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‘Wrong Turn to Roswell’

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Art by Heather Donahue The robot boy Iron.

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Episode 11

By S.E. Smith

The children’s story, “Wrong Turn to Roswell,” by S.E. Smith started with episode 1 and 2 in the Vision Magazine, published on Dec. 21, 2017, and continued until episode 10 in our Aug. 16 edition. The magazines are available for free at rdrnews.com/special-publications.

What happened: Two Roswell boys, Alan and Matt, made contact with a robot family that had to land for repairs on their spaceship. The robots are in danger to be found out and had to kidnap a reporter and one of the instructors from Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. The instructor collapsed so an ambulance and the Roswell Police Department had to be contacted. Chief Deputy Shane Baker interrogated the alien robots and the publisher of the Roswell Daily Record, Barbara Beck, was contacted. The secret is out. Will the sheriff put the robot family in jail or will the citizens of Roswell protect their new aliens? The story continues …

Alan listened as Matt and Iron chatted. He was fending off Rover One, unsuccessfully trying to keep the robotic dog from licking him in the mouth. Carbon looked at him and grinned.

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He blinked in surprise when Rover One suddenly shut down. Alan’s first thought was that something had happened to the metal dog. He ran his hands over the limp body.

“I shut him down. Rover One needs to recharge soon anyway,” Carbon said, scooting closer to Alan.

Alan looked up when he saw his mom hurrying toward them. At the same time, Miss Christina’s phone rang. Carbon tilted her head. Alan wondered if she could hear what the grown-ups were saying.

“Your mom says there are a bunch of people gathering outside,” Carbon murmured.

“Oh, man, that’s not good,” Matt suddenly groaned.

Alan scowled at the other boy. “What’s not good?” he demanded in confusion.

“The man from the car woke up. He has been making phone calls,” Carbon answered.

“Iron said he called the FBI,” Matt exclaimed in an excited but hushed voice.

Alan adjusted his glasses. “What are the adults going to do?” he asked.

“They are trying to figure out how to protect us,” Carbon responded.

Alan could hear someone banging on the front door, and he glanced at Carbon’s scared face. Without thinking, he reached out to grab her hand and squeezed it.

“What are we going to do? They said that they might take us away,” Carbon murmured, her eyes rounding in fear.

Alan looked at where his mom and the others were talking. His mind swirled with ideas before everything became clear and the solution came to him.

“I have an idea. Come on,” he said.

“What is it?” Carbon asked as he pulled her to her feet.

*.*.*

“You want them to do what?!” Barbara asked in disbelief.

“Hide in plain sight,” he said, looking down at Rover One.

Stan thoughtfully nodded. “It is a brilliant idea,” he agreed.

Alan looked at the older man and grinned. “We were talking about it in science class the other day,” he said.

“I don’t know, Alan,” his mom started to say in a tone laced with skepticism.

“People see what they want to see or what they expect to see. I walked right by Diamond, Copper, and their kids and never gave a thought to them being real aliens,” Stan pointed out.

“Exactly!” Alan agreed with a frantic nod of his head. “We pose them in with your art, Mom. If they don’t move, people won’t know the difference.”

Barbara nodded her head in agreement. “It might work. Christina and I can be here as if we are interviewing you. Stan…,” she said, looking at him with an expectant expression.

“He could be helping Alan and me with our science project,” Matt suggested.

Alan grinned and nodded. “That’s perfect!” he agreed.

Matt’s face lit up. “Hey! Hanging around you is making me smarter already,” he proudly declared.

“Well, if we are going to do this, we’d better get things in position. I don’t think I can ignore the knocking any longer,” Jennifer muttered.

Christina bent and picked up Rover One. She carefully posed the dog on the small table near where she had been sitting. He now looked as if he were part of the lamp. Alan nodded when she looked at him with a raised eyebrow.

“Pretty good, huh?” she asked, her eyes dancing with excitement.

“Yeah, really good,” he agreed.

“Well, I suggest we spread out and play dead,” Copper said.

The story continues with episode 12: Let Them In … on Oct. 21.

S.E. Smith is a New York Times, USA TODAY, international award-winning author of science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal and contemporary works for children, young adults and adults. She enjoys writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into worlds that take them away. Smith was part of this year’s UFO Festival and Cosmicon where she gathered more information about the town and its people to include in her story. Smith also has a book series about the fictitious town Magic, New Mexico, which was inspired by her first trip to our area in 2015 and is located somewhere between Roswell, Artesia and Carlsbad. Readers can check out her website at sesmithfl.com and chat with her on Facebook at facebook.com/se.smith.5.