The Friend Alien
A short story by Percival Campoamor Cruz
Translation by Kristine Ann M. Villazor
ANTON IS A SCREENPLAY writer whose job it is to write scripts for the movies. He is always in front of his computer, writing and scribbling thoughts to come up with scripts. He has nowhere an office. Like any freelancer, he does not have a definite time for work, and he does not have a definite income either.
His world is a desk beside the window. If he is productive enough, he writes the whole night. During the day, he is either asleep, half-asleep or half-awake, doing a little bit of his wife's errands and household chores, while his wife is at work. Yes, his wife, is regularly employed and he is a striving artist only with occasional projects.
He reads the works of the famous astronomer, Carl Sagan. "It's a big foolishness," Sagan said, "to believe that only Earth can harbor life. Millions of stars are out there in space and they all have great opportunities as other worlds in harboring life.”
Anton loves to read about UFOs. He often wonders, "Are there really vehicles of other creatures coming from the other worlds which Sagan says are scattered in the cosmos?"
Anton's and his wife Marisa’s house is on the cliff of a mountain in the seaside city of California named, Laguna Beach. Due to the elevation of their house the windows offer a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
A little farther off the shore is a small island known as Catalina Island. In the evening, while Anton writes and whenever he feels lost, he stares at the dark scenery. He seems to see meteors and arrows of light coming from the sky piercing into the sea and disappearing.
Anton once saw on TV UFO experts being interviewed and they said the aliens had an airport and it was underwater in the area just off Catalina Island and close to Laguna Beach! "I'm so lucky," Anton muses, "because I'm near the path of the aliens. And if I befriend an alien, I could make a good story.”
Let's imagine that aliens are situated in the middle of the sea, between Catalina Island and Laguna Beach. The aliens when they look at the mountains of Laguna Beach will see a solitary light and that’s the lamp that is burning all night by the window of a house, Anton's house.
Anton believes, "Certainly, an alien will see my lamp shining all night as I am awake and writing; the only person in Laguna Beach who is awake with a burning light in the depths of the night. That, surely, is unique.”
"Wake up, Anton," he says to himself. "You're fantasizing again!"
Anton also chats on the internet every time he takes a rest in writing. People who are not asleep as he is, in different parts of the United States and in the world, are communicating through the computer. A form of entertainment for people who suffer from insomnia.
"How's your night, Anton?" The greeting pops up on the computer screen. He is chatting with a mysterious woman who says that she lives in New York and she uses the screen name, Black Widow.
"I'm fine, " he replies, in a chat manner; he types the answer on the computer's keypad and sends the message that appears on the screen by clicking the Send button.
"How about you, Blackie, how's your night?" Anton asks in return.
"Well, my body is burning with desire, although it's 0 degrees here in New York. Do you know that fire's company is fire, as well? Anton, tell me that your body is also burning. I want it to come from you. I want you to tell me that you also feel the heat and thirst . . .and you want my heat and your heat to swell until they merge into one raging combustion. Let us both be intoxicated with happiness until we are consumed like the flames." Blackie responds. Anton only shakes his head in reaction to Blackie's nonsense.
Anton also chats with Buddy who seems to be a cowboy. His words and viewpoints are tough. He said he lives in Texas. He even sent a photo attachment, a picture of him wearing a cowboy hat in his head, half naked and wearing only a stylish Speedo as bottom. "He is asking me to send him my photo." Anton says to himself. "Buddy is probably gay!"
Perhaps the sanest among Anton's internet friends is the man named Rexor. The beauty of the internet is that you will have chat mates, relatives and friends; just by going to the computer.
There are also available websites, as they call them, on the internet for meeting new friends. There is a website about finding friends. There is a website for people who like politics, science, comedy, business, or anything that people value or appreciate.
Anton met Rexor on the UFO enthusiasts website. He was able to form an opinion on Rexor's personality based on their exchanges of stories and beliefs. He is not like his crazy other chatmates or internet contacts, who only write nonsense and who just waste time on the internet. Rexor's knowledge is extensive, which makes him greatly involved in their discussions.
Rexor never once talked about himself or his family. Anton also does not know what his chatmate looks like. He never volunteered to send a photo. On the one hand Rexor's open and committed statements about the topics they are discussing are very revealing of himself.
The UFO website is a place for discussions about science and space travel and unusual occurrences. It seeks answers to questions like: Is there life on another planet? How to travel in space? How to reach a distant planet in the speed of light and beyond and how to have the right fuel and force to return in Earth?
Rexor is religious. He says everything in religion is science-based and everything in science can be explained by religion. Science and religion are just one, according to him. They became different because of people's limited knowledge.
Marisa, Anton's wife, is a nurse. She's employed at a hospital not so far away from their house. Marisa has a broad knowledge of the structure of the human body, the different organs and how they work, how miraculously wonderful is the human brain and blood. And because Marisa's work is to help the sick person recover immediately, she knows the medicines and remedies available in combating various illnesses. Anton is lucky because Marisa is her caretaker whenever he is feeling sick.
