. He 
took in a deep breath and waited. Sweat running down his neck in 
streams... Feeling nauseated he began trembling from sheer fear. 

Shortly after, he heard loud crashes and heavy footsteps moving about
the floor above. A loud squeaking sound can also be heard. Eddie's 
heart now pounded in his chest as he could now hear the heartbeats 
sounding in his ears . After what seems like eternity, the noise above 

Eddie, now drenched in sweat and trembling like a leaf, waited another
ten minutes before he plucked up the courage to go up and check. 
Cautiously, he climbed up the steps and lifted the lid above about an 
inch...The place was in shambles, upturned furniture were scattered 
everywhere. After looking around the room carefully, he finally decided 
to get out. 

Taking a deep breath, he climbed out and stood looking around, when
suddenly, unbelievingly, he saw two creatures emerged from the darkness 
and grabbed him tightly around his arms. He began to struggle furiously 
against their iron grip. 

“No! No!.” He screamed hysterically. 

They led his struggling figure out of the house towards the ship
sqeaking to each other. 

Just then, his pair of dogs ,upon seeing their master's predicament
rushed at the aliens 

“Get Back!” he screamed at them.” Get back!” but it was too late, one of
the creatures turned, drew his weapon and blasted them away. There were 
loud yelps as they vanished into thin air. 

Eddie then lost consciousness. 

Shortly after regaining consciousness, he found himself lying naked on a
cold slab in a lily white chamber. Bright lights were everywhere and 
about four of the creatures were leaning over him curiously . A cold 
shiver of dread ran through him as he tried to move, but found that he 
was paralysed, it seems that only his eyes were active and he began 
looking around wildly noticing that two of the creatures held gleaming 
instruments in their hands. 

It was then he saw the shelf in a far corner of the room and a piercing
scream burst from his lips. 

For there on the shelf, encased in large glass like jars, were an
assortment of human body parts! 

the End 


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