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Finale_The end

The end

Election time

Beautiful girls in underwear walk covered with billboards. On the pictures hung under their necks, the round faces of aspiring statesmen.

In the end

In fact, everything continues as always. The Independence day gives all the time the families need for chatting in front of their rectangles full of lights. These rectangles, knowing how important they are in forming a public opinion without any opinion, decide to send news like these:

The Alien Rain continues. The Government decided new special laws in order to prevent the situation to escalate.

Husband kills his wife in the suburbs, then cuts her in pieces and throws them around the city.”I thought she was an alien”, he stated.

 The Member of the Parliament, Svanzoni,  forced to resign after his minority motion has been rejected.

<<I just asked them to let this people fall down without dying. I thought it was right to give them one chance to save themselves.>>, these the first statement of the new enemy of the Nation.

The Champion of the People decided to answer back, immediately:

<<I can understand how frustrated the Member and ex Minister of Infrastructures and Quiet Living could feel right now. We have to remember that we had to take into account the fun aspect. The people of this Country is suffering enough for the curfew, it’s a right thing they can have some fun. Following the rules, as always. We’re always on the Law’s side. This is one of the reason why I asked the full power, because me and only me know what people really wants.>>

Starting from today, thanks to the new Babu’s law, it will be legal to kill aliens around the streets during holidays. For whom would kill out of the time and days recommended, it would be charged with fines, accordingly. Later, a short guide on how to recognise an alien.

The people

Before having fun outside, shooting aliens, people are happy discussing the new laws in the pubs and at home. As in the old fashioned game of the telephone, the news bounce from one to the other, changing slightly.

The People’s Champ

The Champion of the People, sure about winning in the next elections, seats relaxed on his black armchair. In front of him, on top of his desk, the half length statue of a tyrant, died decades ago.

There’s a reason why he let his own cat take a decision about the aliens. Interestingly, it’s the same reason why he’s not outside having fun shooting aliens as all the others. On his lap lays everything he ever cared about, the meaning of his life. A small music note, the beginning of a life which is able only to scream, sleep and eat.

The small V

She’s the only creature he knows he can speak to, the only one able to truly understand who he really is. Mainly just making happy bubbles with her tiny mouth. Sometimes she snores, but in that funny cute way that only babies seem to have. And she smiles. A toothless smile, able to move smiles as it was a happy wind. For sure a positive, natural wind.

Not evil

How could ever explain all this good feelings to the stupid voters and the Parliament members? If it was up to him, he would help elderly women crossing the street, this is the kind of person he is. An idiot, but deeply inside not an evil idiot. Simply, he has found in his hands too much power and too fast.

Obviously, when you have such a great power, you have to decide. You need to give answers and that answers have to be clear and certain. He doesn’t mind, he knows the rules and he plays well. Where are his friends, right now? They’re probably too busy laughing under few meters of soil and concrete, that’s what they’re doing!

<<Pling, plong?>>

Suddenly, the door calls for attention. Today is the Independence day, what they want? Anyways, he has servants for that, they will go and see who’s at the door.

<<Pling- plong!>>

This time the doorbell seems to be in a hurry, demanding to be answered. Oh, how silly! Today he conceded the servants three hours of free time, so they could celebrate with their families. On the streets there’s the aliens hunt.

He keeps forgetting how generous he is.

<<Pling- Plong?! Pling- Plong!?>>

<<Who dares!>>

The People’s Champion snaps. If they keep ring the bell like this they’ll wake up the small Victoria. How uncivilized! He stands up from the black armchair and lays the sleeping baby down in the cradle. The cradle, rose and white, start its swinging movement. The “V” drawn on top seems to be the legs of a broken watch.

<<Pling- plong!>>

All of a sudden the Champ forgets his romantic side.

<<Pling- Plong!>>

“My word, I will kill them!”

He thinks while descending the stairs.

<<Pling- Plong!>>

“Oh, I will dismember them!”

Think again, while finally reach with a foaming mouth the door. Here, he turns the handle with fury.

