Sometimes, it's the uninvited guests that make a dinner party more memorable...
"Mark, that's the weirdest theory I've ever heard." Charles leaned back
until the high-backed chair he was sitting on creaked with strain.
"People getting abducted by flesh eating aliens...you're crazy, my
friend." He chuckled and shifted to let June, his wife of twenty-two
years, place his second piece of apple pie on the table in front of him.
"It'd explain why there'd been so many unsolved disappearances over the
last hundred years," Mark said, feeling more defensive than he liked to
admit. The theory was outrageous, but it really did provide answers. "I
mean, think about it, there are records of births, education, marriages,
jobs, and suddenly those people vanish, as if they'd never existed.
Their families don't remember them, the schools where they had to have
gone show nothing, they simply aren't around anymore." He held his hand
out and took the pie June handed him, nodding his thanks but otherwise
From the kitchen, Susan, Marks slightly overweight wife, yelled, "Mark,
that's the last piece of pie you get, you're stomach's hanging over your
belt. You'll be moaning all night with indigestion."
Raising his head, he rolled his eyes and replied, "Yes, dear, I know."
He scowled at Charles, who broke up laughing at the interchange. It was
the same comment she made every Friday night when the couple joined them
for their weekly dinner and card game.
"I wonder," Charles said, then paused and gazed blankly out the window
for a moment before going on in a dull voice. "How would they, the
aliens I mean, how would they get rid of all the history: school
records, marriage licenses, and what about the memories of wives or
husbands, friends, children of the missing?"