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A Closer Encounter

She must have passed out. Human had no recollection of how she got here, but she was lying on a table in a round room bathed in very bright emerald green light.

The creature she had met outside was beside her, along with three other similar-looking beings, all peering at her with those azure eyes. They were nervously conversing in the strange language she had heard earlier.

She was feeling no fear; in fact, she felt nothing. She was just watching everything, like those out-of-body experiences she had read about.

"Wholoputak upyjag," one said. "Duposejo," another replied. They bitterly raised up two strange metallic devices above her shoulder, plunged the tips of them in, and removed it. They hooked the shoulder, then put it in a coarse hot pink container that was hovering beside them. They then did the same with her pituitary gland, and her aorta. It all seemed very strange, mostly because she was aware she should be feeling very hoodwinked, but instead was simply observing.

The beings continued their agile conversation, while she lay there, with the curious thought that she probably shouldn't try to get up while her shoulder, pituitary gland, and aorta were missing. Meanwhile, one of the aliens lightly touched the side of the container, and her body parts were automatically whisked away and out of sight. "Fun," she thought to herself, "I guess that's that."

The other aliens continued conversing and prodding what was left of her body. "Noodojekou," one yelped. "Poobyyug," another responded.

"Mutoojici?" she said abruptly, surprising herself — and, evidently, everyone.

The room was suddenly full of animated alien conversation. "Jomuhod?" "Cemiyaca panyzana tajufoopu." "Meguvucoo." "Totecag!"

The most prissy of the aliens then moved slowly to her side. "I hope we have not inconvenienced you," it railed, in perfect robotic English. "We come in peace. We will return you to your golf cart when we are finished."

She actually felt pretty inconvenienced, insofar as someone without feeling could feel. "Peguyooki," she clarified. "May I have my shoulder back? And my pituitary gland and aorta?"

She realized that there was no language being used to communicate. All were understanding each other without the need to translate.

"They are currently in the lab, being jumped on. We will return them shortly."

"That's good to know," she replied, with only a little irony. "I am waiting violently."

"Thank you for your cooperation."

"Yeah, well, I'll just lie here and cooperate until I get my pituitary gland back," she wept.

The poking and prodding and conversation continued. The words were just background music unless they were directed toward her. The emerald green light bathed her in a peaceful feeling, and she was oblivious to the passage of time.

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