<<For Adolf’s sake, who’s there?>>

And in fron of him:

<<Who… who are you?>>

The figure of an old woman, dirty and dressed in rags stays speechless in front of him. She seems to be a hundred years old, covered with dirt and clotted blood. She doesn’t seem to be hurt, not physically anyways. She’s got big eyes, which seem even bigger because of the skinny appearance. She’s looking at him as he was a vision, a dream.

<<You…You are an alien!>>

Such a big boy scared by this terrified human skeleton.

The skeleton

The old woman wants to speak, but all the words she prepared before seem to be stuck, blocked as her breath due to a broken rib. They’ve chosen her to be there in that moment, to be in front of that man, the so- called People’s Champ. She passed any kind of pain to be there, right in front of this man. To tell him that…

<<Blam!>>

One shot and the Champ closes the eyes, the ears ringing. A single shot and the woman’s head has become a cloud of red corianders. The eyes full of fear disappear, along with the whole face covered in dirt. Abruptly, she’s transformed in a lifeless skeleton, with a spot of blood where before there was a head. A stain, a spot as any other, that the servants will clean in few hours.

<<Champ, are you all right?>>

A girl

A sixteen years old girl stands in front of him, her smoking gun still in her hands. She looks at him with a curious face.

<<Y-yes, thank you. I don’t know what she wanted from me.>>

<<Can I have an autograph, please?>>

<<S-sure, young lady. How did you recognise she was an alien?>>

<<I watched the program “how recognise an alien” on You Tumble. I’m sort of an expert.>>

<<Oh, wow. Really good shot. What’s your name?>>

<<Ananke.>>

<<Ananke, what an anusual name. You want an authograph?>>

<<Yes! Could I please have it on top of the corpse? I will load it on my wheelbarrow, my friends will die of envy.>>

<<Sure, sure, here we are. You’ve earned it. Enjoy the Independence day!>>

Just a flabby man

The girl watches the Champ, it’s the first time she can stay so close to him. She watched at him only from distance, looking out some balconies or on the coloured rectangles. For the first time, too she realised how flabby and sweaty he is. He’s still trembling, while wiping the blood out of his face. She wouldn’t say it loud, but she feels pity for him. All that power and he’s afraid of a small old woman.

<<Wait a minute. She was trying to take something from the pocket. What was it? A weapon?>>

The girl searches through the skeletal corpse, with a disgusted face. The rectangles said aliens bring mortal illnesses.

It’s a letter.

<<It’s a letter, Mr. Champ.>>

<<Well, well. A letter. Hand it to me and go play with your corpse. Again, have a good Independence day!>>

The door remains open on a grotesque scene: a tiny girl is trying to load an headless corpse on the wheelbarrow.

The Champ starts closing the door, his facial expression changing into horror as he keeps reading, the hands shaking. Which kind of joke is that?

Then, he realised something.

There’s nothing else but terror.

He leaves the door open and run.

Run!

He runs as he’ve never run before.

Run fast, with his belly up and down.

He bumps into the half length statue of the tyrant which crashes on the floor. In the room the window is open and there are few muddy footsteps on the white pavement.

In front of him stands the cradle. Empty.

And then the world is a nightmare.

And the world is distant.

And the world is the future.

And the world doesn’t smell good.

He thought he was master of time. But the time makes whatever it pleases.

While he falls on his knee he starts shouting and crying. Despair, rage, confusion. As he was falling from the clouds. As he was one alien.

Falling over a mountain of pain and mud.

“Too late”, he thinks while his thoughts seem to dissolve.

<<Ci avete rubato il futuro!>>

A voice, a shout behind him, full of rage.

He turns and sees an alien, a man covered in blood and mud. The Champ instinctively takes his favourite gun, Valkyrie, from the closet. He has never had a chance to use it before, he doesn’t even know how to shoot. Victoria is on the hands of that alien, mute.

Finale_The end
Finale_The end

Why she doesn’t cry?

The alien must die.

The alien must suffer.

The alien will be torn apart.

Instead, the alien speaks.

<<You stole our future, now I’m stealing yours.>>

The alien must die.

The alien must suffer.

<<Shoot me, shoot me as many times as you want, but you won’t change what happened. We gave you a chance, and you missed it.>>

The alien must die.

The alien must suffer.

And suddenly the Champ feels like he is the alien. Point the trembling gun to his head.

