How An Alien Invasion Would Feel – “Object Ascending”

Object Ascending is just a flash fiction piece written as a ‘panster’ writing exercise (without plotting.) The author, was attempting to capture a feeling, or a sense of the emotions that he thought would represent an extra terrestrial presence.

The writing prompt for the fellow writer would ask of them to: write about an incoming extra terrestrial invasion from an original viewpoint, and rather than describing the event and aliens themselves, attempt to capture the feelings/emotions.

Object Ascending

The whole town was buzzing with excitement. Finally, proof they are real – thought everyone! Even the elderly seemed oddly at peace with this new reality, putting aside their religious optics to admire and take in their beauty. 

It was on a hot July day when they appeared, bleeding through the sky like overlapping maps until they converged to create one. Dozens of them stayed afloat, bobbing in the clouds like fishing bobs in a shallow pond. Enamored by their beauty, the town residents pulled out lawn chairs, sprawled out blankets on their lawns, and even left work to view with their families. 

“Daddy, what do you think they are doing up there?”

“It doesn’t matter, honey, just enjoy this feeling. And their beauty, just look at them,” replied her father, serene and monotone.

And this is how it was. Not only in this town, but in all of them. Globe-wide sightings became a co-dependence. These objects in the sky are warranted and needed. They provide the people with hope, joy, and a constant feeling of wonder – the proper emotion, as Emerson would put it. 

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Object Ascending Continued …

Governments put their arms down, neighbors acted like communities, and technologies were becoming less omnipresent. People were soon leaving their communication devices in the past for this new feeling. This feeling was comparable to the heightened senses one experiences during a traumatic event.

A loving wife is driving her daughter home from practice when she is quickly forced to slam on the brakes to prevent a head-on collision with oncoming traffic. But it’s of no use. The accident happens. It happens in slow motion, or, at least that is how it is perceived. The mother exhibits a memory recall of high detail; from the feel of the grime on her teeth from the day’s lunch to the thoughts racing in her head, her grip tightening on the black leather steering wheel, the glass shards squealing at a high pace flying across the car, the thick globbing yell her daughter cascades out, the smell of perfume she used to wear to work, and hundreds more details. Her awareness of the situation and oneness with it all becomes all she can think about.

There is liberation in her trauma – the acceptance of what has happened in all her cells. Each molecule is able to recall the pockets of information receives from the incident- to be scarred, in pain, feeling, odorous, capering at the moment. 

Humans now chose to only exist in this state of awareness. It was like absorbing all of life’s emotions and experiences into one inhalation. An inhalation that paralyzes them, an inhalation the clears and fills the minds thoughts, an inhalation that never ends. Even professional drug abusers traded in their paraphenelia for this new ‘drug.’

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The more time spent devoted to these objects means more awareness and more connection to them. Until the connection becomes the leech it was designed to be. Just as quickly as they had forgotten about how to live and to create new experiences, they now forget to care for themselves.

They stopped cooking. There is no need to cook anymore as they feel both, full and hungry at once. They no longer needed to find love and acceptance, for it was within previous experiences that they could extract from memories to reanimate the senses.

They atrophied. Bodies, cars, factories, transportation, etc. ceased to function. What is time anyway, other than a fleeting thought from one moment to the next? If it will be resurrected to live again, if only but in their minds, than why continue living?


“Object Ascending” is a flash fiction exercise written by Willy Martinez. Copyright Mind on Fire Books 2022. Most of the photos used for this article were borrowed from Deb and Martin Art on Pinterest.

Phantom World A.R. Braun

  • [caption id="attachment_8291" align="alignleft" width="188"]phantom world phantom world[/caption] Phantom World is a Hard Core Haunt collection that explores the bitter feelings of isolation, loss, and denounces religion from various personalities. Here we will be introduced to poltergeists, newly born ghost-entities along with their familiars learning about the afterlife, and spirits that are stuck in the netherworld. While some of these ectoplasmic beings may come across as innocent at times, their stories unfold in a manner to inform the reader as to why they were not allowed into the heaven or allowed to have a “peaceful” afterlife. Written by A.R. Braun Release Date: September 22nd, The First Day of Fall Phantom World will be Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Scribd, Kobo and here. ISBN: 978-1-7361447-2-5

    About the Author

    Once completing the Bram Stoker Award Boot Camp, A. R. Braun writes the following novels: Dogman of Illinois, Heaven’s Witches, Autonomy, and Only Women in Hell. As well as publishing the short-story collections: Insanity, Horror Book, Grimoire, and the novella, 66SICK. He became interested in horror when he read “The Telltale Heart,” as an assignment in high school. By the time he was eighteen, he owns the whole Stephen King collection and begins writing short stories for friends and family. A. R. holds numerous publication credits, including “NREM Sleep” in the D.O.A. anthology; “Freaks” in Downstate Story magazine; “The Unwanted Visitors” in the Vermin anthology; “Coven” in the Heavy Metal Horror anthology; “Remember Me?” in Horror Bound magazine; and “Shades of Gray (the Symbiosis of Light and Dark)” in Micro Horror magazine. “The Interloper” wins story of the month in 2009’s June Full Moon in Bloom issue of SNM Horror Magazine, and the piece was included in the SNM Horror anthology, Bonded by Blood 2: a Romance in Red. A.R. Braun is a featured writer in our fiction anthology, “Mad Men” – a collection of three disturbing tales exploring what lies within man. Available now at Google BooksBarnes and NobleKoboApple iBooksSmashwords, and Amazon.   Read Demosthenes, the Great Greek Orator

Mad Men Mad Men

  • Mad Men is a collection of three disturbing horror shorts from authors living in the Midwest. The themes explored in this collection range from man versus self, man versus man, and man versus creature. [caption id="attachment_4742" align="alignleft" width="188"]Mad Men eBook Mad Men eBook at Mind on Fire Books[/caption] Mad Men begins with Matt’s tale, a thought-provoking thriller that causes the reader to question his reality and what he fears within himself. The second tale explores the grotesque juxtaposed with beautiful nature, where the ending unfolds into a horrific dream, waking in even more terrible pain. The third tale is by seasoned horror writer, A.R. Braun – and his diabolical creatures never disappoint!  A.R. Braun’s goal is to be on the banned book list; we think this tale may just be evil enough to be considered. A must-read before it does get banned! Mainstream Horror Shorts don’t always satisfy us in the way they should. They don’t open conversations about what it is that we fear or why we fear such things, they focus mainly on pop culture and gore. The writers in the Mad Men anthology understand the need for literate horror, opening discussions of man’s psyche. When these writers set out to tell a story, they are less interested in conveying fear and more interested in wonder, the sublime, and the infinite strangeness that drives all men and women. Highly recommended for tweens, teens, and adults. The Mad Men anthology was published by Mind on Fire Books. Written by Willy Martinez, A.R. Braun, and Matt Lavitt. No part of this book shall be copied without permission from the publisher.
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