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๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ, ๐˜‘๐˜ณ. & ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ป

(๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ป)



A nearly imperceptible shift in the beer nutsโ€™ scent, a higher-than-usual frequency to the pinball gameโ€™s โ€˜pinging,โ€™ and the Walter Cronkite newscast playing on the Zenith TV in the corner set into a sudden, brisk vertical roll alert no one to the two stunning, yet obviously alien females, all but winking into existence at The Wagon Wheel Tavern, New Jersey, USA, on a sticky spring night in 1968.


The two aliens, Mabeseeem and the one-eyed Brandleyy have come from the planet Smarquim on a galaxy-spanning surveillance (spying) alerting all of Smarquim of the recent progress of Joel S. Engel and Philip T. Porter, two men who are right then set at the very front of the The Wagon Wheel bar. Engel and Porter are two technicians employed at the nearby Bell Labs.


As is happening across Earth at this precipitous moment in history, scientists, researchers, and even laypeople are wiling away long hours in ill-lit labs, underfunded university research centers, and in some private businesses attempting to find their way through the nascent and nescient days of this planetโ€™s yet unrealized wireless phone connection possibilities. Knowing fully well exactly what Earth scientists are lacking in their research and experimentation, Mabeseeem and Brandleyy have come, via their planet-wide governmentโ€™s decree, to โ€˜promptโ€™ Engel and Porter, two of the leading lights of Earthโ€™s communication research, into bigger, better, and most importantly, a faster discovery of wireless communication.


๐˜๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ป ยฉ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ

Smarquim has been using wireless communication for the past century.


The alien duo also realize from their surveillance (spying) that of all the scientists and researchers they could attempt to seduce/contact across the little blue-green planetโ€”even though they do indeed appear quite unusual when compared to other human females, and have no way to rightly disguise themselves without appearing even more soโ€”their actual physical appearance wonโ€™t draw all that much attention in a bar in New Jersey. Thus they have come to influence Engel and Porter.


This long night will progress with the alien females attending to and dropping subconscious hints and suggestions into the brains of the two Bell Lab scientists (and not a small amount of liberally leaked libation that Mabeseeem and Brandleyy can and do imbibe without any ill effect) with the alien females teleporting back to their scout ship come morning.


As any Earth-born historian will relate, in the decades to come, digital communication will indeed happen by degree and again, from the effort of many workers like Engel and Porter. The two American scientists make celebrated strides in their field, never realizing that what they come to barely remember of two comely, oddly scented, and oddly attentive females they meet at The Wagon Wheel this night, prompts them to their Earth-bound accomplishment and progress.


Realizing through their surveillance (spying), that humankind has now developed communications to the point where the planet is advanced enough to warrant invasionโ€”always the Smarquim planโ€”Mabeseeem and Brandleyy are dispatched to Sector 55, hence visit Earth again and make the necessary preparations to invade.


But what Mabeseeem and Brandleyy find while floating in their scout ship parked outside the Van Allen Belt, monitoring the startingly efficient Earth-wide digital communication network now in place, is that digital technology on Earth has as much made world-wide communication affordable and constant as it has all but caused a planet-wide stagnation in all other areas of human development over the past decade. And that, in fact, humans and their planet now have nothing that Smarquim would want to acquire or have dominion over.


Mabeseeem and Brandleyyโ€™s scout ship leaves the Van Allen Belt the next day, while yet again another cell phone rings. โœฆ



Ralph Greco, Jr. is a professional writer and musician living in the wilds of suburban NJ on the east coast of the United States. Ralph works in both the mainstream and the adult space and his essays, poetry, fiction, interviews, reviews, erotica and childrenโ€™s stories have appeared in nine countries. Ralph has had his one-act plays produced across the U.S., co-hosts the Licking Non-Vanilla podcast, and is an ASCAP licensed songwriter (Ralphโ€™s music can be found at the cleverly named, www.ralphgrecomusic.com). Ralph can be reached by writing ralphiedawriter@gmail.com


Joe Swarctz is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School in Dover, N.J. He is a professional illustrator and animator who, over the last four decades, has worked for animation studios, corporations and on private commission. Joeโ€™s most recent project is the Echo City Capers childrenโ€™s book series, of which Joe is creator and illustrator. Joe can be reached by writing josephswarctz@gmail.com



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