<<Blam!>>

In a second and in a single bullet, a fountain of red paint. The room starts being brighter, with this spray gun effect. On the floor, the corpse of what remains of the People’s Champ, his brain and blood mixed with the pieces of the statue. The alien didn’t expect that.

<<Click.>>

Behind him the sound of a gun loaded.

He turns and sees a small twelve years old girl, with a shotgun bigger than her.

<<Quella vecchia è sparita, nessuno mi crederà. Tu sei un alieno, vero?>>

She doesn’t have to wait for an answer, she knows how to recognise an alien.

<<Blam.>>

On the floor now lay two corpses, while a small one lays inside the cradle. It’s impossible to recognise Victoria, her smile now is just a red spot. Future and past linked by the same destiny.

On the Champ’s left hand there’s a letter:

“Don’t kill me, please.

Save me.

I’m your V.”

And the letter vanishes as the old woman did before. The twelve years old grabs her alien trophy and starts dragging him through the stairs.

<<Go back to the future.>>

She keeps mumbling to herself.

The End

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Il Capo_The Champ

The Champ

An enemy

We shouldn’t at least… check before?

To check… check what?

I mean… to be sure that behind the explosions…

Shush!

But…

I said shush and I meant it. They can hear you, you know? They must be them behind the attacks. What do you want to check?

Sure, sure, you’re right. I was just saying because I wasn’t… anyways, here he comes the Champ. Hopefully he will carry some news.

The People’s Champ, with his fatty figure enters in the room as he was simply a shadow. A shadow with the unmistakable smell of roast beef and the usual, ever present, smile tattooed under his nose.

Good morning, everyone!

He starts his scene, shaking hands, say hi to everyone. Trying to ignore the tension inside the room. A concern, a fear that sneaks, until it’s too big and fill the whole room as it was a kind of gel or putrefying liquid.

The Champ, a nice person

No, don’t judge him too early. The cheery behaviour, the capacity of never forgetting a name, it’s all a marketing strategy. That smile could be the last one you can see before drawing inside a tank full of liquid concrete. No, he hasn’t been always bad. Before, he was just a fatty guy with a kind face. Shaking hands, though, he learned how to survive, how to lead, and then he always increased his power.

Power, power

At first, he could’t bear the punishments against the adversaries. But then, he started enjoying it. Now he clap his hand happily, almost hysterical, watching the eyes red for fear of his enemies tortured. Innocent rabbits, they watched that hysterical smile right before dying in agony.

Oh, to be honest he never personally killed or tortured anyone. His hands are smooth and clean, the hands of whom never has to work his entire life. Even though his motto is:

Always on the side of workers, always on the side of Justice

Cannibal justice


Besides that, those same squishy hands changed the system once and for all. Torture, then death penalty came back in the everyday vocabulary. Then, the coup de teatre. The prisoners, a huge cost for the collectivity, became the main source of proteins for the other inmates after they die. A whole new way of administer justice: cannibalism. Why throw away such a tender meat?

No, the prisoners didn’t deserve much more than be served as a meal to the other inmates.

And still the number of crimes rises, and no one could see any reasonable solution ahead. So they took the extreme decision: they put the whole community under the umbrella of fear.

We make our own luck

The first one arrived as a matter of luck, but then seen how the population got scared, they replicated it. A small explosion on open air in the countryside as a starter, good to scare only few solitary cows. But it was enough for the newspapers:

And if instead the cows there were people?

And if there were women and children?

On page 23 the 3d graphic of the explosion, if it happened in the city and killed a hundred of people.


The fear started to be as real as the new 3D graphics imagined by disturbed illustrators.

My dear friends

The Head continued now, showing happily his grin.

Il Capo_The Champ
Il Capo_The Champ

We are dealing with one of the worst crisis scenario our amazing nation ever had in his history. One of the most difficult situation our Action Government had ever dealt with. But we’ve found the landing point. All of them.

Landing point! You’d really considered falling for 30 meters to the ground a landing? A fall, a deadly fall, that is the reality. The Head continues:

We put in jail the people that was helping them survive the impact. They will finish their days in jail, eating one each other. This is what the enemies of the nation deserve!

