LIFTING OF THE VEIL
By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
The year is 2100. The world community, once defined by geographical boundaries of countries and continents, was now divided into unions… the Americas Union, the European Union, and the Sino-Japan Union. The futility of war realized, military forces were reduced, taking on purely defensive roles within their own borders. The global scientific community united, jointly developing and sharing new technologies. Economies stabilized and prospered.
The world was at peace.
The first ship appeared over the Aegean Sea. It dropped out of the clouds and hovered fifteen hundred meters over the blue-green waters, casting an enormous shadow over the fishing boats below.
In rapid succession, reports began pouring in from all over the world… East to West as the sun rose on another day. The Mediterranean… the Indian…the Atlantic… the North Sea… the oceans over both Poles… the Pacific… the Bering Sea… the China Seas… thousands of alien craft dropped out of the sky… hovering over the Earth’s oceans and seas.
The massive ships ranged in size from fifty kilometers across and a kilometer high, to over a hundred and sixty kilometers in diameter and eight kilometers in height.
Military forces were put on high alert… a futile gesture, as there were no longer weapons in existence to defend with, should the alien craft prove hostile. But, like Pavlov’s dogs… it was a conditioned response.
World leaders scrambled to “situation rooms” across the globe. While no longer used for military purposes, the rooms still provided instant and global communication and exchange of information. Ideas and opinions were exchanged… tempers flared… old prejudices resurfaced. Accusations were shot out.
Helicopters packed with communications equipment were dispatched to the skies. All attempts at contact were met with silence.
The huge circular craft hung in the air over the rolling waves below… violet-blue lights blinking around their perimeter… mute…
The world prayed.
After watching and waiting for six days, it was almost a relief when something finally happened.
A young dark-haired girl, daughter of the lighthouse keeper at Stora Karlsö on Gotland Island, off the coast of Sweden, reported it first… on of all places, her Facebook page.
As the sun rose over the Baltic, glinting off the burnished grey-black hull of the alien ship, three cylinders appeared from the bottom of the craft, equidistant around its perimeter. The cylinders slowly extended down, and into the waters of the inland sea.
As the sun traveled from East to West across the globe, the other spacecraft did the same.
There was still no communication from the alien vessels.
As the landing legs extended from each craft and into the water, it appeared the aliens were settling in for a stay. The pitch of the sounds emanating from the spacecraft changed as their engines powered down.
The world waited.
Sofia, the young girl from Sweden, noticed it first. Arising early to greet the dawn, as had been her custom since long before the alien ship appeared over the southern Baltic Sea, the first thing the girl noticed as she stepped onto the beach was that the spaceship’s legs were withdrawing back up into the ship. Her cry of joy was cut short however.
The girl noticed that the tiny little beach below the cliff where the lighthouse stood… was not so tiny anymore. She could walk out almost fifty meters without getting her shoes wet.
“Havet håller på att försvinna!” she posted breathlessly a few minutes later, on her Facebook page.
The girl’s observations were repeated around the globe. Scientists quickly confirmed these observations. The world’s seas and oceans were indeed shrinking… at an alarming rate.
With this came the horrific realization… what had been taken for landing apparatus on the alien craft, were in fact gigantic siphon tubes. The aliens were taking the Earth’s waters.
One by one, the alien ships withdrew their siphon tubes and left the Earth’s atmosphere… only to be replaced by more ships… their cavernous holds soon to be filled with the Earth’s life-giving liquid.
The world watched helplessly.
Within twenty-four hours, the world’s political, military, and scientific leaders were gathered in Helsinki. On one thing, all were in agreement… without the oceans; life on Earth would cease to exist. The only thing none could agree on was how long mankind could survive without the oceans waters.
The oceans are life… that is an irrefutable fact. Oceans contain approximately ninety-seven percent of the water on Earth. Ocean temperatures determine climate and wind patterns that affect all life; they play a huge role in life on the biosphere. Oceanic evaporation is the source of most rainfall… without rainfall, vegetation and crops die. Without vegetation, the oxygen levels would soon deplete. People and animals would die next.
There was a consensus that mankind would most likely die from oxygen starvation, than from lack of food or water. The thought was almost too horrifying to contemplate.
The world trembled.
With the relentless of a bullet speeding towards its target, the ocean levels continued to drop. If the aliens understood anything we had tried to communicate to them, they gave no indication. The ships continued to fill… as one left, another took its place.
The low, rhythmic “thrumm” of the pumps on the alien crafts became a death knell.
World leaders addressed the nations. The message was grim… brutally grim.
All efforts to contact the alien ships had failed. There were no weapons with which to force the aliens’ withdrawal.
At the current rate, the world’s oceans and seas would be depleted within a matter of weeks. Climate changes…
Most people did not hear the rest of the broadcast. Millions began flocking to the world’s freshwater lakes and rivers, which for reasons unknown; the aliens had shown no interest in. People staked out “property” on water’s edge.
Hydroelectric dams shut down… electrical grids failed.
The riots and killings began… and spread like a wildfire.
The world began to die.