A off-beat look into the mystery of that (in)
by Tony Thorne MBE
Here´s another look into that ancient
NESSIE THIRTEEN by Tony Thorne MBE
That Saturday night, when it happened, I'd
had a great evening at our local hostelry close by the Loch. We'd
been celebrating Scotland's big win that afternoon and, after all the
good food and drink the landlord served, I'd had several more drams
than usual. The right formula for initiating a nightmare, if that's
what it was.
It was dark when I woke up, still only
half-dressed of course. There was this weird apparition, at the foot of
the bed, staring at me. It definitely wasn't human, not with long
flat arms and a big head on a long stalk. I was petrified. It was opening
and closing its mouth like a stranded fish. I couldn't see the rest
of its body. It must have been on the other side of something, looking
like a smoky circular mirror, floating in mid-air.
Then after a sneeze, and a few gurgles, it
spoke to me in quite good English with just the trace of an accent, which
I couldn't place.
"Greetings mortal biped creature." It exclaimed, with
a noisy cough. "You have been chosen to learn and understand our
destiny. You must listen very carefully to what I have to tell you,
because you will be questioned about it later."
It sounded interesting, maybe even a little
threatening, so I listened. Other than try hard to wake up, if it was a
nightmare, what else could I have done in the circumstances? After I gave
it a nervous nod, the weird creature sneezed again and continued.
"My home planet is about forty light years distant from
here, in your terminology that is. I am the senior representative of an
advanced scientific race. Back in your year number 564 our scientists
developed the galaxy's first working, two-way, mass transmitter and
receiver. We sent the first experimental unit to your planet, soon after
that. Once activated we transmitted a volunteer member of my family down
to it. Your water planet is the only one near enough to ours to be
habitable. Unfortunately, the experiment was a failure and we had to bring
him back. Since then we have tried several more times and sent other
volunteers. We are a very large family, by your standards, and long living
It paused, waving its flat arms slowly, then continued, after another
"Unfortunately, the whole operation so far has been a failure.
Everything always worked well with the tests we undertook, back on our own
planet, from one tank to another. However, those relatives we managed to
transmit to your planet arrived in an incoherent state. Their brains
became scrambled somehow, and instead of making contact with your
authorities, they just swam around, up and down, and in circles. We always
had to bring them back for extensive treatment and care. It seems that the
vast distances involved led to an attenuation of the most complex parts of
the data energy stream, namely our brain patterns. However, that wasn't
the only problem"
The apparition unfolded its flat arms and grasped my bed rail.
To be continued ...
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