A group of police officers and two detectives appeared in the bush land in the early morning as the sun was rising over a farm near the location they were searching. One of the detectives leaned down to a body that found in the past hour and stood up again to his younger detective.

“Well Jack, this is your first case and I’m very happy that you have worked your way up to this point. Sorry to say this case is not quite the normal ones we have,” he said.

“You can say that again Deacon,” Jack answered leaning down for himself to the body.

The body had an arm and a leg missing while he was handed a glove so he could touch the body for himself.

“Body’s been here for a few days. What I don’t understand is the cutting of those body parts is quite fine. Not by knife or any weapon that I can think of,” Jack said.

Deacon stood in his brown jacket whispering some orders to one of his officers and turned to Jack, “We’ll send the body off for more testing and we’ll find out who it is too. There’s nothing on the body that can be sure who it is?”

“No, no wallet or ID on him. I’ll run some checks when I return back to the station,” Jack said.

“The Farmer discovered the body when he was exploring this bush land for one of his animals and found this instead. Not the best way to wake up in the morning.  It sounds out of this world doesn’t it the way the body looks,” Deacon joked patting Jack on the back and turning away to head to the other officers.

Jack paused and thought about the term out of this world. He wondered if this was a normal murder or something more to it. One of the officers came up to them from behind him, “Sir when would you like the reports on the table for the body?”

“I’ll look at it tonight I have some personal issues to deal with for the rest of today. I might even pop into the autopsy to see what they say about it. Can you try and work out who this person is and see what we have when I return back?”

“Yes detective I can that for you,” said the officer.

“Thanks,” replied Jack turning around and looking at the body again.

An hour had past and Jack was waiting outside of a café where a car was driving into the car park area where it stopped. The car door opened up for him.

“Hop in!” said the voice.

Jack climbed inside and smiled towards his friend, “Daniel Phoenix you look fresh after your break. How are you?” he asked.

“Quite good I suppose .Sonia’s repeated nagging of me to go on a holiday from my investigation might have been a good idea after all,” Daniel replied driving the car out and back onto the road.

“How is she and Doug? I know it’s been a couple months since Doug’s encounter. How has he been?” Jack asked.

“He’s in half denial about what he saw and I think the best of us would react like that. He got a promotion like you as head of his department since his boss is gone. He feels quite proud of his hard work over the years to get it. He said he was surprised to get it.”

“He deserves it after how many years he’s been working there,” Jack asked wondering.

“About twenty nine years I think. He started there quite young. How is your work going as Mr Detective?” Daniel asked.

Jack laughed to himself, “I’m just starting out. It’s going to take a while for me to go up the ranks like Doug has. Slow and steady wins the race. Daniel was watching the road as he smiled to himself too.

“I know a nice place to go to lunch while I was on holiday. We can go there now.”

As he was saying that the phone buzzed in Jack’s pocket and he picked it up, “Hello Jack here. Yes I’m with a friend at the moment. There’s been a finding on what? The farmer wants to see me now? I think I might be able to pop in to see him on my way to lunch. I’ll do it. Thanks,”

Daniel turned to Jack interested in his call to find an answer from him, “There was a body found outside of a farm property and the owner, the farmer wants to see me about something. We should drop in to see him,”

“Well you have always been dragged to my own investigations it’s about time I return the favour,” Daniel smiled as he turned the car around on the road and headed for the farm.

Half a hour later and the car was driving up the dirt road towards the farmhouse where the farmer was waving to next to park near the building. Daniel parked the car and Jack stood out of the vehicle and nodded towards him. Daniel came up behind him.

“Hi detective, name’s Todd Williams. Been here for thirty six years and glad for you to come here this early morning after what I found outside of my land,’ said the farmer.

“I’m sorry that you had to find that. We are still looking into who he was. The call I received said you found something?” Jack asked.

“Yes, it’s in the barn. I found it just inside my land. Come you two over and see it for yourself.”

The two of them came inside a barn to see a dead animal in the middle of the barn. Jack noticed the dead calf and leaned down to it. It had two missing legs much like the dead body of the male human they found early this morning.

