Did they have red blood? Maybe a star out there had a twin to everyone on Earth? Was it possible two planets shared the same history or God?
He was taught that God had created the universe and everything in it. Perhaps God didn’t stop with Earth. What if He made men on other planets as well? It would be a waste to set people in just one place when He initially had so many stars and galaxies.
God meant for him to meet this woman. Otherwise, why have that premonition?
Stories of aliens looking less than human must be true, too. Somebody had witnessed them, hadn’t they?
Confused, he leaned his head against the bars of the cell. He had too much to think about now.
He heard the woman stir. Her lids fluttered open, and her lips moved. “Malek?” Her eyes widened at the sight of him.
“What?” He leaned closer to hear her.
She lunged for his throat.
“Whoa!” He fell back as her hands squeezed tight around his neck, his airway closing off. He twisted and turned, trying to shake her loose, but she held firm. Her weight, pressing against him, knocked him off balance and he rolled to his side. He flipped to his back. He didn’t want to die. Not now. Not this way. He had to survive.
Something struck him in the face while she pressed harder on his throat. A couple of medallions dangled in front of him. Both identical and shaped like trees encircled in metal. They hung around her neck with long leather straps.
He remembered a wrestling maneuver and drew his knees tight to his chest. He wedged his feet between him and her soft body, beneath her breasts. Then he forced his legs out straight, shooting her across the small cell. She slammed into the bars opposite him.
She sat there, dazed. Her eyes were wide in surprise. Two large footprints were imprinted on her outfit, just under each breast.
He rolled onto his side, coughing and gagging. He coughed so hard, he heaved, almost puking. He managed to roll into a kneeling position, his head against the floor.
“I am not Dram!” His voice was hoarse.
He pulled himself up and sat back on his heels, wiping his mouth on the shoulder of his rain slicker.
“Dram is flying this space ship.” The awful taste would not go away. “Dram…” He coughed again, anger infused him. “Dram put you in here!”
“You tricked me,” she said, glaring at him.
“Yeah, well if I was Dram, how did I knock you out? My hands are tied behind my back.” He twisted his body around to show her his bound wrists, aching from the restraints.
“And,” he continued. “I certainly wouldn’t be in this cage with you!” he snapped. “I had a life on Earth before you came along. You’ve changed everything!”
Her eyes narrowed as she glared at him. She pulled her knees up to her chest and lowered her head.
“Your fate could be worse, Earth man,” she replied, tensing her jaw. Her brows deeply furrowed.
“Oh, yeah? What could be worse than being abducted from my home?” He tightened his fists, irritating the raw areas under the restraints.
“I could have killed you,” she whispered harshly.
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