As soon as I wake, I am loaded-up with my Bi-line of the Day. I spent a half hour in bed working on this short story that resembles the famous story ‘The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street’ by Rod Serling – the genius!
Mr. Wheaton’s Time Portal
One day, Bob Wheaton is lounging in his backyard, when he notices a arrow sitting on his lawn. It looks very old. He takes a photo of it and goes on line and is communicating with The American Aborigine Institute who want him to mail the arrow to them. They are amazed, and conclude this is a ancient Native American hunting arrow, but, the carbon test says it was made three months ago,
A week later, he notices his Maple tree is oozing sap. He digs a musket ball out of his wounded tree, and sends it to to The Agency of Gun and Ammo Lore. A Gun Priest is sent to examine the site.
“Hmmm! Do you believe in the Rapture Mr.Wheaton?”
“A important Revelation’s Code has been broken, and we have concluded Rapture Portals will appear on earthy. Why don’t you……….”
“I want you to get off my property – and never come back!”
To be continued
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It seemed inevitable that O’Rourke’s call to ban ownership of military-style weapons would rile up the guns=distilled liberty true believers online, but it was, perhaps predictably, an elected Republican official—from the state of Texas no less—who led the way over the cliff. Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted a not-so-thinly veiled threat at the presidential contender, tweeting, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” calling O’Rourke, whose nickname is Beto, by his first and middle names.
The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
|“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street“|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
Lea Waggner and Barry Atwater
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Ronald Winston|
|Written by||Rod Serling|
|Original air date||March 4, 1960|
“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” is episode 22 in the first season of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. The episode was written by Rod Serling, the creator-narrator of the series. It originally aired on March 4, 1960 on CBS. In 2009, TIME named it one of the ten best Twilight Zone episodes.
|“||Maple Street, U.S.A., late summer. A tree-lined little world of front porch gliders, barbecues, the laughter of children, and the bell of an ice cream vendor. At the sound of the roar and the flash of light, it will be precisely 6:43 P.M. on Maple Street…This is Maple Street on a late Saturday afternoon. Maple Street in the last calm and reflective moment – before the monsters came.||”|
Maple Street is full of children playing and adults talking when a shadow passes over, accompanied by a roar, a flash of light, along with falling stars. Everyone notices, but they originally assume that it is a meteor, and quickly resume their activities. The residents soon discover that their power went off, affecting stoves, lawn mowers, cars and phones. They gather in the street to discuss the situation. Pete Van Horn, hammer slung in his bib overalls, volunteers to walk over to Floral Street, the next street over, to see if it is affected as well. His neighbors, Steve Brand and Charlie Farnsworth, decide to go into town, but Tommy, a local boy, urges them not to leave the street. Tommy has read a story of an alien invasion causing similar issues, and says that the monsters do not want anyone to leave the street. Furthermore, in the story, the aliens are living as a family that appears to be human, who are actually scouts. The power outage is meant to isolate the neighborhood. The adults are incredulous, assuring him that the cause is natural, such as sunspots. Charlie wonders if Pete Van Horne was successful in making it to Floral Street.
Another resident, Les Goodman, tries unsuccessfully to start his car. He begins to walk back to the other residents when the car starts by itself. The bizarre behavior of his car makes the neighbors suspect that Les may be an alien, as suggested by Tommy’s story. Charlie says Les had always been an oddball, and suggests they go over and investigate, while Steve asks them to be calm and not allow mob rule to take over. One woman brings up his late nights spent standing in the garden looking up at the sky, as if waiting, or looking for something. Les, defending himself as a resident of Maple Street for 5 years, claims to suffer from insomnia, admonishes his neighbors that they should take caution and to not allow panic or act rashly. Steve tries to defuse the situation and prevent it from becoming a witch-hunt.
As darkness descends, Charlie begins keeping watch over Les Goodman’s house. Steve suggests Charlie go home and go to bed. Another neighbor, Don, mentions that Steve has built a ham radio, which Charlie then claims no one has ever seen. Steve and the other neighbors continue to argue, using each person’s idiosyncrasies as evidence that they are an alien. Steve warns that such behavior, looking for a scapegoat, is the surest way for the entire neighborhood to “eat each other alive”.
A shadowy figure carrying a hammer is seen walking toward them. Tommy exclaims that it is the monster. Don obtains a shotgun, claiming it may be necessary for protection, which Steve quickly confiscates, claiming no one is shooting anybody. As the figure gets closer, Charlie panics, grabs the shotgun, and shoots the figure, thinking it to be an alien. When the crowd reaches the fallen figure, they realize it is Pete van Horn, returning from his scouting mission on Floral Street, and he is now dead. As Charlie struggles to defend his hasty action, the lights in Charlie’s house come on. The neighbors voice suspicions that Pete had discovered evidence that Charlie is an alien, and Charlie shot Pete to prevent him from exposing him, and even Steve is too angered by Pete’s death to defend Charlie. Charlie makes a run for his house while the other residents chase him, throwing stones, one of which hits Charlie in the head, creating a bleeding gash. Terrified, Charlie attempts to deflect suspicion onto Tommy. While Tommy’s mother is quick to defend him, several neighbors agree, as Tommy was the only one who knew about the aliens’ plans. Steve continues to try to defuse the situation, but no one listens.
Lights begin flashing on and off in houses throughout the neighborhood; lawn mower and car engines start and stop for no apparent reason. The mob becomes hysterical, hurling accusations, smashing windows and taking up weapons as the situation devolves into an all-out riot.
The scene cuts to a nearby hilltop, where it is revealed the shadow that flew overhead is, indeed, an alien spaceship. Its crew are watching the riot on Maple Street while using a device to manipulate the neighborhood’s power. They comment on how simply fiddling with consistency leads people to descend into paranoia and panic, and that this is a pattern that can be exploited. They also discuss their intention to use this strategy to conquer Earth, one neighborhood at a time.