His hollow eyes, inside the fluffy cheeks, started moving from one person to the other in the room. Happy, cheered, as this for him was just a part of a game. A game he wrote, personally.

And what about the explosions?

A shy voice, one of the secretaries speaks.

The explosions? We will stop them, sure!

The voice took courage and asks one more question.

And how your Majesty think is going to happen?

As we always did. We will find the responsible of this abominable acts and we will rip them, and then they will eat them alive. I think it should be enough to discourage other attempts.

Oh, Champ! Your ideas are alway so… original!

Well, thanks. Gentlemen, for today is enough. Tomorrow you will vote for the new regulations. One will come from majority and one from opposition, vote accordingly. I won’t be present at the vote. As you know, tomorrow is the day of Independence and I will be with my family.

Independence day!

If the came up with the name Isolation Day instead, it would have made much more sense. The holiday was there to remind everyone about the day, few years before, when the last wall was completed. Before they started with a wall in the South, against the invasion of poor and terrorists, but wasn’t enough.

They continued with the East wall, against the invasion of communists and pedophiles. After few years, they completed the one on the West, with no reason at all. Last but not least, they built the North wall, the last one, against “Super Powers that invade us and control us”.

The Head-of-the-State leaves now the room, carrying his smile and thinking about the reason of his life, his small nephew Victoria.

… It continues…

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Un guanto perduto_a missing glove

Present

A glove, aliens

Calm down.

The one that follows isn’t a true story, it cannot be for many reasons. One of those reasons is the fact that, if the story was real, I would be dreaming right now. And I cannot think I’m just sleeping.


Let’s skip me, then. Well, after all, the only grammar I know it’s the one I learned watching the big speech of small politicians. The only words I know are those I listened in the small squares populated by elderly people. Those words were stretched, slow, able to cover them from the sun as well as the rain.

Falling down


This small fantasy story started with a man falling down from the sky, followed by many others. Shadows of men, women, children were falling down, recorded by cameras, pure entertainment. The pain of giving birth, the fall of a meteorite, along with an heart attack have in common one thing: they can easily be turned into fiction, and fiction is business. No one eager to stop for a second, trying to understand what’s going on.


On all this, a glove


Let’s go back a bit, use your legs, your arms or your finger. Point it, walk through it, just don’t miss the contact with your past. Only the past will get you through the future.

Cold


Cold has a season in which it decides, thanks to a star and an inclined sphere, to beat the street. Half of the humans in a city, during this beating season, decides to stay at home, coughing. The other half, the strongest, runs over stairs, in the cars and in the sidewalks.


On the steps, in the automobiles, on the footpath, everybody slips. Someone slips in a different way, in a frozen sleep with a long beard, and close the eyes without opening them again. Under the stairs you can see an undefined number of human beings without any future. Wrong choices? Yes, maybe. A wild, lavish life? Sure, why not?

Whatever were their mistakes, it seems so cruel to see them disappear under a blanket of carton, in the cold. That was the reason that lead the People’s Champ to the creation of the Happiness Patrols. That is, groups of citizens ready to put some colours on this sad grey lives.


What could you expect? The civilisations that first divided good from bad grains, the ones that really work out, they crave for a zero. Someone they can add to the average, better if they are coloured, happy zeros.


So, we were saying, in the middle of a cold winter the sun set up. Just light, no warm was coming from it, reflecting from the closed windows sidewalks and coloured stairways. The morning air was clear, crossed by dark coats and sleepy glances.


Anyways, we were speaking about a glove

Un guanto perduto_a missing glove
Un guanto perduto_a missing glove


A woman, first. She left from her square called home and passing through big and small doors, keys and locks, until she was finally out in the air. In her pocket, as always, two accessories used to warm up your hands. One of those things, for unclear reasons, decided to jump from the pocket and go somewhere else. Free to go around the world, alone.
It’s too late, when the woman noticed the missing gloves.

No, better losing an arm, then arriving late at the cubicle. After few steps in the cold planet, though, she looked at her bare hand, suspicious. A blue, grey hand? For sure not as pink as always was. She searched fast in her purse, to finally find a bill. A banknote ready to be burned for a taxi ride. A way as any other to warm up a bit, in a white car.


