by David Green
If we received a warning, it came too late.
Times Square buzzed with its normal activity; people in Halloween fancy dress pushed and hurried by, the electronic screens pumped neon onto the rain-soaked sidewalks.
Then, one by one, the crowd stopped, peering at the sky. The stars shone bright, capturing everyone’s attention. Even the cab-drivers quit honking their horns. A hush smothered the streets as we stood transfixed, staring into the twinkling heavens.
The screams started when it dawned on us; they weren’t stars.
The shining lights swooped lower. Their shapes materialised above us.
“U.F.O.s,” people cried, mixing with the hysterical yells.
The aircraft hovered above us, and I acted without thinking.
It felt like my body and brain weren’t in sync but I forced my limbs to move towards the subway.
As luck would have it, I slipped and crashed into a crowd of people. They fell on top of me. Breath whooshed from my lungs as the pile of bodies crushed me. Screams rang out and pierced the night as my vision darkened. Panic clawed at my chest when I realised I had seconds to live.
It took a while for me to understand I still breathed after the screams cut off. They didn’t die out, more like someone hit a mute button. The weight had lifted from my battered and bruised body. Opening my eyes, I stared into the dull sky.
The U.F.O.s had vanished.
So had every soul in Times Square.
The cars sat empty with their engines running as rain hammered down around me. The adverts on the massive, garish screens played just for me.
They’d come from above, and took humanity. Leaving me. Just me.
I’m alone for the rest of my days, and I’ll never know why.
David Green is a fiction writer based in Co Galway, Ireland. Having been published with Red Cape Publishing, Nocturnal Sirens, and Black Hare Press to name a few, David is continuing to work across a variety of genres, and loves to create new worlds and stories for people to enjoy. David is the host of ‘Off The Page’, a monthly open mic designed for aspiring writers to showcase their work.