“I guess you can see why I was spooked out when I saw this detective,” Todd said.

“Missing body parts with the same way they did to the body this morning. Not cute to it almost like a laser or some machine to it,” Jack replied.

Daniel watched on in the background and he became interested and concerned at the sight of the animal, “Is this the first time you have seen this type of death to your animals? Has any of your other animals had strange or odd injuries to them?” he asked Todd.

“Nothing about injuries sir. Well they seemed stressed at times.”

“Would that be in the morning when you wake up and feed them? When they are mostly stressed?” Daniel pressed on for more answers.

“Yes, that would be true I guess.”

Jack leaned back at and whispered to Daniel, “What are you getting at?” he asked.

“This reminds me of cases about animal testings by aliens and other species. There’s very familiar evidence here to other cases I have seen,” Daniel whispered back.

“Are you turning my first murder into an alien UFO case?” Jack asked unhappily.

“Look at the link between the animal and the human. Strange cuts, missing limbs. There’s more to it. Why would a killer start removing limbs from an animal as well? Aliens have been to testing out hybrids of animals and humans with aliens,” Daniel explained himself.

“Just stop it for now. The farmer doesn’t need to know,” he whispered turning around back to Todd.

“This is quite a strange thing to happen. I’ll have an investigation team come here and have a small look into it. Thanks for showing us this Todd,” Jack told the farmer.

Todd nodded, “I just hope you can catch whoever did this. What type of human would this type of time in this day and age?” he asked them.

“Yeah what human,” Jack answered turning to Daniel as he raised his eyebrow.

They walked out of the farm barn and said goodbye to Todd and left in the car again. They were driving back onto the road as Daniel was thinking to himself.

“Sorry if I was going off the beaten track with my theory but it does feel something not human was there. Stressed out animals after the night inside and out the barnyard. What do you think?”

“Have lunch with me and you can see the dead body yourself,” Jack answered.

Daniel swallowed hard to himself. He wasn’t too thrilled about seeing a body but his interested had peaked and was keen to see what was going on.

Later that night Jack showed Daniel into his police station and took him down to the room where the body was laid out. Daniel covered his face looking at the body. Jack handed over a mask to him, ‘This will help you. You can see the body missing the limbs. Right arm and the left leg here. Methods of cuts are unknown,” Jack said picking up the report made for him to read.

Daniel put on his mask looking at the body with a funny look.

“The Tests on that sheet you have there. What are the results?” Daniel asked Jack.

Jack flipped over the sheets from the tests on the man’s body, ” Name is Tom Bonds, IT worker from the city. Doesn’t seem right for someone like him to be at a farm. A couple body parts have been removed from him. liver and one kidney. The cuts seemed to suggested someone who had advance knowledge and skill in laser works,” Jack answered.

“Two body parts removed? I can’t think of why they would remove those two parts without much thought on my own,” Daniel replied.

Jack looked over the body with a pair of gloves and looked up at Daniel, “is there a link with the UFO crash, the alien child or the Men in Black? We are still working on those right?”

“We have to make sure they don’t try to kill Doug or run Sonia off the highway in her car. We have to pick our battles with them. As we dig deeper they will threaten us again Jack. I just don’t know on what they will threaten us on. is this important to them in terms of one body?” Daniel replied again.

“They used laser works here and it was hard to that in the dark when we found the body early in the morning. You said you wanted me to see to come with you to see someone? Is that right?” Jack wondered.

“Yeah, as I said during lunch there are two truck drivers that someone told me had a interesting story to tell me. They said they could meet up for morning tea during their break. My source said it might be linked to the alien child and the UFO. It might be linked to your murder case too. Come along if you like.”

Jack took off his gloves and placed them carefully in the bin, “I can do that.” Daniel stared at the body wondering how this person came to the farm and why he and the calf was attacked in the same nature.

A dinner party was held for a number of government officials and selected guests of NASA as they wined and dined with each other in a government building with happy smiles. Doug, Daniel’s boss at NASA stood in the corner with a government official named Trevor Young sipping some wine. Trevor was a older figure like Doug and they had been friends for about ten years from other meetings and catch ups over their time together.

