Each Tuesday, rather than a POSSIBLY IRRITATING ESSAY, I'd like to both challenge you and lend a helping hand. I generate more speculative and teen story ideas than I can ever use. My family rolls its collective eyes when I say, "Hang on a second! I just have to write down this idea..." Here, I'll include the initial inspiration (quote, website, podcast, etc) and then a thought or two that came to mind. These will simply be seeds -- plant, nurture, fertilize, chemically treat, irradiate, test or stress them as you see fit. I only ask if you let me know if anything comes of them.
H Trope: Humans abduct aliens for nefarious purposes
Current Event: http://www.squidoo.com/captureanalien
Strangely enough, GOOGLE will not allow me to search for “Humans abduct aliens”…which gave me the idea for this idea…
Cerys Finch is from England and a “foreign” exchange student staying with a family in Minnesota.
Elias Ian Serano is another exchange student staying with another family nearby. He’s been after her for a date for weeks, ever since the school hosted an Exchange Dinner with Honors Program families and the exchange students at the school. She thinks he’s cute and all, but he’s not her type. She tries to explain, but he’s insistent and she reports his behavior to the school counselor. That was yesterday…
That night, Cerys is up late and hears noises outside. Going to a backyard window where the family’s house looks out over a state park reserve, she sees wildly flickering lights. Going to the window and looking down, she sees here host family – mom, dad and three young adult men she hasn’t seen often because they no longer live at home. The five of them have captured something in a net that is struggling wildly. Hand to her mouth, she sees what she thinks at first is a bear.
Then she sees the Spanish boy from school rush into the back yard. His arms waving wildly, he startles her hosts and the back up. The creature she thought was a bear throws off the net with help from Elias Ian and bolts for the brush. But it was clearly not a bear – it was clearly wearing something on its back, something that looked manufactured.
Elias Ian looks up suddenly, directly at the window she’s standing at. She backs away, gasping and when she steps back, he’s gone. She hurries to bed as her hosts come back into the house, cursing, angry and making lots of noise. She goes back to her room.
The next morning…