Space Force And Corona


  Word Count 1005                                   

“Mr. President, we have our first action taken by Space Force.”

“Jenkins, I told you to call me ‘Your Excellency, Emperor For Life’.  I knew that the 200 billion dollars start up cost for Space Force was well worth it.  Have Space Force Commander Hanley come in to brief me.”

“Yes sir.”

POTUS pointed at Jenkins, frowned and said “One more thing.  You’re fired” while spraying spittle.

“Thank God, I won’t have to lie about what I do for a living anymore.”

Hanley walked to the front of the gold plated POTUS desk.  “Your Excellency, Emperor For Life, have you read our report of our encounter with aliens?”

“Hanley, you know that I don’t read.  Just tell me what happened.”

“Our ship, Donald 1, was between Neptune and Pluto…”

POTUS interrupts “Of course Pluto isn’t a real planet.  You have to be big like me to be real.  I’m a big strong guy.”

Hanley is used to these interruptions and continues “when we encountered a small spaceship of alien configuration.  We were pleased that they responded to our English message to them in good English.  We didn’t talk long enough to find out how they knew English.”

“Here is the transcript:”

“This is the US Space Force.  Halt where you are.  You are entering US territory.  We are prepared to blast you from the sky if you proceed towards earth.”

“We need to see your leader on important business Space Farce.”

“His Excellency, Emperor For Life, does not meet with aliens and the proper name is Space Force.”

“Whatever, but we have brought gifts from afar on our home planet Xan.”

“I’ve never heard of Xan and I think that you are lying to me.  Do you have a visa?”

“Stupid untranslatable humans.  But what of our gifts of precious metal for your leader and the finest Xanian clothes for his many concubines?”

“Do you have any idea what the tariff is on interstellar goods?”

Jeremy bursts in without knocking “Hey, supreme father-in-law, I just got a great idea how you can win votes in Maryland”.

POTUS turn to Jeremy who continues “I promise to get rid of the roaches in the apartments I own, if the renters vote for you.”

“Wouldn’t that be expensive?”

“I said promise.”

“That’s great.   You do that and give my love to that super hot wife of yours.”

POTUS tells Hanley “Hold it a minute, I just thought of something I need to ask the Secretary of Corona.”

POTUS calls the Secretary Of Health And Human Services “Hey, what’s-your-name, I got a question.  How is that China flu thing doing?  It’s gone away last Thursday like I said, right?”

What’s-his-name at Health And Human Services answers “We are so close.  Many more are alive than dead and new cases are down to under a million last week.”

POTUS “Great, keep up the good work.  Make sure nobody important that I like dies.”

Jeremy leaves and POTUS turns back to Hanley with half closed eyes.”

As he has learned to do, Hanley starts up where he had left off.

Alien to its crew “Well it looks like we came a lot of light years just to get sent away by some untranslatable.  Mark my words, they’ll be sorry.”

“Your Excellency, Emperor For Life, at that point they turned around at warp speed.”

POTUS after awaking from a short nap “It sounds like you did the right thing upholding my rigid dislike of aliens, from inside or outside this solar system.”

“We learned more.  We were able to get them up on our five hundred million dollar cost plus contract viewing screen which was delivered after only five missed deadlines.  They were purple with six legs, two hands and a head which was encircled by eleven tentacles.  The tentacles waved continuously.  We may be wrong, but they appeared to have two penises if male, and three vaginas if female.  Our crew spent a lot of time while coming back trying to decide how that works.  For some reason, their leader kept swinging an odd stick while we talked.”

At the last sentence, POTUS became instantly alert, spilling his Big Mac and Coke in the process.  “Where did you say they came from?”


POTUS looked around for the TV cameras and then remembered where he was.  “You idiots.  You should have told me.  I wanted to trade them a POTUS brand golf course for the secret of faster than light travel, and you blew it.  You’re fired.”

Minutes after Hanley leaves, Melissa knocks and enters.  “POTUS, I hope that you don’t think that all of those assaults on women and payments to sex workers have bothered me.  I know that you have so much important tweeting to do about your intelligence, money and winning.”

“You might also be worried about how I’ll respond to our divorce when you get tired of me.  There is nothing to fear.  During those trips to my home in Sylvania, I was able to sample the best male escorts.  You may not know it, in fact I’ve come to wonder if you know anything, but they are the best in Europe.  By way of contrast to my present circumstance, they are bigly and have great endurance.  Better yet, they don’t tweet during the act.”

“When I told you that I was going to a First Ladies Conference in Las Vegas, I was really checking out the Absurdly Rich Software Executives Conference where I met Jason, who has no need of remedial spelling.  He has twice your money and more of other important things that you lack.  We’ll be married a month before the election and a month before that my book comes out.”

POTUS “I didn’t hear you, I was tweeting about how much in love with me you are and that you were looking forward to being First Lady again.”

The Space Force part is in Synchronized Chaos, and Short Humour.  The Corona, Jeremy and Melissa parts are new. This hybrid of published and not is hard to place, so for now I’ll put it here, maybe try to publish it later. Appears in Eskimo Pie (Nov 2020).

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