Drunk Again, by Johann Lux

(F.F.F. Website Story)

The first signals received from intelligent extraterrestrial life appeared ten years ago on the digital display panels of microwave ovens. Scientist attributed these flashing ones and zeros to solar flare activity, until last week, when a ten year old child decoded the binary message, which is an urgent warning concerning a large number of incoming merciless asteroids.

With the Earth about to be obliterated at midnight, leaving only 17 minutes of existence, I drank a large quantity of scotch and saw a face in a wall clock grinning back at me.

Turns out the message was meant for planet Mars.

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