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For June 2023, our prompt is the movie, Close Encounters. The good news is, you don’t have to be an abductee or an alien to participate. Our lovely host are Nila, and Jemi.
Here’s my story.
These characters are from my on going sweet romance, 5 Friends & Lovers, available on Amazon, Kindle Vella. This particular episode will be interwoven into some future spot.
Scott: A comedian
David: A suspense author
Doug: A high school gym teacher/coach
To keep down the characters, their ladies are elsewhere.
Tagline: Alien Discussion
Close Encounter or Not
David, Scott, and Doug sat around the living room while their ladies were in the kitchen making lunch.
“Did you hear the *Elvis Theater is running classic Sci/Fi movies?” Doug asked.
“Which ones?” Scott asked, leaning forward to lift his cup of coffee.
“The remake of, The Day The Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, and classics, ET, and Close Encounters. They’re showing them mid-week on Wednesday, one at a time,” Doug said.
“I love Close Encounters,” David said.
“Me too,” Scott said. “Richard Dreyfus went insane and made a mess of his home. My mother found that disturbing, but I laughed. Then there’s ET, staring a turtle without his shell flying away in a Christmas ornament.”
Doug and David both laughed.
“I thought we could take our babes. Wanna do that together?” Doug asked.
“Wednesday night?” Scott repeated.
“Yeah,” Doug said.
“They aren’t playing all of them the same Wednesday?” David asked.
“Nope,” Doug said. “One at a time.”
“I’m in now to convince our ladies,” David said.
“Do either of you believe in aliens and UFOs,” Scott asked.
“I think it’s a possibility,” Doug said.
“UFOs are now UAPs,” David said.
“What does that mean?” Doug asked.
“Unidentified aerial phenomenon,” David said.
“I find it difficult to believe a bunch of gray aliens are running around abducting people. If they came after me, I’d ask, why don’t you wear sandals to go along with your nudity,” Scott said.
David and Doug laughed again.
“Actually,” David said. “Some believe they are wearing a body suit.”
“That makes sense,” Doug said.
“Where’s the zipper,” Scott quipped, and the other two smirked.
“So, what planet do they come from?” Doug asked.
“The powers that be are debating that, naming several locations. I can’t remember exactly what they said,” David answered.
“You seem to know a lot about it,” Doug said.
“I know a little. I watch the various shows, mostly to get story ideas.”
“You write suspense, don’t you? How do aliens and detectives merge?” Scott sipped his coffee.
“Yeah, how does that work?” Doug sat back and crossed one leg over the other at the ankle.
“I really just get ideas about locations and people, too,” David said.
“Like what?” Doug asked.
“Well,” David said. “One show I watched featured a man who has been abducted since childhood. As a young man, he took his girlfriend on a camping trip. The aliens showed up, froze her, and then they inspected her and told him she wasn’t good enough. Afterward, his girlfriend, a Christian, left him. Later, he became Born-Again, and the aliens haven’t been back.
“An entire group of people who believe the aliens are really demons and quote Bible verses to support that idea.”
“Demons?!” Scott and Doug said together.
David held up both hands. “I’m just reporting what I saw on a show. I have no opinion, one way or the other.
“Another show I watched,” David continued. “Claims that Bigfoot is brought here by aliens because there are UAPs whenever there are Bigfoot sightings.”
“You watch some pretty weird shows,” Doug said.
“That I do.”
“So, which movie is showing first?” Scott asked.
“This Wednesday, it’s Close Encounters,” Doug said.
To that, Scott started whistling the Close Encounter alien tune.
Word Count 552
*The Elvis theater is a discount theater in Colorado. All the shows David has watched, I have watched and is true. And, I watch that stuff for the same reason.
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