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The Incident
By Regis Auffray
Friday, March 19, 2004

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It happens all the time. It could happen to you... ...perhaps it has and you just don't realize it.


Doctor Ryan Thorpe stepped out of the black sedan and walked directly towards the young man standing a few meters away.  Thorpe's appearance gave the impression of a man who is very sure of himself, a man obviously accustomed to getting results.
 
"You simply must tell me about this incident in the forest, Mr. Newman.  My organization is being pressed for answers from the authorities and we cannot be patient any longer.  Now, if I am to understand, you and some friends were out there having a party..."
 
"Now just you wait a second!" interrupted Tim Newman. 
 
He was a young man who could not have been much more than twenty years of age.  He was slight of build and rather handsome with his dark complexion although he gave the impression of being somewhat distraught while trying not to show it.
 
He went on, "That's a real good one.  You and your so-called associates or whatever the hell you call them, are getting impatient.  Well, I really feel for you all.  What about me, hey?  This is the third time in five days that you've come here uninvited.  I told the cops and I told the press and I'm telling you one more time; I have absolutely no intention of talking about what happened in those woods.  Get that through your head full of PhD bullshit and get the hell out of here!"
 
"I don't think you understand, Mr. Newman.  We simply must get at the truth.  Three young people from this community vanished that night.  We have been kind enough to give you a break to get over the shock, that's all."  Thorpe wearily glanced towards the distant forest.  "You were with them.  You're the only one who can help us get at the truth.  And, of course, we can help you."
 
Newman laughed sarcastically.  "The truth… …Yeah, sure.  You and your boys, whoever you really are, you have so much truth from incidents, as you call them, from the past fifty years, you can't keep it from starting to leak out all over the place.  Who are you working for anyway?  As if I need to ask!  Is it the military, the CIA, the FBI, the National Enquirer; or maybe all of the above?  Each one of them has about the same degree of credibility.  What a joke!  Even if I were to tell you what happened, which I cannot do, you'd somehow twist it all around and make me look like some kind of local idiot psycho and move on to control the next incident.  No thanks, man, just forget it.  I know damn well I'll be better off without your kind of help.
 
Thorpe tried to appear more menacing and the tone of his voice indicated his rising frustration as he continued. "You are going to force our hand and I can assure you, Mr. Newman, you will not come out of this the winner.  There is too much power bearing down upon you.  You cannot stop the system.  There are rules here and procedures to be followed.  The security of the nation could be at stake here.  People panic so easily, Mr. Newman.  You have no choice but to cooperate with us if you ever hope to resume some kind of normal life."
 
The young Newman looked visibly angered by the last of the doctor's statement.  He raised his voice considerably and there was a noticeable twitch of his left cheek as he exclaimed. "I told you to go to hell and I meant it!  If you think you can just come over here whenever you choose and threaten me, you obviously haven't done a very good job of studying my latest psychological profile; or maybe it's just not in the files yet, hey?  Is that it?  Well, I don't give a damn.  You talked about patience earlier.  Guess what, I just ran out of it.  I've got work to do, doc, work of a higher order you might say, and the guys and gals I work for don't give any breaks.  They don't give a shit about my state of shock because they're experts at giving it.  Now, I'll give you ten seconds to walk back to that shiny black boat of yours and scram."
 
"You know very well that I cannot do that, Newman.  I will go back to the car.  Oh yes indeed.  I will place a call for assistance and that, my young obstinate, misguided friend, will be the end of your little charade.  Never say I didn't give you a chance." 
 
He turned and walked away but he would have thought twice about it had he seen the look on Newman's face.  The latter's eyes seemed about ready to explode from his head.  His face had become very pale and contorted and he was in obvious pain.  Suddenly, before Thorpe had taken a mere three steps, the younger man leaped into the air with superhuman agility and strength.  Before the unfortunate Doctor Thorpe realized what was happening, he lay on the ground with Newman's hands at his throat.  The doctor had little time to marvel at the strength in the slight young man's hands before he blacked out into unconsciousness.
 
Newman got up.  He seemed to have regained some of his former control.  He looked down at the inert Thorpe and shook his head.
 
"It's not like I didn't give you a chance, doc."  He chuckled softly.  "I just hope you're not afraid of ants because you're about to meet some pretty big and very advanced ones.  And man, can they fly!  If you ever liked Star Trek, you are going to love this.  Sure, there'll be a little pain at first, but you get used to it."
 
For a moment, Newman seemed to freeze on the spot as he turned his gaze towards the sky.  A sudden thick shaft of very bright light surrounded the two men as their silhouettes blurred.  A moment later, they had vanished.  Only the large black sedan with its official plates remained in the otherwise nondescript yard.




