Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: France, cold weather, backhoe, light and shadow, Humane society, ambivalent, “Happy Birthday, Sarah Jane,” Martians, Thanksgiving Day Parade, green eyes
Mini Challenge: she’ll be comin' round the mountain when she comes, pumpkin pie, yellow jacket, short-changed, life after 50
Ten Word Challenge:
Dr Peterson despite his problems of fear of Zonics, wanted to get another research project in before the cold weather came to the planet Harper. Mark and Eric were back at loading the shuttle, and Dr Peterson was in the lab . With only Eric there Mark felt free to use his ability to move objects with his mind, and the job was going quickly. Over the speaker came a Happy Birthday,Sarah Jane. They looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. "I don't know Sarah Jane, but have a Happy Birthday",said Mark. Happy Birthday, Sarah Jane",repeated Eric.
Wearing spacesuits the team left the shuttle. They roamed about , and saw an object sitting in a field. It was large, and had a large appendage. It appeared to be metal. "What is that?" exclaimed Mark. The light and shadow made it look like a monster. "It is Martians"said Eric faking his fear, with wide green eyes. "It is a backhoe, said Dr Peterson. "A what?" question Mark. "A backhoe . A machine used in construction many years ago,"said Dr Peterson. The team approached the machine and examined it. They found the words made in France printed on it. It was rusty and looked to be abandoned for a long time.
The team continued to investigate the surrounding area. As they walked they heard a loud snap. Mark immediately used his ability to read minds to search for intelligent thought., other than human. He picked up nothing. He lead the team forward assuming they had nothing to fear.The terrain became more hilly, and more densely forested. He did begin to pick up images of them moving. Something was encircling them. He felt the hunger of those encircling him. The others heard the low growling, then saw the matted frames of dogs of differing breeds. There must have been thirty or so, to many to shoot with their guns.They were menacing. Mark saw that the earlier snap was not the dogs ,but a way to open a door in the hill ahead. "Follow Me," he said. He led them to and through the door, using his ability to freeze movement to stop the dogs. Dr Peterson was concerned about his own safety and didn't stop to think how they got by the dogs. Mark whispered to Eric "I think the Humane Society would be ambivalent to my treatment of the dogs."
The team found themselves in a large underground room. The room was equipped with antique computers and other equipment. They found another room with beds, and another room with table and chairs and a microwave. It looked like this was the living quarters of humanoids from some where. Earth? " I feel that I could have a Thanksgiving Day Parade to celebrate a place of safety. But are we safe. What happened to those who lived here?" Mark whispered again to Eric," You are always safe in my hands" Eric nodded but he was not so sure.
Sandy Shore bought a piece of pumpkin pie, and sat at the counter in the diner. She felt the waitress had short changed her. She asked and so she had. Things were made right. Sandy felt well dressed in her new yellow jacket but paranoid because she was continually looking out the window and at the door waiting for the penguin with the cinnamon colored hat to appear. To keep her mind sane she bought a magazine with an article in it Life after 50. The radio must have been playing real oldies for she heard, She'll be comin'round the mountain when she comes. It had been many years since she sang that song, when she was at 4H club. She went back to reading her magazine. The radio began broadcasting the news, when she heard someone humming She'll be comin'round the mountain when she comes. Looking up next to her sat that penguin. She shook her head. Impossible, penguins can't live like this. What made it more strange is that the waitress did not seem to see the penguin just like the salesperson had not seen the penguin. What should she do?