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First Contact Mission: Flash Fiction by cam

Chris has written more than 300 flash fiction/short stories. Working Vacation was 21st out of 6,700 in the 2016 Writer's Digest competition.

First Contact Mission

Dr. Janis Ogilvy administered local anesthesia with mild sedation to her patient in the facility’s oral surgery department and was waiting for the drugs to take effect. Under normal circumstances, this would have been a simple, dental procedure involving the extraction of what appeared to be an abscessed tooth. But where Janis worked, circumstances were rarely normal.

The female patient could not speak English, nor any other human language. Her Enemy Prisoner of War Identification Number, was TNA-76-03824, so she had simply been nicknamed, Tina.


On September 3, 2144, a date thereafter noted on every calendar, the North American Union military had been deployed to the southwestern United States. The Interplanetary Radar System had identified three alien spacecraft entering geosynchronous orbit of Earth.

One of the spacecraft had dropped through the atmosphere, causing defensive weapons to be unleashed by NAU forces. The ship had not retaliated and was brought down in a fiery blaze over North America’s desert southwest. Several aliens had abandoned ship by means of parachutes, but Tina was the only one to survive. Bodies and debris were collected and shuttled off to Area 51 in the Nevada Test and Training Range. The other two ships had retreated into space.

The investigation following the incident had revealed only basic military weaponry aboard the downed craft. Apparently, it had been a peaceful, although blundered, first contact mission.

Janis had become Tina’s personal physician, and over the ensuing months the two had built a friendship in spite of the language barrier. Janis resided in the quarters adjacent to Tina’s, so the two had nearly constant contact. For security reasons, Tina was only permitted outside during the nighttime when she and Janis would walk under the clear, high desert sky. Tears came to the alien woman’s large black eyes as she fruitlessly searched for her home among the stars.

Tina’s voice was high pitched and her language a series of chirps and clicks. Janis managed to identify patterns in these sounds, even individual words. She attempted to mimic the vocalizations, causing Tina to break out into a long stretch of clicking which Janis decided must have been laughter.

Tina’s appearance was similar to that of a human. She had two arms, two legs, a torso and similar internal organs. Her head was large and angular, coming nearly to a point at the chin. Thin lips opened to reveal a small oral cavity, narrow tongue and twenty teeth. She loved to eat fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes.

She had no external sexual organs, although there were internal structures which had been identified as reproductive. Janis had been responsible for comparing the bodies of the dead aliens and determining gender. It was the imaging of their organs that had finally provided conclusive proof. To Janis, the procreative act of these beings was a mystery.

Nevada Test and Training Range, Area 51

Janis checked to see how Tina was handling the anesthesia and conscious sedation. The alien managed a smile and reached out for the hand of her doctor and friend. A few days before, Tina had become concerned about something in her mouth. Janis had performed an examination, finding a tooth-like growth toward the back, right side.

Janis proceeded with what she expected to be routine, oral surgery. Twenty minutes later, the Doctor removed the round object and placed it in a sterile cup on her instrument stand. Two things happened at that point. Tina recovered from the anesthesia and the small orb in the cup began to crack. Tina watched with a smile. Doctor Ogilvy watched, perplexed.

The hard outer shell fell away, revealing a mass of soft tissue. Tina picked it up, popped it into her mouth and swallowed. Then she lay back, closed her big, dark eyes and went to sleep, a slumber that lasted three months.

In late April, Janis entered Tina’s room to find the alien naked on her hands and knees, dry heaving over a bed sheet. Janis got down beside Tina, placing her hand on the woman’s back, but clueless about what to do next.

Tina’s face began to contort and her mouth to open unnaturally wide. Something slowly emerged past teeth which had rotated slightly outward allowing the thing to pass unhindered.

Janis folded another sheet and held it beneath Tina’s downturned face. The baby, smaller than the average human baby by at least half, finally slid out, followed by the placenta. Janis knew what to do from that point, cutting the umbilical chord and clearing the infant’s nostrils. Tina curled up on the floor and pulled the baby close, then looked up at Janis and clicked the word for food.

Janis quickly produced an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Tina ate ravenously, having just woken from three months of true hibernation. When she had finished, she lowered her mouth to her baby’s mouth and regurgitated a small amount of what she had just consumed. The baby accepted the nourishment with eager lips and tongue. After they had eaten, the mother and child slept.

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A few weeks later, Janis went to Tina’s apartment to discover that the alien woman and her child were gone. She was informed that the alien ships had returned with an ultimatum. The NAU was to return all alien bodies, the ship’s wreckage and any survivors or face the full force of their advanced weapons systems. Compliance was immediate.

Dr. Janis Ogilvy had been detained, questioned and chemically hypnotized to replace her entire memory with a newly fabricated “life story.” She awoke in an apartment in Philadelphia with documents identifying her as Dr. Elizabeth Stewart. She went to work that morning in a V.A. hospital and seamlessly moved into her new role, believing she had just been transferred there from Cleveland.