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Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 4/24/2012
You are a very good story teller :) Thoroughly enjoyed this. But of course I like this sort of thing.
Thank you keep writing stories!
Being only here as an author for a wee bit of time I have catching up to do and you HAVE MUCH for me to read.
Thank you
Love and Light
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 12/23/2010
Reg,

Great story, with a wonderful twist at the end

Mary
Reviewed by Steve Groll 12/17/2010
Good start, great end, and the rest was quite fun too. Love this kind of stuff.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 4/17/2010
FANTASTIC! YOU HAD ME GOING AND I WANT TO GO ON...! GOOD WORK...ENJOYED. THANKS FOR SHARING AND BLESSINGS. LOVE,
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Melissa Mendelson 6/7/2009
Another chilling story, making you want to know more.
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 11/2/2008
wow I really enjoyed this work regis. I like the supernatural works.
hugs kathy Lynn
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/5/2007
Regis,

Love the way Newman stood up for his rights. I wasn't expecting the story to go this way. You are wonderful at writing a twist! Spooky ending...enjoyed it! -Sheila
Reviewed by Mary Coe 8/28/2007
Great write. Loved the twist at the end. This was an interesting story. Enjoyed the read.
Reviewed by L Hippler 3/3/2007
You held my attention from beginning to the end once again. Nice twist at the end.
Reviewed by CS Johnson 12/16/2006
Great job, Regis. Freaky ending.
Reviewed by Riley :) 12/10/2006
wow. the thing about these stories is it ends with you hanging. you should make books out of these.
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger 3/5/2006
Compelling. The ending took me by surprise.

Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 8/22/2005
Regis,

A sly blend of the likeness of the disturbing world of tabloid media and Roswell, New Mexico. Do they exist! The aliens on this planet are who we should be most concerned about. And NEVER turn your back on a black sedan! Great spoof!

Sage
Reviewed by rita pilbrow carlsson 8/10/2005
2am in Sweden, just got back from UK where I was born and brought up.

Read this story 10 minutes ago and became really enthrawled. Not into this kid of work myself, but really enjoyed it.It is something I could never ever produce myself, therefore I enjoyed it even more.But maybe a little eeery b4 going to bed!

Keep the good work up Regis!

We are siblings the lot os us, indifferent to colour, culture, religion or personal opinions. Just think if we could show a little respect instead of fighting and bombing people up because they differ from us!!!!
I love your peace bit Regis
Reviewed by Michael Ault 7/16/2005
Well done!

I liked the ending.

Mike Ault
Reviewed by M. B. 7/11/2005
This is another terrific read, Regis. You're very skillful.

~Mari
Reviewed by April Smith 6/16/2005
I'm not usually into sci-fi stories but the feel of this one really is what hooked me. It's intense, short, spooky...and I liked it! Waiting for more, perhaps???? :-) Aprril
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 4/21/2005
YES! I have to agree -Great Writer- "ReGis" - hmmm... Definite Scare material- YOU dug dowwwwwwwwwwn DEEP to get this one out-had me wondering to the end and still wonderrrrrrrrrrrr..
Finish -Finish- I want to know More-The ants and what...
Wisdom- E xpressive Words and CAlmness in your upcoming writings- HuGs-Lady,Sheee
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 4/17/2005
Interesting, well-written, thought-provoking, equal one fabulous short story! Great Job!

Victoria
Reviewed by Bob Holt 3/27/2005
All right, now I'm frightened. I won't try to adjust my computer. Great story. I wouldn't mind if it continued.

Bob H
Reviewed by Patrick McCormick 3/25/2005
An excellent story, and very well written. My imagination was still racing at the end.

Pat.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 3/21/2005
Hi Regis:

What a wonderful story this is! I really like the idea of the flying ants, and your mentioning of the Star Trek. That happens to be my favourite show for the longest time.

Thank you for writing and sharing this!

Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 3/20/2005
Regis,

From the very moment of this read it grabs and holds - undivided attention . . . an exceptional literary write my friend!!

Blessings,

Robert
Reviewed by Dave Harm 3/17/2005
This is my first stop into your stories... very impressive... a master poet and an excellent story teller... well done
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 3/11/2005
Don't stop there! I need more of this story; but then...yes, aren't you the clever one...making us use our imaginations to see where this goes. Intriguing story, that is well written! Thanks

Micke (like da' mouse :o)
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/2/2005
Thns Regis for sharing this very dramatic piece. I enjoyed it immensely and I like sci-fi stories a lot. Keep up the very good work in this genre. May the Lord be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love, peace, & (((HUGS)))... Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Robert Fullerton 2/28/2005
This is an excellent short story, I enjoyed it immensely..Thanks.........Bob
Reviewed by Ron Henry 2/22/2005
This is well told. The action is gripping, continually building to your final revelation in the last two paragraphs. The story does leave me wanting to know much more, such as why these extra terrestrial beings are here and their purpose. They don't sound like beings I would want to mess with, but I am curious what motivates them. Being evil motivates some, but usually it isn't that simple. I guess I am saying this might be a good first chapter to a much longer work, although it can stand alone and still be worthwhile.

