The War of the Worlds: Chapter 5
H.G. Wells knows how to write suspensefully and I gotta say, his writing style reads like it really is a first-hand account of an alien invasion. I love it!
"It was a battleground of fear and curiosity." p. 21, The War of the Worlds
Sheesh! I can imagine so! Earlier I mentioned that I would feel insanely curious to stay and witness it all firsthand, but that I would also battle every fear inside me that would prompt me to R-U-N! The above sentence says it all & is the PERFECT summation of those thoughts! I mean, spot on!
Regarding the spectators not talking, I loved this...
"It was scarcely a time for articulate conversation."
Ha! What an understatement!
And then that little white flag...
I mean, that's an Earth thing, so...
What if the alien(s) saw that as an aggressive move? I've got to give them credit for wanting to make peaceful first contact and honestly, IDK how *I* would go about it (especially since I'd be hiding in the trees at a distance, waiting and watching on the sly). It would take massive kahunas, I think.
EGADS with the white flames annihilating everyone! (Good thing I am tucked safely in my hidey-hole in the treeline is all I can say to that!)
"The hissing and humming ceased, and the black, dome-like object sand slowly out of sight into the pit." p. 23
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗿? 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗮𝘆, 𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗽𝘆 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴-𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸-𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼-𝘁𝗵𝗲-𝗽𝗶𝘁-𝗼𝘂𝘁-𝗼𝗳-𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁?!
What some of our members said:
"The creepy sinking back into the pit is for reals scarier!"
"Not sure the Martians care about your flag."