Sam frequently finds different doors in his house locked from the inside, without any reason. When the mystery unfolds, will Sam be able to take all that? Read on to find out.
The planet that he was born in was demolished and rebuilt twice. Aliens, as they called them on the old Earth, Homberls, as they call themselves, have occupied most of the land on Earth. Half of the world is destroyed in the war between the two worlds and the other half is transformed into a new world. We are outsiders on our own planet now. And it all started because of me.
I was being chased by a manhunt squad from the National Security Department. I was responsible for leaking a national secret on the public domain. But I did it for the greater good, at least I thought so.
Making my way through the dense forest, hitting the tall bushes and slipping on the muddy ground, I ran for my life. The rain and the night blurred my vision and it was becoming more difficult to dodge the approaching branches. I hit one, hard, and slipped. Rain drops bombarded upon me and I stayed down, waiting for the squad to find me. Darkness had taken over my vision. And their approaching footsteps appalled me. However, I recovered soon from the temporary trauma, my vision became more clearer and the temporary darkness was lifted. I ran for my life again.
I was able to outrun them for the whole night, but as it dawned and helicopters started chasing me, my odds were very bad. I kept running till I reached the end of the forest, and the end of the mountain. In front of me there was a cliff, and behind me an army of hounds and shepherds, followed by people ready to kill me on command.
I worked at a security firm providing security services, like document handling and anonymous transport, to our clients – they were mainly drug companies, big multi-national organizations and top food brands, having trade secrets, recipes and secret formulae.
One day, a person who didn’t disclose his true identity approached our team for an assignment of a different kind. Our team was provide our expertise to design a plan for movement of items, undisclosed, with several decoy routes and ideas of spreading rumors. The actual transport was outside our scope.
Several weeks later, we came to know about a possible breach in a government security department. The roads were flooded by the black cars and several people were brought under scanner. Our company was trailed too.
During all this confusion, I received a text from an anonymous number one day. “Coffee house near office. The Assignment.” I understood what it meant.
I waited for two hours at the coffee house near my office, but no one came. Confused, I walked out. As I got into my car, I saw a black package lying in the front seat. Someone might have rigged my car’s security and left it for me.
I ignored the package and drove to the end of the city, near the forest. I deliberately took wrong turns and long routes to steal away from any followers I might have on me. Once I was in the quiet, I opened the package. It contained a small disk and a note. The note was totally blank. But it was wrinkled. I opened the disk on my laptop and found it contained copies of several government classified files speaking about extra-terrestrial research programs and unexplained incidents across the world. The reports dated as long as six decades back.
I saw the note again. The creases were not uneven. They were perfectly done and intersected, as if it was folded multiple times. It took me some time to get it, the paper was folded into an origami frog, folded and opened again, leaving no trace of it. Frog was the symbol used by the group opposing alien research in the country. They believed that alien contact will be deadly for us.
I uploaded the whole data to an anonymous shared drive on the public domain, but still I may have left some trail. As the black cars soon came searching for me in the forest. I left everything in the car and ran in the forest.
Several years have passed and I still remember that day, the note and those files. The leaked files were shared across the world, and it soon became impossible to stop its spreading. People led protests and campaigns against government. They demanded freedom of information. The private research companies used the information and technology from the leaked documents to their favor in carrying out private space research programs.
It was just a matter of time that people’s trust on government and democracy was broken across the world. Power and money were the only law prevalent. And corporate giants took control of the world.
Life on other worlds was found and they were contacted, invited on our planet. Private organizations had started to build empires on planets near to Earth and there was an open trade between different worlds now from there. Alien technology was very advanced compared to us. Therefore, we traded our natural resources and water against their technical expertise.
However, as time passed, aliens started building territories on the Mars and on several places on the Earth. Corporate giants couldn’t foresee this in their greed for technology and power. Alien forces started dominating the free trade. Soon the contracts and rules were biased towards them. And we couldn’t oppose their biased diplomacy as it was an invitation to war, which we knew we couldn’t win.
In a few years, alien intrusion was beyond our tolerance and people started opposing it openly. Several organizations were formed across the world aiming to build weaponry and power against alien forces. Alien technology was to be used against them.
Soon the resistance turned into fights, fights into battles and ultimately the Big War happened.
Humans lost. Aliens took over.
I had lived a life of anonymity and was on constant run from the security forces of several countries. I was an undisclosed most wanted person in the world. And my experience in staying hidden in my security company helped me survive.
I witnessed the change in the world. From a cold wars and fights hidden behind a peace motto, our world was transformed into a rapidly advancing world run by businessmen. Soon the government fell and it was all behind me now. But still those old days give me sleepless nights.
I survived the Big War too. But I couldn’t survive their invasion. Aliens led a major biological transformation run across the world and conducted several experimental surgeries on humans. Several people died in their attempts to convert humans into their own alien forms. But they eventually succeeded in doing it. People were tortured and killed who opposed these transformations.
Opting to be like them wasn’t an easy option either. It involved several biological disfigurements through undergoing several surgical and medical operations. And it converted us into a derogated form of aliens, which were easily identifiable on one look.
I was one of them. It took me several months to accept this new form. Timid body strength, lower height, hair-less skin and big green eyes with bad vision. However, due to our small and light form, we were agile in our actions. And this helped aliens as they got a whole force of fast and efficient labors.
I wished to go back in time and change my actions, which led to our downfall. I didn’t know that it was possible…
To be continued… Stay reading.