Zug, Tarv, and Eki sat around the fire. Eki was tending the flames, giving the
meat an occasional poke with her stick. Zug and Tarv, as usual, were describing
the hunt to her, their claims more and more outrageous as they went on. She
ignored them as she usually did once they got too crazy. She looked at the back
of the cave, to where she stored the berries. They weren’t fermented yet, so she
knew that they weren’t drunk. They were just trying to impress her.
Eki looked up sharply as she heard a noise by the cave entrance. It was a
high-pitched humming, something she had never heard before. A moment later, the
other two looked up too. They always were a little slow at picking up the small
clues. Yet, there was no missing the bright light that soon shone in from above.
Zug grabbed his spear and jumped in front of the fire. It was too late to hide
the flickering light from outside, so Zug moved to block whatever invader was
coming to take their food and shelter. At almost the same time, Tarv pushed Eki
towards the back of the cave, taking up his spear to defend her.
Two shadows in the bright light grew closer until they could be recognized as
tall, thin creatures. They stood on two feet, unlike the animals that Zug and
Tarv hunted, but they were not the same as the cave-dwellers. Their clothing was
strange and didn’t look like the hide of any animal the dwellers had ever seen.
Something clear and round covered their entire heads.
Zug pointed his spear at them. “You are in our home, strangers. Leave in peace.”
The creatures looked Zug, making strange noises. Then one raised his hands, palm
forward, in front of itself. It was obviously trying to speak to Zug, but the
sounds made no sense.
Zug, seeing that the creatures were ignoring him, advanced with his spear
forward. Then, he shouted a challenge and threw the spear.
There was a bright green flash. The second being, the one that had not been
talking to Zug, had pointed a strange object at the spear. The flash had been
the spear disappearing as if it had never been. Zug held up his hands, signaling
for another weapon. Tarv came forward with two spears, giving one to Zug. They
each pointed a spear at one of the invaders.
The invaders spoke again in their strange voices, then slowly backed out towards
the light. Soon, their shadows had disappeared into the bright light. The light
dimmed and focused until Zug and Tarv could see several lights on a large disc
on the ground. They watched as it rose into the sky, then flew off towards the
direction of sunrise.