“A Parachute, A sliver of Moon, a Magnifying Glass, A Cane, an Arrow, a Tee Pee, a Rainbow, Sheep, and a Flashlight!
The moonlight gave the satin black sky a hazy feel to it as the stars twinkled randomly around us. Falling silently through the night sky towards our objective seemed almost peaceful as the ground slowly grew larger and larger. You could almost hear the sheep in a nearby village talking as they wandered through the fields looking for grass.
The quiet woosh of the wind passing across our chutes began to quiet as we grew closer to the ground. A quick flash of a hooded flashlight told us where the landing zone was and the four other men behind me turned their chutes towards the light. We had to be fast, I thought to myself as the ground grew closer. We needed to find the artifact before the patrol arrived. The air grew silent, my training told me the ground was coming up fast. I let my training take control as I adjusted the rate of decent and braced my legs and body for the ground. As I hit, my legs rolled and my body dropped absorbing the abrupt stop.
The other four landed quickly behind me as we all quickly scooped up our black silk chutes and hid them in the nearby brush. Our contact, a local man approached in the darkness. Our red hooded flashlights revealed an old man supporting his weight on a cane. “The artifact should be in that cave to the east. Hurry, there is a patrol that should be here in less than thirty minutes.” I patted the old man on the shoulder as we hurried off into the night towards the east. J
Just as he suggested, a rather unremarkable cave mouth stood at the base of a small stone outcropping. Three men squeezed carefully through the small opening while two stood guard at the mouth. The three of us climbed and crawled our way through the maze of tunnels until we came upon a large cavern. In the middle of the cavern stood a stone teepee with a large red jewel at the top. Having already studied the stories and legends, I pulled the specially crafted magnifying glass out of my pack along with a multispectral laser designed for this mission. Pointing the laser at the red jewel, I moved the magnifying glass into place in front causing a rainbow of light to hit the jewel. After a moment the teepee split in two as it slid to either side, revealing a large glowing arrow whose glow could only come from alien technology.
Grabbing the arrow from the pedestal, we turned only to be faced with the heavily armed presence of our alien enemy