“Um. Zed? Is there more than one galaxy?” I had this bad feeling there was.
“They’re like marbles. They’re everywhere.” I guess my facial expression caused him to continue, “Why do you ask?”
“What kind of turtles?”
“Big? And covered with mosses?”
“The space turtles from Orion?”
“I don’t know. I’ve only seen the one.”
He pushed a button on his desk, and a hologram displayed between us. It was of a turtle. At least 10 feet long. Covered in green mosses and lichens.
“Yeah. That’s what it looked like.”
“They come from Orion. Some of our residents keep them as pets. You almost never see one. They tend to keep them on the bottom of lakes in swamps. Like the one in under the muck in Lake Drummond, in Virginia.”
Zed did the math himself, and I didn’t have to explain why I’d asked. “You mean you saw a space turtle? And a galaxy?”
I nodded, “And the turtle ate the galaxy.”
Zed pushed another button, and J and K answered, their holographic selves hung over his desk. “We have a problem, guys.” Zed pointed at me.
J was the talker, and started first, “Hey, Epsilon! How’s the training coming?”
K glared, like always, “Shut up and let him explain.”
Zed tapped his fingers on his desk, “Well?”
Not knowing what else to say, I explained, “I saw a space turtle.”
“Those are ugly, aren’t they? All covered in green slimy stuff. Like that Swamp Thing from the comic books came to life, but uglier.” That was J. Always talking.
K cut in. “What did the turtle do?”
“Um. He ate a galaxy.”
“Oh, dear.” That’s all K said.
Zed took over, “We’re gonna need you boys to find that turtle, and get him off planet before his dinner is digested.”
J looked at K. “Is this a not good thing?”
K nodded. “It’s good if you want to swim in turtle shit 100 feet deep around the entire planet.”
J nodded, “So this is definitely a not good thing.”
K nodded at Zed, “We’ll handle it, Zed.”
“I’m counting on you, boys.”
The holographic display of J and K vanished. “I do hope they find that turtle in time.”
“Turtle shit 100 feet deep around the entire planet?” I had to ask.
“Well, Epsilon. It did eat an entire galaxy.”
I pretty much had to write this, when I told Miranda, “OK. So, MIB hasn’t done this one yet, where some giant moss covered turtle eats a galaxy…” And then she answered me with, “Write it for me!” How could I say no? So, for week 192 of Miranda Kate‘s Mid-Week Challenge, we get a fan-fiction story about Men In Black. You can learn about Miranda’s challenge here. The stories people share for the weekly challenge are always little works of art, crafted with words, meant to be shared, and enjoyed.