The boy comes round to ask why he is hiding. He says he is not from here but rather some distance away from the stars. He removes his hat and the boy is startled to find this fellow has small horns protruding from his head.
I wrote this story as a parallel to the cloying film" ET: The Extraterrestrial" as well as a homage to the sardonic Ambrose Bierce , author of "The Damned Thing", which is a story about the foibles of human nature as well as human nature being confronted with a "paranormal" event...something outside of their own experience." Strangers and the strange as a cause for alarm much like the contested West in 1866. Add to this the possession of territory in their minds.
The two groups were strangers to each other much like many of the differences that cause conflict as I type this.
Bierce also penned the "Devil,s Dictionary"a must for those pessimistic regarding the fate of human nature. Thus the short outline was developed on a extraterrestrial theme.
I thought it was a diversion as well as a metaphor for the complexities we earthlings face as well as that of some hapless extraterrestrial who was foolish enough to face the psychological conflicts we entangle ourselves in as an innocent bystander. I thought anyone who read it would naturally assume that it was fiction. Not so.Someone asked where this story originated. Another said you could not be crucified by a bullet. I beg to differ. Surprising or not surprising were the admixture of those responses.
You can decide for yourself how the truth can take as many forms as there are individuals whether it is figurative or literal....