Author : Randall Bennett
â€œTake me to your leader,â€ said the squat, green, bug-eyed creature, in an oddly modulated voice.
Carl leaned down, and looked down at it, and his eyes opened wide. He had never seen anything like it before.
â€œUm. Youâ€™re talking to him,â€ Carl said.
â€œYou are the leader of this planet?â€ The alienâ€™s eyestalks slanted sideways, in a gesture that Carl interpreted as a quizzical look.
Carl laughed, part of his tension coming out at the outburst. â€œNo, Iâ€™m not the leader of this planet, Iâ€™m the leader of me.â€
â€œQuery. Misunderstanding. What?â€ The alien retracted its eyestalks in a way that made Carl laugh again.
â€œYeah, a lot of people have trouble with the idea. Although youâ€™re not people, so I guess I should explain. Ever hear of anarchy?â€
The alien just raised its eyestalks again, which Carl took to mean that it was listening.
â€œLook, there is no government. There is no leader for you to see. No officials. This place was founded by people that didnâ€™t believe in the waste that goes with those outdated ideas. When we need something than more than one person can provide, we join together.â€
The alien was silent for about 20 seconds, and then said â€œThis being does not understand.â€
Carl said, â€œLook, the problem is that when someone creates a government, it starts to exist for itself, rather than the people. So we eliminated it, and we organize as necessary.â€
The alien raised its eyestalks higher, as if looking around, and stated â€œFirst contact subject is recalcitrant. Must find other contact for relation to hierarchical structure top leader for first urgent communications between species of danger then sharing technologies culture.â€
â€œWhatâ€™s urgent? What do you mean by danger?â€ Carl said, beginning to look concerned. Just then, another man walked around the corner up the street, and waved to Carl. Then he did a doubletake, and quickly joined the two.
As the man walked up, he narrowed his eyes at the alien, then looked at Carl, and pointed at the alien, saying â€œWhat isâ€¦â€
â€œItâ€™s an alien, Johnny.â€ Carl said. â€œAt least, Iâ€™ve never seen anything like it. I mean, in all of our space travels, we never met a non-human race. So I guess this is a first. It says that it has something urgent to tell us. About some kind of danger. But youâ€™ll never guess what it askedâ€”â€œ
As if on cue, the alien faced Johnny–at least, its eyestalks did–and repeated its first question in that oddly modulated voice: â€œTake me to your leader.â€
Johnny laughed out loud. â€œYouâ€™re talking to him.â€