by Alexis Kypridemos
The telecommunicator beeped, indicating a parcel had arrived. Silas, the ship's engineer, opened the doors to see what it was. A fearsome beast, an abomination, stood in the telecommunicator booth.
The cinnamon colored creature, less than a foot tall, jumped out of the booth and approached Silas. He took a step back. The beast moved on four limbs, with a fifth one in its rear, not quite touching the floor, swaying lightly from left to right.
Silas grabbed the nearest weapon, a sonic blaster, cranked the dial to the highest supersonic setting and blasted the beast with a sonic ray.
The ray had no effect on the beast. It opened its elongated front section, revealing two rows of pointy white teeth and produced a loud, sharp sound which reverberated in the small engine room.
Silas plugged his ears and in doing so dropped the blaster. The beast continued to approach. Silas' legs weakened, trembled and gave out on him. He slid to the floor, his back against the wall.
The beast stood on top of him. Its elongated front end was level with his face. He could not escape the awful sight. Furry outgrowths on either side of the beast's front drooped to the floor. Sparse, wiry hairs, longer than the rest, stuck out on either side of the front's opening.
With the beast so close to his face, Silas became aware of a repetitive percussive sound emanating from a black dot in the middle of the front. It looked moist, and had two round openings. With each percussive sound, it released hot air onto Silas' face.
The beast opened its front end, revealing its pointy white teeth. Here it comes, Silas thought. It's going to eat me alive! From behind the teeth emerged a long, slender pink tentacle. It stretched out and moved up and down Silas' face, spreading liquid across his cheek. He became engulfed in a stream of hot air.
"Oh, my God, it's terrible!" he yelled. "The stink is unbelievable!"
"What is? What's going on in here?" Captain Aardvark asked as she entered the engine room.
"This beast is trying to eat me!"
"Beast? Hardly," Aardvark said. She leaned down and collected the beast off Silas. She held it in both arms. The beast waved its fifth limb vigorously.
"No, this is no beast. Only a relic from another era. Must have got caught in the timewarp and beamed to us by mistake. Quite popular with humans in previous millennia. Cohabited in many instances, from what I understand."
Silas stared at her blankly.
"It's a dog, Silas," Aardvark explained. "People used to keep them as pets. I believe this particular one is what they used to call a Cocker Spaniel."
Author Notes: "Invasion" is part of "Fiction Fix," a collection of 46 short, funny stories, plus 196 bonus micro fiction budget stories, available at http://www.fiction-fix.com.