It Was Not From This World …


Lino Block Print by Elizabeth McLaughlin, Title ‘UFO’

It Was Not From This World . . .
by Elizabeth McLaughlin
Times were tough, there was even the talk of war, extreme hardships. Weather also became an enemy to the small town of Waverly. Winters became harsh and summer winds whipped up heat that created forest fires across the nation. People were on edge, no employment in sight for millions. It was the era of errors among disputing corrupted politicians. But the people of Waverly grew stronger each day with the community forming
support groups that planned for multiple scenarios of crisis. They wisely managed their precious resources.
Aggie knew how to be prepared, she read everything about how to plan for disasters and became the go to queen on the topic. Neighbors constantly called her seeking advice and a need for even the basics of living. The family pitched in, Sandy, Tom and husband, Phillip. All helped with boxing groceries to be dropped off at the local food bank. That morning, mid March she would never forget the cloud that formed over her beloved town. It was early morning when she clicked on the weather station, Sandy and Tom munched on honey coated coconut granola cereal at the marble kitchen counter with eyes opened wide to the flat television screen. An alert siren screeched broadcasting emergency news, tornado like winds, flooding, snow, and even possible deadly thunderstorms. This combination will be expected in our location within an hour! Aggie picked up her cell phone and dialed for Phillip. His assistant answered her call and explained that due to emergency weather related circumstances that he was in a shut down security meeting at NASA headquarters. “Sandy, Tom get your bug out bags and let’s go, NOW!” she ordered. With no questions asked the two robotically grabbed their gear and headed toward the black SUV. Aggie called for their pit bull-dog Prince and off they went to the town shelter. The sky was swirling a massive deepening stomach churning darkness as she drove, taking side roads instead of the highway into town. “Buckle up tight kids because it is going to be a rough ride, this is no drill” she screamed! Trying to keep her composure, Aggie turned on the radio to be updated about any impending doom. One hand nervously maneuvered the steering wheel while the other grabbed the stick shift, putting it into high gear. Instantly the wind picked up and trees were thrashing back and forth, bending and breaking limbs.

The conditions intensified as towering strong trees began to uproot and parts of a field tractor became missile projectiles that could saw a barn into two. Heavy snow started to fall as if it could be the blizzard of the Century. Lightening pivoted in every imaginable direction accompanied with thunderous booms. Aggie knew that the town shelter would not be possible to reach, and remembered that The McAllister Farm was a mile down a gravel paved drive. There the McAllister family have a decent underground storm shelter that Phillip recently contracted and completed its construction. Wham! A tree collapsed in front of Aggies SUV and the car hit it like a bullet and ricocheted over the farm fence. The SUV miraculously landed on all four ultra high performance tires. But all that could be heard was the howling, thundering wind. Aggie felt a nudging and licking upon her cut up face from Prince. She was able to turn and view that Sandy and Tom were still strapped into their seats. However, both were in shock but fully functional. Prince whimpered and displayed his sprained paw. Thump, thump, thump, the SUV bounced up and down as if it would take flight.

The McAllister family and ranch hands reached the heavy thick steel door leading to the shelter and proceeded to file into a massive elevator to descend into the comforts of their underground residence. The shelter was partially housed inside a concrete silo that
embellished every modern amenity. A fully serviced gourmet kitchen, sauna, steam showers in two full-sized bathrooms, a living room adorned with thick brown leather pull out sofas, equipped with every electronic entertainment gadget, six bedrooms and a mess hall that included living quarters for their staff. Exterior cameras gave them all a complete spectrum of the ranch. A console that came right out of NASA technology was at their fingertips thanks to Phillips engineering skills. Little did they know that their neighbor Aggie was in such danger and heading to the ranch for shelter until Andy McAllister junior
spotted on the surveillance screen their neighbors SUV in the field. “Well I’ll be darned, what the heck”, Andy blurted out as he scratched his head in bewilderment. They all gathered around the screen while Andy zoomed the camera in for a closer view. With the latest technological software, Andy was able to remove layered storm elements and focus on the automobile to see the family trapped. Swoosh, the twenty-foot silo door smoothly rose and a bright yellow snow caravan emerged to make its twenty-minute trek.