Very well written. Compelling and convincing dialogue. Gripping action. You have a good grasp of how to tell a convincing story.
Reviewed by Koty Lapid 2/22/2005
Oh, what a scarey work... so scary... it gave me chills... What a pity I have no idea how to avoid woods and black sedans...

very nice work...
Reviewed by Judith Bailey 1/28/2005
Hi Regis... This is an awesome Incident... from the dark side of us.

I like the pattern of it, although MY et's are friendlier! (I've had trouble accepting Shadow, choosing Light most of the time)

Good write, adding you to my watch list.
Judith
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very 1/23/2005
Wow Regis! This is Excellent and scarey Intense and so how the 'secret agents' work. This is FANTASTIC! I thought the younger one was going to pass out and then they'd have him doing that torture tell us thing You really caught me off guard on the ending there. SUPER! EXCELLENT!

Love, Tracey
Reviewed by Cheryl Kaye Tardif 12/3/2004
Regis, WOW!
This is very "Outer Limits" of you! :)
Loved the dark humor at the end! I wonder what inspired you....did you just buy a new car? Or do you just have a thing against doctors?? hehehe
KUDOS!
~Cheryl
Reviewed by Danielle Mundy 11/27/2004
I LOVE THIS!! But you cannot stop it there..I want more!! LOL Excellent job on this, Regis. You really pull the reader into the story, which is hard to do with so few words, but you succeed phenominally.
Reviewed by Debra Stiles, The Original Mister 11/16/2004
Great story teller, I am much impressed
Mister
Reviewed by Victor Farrell 10/21/2004
Well told!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 9/11/2004
Excellent tale. Love the way your removed the power from those that think they have the control. GREAT write.
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 9/2/2004
Regis,

Well done. You have succeeded with this one because in a few short words you draw the reader right in to find out what happened. You were also able to give us a very insightful look into the characters personality. Very difficult to accomplish in such a short story. So much mystery! To add to that, you have drawn the story to an end and not left it dangling. At the same time you have respected the readers intellignece by letting us decide what happened. I always appreciate it when a writer gives his/her reading audience a chance to use their own imagination. So many writers feel a deep need to tell us every detail and in turn that leaves us bored as readers. Sorry this is a bit wordy, but I felt this story deserved a real breakdown on why it's so good. It deserved more than just a 'job well done' comment. By the way, what does happen next????

Sherry
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 8/30/2004
This is a very gripping and exciting write.. You have to tell us more of this story!!
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 8/19/2004
LOL loved the crack equating the FBI with the National Enquirer. smetimes I wonder if there's any difference. Connie Gotsch
Reviewed by Karen Chalfant 8/19/2004
Good job!! The intensity can really be felt and it grips the reader! You're a very good story writer...

Karen
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 8/16/2004
Gripping tale, Regis. I enjoyed it immensely. The escalating frustration and the final anger are totally convincing...

thank you
Gina
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 7/21/2004
Why, Regis, how very X-Files of you. Great dialogue and no overtelling. Spiffy, my man.
Reviewed by Hooves Of Fire 6/20/2004
This was chilling and the ending was a suprise for me. I think you got it right with what you said about the media and how they manage events too.
Very well written, Regis!
Hoovsie
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/19/2004
BRRRRRR well done
Reviewed by Elaine Carey 5/22/2004
Wow! Surprising turn of events!
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/21/2004
Regis excellent story... Keep up the great work
* I am one, but Still I am One*** Edward Everst Hale
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/9/2004
interesting story Regis. Reminded me of the men in black movies with Will Smith, G
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 5/6/2004
So Sci-Fi...could be a sequel....I like this one.
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 4/27/2004
Captive write, Regis, well done! Franz
Reviewed by James Justice 4/25/2004
Yes, you must continue on with the story. What happens next, :)
Reviewed by Roxanne Smolen 4/7/2004
This would make a good first chapter. It really draws you into the story.
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 4/4/2004
Fantastic tale, Regis!! However, now I want to know more! Is there more to it? (:D Peace.
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow 3/30/2004
Very intense and gripping write Regis. I could feel the tension in the air as I read along...even had my own impression of the voices of each man.
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 3/23/2004
good story
Reviewed by Tammy Cravit 3/21/2004
Nicely done, though a heck of a place to stop! :) Thanks for sharing it.

Warmly,
Tammy
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/20/2004
And Now?

Were did they go?

Wait there is a knock on my door.......lol!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/20/2004
Oh NO REGIS, You cannot just stop there, I need more, NEED I SAY! Where did they go, what about the ants, please it is like an addiction for me, send us more on this story, PLEASE!

An excellent first chapter of a future best seller, I hope...Peace thru the write, Ed & rufuz
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/20/2004
so regis is a storyteller, too, eh?? LOL wonderful write, mon ami! c'est magnifique! will have to check out more of your stuff! (Stories!)

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 3/20/2004
yikes...now i'm going to have nightmares....great stuff, regis.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/20/2004
Well done, Regis. Liked this scenario immensely.
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/20/2004
Right on Regis, a delight
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 3/20/2004
Great story Regis......I do believe I shall avoid (a) woods and (b) black sedans for a while after reading this one.....!! Well told.

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