The taxi driver looked weird


She said later to the police the burning-banknotes-woman.


He was looking a me, worried. I thought that was uniquely due to inexperience.


The taxi driver turned and turned, less and less secure behind the wheel.


He didn’t speak at all, not even a small sound, as he was in apnoea. As he wasn’t even human.


All this was added by the woman-with-only-one-glove speaking to a journalist of the “Belly of the People”, a local newspaper.


A last turn and the taxi slowly stopped in front of the Trustful Bank, workplace of the cold woman.


Few frozen steps, some non-gloved hand shakes and finally the cubicle.
Outside, ready to ruin a pacific day in that place-non- place, an explosion. A car crash, an accident, you would say.


Bum


But no, it was something else, louder. An explosion capable of reducing the mirrored- grey front of the building in small geometric shapes each one not bigger than a nail.


This was the only information people had, when started going in the street. A white taxi was burning.


A terrorist, a terrorist.


Started shouting people in the street. Then louder, on the net, so then all the rectangles of the city- nation mirrored the information in big letters:


A TERRORIST


Few hours passed and the panic was viral. The People’s Champ stepped out of the balcony, with his famous reassuring smile.


In the street the silence fell. Anyways, it was long time the silence wasn’t much of a choice anymore, but a style of communication. When you live in terror, there is not much else to do then stay quite. The only sound you could listen was the buzzing of the helicopters, searching the clouds.


Servants


Stated the Champ, waiting until the echo was ready to come back, passing over the heads and ears of the people.


Our Glorious Country is today under attack


A smile, still reassuring, even after a small murmur.


But we’re not afraid of them! Africans, Indians, communist, homosexuals, southerner, they didn’t scare us before. And we have solid walls to protect us!


A spontaneous applause started as it was called. As if there was somewhere a sign:


APPLAUSE


As if that was just a variety show.


Brothers and sisters, our walls cannot be high enough, this time. The enemy is coming from the sky and it’s ready to invade us!


The murmur was now a buzzing, a prayer man- helicopter, or an immense cat furring inside a box.


From the future?


Danger?


From the sky?


Those were the most original phrases you could have heard there.
The Champ continued, putting a halt to that murmur.


Comrades, we don’t have North or South, East or West to be afraid of anymore. This time the danger is way more concrete. However, we have to calm down, everybody. It wasn’t a terroristic attack.


In the people, down the balcony, a sudden sigh of relief. And all the gazes were for the Champ, full of hope.


That was only an accident, caused by a clandestine. An alien.


The buzz of the people, the murmur became a bit hysterical, now.
Let’s make another step behind, now. If you’re intelligent enough, you would be wondering how the situation started getting so bad. In the communication era closing ourselves inside walls doesn’t seem a wise option.

The red button

You’re intelligent, right, but you didn’t see the red button. That red button, always shiny and ready to be pushed in case of need. The button of fear. With that, you can create people worried about invasions, epidemics or terrorising them about a crazy man with a bomb. No, not a usual bomb, but one of those bombs that can get rid of trees, rivers and even clouds.

A change


First, this change didn’t happen overnight, in a drastic way. More like a metamorphosis, with the same force generated by the grass growing. A quite, slow change that first replaced the ruling class with something really close to the stomach of the people.

So close to that common stomach that was vomited. A ruling lump needed a leader, anyway, and there he was: the Champion People was waiting for. A buffoon, a functional analphabetic idiot, but successful and always always smily.


See, this is the kind of modern man always feels comfortable if surrounded by a crowd clamouring for him. He learned how to fan the flames, and the crowd loved it and followed him in the fire. Obviously, without an enemy or a scapegoat, he would had just found himself blowing in the air, with no fire.

Many started to be seen as metastasis, new problems, enemies of the people. Many, again, started their journey into the dungeons or under the sharp knives of the buffoon. Apparently, now, he was again without any flammable part to fan to. No more metastasis to cut, no more dead leaves to be burned.


But all in all, this explosion wasn’t so bad for him. That’s the reason why he was keeping his famous smile on. Slowly, all the man from the future survived were found and arrested. Some of them, more photogenic than the others, were invited even on some show as attractions.


