7. Giant Creatures on Genesis (Conclusion) #RRBC

In our last episode, Jethro Hodge, Director of Building Operations on Genesis, has been called out of his temporary office on the site where the capital city is being built. Dozer drivers nearby stopped their work and formed a defensive circle on the site when large creatures emerged at the edge of the rainforest. Lead dozer driver, Jackson, is waiting for Hodge to arrive on foot…

 

As he waited for Hodge to arrive he notices that the black monsters are just standing still, gazing at the machines. Jackson and his crew of drivers sit in enclosed cabs atop their land movers, so they feel somewhat secure as the creatures seem curious rather than aggressive. No way I’m gonna leave my cab until they vamoose, he thought. I hope Hodge and Sablicksen aren’t planning to walk up and pet them, or something.

“What’s the plan, sir? We don’t have weapons.” Tanya looks at her boss expectantly as they reach the machines.

Creature… inferior… puny…

Hodge stops suddenly, goes down on one knee and holds his head with both hands. Sablicksen stops as well, checks to see the black creatures are not firing at them and kneels beside her boss.

“Director!” She cries out, “Are you wounded? Talk to me, sir!”

Jackson has been watching their approach while still keeping a sharp watch on the alien creatures. He sees Hodge stop and hold his head, and glances back at the monsters, which had made no moves. He keys his comm unit. “Sir, are you hurt? Do you need assistance?” Jackson’s mind races as he waits for Hodge’s reply, sorting through his limited options. He could leave his cab to assist Hodge and Sablicksen, but that would leave himself exposed. Maybe it’s time to give these black demons a show of force, he thought. He could order a charge of all five big dozers, reasonably certain that these ugly creatures could never withstand a charge by these mighty machines. As he processes these choices, Hodge’s voice intrudes through his headset.

“I’m… okay… ” Hodge mused, Damn, where did that voice come from? He gets to his feet, and walks unsteadily between the dozers until he and Sablicksen are inside the circle they had formed. He doesn’t stop until he’s beside Jackson’s dozer and makes eye contact with him inside the cab. Then, he gazes across the scarred clearing to see that the black creatures are standing their ground, just staring. Then, to no one in particular, he mutters, “My Gods, those are ugly and sinister-looking specimens…”

His comment is cut off as another word crashes into his mind.

Halt!

Again, he holds his head with both hands and stops in his tracks. The pressure on his brain dissipates as he stares intently at the creatures. One turns and heads back into the jungle. One by one, the others follow suit until they all disappear.

Sablicksen touches Hodge’s arm as she speaks, “Do we follow them, sir? Are you injured?”

Hodge shakes his head and takes his comm unit out of his jacket pocket, keys a control and speaks to the Communications Officer at Headquarters. “Joel, call the ship. Ask if sensors picked up on several large creatures near the planned residential sector of the site. Yes, I’ll wait. Hodge out.”

Jackson and the other four drivers had climbed down from their dozers and approach as Hodge finishes. The lead driver addresses Hodge, “Do you want us to go after them, sir? Did they injure you?”

The Director, surrounded by six concerned and decidedly nervous people, looks from face to face and holds his hands up to ward off other questions. “I’m okay. Twice, I heard words shouted inside my head causing pressure for a few seconds. I’m not sure, but they might have come from one of those creatures.”

“Why didn’t we hear them?” Tanya queries. “Sounds like it might be telepathy, sir.” Searching the edge of the jungle, she can see nothing…

The silence is suddenly shattered by a chilling shriek, followed by the appearance of a shiny black… thing, or vehicle as it rises above the jungle canopy, hovers briefly and shoots upwards to the west, disappearing in seconds.

“Bloody hell!” With that, Hodge orders everyone back to Site Headquarters. “I want some answers from the ArcGeneral before work resumes down here.”

Twenty minutes later, Hodge is in Communications at Site HQ talking to Hastings aboard Divine Scepter and describing what he saw and heard as he arrived at the scene. “Yes, sir… it was huge and it took off shrieking… damnedest thing! Sensors picked it up?” There is a silence as he listens to the ArcGeneral. “Yes, Tom, I’ll do that. Thank you. Hodge out.”

He leaves Communications and strides to the large conference area where Tanya had gathered the engineers, architects and the construction supervisors. The babble of voices there becomes hushed as the Director arrives at the large oval table. He takes his seat and looks at his people who are visibly on the verge of panic.

