Andrei Petrovki sat there reading the latest issue of his favorite sci-fi magazine Amazing Stories. When all of sudden, he watched a large group of flying saucers land in the suburb he lived in. Through his window, he watched many of his neighbors leave their houses and run in terror. He heard many of them scream ”Communists”! Andrei had no clue why Martians would be accused of being from his parents’ homeland.
The small boy watched his father walk out of their home at the gaze at these flying saucers. He also the policeman question his father and poke him with his finger. Andrei then witnessed his father being taken away in handcuffs. He then left the room to find his mother, who was in the kitchen drying the tears from her eyes. Andrei and his mother looked on as his father was being loaded into the back of a patrol car.
”What’s going on?”
He asked her this and held up his magazine, turned to a page with a sketch of a flying saucer. Andrei heard all the terrible names they shouted through the window, about his people. Just because his family immigrated from a country America was at nuclear war with. It did not mean they were responsible for aliens landing. He figured maybe the neighbors were upset because Sputnik got into outer space before them.
”They believe your father is doing these things in the sky.”
Out the window, he and his mother could still see the flying saucers. Through her heavy Russian accent, Andrei could still hear his mother sobbing. His father was not to blame for aliens invading the neighborhood. Anyone he went to school with knew what flying saucers and Martians were. Yet when adults saw flying saucers, it had something to with The Soviets or Communism. He never understood why, it never made any sense to him.
”Don’t they realize they’re from outer space?”
With his mother looking on, he held up the magazine for her to see. She shook her head, yet Andrei had no idea why, it was plain for his mother to see. He did not know why she did not believe either, it was so apparent what was going on. Maybe adults like her and the neighbors let the grown up world cloud their sense of wonder. Andrei himself found this sad, he was the only one who understood what was going on.
”There’s no such thing as beings from outer space.”
He looked at his mother, with no idea why she would ignore the fact these were aliens. Andrei just could not wrap his head around why no one else could see this. He went back to his room and realized there was something he could do about it after all. There was a death ray he made out of aluminum foil and some radioactive beams. He got instructions to make from an issue of Amazing Stories claimed would emit a laser beam. Andrei got it out of his drawer and made it into the hallway.
”Andrei, where are you going? Come back!” his mother shouted. ”The government’s just conducting a weather experiment!”
Andrei did not listen to his mother and ran out the door. He noticed the flying saucers started to attack and vaporize some of the neighbors. Andrei now saw why they believed it was his people in The Soviet Union. It was all the films and stories on the news about The Cold War. He ran toward any spot he could, dodging and trying to escape. Andrei looked back and noticed the housewife next door was now vaporized. If it could happen to her, he knew it could happen to anyone.
The death ray was aimed at the one of the flying saucers and he then vaporized it. Each of the neighbors looked him like he was crazy, Andrei himself liked the attention. He vaporized another and a few more after that. Andrei tried to get a few at a time so he would not be caught off guard and get vaporized himself. He noticed the neighbors could not believe a kid born to Russian parents came to their rescue.
Backing away a few steps, Andrei had to retreat and think of a new plan. The remaining flying saucers gathered together and he was outnumbered. None of these neighbors of his were prepared for this attack. Sure, they may have seen films were they told to get on all fours and duck their heads. That was it, Andrei knew they were taught to protect themselves.Yet they were not taught how to defend. Both the neighbors and flying saucers grew silent, Andrei had no idea what was going happen. When he jumped out from a behind a tree, he aimed at the center of where the flying saucers huddled together.
The center flying saucer was destroyed. Yet others broke apart and tried to re-assemble formation. Andrei tried to vaporize any flying saucer he could. Their formation had become sloppy and it was easier for him to target. Only one more remained, one that started to destroy houses along the suburb. He vaporized the last flying saucers with the remaining neighbors cheering. Andrei’s efforts led this neighborhood away from The Cold War. For one day, he made them realize it was possible for the child of Russians to be a hero.