So, Mr. Alien, where are you actually coming from?


The dirty blond hair presenter asked.


We’re coming from the future and we’re j-just escaping.


This frightened middle-age man answered stuttering.


And why you don’t want to live in your own future anymore?


You… you finished it off. There was n-nothing for us, only war and destruction.


There, there. Last question: how do you answer to whom is asking you to go back to your future?


I answer that we are your nephews and nieces, sons and daughters of your sons and daughters. We’re not aliens!


All right, Mr. Alien. The time’s up, good night and good luck.
A smily applause escort him out of sight, introducing the man of the moment. A man capable of the impossible, eating ten big sandwiches at once.


Slowly, the newspapers started new titles:


How to recognise and neutralise a future being


New kit agains aliens


More and more explosions started to scare the population. The terrorist was always a man of the future, not well identified. The opposition tried to resit, throwing some drop of water on the fire:


We don’t have any substantial proof that the explosions are due to some future immigrants or are connected to any terroristic purposes. Even the taxi explosion is still under investigation. In the meantime we find dutiful to help this people in need.


The press was waiting only for that. They started calling them bloodsuckers. Neither white nor Arabic, black or asiatic, they were new mixed being coming from the sky.


As always happens, the first law was calling them illegal. That was the first step, and they ignored the fact that if you start calling illegal the clouds you won’t automatically stop the rain. The so-called alien rains continued, and the population started helping them as they could.

They placed mattresses and pillows in order to save some lives. To stop somehow the massacre. Then, the Government made new laws and people got scared to be part of the massacre. It’s so easy to be exchanged for an alien. Shortly, the consequence was that mattresses and pillows disappeared.


The so called aliens, as they wanted to disobey the laws, continued to come from the sky. Shortly, heaps of bodies began to raise, and some of the aliens could save themselves just falling on one of those big piles. People started to comment it coldly, as it was something far, far away:


They were asking for it


Finally they got it, they don’t have to come


We have laws and the laws must be followed


The massacre was going on 24/7 every day for months. In the streets you could see men and women covered with mud and blood, walking in shock in the streets. Those were the survivors.


Here is where our story really starts.


Or, maybe, it finishes.

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La caduta_gli alieni

Go back to the future

Aliens

Now, that I’m falling down from the clouds, only now I understand the meaning of the air. It’s not just a shape, is a shape of life, alive. When it wants to, it can be the wind that flows and escape from your open hands outside a car window.

Cold

It finds its space under the door, in the houses or it can be a current of wind in the den when the trains live. When it’s cold let people get closer and closer, in love hugs, while when it’s hot make the humans wet and distant, but already in love.

Gentle

The air can be gentle, but only if it decides to be gentle. Otherwise, sometimes it stumbles, distracted on some mountain and then down rumbles and rumbles, mixing up since it becomes a cone of destruction.

I can feel it, right now, freezing cold, cutting my face, moving my ears. Under me I can see a land, light in colour inked with blood. A lot of blood. Bodies over bodies, a stack of eyes- hands- hairs- legs. Over me, I know there are other flies- man ready to follow me in this deadly hug.

Flies

Their shadows are small points that mix one into the other down on the cleaning, projected by the light of an unaware sun. I feel now the air getting warmer, the earth closer.

La caduta_gli alieni
La caduta, gli alieni.

I would do it the same, if I’d know is a trap?

Yes,I think so.

I’m closer, now, I can see a writing:

Go Back to the future.

Too late, I think while I’m dissolving.

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Villa Clichy

<<Welcome to Villa Clichy, I’m Vanessa and I’m here today as your personal guide. I will be your reference point during your stay here in this amazing Villa. Let’s start with a brief historical overview. Please, follow me. The wing of the house in which we’re walking right now is quite old. Recently a family member of the People’s Champ resided here, and even in the past a French King famous for his furniture decided to spend some time here. Probably he even played on this amazing pool table and had some rest in these comfortable plastic seats.>>

