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The Statue of Liberty Has Fallen
By Justin Murphy
Saturday, January 30, 2010

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The Martians attack one of America's biggest landmarks.

     News cameraman Mark Derringer recorded shots of The Statue of Liberty from a distance across The New York Harbor. He watched a teacher take her class on a tour. When all of a sudden, a blast hit the statue. He looked on with horror in his eyes as he recorded the next several when these flying objects in the air fired more blasts at the statue. He could not believe it when The Statue of Liberty herself fell into the harbor.
    'Oh my god! What’s going on?'
    He said this himself when teach hurried to get her class away from the sight of the attack. People ran around screaming, trying to get to safety. Derringer caught it all on the tape, and then looked at the statue, now submerged in the harbor. He could only see the upper half that contained the statue’s hand her arm holding the torch. The symbol of freedom in America was now sinking to the bottom of the sea, and Derringer had no what could have caused the blasts.
    Then he got a clear picture, the sky appeared to separate in two, and he watched a large UFO emerge from the clouds. It was worse than any terrorist attack, something no one could comprehend. Derringer held his camera steady, not afraid of what the flying saucer that now appeared to have attacked The Statue of Liberty and the larger UFO from the sky would do. He just stood there and was determine to continue taping.
    'That’s right, come and get me!'
    More people ran, but not him. Derringer stood there and took it. Whatever these beings from another world, maybe even another galaxy would do. Yet he was not afraid, he was assigned to do a report on The Statue of Liberty. This was exactly what he was going to do, no natural disaster or terrorist attack should ever prevent a reporter from doing his job. Derringer always believed this, and was going to hold to it.
    A few blasts were fired across the harbor at people were ran from the scene. Yet Derringer would not move, he taped as the UFO kept moving around the harbor. They would not remain in one place, except for the larger UFO covering a large portion of the sky. It remained stationery, almost as if it watched or surveyed what was going on. Yet Derringer had the camera on it, waiting for the larger UFO to strike and cause some damage.
     A short time later, Derringer had returned to the local television station where he worked. He now watched The President of The United States give a speech on one of the monitors. Derringer kept thinking of what he would do about The Martians who just destroyed one of America’s most honored landmarks. He could not wait to see what would happen, The President must have some plan to counter what happened at New York Harbour.
    ‘’Today our nation has been devastated by an attack that has cost us the symbol of Lady Liberty.’‘ The President said on the monitor. ‘’What are we to do?’‘
    He looked at The President, who appeared to be holding back tears. Yet he was not quite sure if he was or not. Maybe he was distraught, yet trying to hold things together. Derringer was impressed by his composure in spite of his sadness at this time tragedy. He waited to see The President announce their plans of what should be done. He hoped there would be some course taken to defend Earth from these invading troops.
    ‘’We will launch an attack on those who have hurt us.’‘ he said. ‘’I will tolerate only your universal support.’‘
    Derringer smiled over how The President just mentioned he had planned to do get back at them. This man was the leader of the free world, and the world’s freedom did have to be defended. He waited to see what would be announced. Derringer knew he would be behind whatever The President decided one hundred percent. There were no questions about it, he would do anything he could to show how much he was behind this.
    ‘’You are either with us or you are with The Martians.’‘
    Looking behind him, he saw the entire newsroom staff cheer over what had just been said. There was a warm feeling the room, something patriotic. He had not seen him or any of his colleagues this united in years. No matter what personal or professional differences he or his fellow workers may have had, this was a shining moment where he could look back and say he experienced this with them together under a united front.
    Everyone was around Derringer, clapping and patting him on the back. He was the one who first got the footage of the attack. Then turning it over to the news director. It had now been fed to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, then aired all over the United States. For all he knew, it may have aired all over the world, he hoped it did. He wanted to the whole world to be aware of the other world they were up against.

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