They appeared one day late in the afternoon.
One by one the neighbors gathered to look at them. Cars stopped and the drivers got out to see what we were all looking at. The lights hovered there until it was almost dark; then they suddenly winked out.
The next afternoon they were there again, in the same part of the sky. By now word had gotten around, and more people came out to stare. Everyone had an opinion.
“I heard the Air Force is testing a secret airplane.”
“It’s the Russians.”
“It’s an optical illusion. It’s just a trick of the atmosphere.”
The next day they were still there, and the day after. By now people all over the city had seen them.
“I heard on the news that they’re just weather balloons.”
“Sure, that’s what they want you to believe. My bet is it’s a Russian spy plane.”
“Or aliens from outer space. They came up with that weather balloon story so we wouldn’t panic.”
“It’s an advance scouting party. They’re observing us before they invade.”
Space aliens! Wow! Maybe it WAS an invasion!
Then the whole world would have to pull together to fight them, even the Russians! It would be a close thing, but in the end Superman would be the difference!
Even space aliens way more advanced than us puny Earthlings couldn’t win against Superman. Or maybe they were friendly and they came here to give us gifts of amazing new technology and medicines that would cure all our diseases.
What if they were friendly but we didn’t know it and we started a war with them and they destroyed the entire planet?
Or what if they were like in the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and they came to warn us to stop fighting with each other or they’d wipe us all out?
And what if I was the one chosen to meet with them and tell the whole world their message?
I would be the one to save the world! I would be a hero!The next day the lights were gone.