<<Madame?>>

<<Yes, dear?>>

<<It’s true that you can see the aliens everyone is speaking about, from here?>>

<<Arthur!>>

<<No, madame, let him speak, please. Children are curious and everybody is speaking about this every single day. Right, let’s move forward, let’s stay on the current events. Yes, dear Arthur, if you look right now from the windows you can see them falling. If I have to be complete sincere with you, they’re a genuine attraction right now. We’re fully booked the whole year. At the beginning they were saying to have a wish when you see an alien dropping, but now I don’t have enough wishes.>>

<<Ah, Ah, that’s a good one. Thanks Vanessa. Arthur, what do you say?>>

<<Than you, miss.>>

<<Oh, you’re such an educated angel. Thank you for your question, dear Arthur.>>

<<Sorry, Vanessa. I don’t want to take advantage of your kindness, but since we’ve touched the topic…>>

<<Tell me, Mr. Capra.>>

<<On the agency flyer we read about an hunting post.>>

<<Yes, that’s true Mr. Capra. You will find a station for hunters just two km away from the Villa. There you’ll find a colleague ready to give you all the instructions and an alien- hunting kit. If you’ve never shot any aliens before, let me give you an advice. Start shooting the big ones, so you will practice a bit. Later on you’ll be able to shoot smaller aliens.>>

<<I’m so sorry, Vanessa, but I have to ask. Even though it will sound stupid, but… they will suffer?>>

<<Well, no Mrs. Capra. Your husband and the others will be placed far away from the fall, there’s no danger.>>

<<Oh, sure it will be. My question was about the aliens. Do you think they will suffer, Vanessa?>>

<<Ah, ah! This question does only give you credit, madam. Look, I’m not a doctor and I never studied medicine, but I read that there are scientific proof attesting the complete lack of human feelings on the alien.>>

<<Oh, thanks. You have no idea how this makes me feel more relieved. You know, I’m a believer.>>

<<Me too, madam, me too. I’m a huge devout, as our People’s Champ>>

<<And what about the stack? Do you think the smell will reach the Villa?>>

<<Oh, that’s another good question, Mrs. Capra. I cannot hide from you the fact that, when the Villa is upwind, you probably would feel a bit of the smell. Don’t worry, though. The Government started with a separate collection for the aliens, and the house have an automatic deodorant system. You won’t feel anything. Now you must excuse me, but I really have to go, my children come out of the school soon.>>

<<Yes, of course, Vanessa. We can contact you any time?>>

<<Any time, there’s no small problem for me. Oh, and… good hunting!>>

<<Ah, ah! Have a good day, Vanessa!>>

<<Bye!>>

Continue reading here.

The story is written by Daniele Frau and he has all the rights over its reproductions. The illustrations are original and made by Gabriele Manca (DMQ productions) which has all the rights over them.

You can read the story in Italian as well, have a look!

La caduta_gli alieni

Ritorna al futuro!

Alieni

Solo ora che cado dalle nuvole capisco il profondo significato dell’aria. Non solo è una forma, ma è una forma di vita, in vita. Quando vuole sa essere vento, che sfugge tenace alle mani aperte dai finestrini delle macchine in corsa, oppure si rifugia sotto le porte e si trasforma in corrente, nelle tane dove vivono i treni.

Fredda

Fredda, è in grado di stringere due corpi in un abbraccio e perfino farli innamorare, mentre si fa calda e li rende umidi, lontani, ma ormai innamorati. L’aria sa essere gentile, quando vuole. Accade poi talvolta che inciampi, distratta, in qualche montagna e rotolI così su qualche nuvola, mischiandosi al vento nel vento fino a diventare un cono di distruzione.

Caduta libera

La sento proprio ora, gelata, che mi taglia il viso e mi muove le orecchie. Sotto di me, terra chiara e sangue, tanto sangue. Corpi su corpi, una catasta di occhi-mani-capelli-gambe. Sopra di me, altre mosche- uomo pronte a farmi compagnia, a sparire in un abbraccio di morte.

Le loro ombre sono puntini che si confondono uno nell’altro nella radura, proiettate da un sole ignaro. Sento l’aria riscaldarsi, la terra avvicinarsi.

L’avrei fatto comunque, se l’avessi saputo?

Si, credo proprio di si.

Sono vicino, ora vedo una scritta, tracciata in lettere maiuscole nella terra.