“Doug you came straight from work again did you?” Trevor asked him looking at his work tablet and clearance tag still on his belt.

“Trevor, I’ve never been one for meetings unless I need to go to one. I prefer to sit in my office or at home drinking my coco. What was this dinner for exactly?” Doug asked.

“A number of promotions have happened and for you too. They always like to pat each other on the back when this happens. I heard about your security issue you had a couple months. They said you were shaken up over it?” Trevor asked Doug.

Doug put down his glass of wine for a moment thinking back to the Men in Black who confronted him over his help to Daniel Phoenix. However he lived and covered up what really happened.

“You know these young thugs. They don’t give you warning when they break into your office,” Doug said trying to hose down the issue.

“Still for them to break into NASA is unheard of but stranger things have happened,” Trevor replied sipping his drink.

Doug remained quiet and looked around the room noticing faces he didn’t remember from past meet ups, “Who are some of these people?”

“some of them are from different government sectors that even I haven’t heard of. The couple over there are high up in NASA and they have been working in this place for a while. They were transferred from up north somewhere.”

Doug grabbed his glass of wine and held on to his tablet computer, “I might excuse myself and find the toilet. I just manage red to get here from work to see the start of it.”

“Oh, there’s one upstairs past the hallway there. You won’t get lost in here,” Trevor replied.

Doug took himself upstairs and turned to the hallway. He started walking along the rooms when he saw a door opening up and he swore he saw a hand on one of the doors. He poked his head inside the room and called out, “Anyone here?”. There was no answer and he was about to leave the room when he noticed some photos on the office desk that he noticed when looking for the mystery hand. He sneaked inside for some reason. In the past he would have never have done so but past events and catching some of Daniel’s investigating bug might have caused him to have a look inside. Doug came up to the photos and put down his glass of wine. He picked up a photo of stars that he remembered from his work. He opened up his tablet computer and scrolled to his photo collection and and compared the two of them.

“I wonder how they got this photo. It’s been unreleased to the public or to government,” he thought to himself. A chest drawer was half opened when he sat down his tablet and opened it up to reveal a number of photos. He sipped on his wine until he saw a few photos he was flicking through that had images of UFO’s. He pulled a puzzled look and clicked on his tablet next to him and flicked through to the suspected photos. The photos on his tablet was different to the ones shown here.

“My photos was cropped and changed. My photos are supposed to be originals. What is this?” He asked himself. He noticed a mark saying “OZ” when he tossed his head not remembering or knowing what that meant. He quickly put the photos back and took out of the office room and to the toilets.

He returned back downstairs and Trevor was waiting for him, “You took your time didn’t you? The bowels not working for you,” he joked to Doug.

“At this age they start to play up,” smiled Doug while thinking of the different photos to himself.

Trevor and Doug saw the dinner was being set and decided to go over there. They both sat down and one of the government officials stood up to greet everyone there.

“I like to welcome our officials and some of our guests from NASA. We live in a time where information is on the internet and can fall into the wrong hands. I am pleased that these people in this room have worked to achieve that this will not happen on our watch.”

Doug looked down at his meal only half listening when the government official said something that got him interested.

“There is information in this world that should not fall in the hands of the public. Some truths that the public could not handle. Our task is to make sure that we don’t let this happen. We know there is certain people who wish to bring this information to light but we will make sure that that will never happen and that action will taken. They will taken care of by the government and by our shadow.”

“What does shadow mean?” Doug asked.

“No idea,” quickly answered Trevor.

Doug stayed quiet until the end of the speech and the meal began. he sat eating his meal wondering what and why he was brought here in the first place for. He was concerned and worried.

The mid morning break came for Daniel and Jack came as they drove into petrol station parking bay.  Both of the men came out of the car and saw the truck drivers sitting at a bench outside of the petrol station.

“That must be them,” Daniel noted to Jack heading over there.

“Are you Daniel Phoenix? The guy on the phone?” Asked one of the drivers.

“Yes and this is Jack he’s a detective, he’s not on duty at the moment but is interested in your case.”

“Right my name is Bruce and my mate’s here is Gordon.”

