MICHAEL AND MARIA
So you get hungry like the rest of us? Maria says with tentative curiosity.
Of course i get hungry, Michael says.
What other human urges do you feel?
They are standing close to each other. Michael says, not if you were the last woman on earth.
Likewise, Maria says bitterly. And i will not get an F on this assignment so you better start answering some questions. Right now. And i mean for real. So, what’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Pistachio, he says.
Uh, favorite book?
James Joyce. Ulysses.
You have not read Ulysses, Maria says.
‘What incensed him the most was the blatant jokes of the ones who passed it off as a jest, pretending to understand everything and in reality not knowing their own minds,’ Michael quotes. Page 655. Michael smiles. Told you you wouldnt understand. Next question.
Alright. If you’re so smart why RU failing every class in school?
What number is that?
It’s my own personal question, Maria says.
I dont answer personal questions.
Then maybe it’s number 16. What RU afraid of?
I hate this. This is stupid.
Alright. Then how about just one personal question? Since i didnt turn you in back there? Why is it so important to you to find out where you come from?
Because there must be something better out there than Roswell, NM.
How about somewhere else on Earth?
I dont think i’ll find it on Earth.
Michael’s face turns grim and he says, You think that’s funny?
No, no. I dont. When i was a kid i used to stay up at night and um, make up stories about my father. About where he was and what he was doing. They all ended exactly the same way. He would come in a limo and pick me and mom up and take us off to some exotic place where we’d live like royalty. Because i believed there’s gotta be something better than Roswell, NM.
Substitute a starship for a limo and you’ll understand then, Michael says solemnly.
I’m getting really tired, Maria says.
Yeah, he says. Been a long day. He gestures at the bed and says, I dont suppose we could share?
Maria stands up and faces him and says, Not if you were the last alien on earth.