Ritorna al futuro

Troppo tardi, penso io, mentre mi dissolvo.

La caduta_gli alieni
La caduta, gli alieni.

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Villa Clichy

<<Ben arrivati a Villa Clichy,  mi chiamo Vanessa e mi trovo qui oggi in veste di guida. Sarò il vostro punto di riferimento durante l’intera permanenza della vostra meravigliosa famiglia qui alla Villa. Qualche cenno storico. Prego, seguitemi. L’ala dell’edificio in cui ci troviamo ora è piuttosto antica. Recentemente un familiare del nostro Capo Popolo è stato nostro ospite, ma in passato queste stanze hanno dato dimora ad un Re francese famoso per i suoi mobili. Probabilmente ha anche giocato con questo prezioso tavolo da biliardo e avrà riposato su una di queste sedie in plastica.>>

<<Signora?>>

<<Si, piccolo?>>

<<È vero che da qui si vedono gli alieni di cui tutti parlano?>>

<<Arturo!>>

<<Ma no, signora, lo lasci fare. I bambini fanno bene ad essere curiosi e sa, ne parlano tutti ormai. Va bene, basta così con i cenni storici, restiamo nell’attualità. Si, Arturino bello, se guardi fuori dalla tua finestra li puoi vedere. Se devo essere sincera, sono diventati una vera e propria attrazione, siamo prenotati tutto l’anno. Dicevano di esprimere un desiderio quando ne cadeva uno, ma ormai sono tanti che i desideri non basterebbero.>>

<<Ah, ah, bella questa. Grazie, Vanessa. Arturo, come si dice?>>

<<Grazie, signora.>>

<<Ma come sei ben educato! Grazie a te, Arturino.>>

<<Mi scusi, Vanessa. Approfitto della sua pazienza, ma giacché abbiamo toccato l’argomento…>>

<<Mi dica, signor Capra.>>

<<Nella brochure dell’agenzia diceva di una postazione per la caccia.>>

<<Assolutamente signor Capra. Troverà una stazione per cacciatori ad appena due chilometri dalla Villa. Là le daranno tutte le istruzioni e le metteranno a disposizione un kit. Se non ha mai sparato agli alieni, le do un consiglio. Miri prima a quelli più grossi, così da fare pratica. Poi pian piano sarà in grado di colpire alieni di medie e piccole dimensioni.>>

<<Mi perdoni, Vanessa, magari la domanda le suonerà stupida, ma… non soffriranno?>>

<<Ma no, suo marito e gli altri staranno a debita distanza, è completamente sicuro.>>

<<Si, certo, ma vede… io parlavo degli alieni. Lei crede che soffrano?>>

<<Ah, ah! Questa domanda le fa onore, signora Capra. Guardi, per quanto io non abbia studiato medicina, ho letto che ci sono prove scientifiche che provano che gli alieni sono completamente privi di sentimenti umani.>>

<<Ah, la ringrazio. Non sa quanto questo mi faccia sentire più sollevata. Sa, sono una fedele.>>

<<Anche io, si figuri. Sono una grande devota, come il Capo.>>

<<E la catasta? Crede che l’odore possa arrivare anche qui?>>

<<Ottima domanda, signora Capra. Si, non le posso nascondere che se la casa dovesse trovarsi controvento, si potrebbe avvertire un po’ di cattivo odore. Non si preoccupi, però. Il Governo ha già istituito tre volte alla settimana una raccolta differenziata per la raccolta degli alieni. E la casa ha un sistema di profumazione automatico. Non si accorgerà di nulla. Ora scusatemi, ma devo scappare. Ho i miei bambini che escono da scuola.>>

<<Certo, certo, comunque per qualsiasi cosa possiamo contattarla?>>

<<Esattamente. Non mettetevi problemi. E… buona caccia!>>

<<Ah, ah! Buona giornata, Vanessa!>>

<<A voi!>>

… continua…

Questa storia è un racconto originale scritto da Daniele Frau, cui sono riservati i diritti di riproduzione. I disegni sono ad opera di Gabriele Manca (DMQ productions) e tutti i diritti correlati sono di sua proprietà.

You can read the story in English as well, here.