Over Thair (1979)
an Abraham M. Moon short story
They came for hair.
I know that now.
There are things that, here on Earth, we take for granted. Things which, in a world unlike our own, can translate as treasure.
Three days ago, when the Moon invaded, we were unaware and unprepared.
The idea of life on the Moon had been long dismissed as “silly” and “too far to check again” and our attention soon turned to Mars. Little did we know that a race of mostly liquid entities lived and thrived deep beneath the Moon’s hard structure. Despite our many studies, we remained blind to these beings’ existence and the Moon’s inner secrets.
Had we known three days ago that 80% of the Moon’s core was, in fact, covered in hair, perhaps disaster could have been aborted.
The Moon People, much like us with water, had been digging for hair for Millennia. It was their gold, their home, their food.
When the Moon inexplicably stopped growing its own hair, desperation soon settled in and the Moon People began to panic. With their imminent destruction in the cards, they had no choice but to dig up to the surface, where they had avoided to venture to because it was cold and had a weird smell, to seek answers.
There, they found a flag.
A flag they did not understand.
Nonetheless, they concluded that the nearest planet was probably to blame so they set out on a voyage which could, and should have meant certain death.
The Moon People were a brave Moon people.
But they lacked hair and we had it.
Their interplanetary floating took centuries. To compare with the Earth’s timeline, suffice it to say that Christopher Columbus discovered America the Thursday prior to their departure.
Now, the year was 1999 and here they were: weak and hungry for hair.
The long, uneventful and immensely slow trip had starved them and driven them to madness. Returning home with hair was no longer their mission.
Their new mission:
And lots of it.
Like mere liquid, hair-hungry zombies, they soon roamed the Earth in search of hair. Rendering anyone they encountered smooth all over. For head hair was not the only type of hair they were after. They wanted it all.
Cattle died of shock, cats of cold…
On the second day, the military intervened but no amounts of advanced weaponry could stop them. Bullets and big bullets just passed right through. Giant sucking devices and giant drying devices were brought in as alternatives but the Moon People had become too powerful. Somehow the hair they had consumed had made them undriable and too strong to be sucked by anything.
The third day was critical.
Earth was balding, fast, and it looked like nothing could ever stop those lunar devils. Then, an ageing Swedish physicist and aspiring boot collector by the name of Lukas Jarlsson designed a rocket which would be filled to the brim with hair and piloted by unwitting automatons (also filled with hair). Once inside, the Moon People would be trapped there and sent back to their cold, lifeless, hairless home. The spacecraft would then auto-destruct and the Moon (and its people) would be no more.
The plan was set in motion the very next half hour.
After a particularly tense build-up, the rocket finally launched with the Moon People inside. They had been lured inside thanks to Jarlsson’s last minute idea to pave all the roads of Stockholm with hair all the way to the rocket’s Moon People-shaped entrance. Many sacrificed their lives and their hair for this cause.
The Swedish people would never forget that day.
As the Moon People left our atmosphere, we Earthmen and Earthwomen looked on proudly, happy to once again be safe.
The Moon did not explode as planned, that was unexpected.
We all assumed the Moon People died of natural causes or perhaps simple gluttony during the voyage back.
We were free again: that’s all we needed to know.
But Lukas Jarlsson had not been seen since the launch. Could he have been left inside the rocket accidentally? What would happen to him? Would they use him to grow hair for them forever? Would they devour him?
It did not matter, his life was a small price to pay for our hair.
Our beautiful hair.
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