Iapetus Saves Albuquerque
By Douglas E. Gogerty
After reading the demands of the aliens in the newspaper, Dr. Maland and the Iapetian Storyteller continued their drive towards Roswell New Mexico. They hoped to regain control over Cyber-Iapetus before it could be used for destructive purposes against the United States.
"If we could gain control of Cyber-Iapetus, we could use it to stop that sand monster from doing any more damage," Dr. Maland said.
"That is my hope as well. Do your people have the alien ambassador in question?"
"I have heard stories -- rumors more like it -- about an alien taken to Area 51 in Nevada."
"If the alien ambassador is in Nevada, your people may not be able to deliver in a timely manner."
"If these rumors have any weight, the ambassador is dead and has been -- ah -- dissected."
"That would be a problem."
"Further, it has been said that his spacecraft has also been disassembled and studied. It could be in 1000 places."
"That would be a further problem."
"They say that the craft is the basis for much of our top-secret military aircraft. Stealth and all that."
"That is ridiculous! As our mechanical protector shows, the human mind is quite capable of creating incredible technologies on its own."
"True. Some of the stories are a bit far fetched. For instance, many of the same people believe that humans could not create any type of sophisticated engineering on their own. They believe that these aliens also built the pyramids in Egypt *and* South America."
"That *is* silly."
"Furthermore, they also link this to the goings-on in the Bermuda Triangle."
"What is the Bermuda Triangle?"
"It is an area between Miami, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda..."
"Where our island lies?"
"Exactly -- er -- um -- ah -- yes."
"Do they think we are aliens?"
"I suppose some do, but all of this resides upon the fringes. It is not taken seriously."
"What else do they say about our island?"
"Well -- I have heard that some -- on the fringes mind you -- think you are descendants from the lost continent of Atlantis."
"In any event, we are here!"
Dr. Maland pulled the rental car off the road on the north side of the Roswell Industrial Air Center. The security was tight, and they could not get into the airport itself. However, they could see the giant Cyber-Iapetus looming in the distance.
They were about to discuss how they might infiltrate the airport when the mechanical weapon began moving. It crashed through the fence of the airport. It headed for the control tower, and clumsily walked right through it. It kicked a few airplanes sitting on the ground, and continued on its way.
It headed north out of the airport past the rental car containing Dr. Maland and the Iapetian Storyteller. It continued north through town at a very slow and erratic pace. It was capable of much faster speeds, but it moved relatively slowly and deliberately.
"It is probably headed to where we just came from," Dr. Maland said.
"So," began the storyteller, "back to Albuquerque?"
"I suppose so. I think I could make a guess as to where the two alien controlled monsters will meet."
"Somewhere near the town they plan to destroy I would guess."
"Well, if I were a Sletfernian Sand Monster -- I would probably want access to sand before I go into Albuquerque."
"I suppose that is true."
"It could get that sand on any surrounding area, but Roswell is Southeast of the city."
"So, it does make sense that they would meet somewhere along our route back there."
"Further, these aliens probably have limited knowledge of our planet," explained Dr. Maland. "Thus, it seems reasonable to me, that they would not choose some place too far off the beaten path."
"There was some sort of excavation going on just east of the mountains pass into town. It may have even been a sand pit. If I remember correctly it was just west of the town of Moriarty."
"It appears that our alien foes are having some difficulty in the operation of our mechanical protector. If we leave now, we could easily be there before it arrives."
"I am way ahead of you," Dr. Maland replied as he turned the car around and headed away from the airport.
The two men raced northward on the highway with the mechanical monster slowly following behind them. Every time Dr. Maland looked into the rear-view mirrors he could see the enormous monster following. The flatness of the terrain masked how close or far the mechanical weapon actually loomed.
They thought Cyber-Iapetus would pass them during a stop for fuel, but the two men had enough of a lead to remain ahead of the mechanical monster. It seemed to the two men that the aliens still did not have a complete understanding of how to operate the mechanical weapon system. Perhaps this would allow the storyteller to regain control of it at an opportune time.
After a couple hours of travelling upon the US Highway, the men eventually pulled onto the interstate and began their westerly travel. It would not take long to get to their final destination.
As they approached the city, streams of cars were headed in the opposite direction on the interstate. While they still had difficulty with the radio, they assumed the evacuation order for Albuquerque had been given. However, they hoped the stream of vehicles would not run into the northern bound weapon system and would continue east.
During their journey, the two men were surprised that there were no roadblocks into the city. The lack of obstacles aided the two men as they disobeyed the posted speed laws in their rush towards the supposed meeting spot. While the rental car was no great race car, it did allow them to travel the 160 miles in about two hours even with the rest stops.
The two men arrived at the site Dr. Maland believed would be the meeting place. They were well ahead of Cyber-Iapetus. However, the sand monster was nowhere to be seen. They drove around the site a few times with the mechanical monster slowly making its way towards them.
If they could not locate the meeting place, Cyber-Iapetus would travel past. They needed it to stop before they could attempt to enter it. This was the only way they were going to gain control of the machine.
They were about to make another lap when a military Humvee crossed the cars path. Dr. Maland slammed on the breaks to prevent a collision and came sliding to a stop.
A military man stepped out of the vehicle and walked over to the car. Dr. Maland rolled down his window.
