The well cared for moist lawn glittered in the sun light. The two young boys chased each other around on the asphalt driveway.
The older boy stopped to pick up a translucent ball he found on the ground. “Tom, look what I found”
Jim threw the ball to Tom, “I’ll be right back.” Jim ran into the one story house and came out a few moments later with a wooden bat. He gave Tom the bat.
Tom threw the ball up in the air and as it came down, it disappeared.
Jim searched for the ball. “Where is it?”
“It’s not here.”
They searched their lawn and the two adjacent lawns as well as the driveways and the road but did not find the ball.
Mom called the boys in for lunch. She saw Tom carrying the bat. “No playing ball here. If you want to play ball, go to the park. I don’t want to have to pay for any more broken windows.” She paused as she spotted the translucent ball on the cabinet, “Who brought this in here?” She picked up the ball and held it in her hand.”
The two boys shrugged their shoulders.
She squeezed on the ball. “This ball is hard as a rock. And you two are playing with it without a baseball glove?”
“We’re not playing with it.” said Tom, “It was in the yard.”
“I never saw anything like this before.” Mom gasped and became agitated.
“What’s the matter?” asked Jim.
“Never mind that.” She said nervously, “Don’t bring this ball in here again!”
“We told you. We didn’t bring it in.”
“Well, it didn’t come in by itself!” She said, “Go to your room. Both of you!”
“What’s with her?” asked Tom as they entered their bedroom.
Mom was sitting at the table with her hands against her forehead. She did not understand the message she received from the ball. She look perplexed. “Tom, Jim!”
The boys came in the kitchen.
Mom grabbed her purse, “Come with me.”
“Where are we going?” Jim asked.
“Please. No questions. Just come with me.” She picked up her cell phone and headed for the back door.
Suddenly they felt the house shake.
The boys hugged mom and asked “What’s happening?”
Mom reached for the door knob and tried to open it, but it wouldn’t open.
Mom and the boys ran to the front door and tried unsuccessfully to open it. Then they tried the windows but couldn’t open them.
Mom tried to get an outside line on her cell phone, but couldn’t.
Then she saw the translucent ball on the floor near them. She received the message in greater detail. Now she understood.
“What’s happening?” the boys asked.
“We’re being taken away.” Mom answered calmly.
“Because our planet is no longer safe.”
“Where are they taking us?” asked Tom.
Mom did not answer immediately. She pulled the two boys close to her and hugged them. The translucent ball enveloped all three of them.
This was the first time the government used the translucent balls. Until now, the translucent balls had been a secret development of a government team of scientists.
“Mom,” Tom looked up at her. “I’m scared.”
“There’s no need to be afraid.” She said, “We’re moving.”
“But where are we moving?” asked Jim.
“We’re moving to a planet in another solar system far far away.”
“What!” Tom looked at her incredulously. “What planet?”
“I’m not sure. The inhabitants of that planet call it …” Her voice faded.
“Call it what?” asked Jim.
They could see the horizon of their dying planet and the stars. They saw thousands of translucent balls floating in the same direction they were. The atmosphere on the planet they were going to was far more suitable for life.
They watched the planet they came from until it was little more than a dot in the sky. Then they saw a tiny fiery ball exactly where their planet had been. The boys did not realize what had just happened. But their mom did.
Mom kissed Tom and Jim on their foreheads. “Earth.” She smiled. “We’re going to a planet called earth.”