“Captain, there’s something approaching.”
Those words hit Captain Redding in like a sack of potatoes to the back. A situation she had encountered previously and does not recommend at all. Decades in space, flying toward a distant rock that would one day be home, and nothing had ever happened. Redding was sure she once saw an asteroid shaped like a Bugles corn chip, but could not prove it.
Now, “something” was approaching. Not a rock, not a comet, not a weird clump of hydrogen. Something meant there was no immediate explanation.
“Let’s see it,” the Captain ordered. She took her seat on the bridge and drones deployed from the ship to get a closer look at the incoming object. As the camera feeds flickered to life, the command crew gasped in unison.
“Is that…?” started the radar operator, too confused to finish his sentence.
“Audio. Get me audio,” The Captain ordered. All the sci-fi writers, all the astrophysicists, any one who ever looked up from Earth and wondered if we were alone in the universe was about to proved right; life was present beyond our big blue wet sphere.
“Greetings,” the Captain said, pulse racing as her voice became the first encounter between human and alien, “I am Captain Redding of the human vessel Eagle Seven. We are peaceful. We are curious. We are excited to meet you.” She hoped her words would be looked upon kindly by history.
A brief moment of silence followed. On the screen they saw a creature, humanoid in appearance, but possessing far more arms and much less hair, move around a small spaceship and tap a button on what could only be described as a tablet computer. The crew of Eagle Seven waited and watched, wondering what the creature was doing.
“Okay, okay. Y’all hear me?” The creature replied.
“Yes,” Redding answered, fighting back tears, “we hear you and understand you!”
“Good, good. Sure thing. I dig it. Yo, any one on that ship order a pizza? I have a delivery to make and the address makes no sense. That’ll teach corporate to expand the delivery area to unknown markets, eh? Ha! Listen, you guys have been great, but you want these pizzas or not?” The alien spoke rapidly.
Redding looked around to her crew, unsure of the proper response.
“We thank you, friend, for your hospitality and offering and would welcome trade with you and your civilization,” Redding answered.
The alien responded with an amused chuckle. “Oh, you folks are a-okay. I’ve gotta go though. You ever need some pizza though, be sure to come over to Uncle Toi’Diwo Grrrr’s Place.”
The alien ship zipped away and the Eagle Seven team suddenly felt the pain of not blinking for four minutes straight.
“First contact went a little weird,” one crew member said.
“I thought for sure aliens would just be super smart computers,” another muttered.
“How awesome is it that there’s pizza in space?” Another pointed out.
Captain Redding took her seat and ordered the Eagle Seven to continue its voyage to a new home, hoping history would write the story of first contact a little differently.
Thanks for reading!