No way! Bella couldn’t believe it. She had come outside to prove to Pastor Toby how wrong he was about the weather, but she was the one who was proven wrong, Not only was it not raining, the sky was a beautiful deep blue and the sun was shining warmly.
She looked back and forth between Pastor Toby and the garden. Had it stopped raining while she had waited in the living room?
“Just a minute,” she told the pastor. She went back inside, through the living room, out the door, across the foyer, and opened the church doors. Rain poured down, just as it had when she arrived earlier. The sidewalk and street were still flooded. Evidently the rain had not stopped even for a few minutes.
She closed the doors, confused. How could it be raining outside the front of the church but not the back? She made her way back through the foyer and house to where Pastor Toby, along with Jude, waited for her by the back door.
“OK,” she told them. “Is this a trick? It’s raining cats and dogs out front. Why isn’t it raining back here?”
“It never rains here,” Toby answered, shrugging.
“But how can that be? It’s like there’s some kind of magic dome over your backyard.”
“No, no magic here. Just life as it should be.”
“So what keeps the rain away?” Wait. Could it be a force field? The only force fields she ever heard about were in the sci fi movies she watched. But her world hadn’t developed force fields this big yet, right? So then, if it really was a force field, it must be…
“Are you aliens?” she blurted out as she slowly backed away.
Jude broke into a deep laugh. “Well, it’s not how I would describe myself.”
Bella stared at him. It all made sense now! She was actually inside a space ship with holographic walls – like the holodeck on Star Trek – which explained why it looked much bigger on the inside than the outside. And these two beings – aliens – were data gathering or something. That’s why they were so interested in her. They were just doing their jobs.
All this also explained the fear she felt each time she was there. Her intuition was warning her that this was not real. Not normal. And most likely dangerous if these aliens decided to abduct her for additional research or something.
“I’ve got to go,” she said, still backing up. “Um, I just remembered something I had to do.”
“Wait,” Jude said. “It’s not what you’re thinking.”
What I’m thinking? Is he telepathic also? Bella turned and ran. She knew what happened to people who stayed around to talk with aliens. And she wasn’t going to let that happen to her.
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