If You Could Travel to an Alien World, Would You?

Let’s say you’re walking down the sidewalk, minding your own business and someone leaning in a doorway calls to you.

“Psst, hey… you…”

Only this guy doesn’t want your change or a smoke. He has an offer for you.

“Wanna go to Chyke 2C95 and see the Haplogawas?”

You move on, he’s got to be insane. Just another street urchin looking for an opportunity to take advantage of you.

Later that day, you’re in line at the coffee bar, patiently waiting for your turn to order lunch. You make it to the counter, and guess who it is! The same guy. But you can’t be sure so you don’t say a word, just place your order for a bento box and latte. But when he hands you the receipt he touches your hand and says “Haplogawa”. An image explodes in your mind, you’re standing under a huge lizard like being and it’s looking down at you. Looking at you as though your a tasty snack. As quickly as the vision appears it’s gone.

The crazy guy looks past you, “Next!”

You have two choices, make a scene or move on. Of course you move down the line and wait for your latte. By the end of the day it’s a distant memory, maybe you just didn’t get enough sleep last night. That evening is like any other – take out and the nature channel.

The next morning Haplogawas and strangers are the furthest thing from your mind, it’s Friday. You’re counting the minutes until you can escape from your boring job. The second you step out of your building, you hear him, and the events of yesterday come rushing back you you.

“Hey, forget the nature channel, I can show you Haplogawas in the flesh.”

You turn and look, of course it’s the same guy. He’s leaning against the wall, but when you look closely at him you realize something doesn’t look quite right. The marks on the sides of his neck? The shape of his eyes?

“Who are you and why are you following me?”

“I’m here to rescue you from this severe boredom you call life and give you an opportunity to see the Universe. To recruit you for my exploration team.” He extends his hand and touches your forearm.

Images flash in your mind, strange planets, something that looks like the bridge of a spaceship, nebulas, suns, moons, more planets….. He removes his hand and the visions cease.

So…. would you take a chance and go?