“Everything is in place, Sir. The rings were dropped into the sky a week ago and don’t appear to have caused any concerns amongst the populace. As we expected, they have convinced themselves they are in some way connected to their strange celebration of Christmas.”
“Excellent. Are we ready for the next phase?”
“The rings are activated, Sir. Once you give the order we will begin beaming selected humans onboard.”
“Start the process, Jones. And remember, the Intergalactic Zoo are only interested in young, healthy specimens. Jettison any that don’t meet the necessary criteria.”
Is it dangerous Doc? It’s just he means so much to me I couldn’t bear it if I were to lose him.”
“He’s in the best place. He’s still young and in reasonably good condition, so I’m optimistic. You must remember though, nothing is guaranteed. There could be complications. We just have to hope we can find a match.”
I watched in dread as the doctor carefully opened up Tommy’s front and removed the defective battery. Then he searched through a large jar on the window looking for a replacement. I prayed to God he would find one that worked.
I’d been in the queue for days. Something about a technical hitch with the soul detection monitor at the main desk. They were having to process people manually.
When I got to the front I saw a large man dressed in a long, flowing white robe, holding an enormous leather-bound ledger.
When my turn came two guards told me to step forward.
The man looked at me, then at the ledger. I saw his fingers scroll down the page and stop.
Without looking up he said, “Stairs to the left.”
As I descended the stairs the heat hit me.
Been tracking the blighter for days. First got wind of it last Tuesday, running wild in the local school.
Then heard it had been seen trying to get into the old folk’s home. I’ve been outside, waiting, watching. Thought at one point I’d missed it. I was about to call it a day when I saw it trying to sneak in with one of the cleaners. It never stood a chance. I had it safely neutralised and boxed in minutes.
Must rush, just had a message that Man Flu’s in town and needs dealing with.