posted on Aug, 2 2010 @ 09:22 PM
My mom did not Choose to DIE!!! Jonny screamed in his head, at least he hoped he contained it, because he sure as heck did NOT want to wake his dad,
or the freaking Coffman cow. That thing would moo so loud it would wake Mr and Mrs Coffman, human cows, who would come out with shot guns blazing.
So Jonny stood still, and listened, it was a normal quiet country evening. Through his window he heard the faint intro to Nancy Grace, and every now
and again his dad's snores.
He wondered what the little grey creature had meant by his choice. Was it a plane ticket somewhere better than this? Well where would be worse? Would
the box contain a letter from his mom, inviting him to join her? Did she really choose to die in that car crash when he was a baby, or had she been
presented with a green box too?
Now he felt the anger rising up again, what a load of crud. Here he was, feared avenger of nerds in school, alcoholic father, street wise Jonny on the
spot, looking at a box and trying to rationalize it. Was he crazy? Maybe he was turning into an alcoholic like his dad.
He knew he could not stay outside all night, because the Coffmans rose at four thirty each day to start their day, and they might find it looney to
see that Jennings kid standing outside in his boxers, staring at some glowing green box.
So Jonny reached for it, found it to feel of normal temperature, and he brought it inside with him.
He took it up to the top bunk, and felt a pang of longing for his brother Red so strong it surprised him. Red always knew what to do.
But Red might never come home, and Jonny had a choice in this box to make.
So taking another deep breath, Jonny opened the lid.
His eyes opened slowly, he felt refreshed, as if he had just awoken from the best night sleep he had ever had, maybe better than sleeping in his
mothers arms as a baby.
The first thing he noticed was the silence. He supposed his father had awoken at some point that night and turned off the tv, before stumbling into
his bedroom, where he would spend until dusk sleeping off the bender from the day before.
He went to climb down the steps but his foot hit floor. He did not recall sleeping on the bottom bunk....
He jumped up but was confused, there was no bunkbed, and this was not his room! It was all white, and he was not wearing boxers, but a soft light
Before he could gather his bearings, one of the walls slid open and a beautiful lady came in.
"Hello, son, I am so glad you made the right choice."
"Mother? What choice? What is happening?"
And like a child, he crumpled into her arms, crying and sobbing and generally gushing with emotion. His mother held him and cooed, and stroked his
"My son, you made the Choice. I knew you would when the time came. Your father stayed behind to raise you, he was awfully bitter about not being able
to choose when I did, but he knew the alternatives were worse for you."
"Worse? I am the son of the town Drunk, Mother!! My God, you chose to abandon me?"
"Of course, I had to, there are more who receive the gift yet make the wrong choice, but I knew with your fighters spirit you would choose
"But what did I choose, Mother? I am so confused!!"
His mother laughed and guided him to sit on the edge of the bed with her.
"What did you choose, the boy asks!! Son, you chose to live off planet. You chose to believe the message and act appropriately. Unfortunately, some
people reject the message outright and refuse to believe, and they awaken with no memory of the choice whatsoever. Your father did not reject the
choice, he postponed it, but I am afraid he will be too drunk to make the right choice."
"But mother, what was the message?"
"The message was simple, the earth is to be destroyed with in the next two years. Of course, the choice has been offered ever since the benevelents
arrived to begin giving the choice years ago, with the invention of nuclear weapons and energy, it was merely a matter of time. Those who make the
choice to stay will perish. Only those who believed in the message, of the off world colony and the Benevolents, will be saved to perpetuate the human
race. Son, welcome to our new world."
"But where are we?"
"We are in the ship, we will arrive at our new planet in 1000 years. Until then, we have to be hibernated, and when we awaken, we will be in our new
"But how do we know we made the right choice, Mother? How do we know we will awaken in 1000 years?"
His mother only smiled, and stood.
"Come with me, son."
He followed his mother to the wall, whre a window slid open, with a magnificent view of the earth.
"In two years, we will watch the destruction of this planet, then we will be hibernated for our journey. I hope Red accepts his box and makes the
right choice. I miss him."
Mother and son stood, arms around each other, looking at their former home planet. Jonny asked one more question.
"But how do you know we made the right choice?"
His mother took a deep breath and sighed.
"Because I believe we did. What other choice did we have?"