â€œI donâ€™t want to come home.â€
Reggieâ€™s wife began to cry, tears sliding around her cheeks.
Reggie smiled beatifically. â€œDonâ€™t cry Carol, its alright, really. Youâ€™re young and awfully perky. Youâ€™ll find another husband in no time.â€
â€œBut Iâ€™m in love with you!â€
Looking at her open red mouth and the slobber on her lip, Reggie wondered how this had ever been enough for him. â€œPlease try to understand, Iâ€™m very happy here. I donâ€™t want to go back to earth. I donâ€™t ever want to leave my Asas side, the only reason I did now was because she demanded that I commune with you.â€
â€œCommune? She?â€ Carolâ€™s hands trembled. â€œDo you fuck it?â€
Reggieâ€™s mouth twisted with revulsion. â€œWhat? No! Thatâ€™s disgusting!â€ He folded his hands on his lap, his narrow face turning intense and cruel. â€œI say â€œsheâ€ because Asas is the female of her species, you sick hag, a life giver. What she does is nothing so banal as fucking. I myself have not had a sexual urge in weeks, well, not till now but I blame that on the fact that youâ€™ve made me upset.â€
Carol wiped her tears with the back of her hand. â€œOh Reggie, what have they done to you?â€
Reggie shook his head. â€œThese creatures are transcendent, utterly fascinating. Socially, they are far more advanced than we are. Not knowing one, you canâ€™t comprehend. You know one and you donâ€™t want to leave.â€
Carols face went blank. â€œTheyâ€™ve taken your mind.â€
Reggie sighed, rolling his eyes. â€œNo, thatâ€™s not it at all. Listen, Iâ€™ve only contacted you because Asas asked me to, she is concerned because of all of the messages Iâ€™ve been getting from you and the government. I havenâ€™t had a lot of time to read them because Asas and I have been very busy, but those I have read have been very disturbing. Asas asked me to contact you because she is worried that if I donâ€™t humans will send more people and those people would just fall in love and want to stay. Asas doesnâ€™t think that itâ€™s good for us, as a race, to be so infatuated and frankly, I agree. Of course, sheâ€™s going to keep me.â€ He sighed. â€œWe have a very special relationship. They arenâ€™t a cruel species Carol, they really are thinking of our best interests.â€ He paused and the blissful expression on his face changed for a moment. â€œIts possible that if they sent humans that werenâ€™t receptive to social signals, autistics perhapsâ€¦no, it shouldnâ€™t be risked.â€
â€œReggie, I miss you. Your mother is so worried, she asked me to-â€
Reggie interrupted her, waving his hand. â€œThis is all very unpleasant. Asas feeding time begins soon and I donâ€™t want to miss it. Itâ€™s so beautiful, I canâ€™t even describe. Donâ€™t send any more messages, okay?â€ He stood and grinned at the screen. â€œGood luck finding a new husband babe.â€ Reggie pointed his finger at the screen like a cocked blaster and then the transmission cut.
Carol began to cry again, reaching toward the static of the dead screen. Light years away, Reggie ran joyfully to find Asas, the unpleasantness of the encounter with his wife fading quickly in the euphoria of new love.