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Fireworks and Flying Saucers (A Short Story)

I got the idea for this story after spying the interesting fireworks at the top of this photo. I didn't see them when taking the shot, only afterward. It looked like a UFO to me. :) I hope you enjoy the story.

Fireworks and Flying Saucers

“Look out, Zed!”

“I got it, Mom,” Zed replied and pulled hard on the control stick. Once they leveled off, he added, “I told you coming to Earth on the Fourth of July was a bad idea.”

“We have to find your father and I thought the ship would blend in better this way,” his mother replied.

“It will, if we aren’t blown up first,” Zed said and watched another explosion outside the window.


Residents of Halford County reported seeing an unidentified flying object in the skies during firework festivities over the Fourth of July weekend. The authorities refused to comment until one inspiring photographer caught the craft on film.

“What you see in the photograph is just an exceptionally creative use of fireworks,” Special Investigator Trent Jones from NASA said when asked to explain the photo. He refused to offer any further comments and residents are not satisfied.

“We have a right to know if aliens are flying around Halford,” Mrs. Mary Pickens told this reporter. “What if they’ve come to take our daughters back to breed with ugly little green men!”

We will keep you updated on the story as new information comes available. In the meantime, Mrs. Pickens advises to keep your daughters under lock and key.


“This is not good. This is not good at all,” Zed’s mother said as she paced back and forth across the ship. “The Council will have my head for this!”

“It’s ok, Mom,” Zed said. “Nobody ever believes these sightings. The government always covers them up.”

“But they have a picture!”

“Someone, somewhere always has a picture, Mom,” Zed said. “It doesn’t seem to matter, especially now days with Photoshop.”

“Photoshop?” his mom asked.

“It’s a program people use to make pictures look different. They’ll think someone added the ship in after the fact. People do it all the time.”


“All the time,” Zed assured her.

He watched as his mom took her first deep breathe of the day and calmed down. He hoped he was right and the Earthlings would dismiss this sighting like they seemed to have done with others in the past. He didn’t want his mom in trouble with the Council. Especially over his dad. The no account bum should have stayed home where he belonged.

Zed would never understand why his mom put up with his dad. The man wouldn’t work, left his dirty underwear lying around the house, and disappeared at the drop of a hat, with no explanation. His mom was always cleaning up after his dad, in more ways than one. He just hoped his dad hadn’t made a mess his mom couldn’t clean up this time.

They had been walking for hours, looking for his father. His mom had decided it was better to land the ship and cloak it so as not to risk another sighting by the Earthlings. Zed couldn’t understand why the engineers could make ships cloakable when sitting still but not when flying. It sure would save a lot of grief if they figured it out.

“What’s that over there?” his mom asked and pointed to the right.

“I’m not sure,” Zed replied and headed that way.

They walked slowly and quietly toward a lump of green in the distance. Zed had no idea what had drawn his mom’s attention, but as they got closer, he could tell is was indeed his father. It was his green butt sticking up in the air!

“Eewwww!” Zed shrieked and tried not to throw up.

His mom squared her shoulders, walked right over to his dad, and kicked him in his ample rump. “Zinkle Thump Nod, get off that…that Earthling right this instant!” she yelled.

Zed watched as his father turned bright red and fumbled to stand up. The Earth woman underneath him just smirked and laid there.

Zed looked at her and couldn’t understand what his father saw that would make him cheat on his mom. The Earth woman was so pale, and undernourished. Her ribs were sticking out and her hair was yellow. Yellow!

Yellow was the worst color ever. Nobody on Triolarsus wanted yellow hair. It meant you had cowardice in your family line.

Zed saw his father back away as his mom threw another slap. She had already landed a few from the looks of the welts on his face and chest. His father was trying to explain, but his mom was having none of it.

“I don’t want to hear it,” she said. “Just get yourself back to the ship. We have to get home before anyone notices we’re gone.”

Zed’s father looked once more at the woman on the ground, hung his head, and went to the ship. The woman started yelling for him to come back, but Zed’s mom told her to shut up.

“Who’s gonna make me?” the woman asked.

Zed saw his mom smile as she raised the quakerail and fired.


Breaking News: Mrs. Pickens of Tramsway Trail in Halford County reported the disappearance of her daughter, Courtney, on July 4th 2014.

“The aliens took her!” The distraught woman told his reporter. “She was out enjoying the fireworks and she never came home. I knew those aliens were up to no good! Now my baby is gone!”

Special Investigator Trent Jones from NASA assures this reporter that no one was abducted by aliens. That there are no aliens, in Halford or anywhere else. He said the FBI is investigating the disappearance.

As for the other townsfolk, nobody seems too concerned. “The girl was a delinquent,” Mr. Thomas, a neighbor to the missing woman said. “She ran all over town, half dressed, and spitting venom at anyone who got close. Her nose was always stuck a mile in the air like she was better than the rest of us. If the aliens took her, I hope they keep her.”

We will keep you updated as more develops.


“Well, it doesn’t seem like you’re going to be missed,” Zed said to the ball of fur hissing from the cage. He just laughed when it threw it’s yellow head back and screamed.

All text and photos are the property of Angel Sharum.

Image Credit » Photo by Angel Sharum (me)

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LisaSteinmetz wrote on July 24, 2014, 7:19 PM

LOL That is awesome! I'm totally sharing this!

AngelSharum wrote on July 24, 2014, 7:31 PM

Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it. I had fun writing this one.

Ellis wrote on July 24, 2014, 8:31 PM

It wasn't the fireworks she was out

AngelSharum wrote on July 24, 2014, 8:52 PM

LOL nope. Not at all.

LoudMan wrote on July 24, 2014, 9:11 PM

Fun and interesting. Good use of dialogue. They're not green. :)

allen0187 wrote on July 24, 2014, 9:32 PM

Great story you got there. Hopefully, there's a second part that involves a half-breed. The girl and Zed's alien dad were having 'explosions' of their own. LOL!

AngelSharum wrote on July 24, 2014, 10:58 PM

Well, I needed it not to show up too well in the grass so having him be green worked.

AngelSharum wrote on July 24, 2014, 10:59 PM

Well, they turned her into some sort of little furry animal so probably no

LoudMan wrote on July 24, 2014, 11:51 PM

Good point. Touche.

WordChazer wrote on July 25, 2014, 8:05 PM

Can I refer you to the line of the esteemed Mr Spock as regards 'half-breeds'? I've read some seriously good fanfic about his childhood. (And some seriously questionable fanfic about his Starfleet involvement...!)