“We come in peace,” they lisped, lulling us into a false sense of security with their round childlike eyes and empty silken lips. Peace. That’s what it sounded like, without teeth or tongues to give proper shape to their words.
We lowered our guns, welcoming them to the planet.
Only it turned out it wasn’t peace they’d come in after all—it was pieces. Their poisonous pulsing body sacs came next, venom squirting from every pore. Then the whipping laser-tails, barbed tongues, and razored fangs.
“Surrender or die,” they snarled, their voices loud and clear now, even over our screams.
BIO: Jennifer’s fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including Mslexia, Daily Science Fiction and Short Fiction. She is a previous winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition and has published two children’s chapter books with Knowonder, writing as Jaye Seymour. Jennifer studied English at Cambridge University and holds an MRes on Witchcraft in Literature from the University of Strathclyde. She lives in Devon, England.