Surinam by Chris Morin
I was watching the Today show when something almost
surreal happened. The picture went fuzzy and a young man appeared on the
screen. He had blood running down the side of his face and was clearly
upset. He took a deep breath and stared straight into the camera.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, the United States Government
has been lying to you. What happened earlier this week was no terrorist
attack. It was an attack by an alien race that the government is trying
to cover up. The aliens are creating a breed that is a cross between a
Surinam toad and a human. A Surinam toad is a native of South America,
is generally about a half a foot long and has peculiar nesting instincts.
The female actually carries her eggs on her back and when the eggs hatch,
the young appear to come right out of the toad! We believe the aliens have
been abducting people for years; attempting to cross breed them with these
Surinam toads. It looks like they have succeeded. The aliens abduct a human
female and inject the victim with genetically altered Surinam eggs. Once
the eggs are injected, the two DNA's combine and the eggs begin to grow.
A female human can carry about a dozen eggs at a time and it takes only
seven days for the eggs to hatch. When the babies are born, they ooze out
of the backs of the females. The young are cannibalistic killers and they
devour their mother so that the human population doesn't have a chance
to recover. The babies then grow at an alarming rate and believe me, the
older they get the grumpier they become. These creatures are quickly spreading
throughout the country. If we don't act fast the United States, not to
mention the entire human race, will be wiped out!"
Then there was some commotion and the young man
looked away. Seconds later there were gunshots and the "We Are Experiencing
Technical Difficulties" screen was displayed. I thought I was imagining
the whole situation and decided to change the channel. ABC had a "Please
Stand By" screen, CBS had a CBS banner displayed and FOX had nothing but
a blank screen.
I then looked over at my wife.
The lumps on her back were bigger and we still moving.
Oh my God, what if what that young man had been
saying was true?
A group of people had hacked into the major television
networks and announced to the world that we were being invaded by aliens.
The networks frantically tried to do damage control but despite their best
efforts, it was too late. The hysteria had begun. The country, already
devastated days earlier was now filled with even more fear and confusion.
For me? Well, I had a feeling that things weren't
as they seemed. I began to believe that young man and was faced with the
worst choice of my life. What do I do about my wife?