Aggie bundled up Sandy and Tom with woolen blankets. Prince nestled in-between the two for added warmth. The front windshield was partially missing and the cold wind was blowing almost uncontrollably inside the vehicle. Then there appeared a yellow hazy dot moving towards them and with a partial sigh of relief Aggie knew that help was on its way. Back at the underground shelter Mrs. McAllister was preparing a hardy beef stew dinner. Everyone was settled in after unpacking, taking showers, chatting about the storm and expressing their dramatic experiences. Aggie had a fresh bandage wrapped around her head and the children appeared to have lost all signs of trauma after playing computer games. Prince was asleep on a pillow. The New York cheese cake, brightly colored cupcakes for desert and frothy mocha drinks ended the night. After-all, it was a life threatening long day. They all decided to call it a good night. Aggie lay in bed under two white down comforters staring up at the luxurious cedar paneled ceiling trying to sleep. For hours she tossed and turned until the bare silence in her bedroom broke. It was a stifling, deafening, sharp metallic rippling sound that echoed throughout the shelter. She jumped up from her comfort zone and ran directly to the living room where everyone met at the console to view the screen display. The storm had stopped and a bright blue sky appeared framed inside a huge funnel of puffy white clouds. Out in the storm laden field over by the black SUV sat a very strange object, and it was not from this world. … (to be continued)


It was a Friday and the graphics art studio at the printing firm was noisy with ad sales, and creative staff chatter. The typesetter sat typing viciously to meet the newspaper deadline. Chastity was working articulately on a local merchant ad and asked me to come over to her cluttered work station for feed back. Chastity was a slender young artist, ahead of her time, with flowing long colored blonde hair that sat partly stylized on the crown of her head. This was the hair style for the 80’s era! Her skin was naturally pale powdered white, dashing large almond eyes that showcased caked makeup. It was not very flattering for such a beautiful girl and person. Being also a Mary Kay consultant this sight made me cringe because the contrasts of stark flat black thick eyeliner, dark royal blue eye shadow against pale skin, super red lipstick, shouted out for help. The image portrayed a hostess that was featured on a midnight vampire show. I approached Chastity with a life turning change by offering a suggested opportunity to become a cosmetic consultant. She loved the idea because this allowed taking creative talents to new heights and included being a cosmetic challenge. Employment doors soon opened up for the both of us. Chastity followed a career in real estate and I was hired at a direct marketing company. We kept in touch through our Mary Kay channels and Chastity was flourishing with a constant stream of new clients. One day I was contacted to help assist her with a fabulous client located at Danbury, Connecticut. It was going to be a large cosmetic party event. This would be a perfect networking environment. We both did very well with presentation and Chastity became increasingly passionate about her developing skills. After the party we headed back to Westchester County, New York. My old creamy yellow Cutlass Supreme was gliding along on the semi-elevated thruway when over to the right a few miles away and up in the lucid night sky we noticed a gigantic leisurely moving, murky metallic oblong craft. The size of a professional foot ball field that had oval lights defining its shape. This was no weather balloon, blimp, kite, military or domestic flight being observed. We both positively identified it as a UFO. Nothing on Earth would compare to this craft! Could it be from that rusty looking planet Mars? The thruway exit came up fast and this led to a route towards Lake Carmel. A two lane road with absolutely no street lights. We were both excited about our encounter but had no clue what was silently hovering just a few short miles down that pitched dark road! Suddenly, it both struck our eyes instantly, clearly defined, a flying saucer. I felt as if it could read my thoughts. And yes, I was scared because this was no time in my life to be taking any trip to Mars! Incredible as it seems, right before our eyes was a flying saucer! A typical traditional saucer brightly reflecting luminous round lights. The body was shimmering a silver color and it’s roof had a small light atop its antenna.  These radiant lights beamed down onto the tranquil lake water as if it was in exploration mode. Was it a research and development ship that housed lizard eyed alien scientists working on an experimental project? It undoubtedly was related to that mother ship we just spotted on the thruway. My car came to a full stop at the intersection, I veered left and did not take the time for idling. It was a confusing moment and should I make contact? At one point I do remember flickering the headlights on and off hoping to somehow make communication. There was a sense of dimensional change, fear and then fearless. Flick! Flick! I knew that my headlights could not be missed by this craft because we were totally exposed! However, we also did not want to become their next science test subject. Chastity and I were in a total shock and kept looking behind the car to see if it was following our direction. Finally the parking lot from work was in view. I dropped Chastity off at her car and then sped into the darkness constantly looking out the window, up at the sky until I reached home. The next day it was all over the news about the UFO’s appearances. Even police officers were interviewed by reporters and they informed the public about encounters on that particular night. The UFOs made appearances for weeks without any known governmental interference. Everyone was on high alert trying not to make second guesses of oddities found on roads or up in the midnight sky. Over the years many observations have been reported at Westchester County. Globally it has been reported about craft formations with advanced technological skills appearing above large cities. Today, NASA Mars exploration streams back to earth images of a planet that lends itself the appearance of once being a highly advanced Martian civilization. Now lying in a ruinous condition. One could only imagine this being our future demise. I did have within that week another identical encounter with that massive looking craft. People were pulling off to the side of the road, getting out of their vehicles, gazing with amazement at a possible visit from Mars.

The MARS article above is a BLOG BATTLE SUBMISSION!

Awhile ago I created a related video about my experiences titled. 

Have You Seen These UFO’s?