It was in relatively shallow water and pretty close to the coast. It was off of the beaten path, but still within an area known to tourists. It should not have existed, but there it was.
He rushed back to his room and did some searches, just to make sure it wasn’t known. He was positive he would have seen something about it if it were well known, but he had to look.
Ed was touring the Greek isles and was spending a day snorkeling just off of one of the lesser-known ones. He wasn’t an expert or anything, but he enjoyed it, and the crystal-clear water was just so amazing.
But then he had found it.
An ancient shipwreck.
Though shallow, it was too deep for him to do more than catch a glimpse of some perfectly preserved timber and a few large jars or amphora.
How had this gone unnoticed? Had a storm recently cleared off the sand and silt, exposing it for the first time in millennia? It didn’t matter, it was there and he knew that he was the first to see it.
Of course, he would report it. He had to. But he decided to go back out and take another look. Of course, taking anything would be completely illegal, but if something small, say a coin, somehow stuck to his hand, well…
Ed hyperventilated for a moment, took a huge breath, grabbed the heavy rock off of his inflatable, and dove with the help of that weight.
…so the entire invasion fleet descended on the unsuspecting Earth, those mighty, golden battle stations promising high energy death! Unfortunately, due to a size miscalculation, as well as a misunderstanding of the exact “hardness” of Earth, the entire fleet was destroyed when a cat nudged each battle station off of the picnic table where they landed. One, however, was saved by a crow who liked the shiny object and…
Give me a break! It’s just a Christmas bulb someone left in the tree as decoration! Boys…
Christmas bulb?!? Wow, it is so sad how deluded some people can be. Girls…
We entered town on the old state highway, following the railroad tracks past boarded up businesses and huge, empty warehouses. In my mind I saw the other side of town, the garden that grew parking lots, strip malls and fast food on approach to the interstate.
Those flowers of the 2020s wouldn’t do.
This plot of the 1930s, though, was perfect.
We stopped in front of an empty warehouse and I got out.
Ashtabula is a town in Ohio, a bit east of Cleveland. I wanted to say “Akron”, but the punchline would have been softened. I like the sound of “Ashtabula” better – it was used in A Bob Dylan song, “You’ll Make Me Lonely When You Go”. With the title and jungle warfare, I wanted people to think Vietnam, not Ohio ;)
I was super busy last week and didn’t read many FF posts. Hopefully I’ll get to more this week.
Note on the title, just in case you didn’t get it Phythaux – Ph (F) – y (i) – th (d) – aux (o) – (Fido) ;) I got this from a cousin when I was about 10 and he said he got it from Bill Cosby, but I never heard that skit.