Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • They were all taken up into the alien spaceship. They were placed in a large room. Each person was a representative from every country on Earth. But there were individuals there that also represented every race, every ethnic identity and every genetic sub-group. Each classification also had a male and a female member. Even the LGBT community had representatives in this historic meeting. There was over a thousand people gathered together.

    At first everyone was silent, frightened. Then someone asked, “Why am I here?” The question spread like a nuclear reaction and soon the large hall was filled with babel. Each asked the question in his native language and a cacophony of a thousand human voices was the result.

    Suddenly fights broke out. Men attacked women. Sunnis and Shiites fought. Jews and Christians and Muslims scuffled. The Taliban representative scuffled with the American representative. Each rep accused the other for their plight. Suspicion ran amuck. The old grievances and territorial gripes on Earth were re-ignited. The arguing continued for some time until they all became tired and stopped fighting.

    The Englishman spoke, “I recommend that this bickering is getting us nowhere. Let’s all try to get along. I suggest that we communicate with each other. Since most of you know English, let’s speak in my language to formulate a plan of action!”

    That led to accusations that the English tried to colonize the entire world and brought death and destruction to the non-white peoples of the Earth. More fights broke out. The “first world” nations defended themselves against the larger “third world” group.

    Suddenly, a flash of light and everyone was paralyzed instantly! Every person had become a living statue. And they “heard” these words inside their heads, “You represent every cultural, political, racial and social group on your planet. You are ignorant and violent. You have no redeeming value. We have decided to eradicate you to save the other life forms on the planet. We will destroy 7 billion of your kind. You are here to witness the destruction.”

    Their bodies were released from their “frozen” state of immobility. Women began to cry and moan. Men screamed in horror. A few collapsed onto the floor. Some prayed for a miracle.

    The African-American woman yelled out, “What about the children?”

    The expansive wall dissolved into a large portal revealing an adjacent identical room. In the room were children from every country of the Earth. They were playing together, having fun. Although they were initially frightened, they had learned to join together and appreciated each other. They formed bonds of friendship. The children were united in a common cause to be themselves regardless of the consequences that awaited them. They loved each other.

    The alien voice spoke again, “Do you not see your wasted potential?”

    The order was given and every human being disappeared from the face of the earth. Over 7 billion people were destroyed within a matter of seconds. Each human being was turned into dust. Their buildings, monuments, works of art remained unscathed. Ships ran aground and aircraft were placed safely on the ground. The Earth was now only inhabited by the animals.

    As for the human captives on the alien ship, they would live out their miserable lives in a makeshift zoo.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.