"What the -- er -- uh -- what are you doing here citizens?" asked the military captain attempting to contain himself.
"We are hoping that weapon system stops here so we can regain control of it," replied Dr. Maland pointing at the approaching cybernetic weapon system.
"Ooooooooh f...." muttered the military man running back to his vehicle.
He jumped in and pulled out his radio. "Captain Cheever to base we have a major problem. Over!"
- "The Amnesiac" - Forth Entry
- Friday Fun
- "The Amnesiac" - Third Entry
- "The Amnesiac" - Second Entry
- "A Bottle of Elixir"
- "The Amnesiac" - First Entry
- "Smith and Wesson" - Chapter Six: Smith Meets Wesson
- "Smith and Wesson" - Chapter Five: Back to Earth
- "Smith and Wesson" - Chapter Four: The Life of Zephenia Smith
- "Smith and Wesson" - Chapter Three: The Escape Continues
About this Entry
This page contains a single entry by Douglas Gogerty published on August 31, 2008 7:55 PM.
"Raid on the Island of the Dead" - Chapter 3 was the previous entry in this blog.
"Raid on the Island of the Dead" - Chapter 4 is the next entry in this blog.
This blog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
- About the Site (6)
- Commander Joe (Video) (16)
- Friday Fun (63)
- Poetry (4)
- Stories - Comic Book Fiction (16)
- Stories - Fantasy (150)
- Stories - General Fiction (62)
- Stories - Historical Fiction (52)
- Stories - Horror (82)
- Stories - Mystery (28)
- Stories - Non-Fiction (2)
- Stories - Science Fiction (212)
- Thousand Word Fridays (25)
- Writer - Conrad Bones (1)
- Writer - Douglas E Gogerty (313)
- Collabrative Fiction Project (2)
- Deus Ex Aleatorium (10)
- Eagle Has Landed - Science Fiction (15)
- Iapetus - Science Fiction (36)
- M.O.P.S. in Space (15)
- Montana MacInnes and the Reunion of Doom (8)
- Nebrion's Quest (19)
- Pax Roboto (5)
- Reunited... (76)
- Roman Slave - Gladiator - Freeman - Hero (15)
- Short Stories - Douglas (29)
- Smith and Wesson (6)
- Supervania (11)
- The Adventures of Gaius Cornelius Ferrarius (24)
- The Amnesiac (4)
- The Lost Wizard (12)
- The Maltese Sparrow (13)
- The Messenger (5)
- The Rise and Fall of the New Convicts (3)
- Time Flies (11)
- Writer - Dwayne MacInnes (294)
- Blaze Mason: Star Ranger in Ghost Ship (7)
- J.D. Stone and The Case of the Bloody Knife (13)
- Just Super (5)
- Kalluunle (5)
- Mac MacKinnon and the Race for El Dorado (18)
- Raid on the Island of the Dead (11)
- Short Stories - Dwayne (27)
- Terra Mortis (10)
- Terra Mortis II: The Gathering (32)
- Texas U (36)
- The Captives of the Lost City of Alhassar (16)
- The God Wars (45)
- The Haunted Mines of Krator (6)
- The Scout (36)
- Tiberium Letters (18)
- Writer - Linda Heuer (2)
- Writer - Michael-John J. Davis (3)
- November 2011 (4)
- October 2011 (4)
- September 2011 (3)
- August 2011 (3)
- July 2011 (4)
- June 2011 (5)
- May 2011 (4)
- April 2011 (6)
- March 2011 (8)
- February 2011 (8)
- January 2011 (4)
- December 2010 (9)
- November 2010 (8)
- October 2010 (7)
- September 2010 (7)
- August 2010 (11)
- July 2010 (10)
- June 2010 (9)
- May 2010 (6)
- April 2010 (10)
- March 2010 (9)
- February 2010 (10)
- January 2010 (8)
- December 2009 (8)
- November 2009 (11)
- October 2009 (7)
- September 2009 (10)
- August 2009 (12)
- July 2009 (14)
- June 2009 (10)
- May 2009 (13)
- April 2009 (13)
- March 2009 (13)
- February 2009 (12)
- January 2009 (13)
- December 2008 (13)
- November 2008 (13)
- October 2008 (11)
- September 2008 (10)
- August 2008 (9)
- July 2008 (9)
- June 2008 (9)
- May 2008 (10)
- April 2008 (12)
- March 2008 (13)
- February 2008 (9)
- January 2008 (9)
- December 2007 (9)
- November 2007 (11)
- October 2007 (10)
- September 2007 (12)
- August 2007 (12)
- July 2007 (11)
- June 2007 (9)
- May 2007 (9)
- April 2007 (9)
- March 2007 (8)
- February 2007 (8)
- January 2007 (9)
- December 2006 (9)
- November 2006 (9)
- October 2006 (9)
- September 2006 (8)
- August 2006 (12)
- July 2006 (12)
- June 2006 (13)
- May 2006 (12)
- April 2006 (11)
- March 2006 (12)
- February 2006 (12)
- January 2006 (11)
- December 2005 (9)
- November 2005 (7)
- October 2005 (9)
- September 2005 (8)
- August 2005 (6)
- July 2005 (9)
- June 2005 (7)
- May 2005 (5)
- April 2005 (4)
- March 2005 (2)