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Clean Slate

In Writing on December 13, 2009 at 8:42 pm

“Human, your species faces extinction because of Feelings.  Learn to Think and follow the proper path,” the E’emin said stepping back from the man.

Walker, with the back of his hand, wiped blood from his mouth, “We were fine until you showed up.”

“You Leimelchs!  Homo sapiens’ downward spiral had reached its end already.  You presume to think that any of you would be left without our help.  You would not!”  The thing that looked human circled Walker, looming.

“I see your thoughts,” the E’emin laughed.  “It was not your wars, but politics that doomed you.  Your kind thought things were owed them.”  He moved to the window.

“That’s not true—,” the human objected.

“It is true enough,” the alien said, waving away his protest.  “In eliminating those who wouldn’t do for themselves, we left your species catastrophically diminished.”

Walker joined him, “How could you know?  All those people!  Why interfere?”

The creature stared out the window.  Knowing he couldn’t force him to respond, Walker watched the cataclysm.

Beyond, the Earth suffered.  The oceans he saw—even from this height—flowed over the landmasses.

“Why?”  The E’emin asked.  “We returned to find our experiment contaminated.  So we started over.”

By:  Ben Pollard