The Visit by Tim Vicary

The Visit by Tim Vicary

The day did not foretell anything unusual. Police officer Harry Evans is driving along an abandoned country road in a private car and is thinking about some urgent matters. Everything is familiar and too boring. Suddenly a young man notices something very strange. It is a mysterious phenomenon. This thing obviously should not be in the usual suburb. It reminds of cosmic. It looks amazing, as if it came from another world. Is it really… a spaceship? Harry even closes his eyes in the hope of waking up from a ridiculous dream. He begins to hear strange music. Harry stops the car. He is going to learn what has happened here. At this point, the police officer still does not know that in a short time life will change greatly.

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The Visit by Tim Vicary

‘Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me,’ sang Harry in a loud, cheerful voice. He pushed his hat back onto the back of his head, and sang again. ‘Happy birthday dear Harry, Happy birthday to me!’

Police Constable 5601 Harry Evans was driving back to the police station along the country roads of West Yorkshire. He was a short, round man with a friendly face and a cheerful smile. People liked him.

Harry drove through a small village and continued along the quiet country road. He drove round a corner and stopped. There was something in front of him. Something big. Very big. And it wasn’t really on the road. It was about one metre above the road. It wasn’t doing anything. It was just there… a huge, round thing, a thing bigger than a bus, about one metre above the road.

The Visit by Tim Vicary

Harry stared. ‘What’s this? What’s happening here?’ he thought. “What is it? It looks…’ He closed his eyes for a moment. ‘Am I dreaming?’ he thought. Things like this don’t happen.’ He opened his eyes again. The ‘thing’ was still there. It was round and silver, wide at the bottom and narrow at the top. The bottom half was moving round very slowly, and now Harry could see lights in it. Yellow… green… blue… now yellow again. They shone like stars. He watched them. He felt very excited.

Harry turned his engine off and opened the window. It was raining, but there was no sound. No sound at all. No people, no birds, no cars. He turned on his radio. ‘PQ to DC,’ he said. ‘PQ to DC. Come in please.’ But the radio did not answer. It did not make a sound.

Harry watched the ‘thing’ carefully. ‘That,’ he thought, ‘is something very, very strange… something from another world, perhaps. It’s a spaceship… or something like it. I’m going to get out and look at it.’

But Harry did not get out of the car. He couldn’t move. Suddenly he felt very afraid. He put his hand over his eyes. ‘What’s the matter with me?’ he thought. ‘What’s happening to me?’ He stared at the spaceship again. It didn’t look dangerous. But perhaps it was… Harry stayed in the car.

After a few minutes, Harry found his notebook and wrote down the time and place. ‘Five fifteen p.m. One kilometre outside Little Ashwell on the Castleford Road.’ Then he drew a careful picture of the spaceship. ‘But how can I draw the lights?’ he thought. He watched them again. They were changing quickly now. Blue, yellow, green, blue, yellow… They’re beautiful,’ he thought. ‘Like stars.’ He wasn’t afraid now. He was excited. ‘Here I am,’ he thought. ‘Constable Harry Evans. I’m not important. Why me? I’ve seen a spaceship! On my birthday, too! I don’t understand it. And who’s going to believe me?’…

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