“Nice to meet ya,” Gordon said shaking Jack’s hand.

The four of them sat back down while Daniel asked the first question, “So you said you had some experiences that you couldn’t explain and thought I should know. You found me through your younger brother?” Daniel asked.

“Yeah he suggested you when he found some stuff about you on the web. Gordon and I have been  driving trucks for a long time here on the highways and we tend to notice stuff that others don’t. There’s been two strange things that’s happened to us in the past few months. Gordon has been seeing these unmarked trucks coming through this area and because us truck drivers all know each other. We just don’t know these trucks. Windows are tinted so we can’t who is driving it,” Bruce explained.

“So Gordon what is the weird thing about these trucks? They could be a very private company,” Daniel asked him.

“Even some of the private companies we know but it’s where they go is the thing that gets strange mate. They turn off into a dirt road section towards the forest parks but the roads are dead ended. Trucks can’t drive through thick bush land with hundred year old trees in its path. We never see them coming back out, only in.”

Jack looked around the area from his seat and turned to Gordon, “I’m guessing other truck drivers have seen these unmarked trucks going missing into the forest? Is there anything else out of picture.”

“When the truck starts started up around here there’s been some young children or teenagers depending on who you talk to. So the lady who runs the eat in next to the gas station saw one of them and she was freaked by it,”

“I’m not following you. Are they thug teenagers or something more,” Jack asked.

“they wanted something to eat but they had no money. They were wearing hoods and but when they revealed their face they had black eyes are dark as the night. I’ve never seen their face myself but they are around if you look for them,” Bruce explained.

Daniel nodded to himself,”Black eyed children. It’s a modern paranormal theory that these children are hybrids of human and alien. The eyes are the thing that scare people. They come to people’s homes asking to come in and make a phone call. No one knows who they want to call or where they live. I suggests you have also seen men dressed in black near these trucks?”

Gordon thought for a moment and tossed his head, “Not with the trucks but a couple times they turned into the dead end road there was one guy dressed in black. he had a hat which made it hard to read what he was doing there. You know if I told other people this stuff they we’re think I was insane. Is it some government project thing like in the movies?” Bruce asked Daniel and Jack.

“There is a government connection but we haven’t been able join the dots yet. I’m still working on it.”

Jack turned to Bruce, “Have you ever seen the amen in Black near e black eyed children. have they ever interacted with each other on any level?”

“Never seen them together but when those trucks appear they are very watchful of them and keep a distance rom them. They soon disappear when the trucks are gone. That’s all I know about.”

“Daniel I think the black eyed children are scared of the trucks and the men in black. One of those children might be the alien child we are looking for,”Jack suggested to Daniel.

“Black eyed children’s only give away is the black eyes and some strange skin. The alien child has the head similar to a grey alien and he will stick out like a UFO ship in the middle of a city park. The black eye children can be seen in broad daylight without getting people watching them, they just use their hoodies to hide the eyes. But the alien child be around here. Sticking to a kind closer to him than us humans. He might be doing some investigating of his based on how the child has been sighted at different spots.”

Jack shook both truck drivers hands, “Its been eye opening having this chat with you. Thanks for your help.”

“Did we help you with anything new?” Gordon asked.

“Quite a few new things actually. We have something new to work on and something new to follow.”

The pair started walking back to the car watching the road to see for any trucks coming along. They went inside the caramel Jack turned the engine on.  Daniel looked out towards the road and saw something that was quite unbelievable. Out of nowhere a body dropped from onto the road from mid air.

“What the hell happened,”Daniel pushing Jack to turn and see the body.

Jack sprinted out of the car and rushed out onto the road. Daniel followed close behind him as he got on his phone, “We have a body here on the highway. The same one we did the early morning investigation. A second one has found. I want a team to come in here and back up,”

“Where did the body come from? Did it fall out of a car?”

“It appeared out of nowhere. It just appeared but have a look at that. This body is missing a arm,” Daniel replied.

“So this is the second body that we found. I just don’t understand how a body end up in the middle of the road. where did it come from?”

The two stayed with the body until they saw the police cars coming up the highway. Today it become very strange indeed.