The Unexpected

How will you interpret it?

Alien Music

The Unexpected Guest, inspired by the sci-fi movie 'ET'.

Rain sliding down the window pane. The distant whirring of the washing machine downstairs. Emily is in bed mulling over the multitude of ideas for tomorrow's GCSE assessment. Suddenly, the darkened room was as bright as day. Protectively drawing her arm over eyes, Emily staggered across to the window. There, over the lawn, hung nine lights, watching over her like sentinels.


The Unexpected Battle

And when he looked into the grave he saw them; all six brothers linked arm in arm, in a macabre dance. The full horror of their deaths smacked him smartly across the face. Questions bombarded his mind, pounding against his temples, from the inside. What happened to these men in this place? Was it really an act of heroism in the name of their country?


Opening inspired by Mametz Wood, a poem by Alan Sheers.


The Unexpected Twist in the Plot

"The doc says his skull was smashed all to pieces just like from a sledgehammer."
"That's why it ought to be easy to find."
"Exactly what I say."
"Whoever done it, they're not going to be carrying a thing like that around with them longer than they need."
One of them belched.
"Personally, I think it's right here on the premises."
"Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?"
And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle.



Remember Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter?