It wasn’t an invasion. It wasn’t a visit to another world. It wasn’t even a dot on a NASA telescope. It was just a gentle crash into Mary’s back garden. A thud and a hiss of steam that woke her from an uneasy sleep. She peered out into the night to see almost nothing except for a worrying bit of smoke rising from the bushes that marked the end of her property.
She went out with a heavy torch and her dressing gown wrapped securely around her. She had put on her heaviest boots, ready to kick an intruder where it hurt most. Holding the torch over her shoulder like a weapon she used her knowledge of the path to make her way to the end of the garden in the dark.
Mary was stopped abruptly two thirds of the way down by a groan and a relatively large structure coming into view from the foggy dark. She hefted the torch threateningly and called out.
“Oi, who’s there?”
Another groan, it seemed like one of pain. A soft thud, as if something had fallen onto the grass. She stepped forward, one trembling foot at a time. Making her way as far as she dare towards the roundish, blackish, smoking thing that had crushed her shrubbery.
There was a cough like sound. A squelch. Something whined, cat-like and desperate. Mary finally found the courage to turn on the torch and face whatever was lurking there.
At first she saw just a thing. A ship? A UFO? She didn’t know what it was except that it had fallen from the sky and that definitely qualified it as an unidentified flying object. It took another moan of pain before she swung her torch beam down to the ground. Haloed by scorched grass and crushed gladioli lay the strangest, most stunning creature Mary had ever seen. It glowed slightly in the torchlight, a soft golden aura. Mary gasped as all of its eyes fluttered open. One of its many arms briefly twitched towards her before falling onto the grass. The creature whimpered pitifully as its wounds became obvious even to Mary. She had to help it. It was so beautiful.
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