Unexpected Guests–You walk into your home to find a couple you don’t know sitting in your living room eating a slice of cake. Tell us what happens next. (The Daily Prompt on The Daily Post)
Before the pair can register my arrival I slide quickly to the floor and roll behind the chaise longue. I knew this day would come, but I had hoped it would be many years down the road. Consciously I slow my heart rate and breaths per minute until I am barely more alive than the errant sock lying underneath the candle stand to my right.
“When did you say you expect your wife?” asks the male half of the duo.
“Any minute now,” my husband replies. “Unless she gets caught in traffic.” His voice betrays no hint of concern, but then why should it? Andrew has no idea of my true identity.
“More cake?” he asks. “I baked this last night. From scratch.”
“It’s quite tasty,” comments the woman. “But no thank you.”
I hear plates and cutlery being placed on the coffee table.
“Could I trouble you for a glass of water?” she asks.
“But of course. Mr. Mulder, would you also like something to drink while we wait for Lana?”
I hear a muted “yes” and then Andrew’s familiar tread on his way to the kitchen.
“Do you think we have the right home?” the woman whispers.
“I’d bet money on it, Scully,” her partner says.
Andrew returns to the room with a hearty, “Here we go! How remiss of me not to include a beverage with the cake.”
The man asks in a strained voice, “How did you and your wife meet?”
“Oddly enough, we met at a Scifi convention,” chuckles Andrew.
I hear a choking sound from one of our uninvited guests.
“Why do you say ‘oddly enough’?” coughs the man named Mulder.
“Because Lana detests that stuff. Calls it nonsense. I’m the big fan. She was there doing research on the geeks who attend such affairs. Just my luck she found this geek attractive.”
“Of course,” Andrew continues conspiratorially, “You know she’s one of them. An alien. Just as you expected, Agent Mulder.”
The female, Scully, coughs loudly, a long painful sounding affair. Her partner follows suit.
“Yes, it’s part of the reason I found her so fascinating at the convention. You see, I’m one, as well. My darling Lana, like myself, is a Mirbeesian, from the planet Mirbee 2, just a couple of light years from Earth.”
The coughing crescendoes to a shattering peak and then subsides to be replaced by a weighted silence before Andrew intones, “Lana, come out. You’re safe. The agents won’t bother you now.”
I emerge from my hiding spot to find Andrew grinning from ear to ear and the agents lying motionless on the floor.
“Andrew!” I cry, “What have you done?”
“Oh, they’re quite dead, my dear, but it had to be done if we’re to have any peace.”
“That’s awful, but I suppose you’re right. Andrew, you’ve never given any indication that you knew about me. And I certainly didn’t know that you were like me. How did you know?” I break down, crying at the enormity of it all.
Andrew takes me in his arms and strokes my hair. “My Lana, remember how I insisted on doing all of the cooking?”
“Yes,” I whimper, beginning to understand.
“Had you been from Earth, my food would have had the same effect on you as it had on the agents here. I came to Earth specifically to find a mate so we can finally begin our infiltration.”
“How fortunate you found me on the first try.” I sigh.
“Who said you were the first try?”