A love affair between an alien and human gone awry
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
It was the look in her eyes that haunted and tortured me till this day. It was a look of shock and surprise, the look of one who had been betrayed.
My mouth went dry and I kept mute.
“Why didn’t you tell me?”; she asked again, squeezing her hands. Deep furrows formed on her forehead.
“Beep beep”; cried a bot as it flew towards Temi. “It’s Lunch time!”
The robot was to scan Temi’s tongue and body, using non-invasive methods to determine what she craved and what her body needed, then come up with a combination that would satisfy both. It was one of the many technologies I had come to spy on. She waved a hand at the bot, absent-mindededly. It caught the signal and flew away.
“Bode, if that’s your real name, I think you should leave now.”; she said quietly.
I picked my backpack and took one final look at her before stepping outside.
White birds flew across the blue sky and the Nigerian sun bathed the land in orange. It was a time when nature was at one of its best displays, yet I felt heavy and grey inside.
My ID card had fallen out of my backpack, while I was at Temi’s house. She had picked it before I could stop her. She found the material from which it was made strange and asked about it. I panicked and blurted everything out. I wondered how I could be so careless; I guess it was one of love’s perks.
Although, prior to this happening, Temi had become suspicious of my strangeness.
Suddenly, she wanted to know why my eyes looked like the stars. Polychromatic. Even though that was what drew her to me. Unfortunately, contacts could never hide it. She also wanted to know why I never took her to meet my parents, why my apartment was devoid of pictures.
You see, I’m not of the earth. I’m of Mars. And it gets worse; I’m a spy from Mars, not exactly a noble profession.
For all their foolishness, humans were brilliant, and I, along with many others were sent to spy on their new technologies and report our findings back home.
When I told Temi of my origin, I had watched various emotions play across her face. Disbelief, bewilderment, shock, then disappointment… in me.
The humans were still not aware that intelligent human life lay outside their planet. This was largely because, we did not live on the surface of our planet, but underneath it, and so the probes they often sent never found us.
Frankly, we were quite comfortable with their ignorance, because we were a little wary of them. Humans were powerful and very fickle. They fought senseless wars and exhibited unnerving violent behaviour.
But I hadn’t counted on getting struck by a stronger weapon… Love. Temi had struck me with it, conquered and bound me, all without lifting a muscle.
I sat on the red, sandy surface of Mars, alone, staring out at the stars. I knew one of them was Earth and I wondered what Temi would be doing right now. Did she still think of me? Or had she moved on. It was three months since I had seen her. I blinked back tears as the two potato shaped moons in the silvery red sky, drenched me in pools of silver light.
I stood up and walked to my house, where I sat at the dining table and penned a note to Temi
I’m so sorry I wasn’t honest with you. But I want to start right now. If you’d give me the chance. My name is Tehloo Blankste, from planet Blarkinta, known to you as Mars . My blood is iridescent, just as my eyes are, and I don’t know why. I’m a spy from Mars whose existence depends on you and frankly I don’t even think I want to exist without you.
Only I never got the courage to give it to her.
That was forty years ago. And the blazing inferno within me still raged.
I folded the brown, creasing paper and my brother’s grandson and daughter, Tehlaa and Dokpla respectively, looked at me sadly.
“But grand uncle, you should still have gone after her. Now you’d never know.”; Tehlaa said.
“Some things are just never meant to be, no matter how strongly we feel about it.”