“ArcGeneral Hastings says that Scepter’s sensors picked up the alien vessel as it left the surface, but were unable to track it very far – it just disappeared. We don’t know what it was, but he’s ordering a company of marines to the surface to sweep that part of the jungle and to remain for as long as he deems necessary. Tanya, please see to organizing temporary quarters for them. Site operations are to cease until the marine commander gives the all-clear. We’re adjourned.”

 

What were those creatures? Will they return? 

About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

10 thoughts on “7. Giant Creatures on Genesis (Conclusion) #RRBC

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    Gwen Plano

    September 3, 2016 at 9:44am

    This is so timely, John. As I read your post, I thought of NASA’s report of “ghostly” sounds from Jupiter. So much we don’t know! Great writing!!

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      John Fioravanti

      September 3, 2016 at 11:09am

      Again, thanks for visiting and leaving your thoughts, Gwen. I have never believed that humans are alone in the universe. To think that defies all logic… we need to get out more! That’s what the space program has been all about. I wish that soon we’ll have one international space agency so that interested nations can pool resources and speed up the process. And then I hear that voice in my ear… “Careful what you wish for…”

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    John W. Howell

    September 2, 2016 at 1:54pm

    Good one, John. Finished Passion & Struggle and enjoyed it very much. Need to get the review done. Have a great weekend.

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      John Fioravanti

      September 2, 2016 at 2:06pm

      Thank you, kind sir. I’m pleased you liked Passion & Struggle. Many readers tell me that Treachery & Triumph is even better. I’m hopeful that Book 3, which I’m drafting now, will be at least as good! In the meantime, these short prequels help me keep my creative juices flowing. I’ll turn those into another series when the Saga is finished. Enjoy your weekend too!

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    jinlobify

    September 2, 2016 at 1:24pm

    It just continues to get better John. When is book 3 due? I have read Bks. 1 & 2 already. 😀

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      John Fioravanti

      September 2, 2016 at 1:33pm

      Hopefully, in another 6 months, Joy. I got sidetracked with a new non-fiction book that’s coming out in November. I’ll start drafting Book 3 in the Saga series in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to get back to it because I find writing fiction a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by and for supporting me the way you do! (I’ll be getting to your books very soon… promise!)

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    patgarcia

    September 2, 2016 at 9:26am

    I had to go back and read #RRBC 6 because I didn’t get it in my email box. I thought I had signed up for all of your blogs but unfortunately, I hadn’t. So reading #RRBC 7 made me curious because I wanted to know how everything in #RRBC 7 came about.
    I love your writing style, John. It is you, if you know what I mean. I can feel your comfortableness with what you write. Your personality flows into your words, and that draws me and any of your readers into your world. I hope that my personality accomplishes the same thing and flow into my manuscript. Because it is then that we touch our readers in the heart, in my opinion.

    In your story, I like that the beasts did not speak vocally. They spoke or one of them spoke telepathically. Or maybe it could be that they all spoke at the same time as one voice. So many ways for a reader to look at this situation.

    By the way, this also reminded me of the four beasts in the book of Revelation. 🙂

    Have a nice weekend.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

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      John Fioravanti

      September 2, 2016 at 1:04pm

      Thanks, Pat! My site was down for 4 days due to the fact that I had to move it from one host company to another – so that might be why you missed a post. I’m pleased you like my writing style and I’m grateful for this gift. Since you finished Passion & Struggle, I was wondering if you figured out who these black creatures were. Kenneth Tam created them in his Equations series.

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        patgarcia

        September 2, 2016 at 1:45pm

        I thought so, John, but I wasn’t sure. I haven’t started digging into the Equation series because my plate is overflowing. It’s going to be one of those books that I read and enjoy at leisure. Maybe taking a chapter at a time. I’ve started on my review for Passion & Struggle and I’m having a hard time writing it because so many images go through my head as I compare it with some things I’ve read from the Bible in Genesis and in the book of Revelation. But that’s my problem. I need to be cool and calm and objective as possible when I write it. And believe me when I say I look forward to writing that review. But it has to sit in me. I sometimes ponder things for a while, especially when a book makes me think.
        Have a great weekend.
        Shalom aleichem,
        Pat

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          John Fioravanti

          September 2, 2016 at 2:02pm

          Again, thanks, Pat. I appreciate your support – no rush on the review. I relate well to a full plate! Enjoy your weekend too!

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