Marisa is beautiful; her skin is smooth, her hair is long and black, not that tall but her physique is fine. The color of his eyes is unusual - as if they were sparkling with blue and green hues. Her voice is as sweet as Ariel's voice of the Little Mermaid. She moves gracefully and she moves her head and hands fleetingly. There is only one thing different about Marisa, her right hand has six fingers. When she points out her index finger it looks like a twin. Whenever they talk about fingers Anton teases her and says, "You're probably from another planet."
"Is there really a God?" On this subject Rexor says, "God is in the Cosmos, he became a human, visited the world, nailed to the cross, resurrected, and is in the Cosmos again."
"Is there heaven?" Rexor says, "Heaven is the Cosmos and only reached by those who are capable; because there is a way if you know the way."
"In Bethlehem there appears a lively star. What star is that? Is it a star or a spaceship?" asks Rexor.
"How did Jesus walk on water? Is it a miracle or anti-gravity? How did he heal the sick and raised the dead?! Again, may be miracles or knowledge of magnetic cellular restoration.”
Many nights come and go and Anton and Rexor's internet discussions continue.
"When can we meet personally?" Anton asks his friend.
"Don’t you worry, you'll see me at the right time." Rexor replies.
Once news came out on the front page of the National Reporter that an alien allegedly was captured by the German soldiers. The alien has a pointed, big head, with a face seemingly without a nose and with narrow eyes.
That becomes a topic for Anton and Rexor. Rexor says "I believe the picture is fake. The National Reporter is a tabloid and news stories are not reliable."
"If there are aliens in the world, I believe they look like humans." Rexor continues. "They have human bodies, but their minds are programmed differently. Their mission is to improve humans’ quality of life. They are like angels sent by God to the world to observe and safeguard, provide salvation and righteousness to every creature."
Anton is convinced that what Rexor says make sense. "I have a query, my friend," Anton says, "There are people in history who have done so much for the good of creation; for example, Jonas Salk, who discovered antibiotics; Michael Gorbachev who gave democracy to Russia; Andy Grove who invented the laptop computer chip; and if we are to go further in the old ages, whoever great people who have improved the world, including Jesus Christ, were they from another planet?"
“What do you think?” Rexor asks back.
Rexor is an alien! An envoy from the planet Herta. He is an alien who interacts with mankind. Each alien has a set assignment in the world. Rexor's mission is to provide guidance and ensure Anton's success and safety. Anton is a selected entity based on his excellent talent in writing. He can author a film that will open everyone's mind and will change the course of life in the world.
Herta is the twin planet of Earth. It's at the cluster of a galaxy with a sun similar to Earth’s. Herta is in an orbit not so close to its sun and not too far away; with water, air, land, trees, fish, food, chemicals and minerals that support life. This planet is much older than the Earth, so the Hertans, being more advanced, have the means to travel far distances at speeds thousands more times than the speed of light. Every creature in Herta is developed. He or she possesses all sorts of knowledge but yet so kind and loving. The Hertans are aiming for the Earthlings to ascend to the level of civilization of Herta, in which people do not suffer, do not get sick and do not engage in destructive wars and manmade disasters.
They gave guidance to Einstein, Salk, Madam Curie, Gorbachev, and all the great men and women whose ideas changed the course of life on Earth. In the Bible, Rexor is like an angel, a guardian angel.
Time passes on, Anton finishes his masterpiece – an epical movie. He signs a contract that allows him to film and release a movie to all theaters around the world.
The film is about the discovery of an astronomer of a planet known as the Earth's twin. The news that man is not alone in the universe shocks the world. People are divided into two sides - one wants to prepare for war, in case the planet is attacked. The other wants to seek a peaceful relationship.
December 29 that year is the world's premier of Anton's movie. Anton completes the biggest project in his life and he earns a certain place among influential persons whose ideas influenced the public.
Rexor's mission is finally accomplished. In no time he will go back to Herta. That same day, December 29, Herta's distance from the Earth is closest, based on the wormhole theory. On that day Rexor will ride his UFO; it will go up into space and straddle around Earth’s gravity and then jettison to Herta.
In the final exchange between Rexor and Anton, the latter says: “My mission is over, I'm going on a distant travel and will be away a good long time. Goodbye, my friend."
On the night of Rexor's departure, he stands in his place, in the spaceport under the ocean near Catalina Island, turns himself towards the Laguna Beach mountains; he raises his right hand and points a twin index finger, like Marisa's, in the said spot. In the dark, Rexor's eyes are flashing as he runs a communication using his mind.
At Anton's home, about three o'clock in the morning. Anton is sleeping peacefully in his room. Marisa is in the window, standing, facing the Pacific Ocean, her right hand and twin index finger pointing towards the spot where Rexor is standing. Marisa's eyes glisten in the dark. She is communicating perfectly without opening the mouth which is communicating through the use of her mind.
Rexor: “Hunuwoq, gulutu hu su huz Uswes. (My sister, please take care of Anton.) Wozuhos de usk huszusk wukidnuz uw hutokwuvus. (Safeguard his success and safety).”
Marisa: “Hunuwoq, dulut su dulut he vo Uswes. Losqo he vozu nuguguzuus (Don't worry brother, I love Anton so much. I will not forsake him and you).”
After a few minutes there was a flash of light coming out of the sea, the light streaked upward in the dark sky, shortly becoming like a star, until it disappeared in space.