It was June 1, 2013, 11:30 at night, and, traveling by car, Daniel was well on his way to the forest. He must be there precisely at midnight, or risk being left behind and not return unto the stars, unto them, until his natural death. Daniel was ready. He agonizingly missed being among the stars.
The instructions had been brief and simple: ‘get your affairs in order for we will be coming to take you home June 1st at midnight at these precise coordinates: 40*N 120*S’.
They had even given him the message that he needed to leave to his friends and loved ones; it was a quote from the author Ambrose Bierce from his very last letter: “As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination.”
This all had started approximately 30 days ago when Daniel was bored and had been channel surfing from his couch, when he stumbled upon a show entitled Ancient Aliens. The show’s premise was how aliens had played a role in civilizations past, had returned to the stars, and still were possibly intervening in the present from afar. Daniel, who had been a firm believer when it came to the subject of UFO’s and E.T.’s, became intrigued and continued to watch a marathon of episodes into the early morning hours. While watching, Daniel remembered the times that as a little boy he would camp out in the backyard. When he was about nine, he was asleep in his sleeping bag inside the tent, when…
Daniel awoke the next day, he did so in his bed. It was explained to him by his parents that they had found him outside of his tent, naked, strangely mumbling the date June 1, 2013. After being examined by the family physician, everything seemed physically fine with him, so it was dismissed as just a dream and an episode of sleepwalking.
It never occurred again until that May 1, 2013, when he awoke in the forest, naked, with the date June 1, 2013 imprinted on his mind and with the words ‘instructions will soon follow’, written on his hand. Daniel finally understood. Message received. It was his time. The star people where wanting to take him home. His time on Earth had ended. His work was completed. He could now transcend unto the stars.
So, here he was driving towards his destination. He would just make it in time.
Daniel dozed off. He awakened to a bright light overhead and two faces looking down at him. Strangely, his arms and legs were restrained.
“Have I transcended unto the stars?” Daniel asked.
One of the faces spoke.
“No, Daniel, you are in an isolation room at Logan Psychiatric Facility. You had an episode and you had to be restrained. I’m your doctor, Dr. Laurie, and this is Dr. Mitchell. We just came in to examine you and to see how you were feeling.”
Struggling against the restraints, ” No, doctor, you don’t understand! I must be in the forest precisely at midnight at the coordinates of 40*N 120*S, so I can transcend unto the star people!”
“Dr. Mitchell, I think our assessment is done here. Daniel, an orderly will be in soon to administer your medication. I do hope that the next time we see you will be in group session.”
They turned and began to walk towards the door.
“No! You can’t do this to me! You must release me so I can make it to the transcending location on time! Please listen to me! The star people are coming for me! You don’t understand, if I’m not there, they will just leave me behind!”
Tears begin to roll down his cheeks.
The door closes quietly behind the doctors.