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 18, 2020:

Thank you, Bronwen. There were a lot of details that required research. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on May 17, 2020:

Wow! You certainly engage the attention and so creative. You must have done quite a bit of research for this. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 16, 2020:

Carrie, I appreciate your comments about this story. Thanks for visiting.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on May 15, 2020:

Awesome flash fiction :) One of the best and creative ones on hubpages :) Thank you for sharing :) Movie material for sure :)

johnmariow on March 03, 2017:

Very imaginative. I enjoyed reading it. The ending was unexpected and awesome. I also love the artwork that accompanies this gripping flash fiction.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 06, 2016:

Oh, I like this one. You've created a great basis for a full-length story within the flash fiction here. Hope you will go on to provide a lot more about this strange alien and her friend.

William Thomas from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things! on March 30, 2016:

Wow! The story is a combination of "Men in Black" and "E.T."



Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 02, 2015:

Genna, you are too kind, but please don't stop. I appreciate the words of encouragement.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on August 02, 2015:

This is great flash fiction, Chris, and filled with a creative imagination that is unique and keeps the reader's interest from beginning to end. Well done.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 01, 2015:

Deb, thank you for that comment. I am in the middle of writing my story for the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge and guess what genre I was given? Sci Fi. I'm excited about the story I've got so far. I will submit it to the contest tomorrow evening and post it here as soon as I get a confirmation email that they received my story.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on August 01, 2015:

Great work, Chris. It was a wonderful story that kept me riveted. This is some of the best sic-fi that I have ever read, a lot better than some.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on July 28, 2015:

Fascinating and imaginative. Enjoyed the read.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 27, 2015:

ERIC IS THE FATHER!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist. Thanks for those comments, Eric. It's very encouraging as I approach the challenge on Friday.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 27, 2015:

Larry, thank you for that comment. Very encouraging.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 27, 2015:

Thank you for all the feedback. It is very encouraging and helpful. The "avian/alien" comparison was not just for the reader. It gave me something to follow as I attempted to develop the Tina character. I also used the conventional grey which is usually depicted as being sexless. When it came to the point of writing about the birth, there was only one avenue for the baby to take. Thanks again for reading and interacting with my story.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 27, 2015:

jgshorebird, I appreciate that thought. Like most writers, I have a novel on the side and it makes me feel exhausted just thinking about working on it. What a process that is. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 27, 2015:

Shauna, Once I saw a bird/alien connection, I just kept pressing it. Birds' sex organs are inside, but end in an opening called the cloaca (both male and female). As you said, some bird species use regurgitation to feed their young. Tina's position on the floor could also be seen as nesting. Thanks for reading and for the interaction.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 27, 2015:

John, thanks. I was reading about the "Greys" we always here about regarding aliens and noticed that they are usually depicted as having no sex organs. I just applied that to my story and had to solve some problems it caused. It was an interesting process.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 27, 2015:

My danged house could have burned down around me as I read this and I would not have noticed. totally engrossing. This is the cream of the crop of this genre. And don't tell anyone -- I am the father.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 27, 2015:

Love sci-fi. Great short story.

Eldon Arsenaux from Cooley, Texas on July 27, 2015:

Like bravewarrior said, the avian-alien aspect is morbidly great! A frightfully fresh way to make Tina beyond our run-of-the-mill green dwarf, bug-eyed alien caricature. I cringed, a little queasy. Truly dig your ability to play with narrative on this one. Good fortune with the NYC flash fiction contest. I'm sure you'll send a spark spreading into the flash fiction flame that will catch kindling like Greek Fire!


jgshorebird on July 27, 2015:

I am waiting for the novel on this one. Please advise when available and I will buy it.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 27, 2015:

Good display of imagination here, Chris. The alien way of gestating life and giving birth is creatively presented. The process by which Tina fed here baby is very bird-like. Are birds sexual organs on the inside?

It's too bad Dr. Janis has no recollection of her amazing journey with Tina. I wonder if she'll eventually have flash backs.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 26, 2015:

Loved this story Chris, especially Tona's character and the way of conceiving and giving birth ..great imagination. Well done.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 26, 2015:

Randy, good to see you here today. Thanks for reading. I appreciate the words. I'm looking forward to the competition coming up on Friday. See you around the hubs.

Randy Horizon from Philadelphia on July 26, 2015:

Great story Chris! I love the way you wrote this one. I was on the edge of my seat and surprised with the ending.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on July 26, 2015:

Ruby, thanks for jumping in and commenting. I appreciate the good words. All of this writing of flash fiction over the last week or so is really giving me more confidence. I'm excited for the competition on Friday night.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 26, 2015:

This is an awesome story that's just as good as ' Star Trek' ( Which I am a fan of. ) Your ability to bring Tina to a lovable character is amazing. This is a Sci Fi winner.....

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