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Stopover Planet

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Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,556 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,037
Added to site: 2009.09.18 25301

Early morning deliveries were part of the Honeychile Bakery Service. But on this particular morning the service was reversed!

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eaded snakes, the wires and cables supporting the traffic signal fell into the street. The unusual man pocketed his cutting tool--a long thin tube--and lowered the stop light to the truck. He looked at Whedbee. The corner street lamp reacted upon his eyes like a flashlight thrown on a tomcat in an alley. The eyes gleamed green.

Whedbee's whistle arced to the end of the chain and clanked against his metal buttons. A block away on Center Street, a heavy truck roared through the business section. The bell of a switch engine tolled near the freight depot, and a small dog barked suddenly at the obscured sky.

"I am promoting you to captain. You will replace Hanks, whom I am demoting," the figure on the truck announced.

"Chief Grindstaff?" Whedbee wondered.

The chief of police glared down at the patrolman. He hooked a bright metal globe to the stop light, lifted it in one hand, and jumped, landing lightly on the pavement. "Put this in the mobile unit," he said. "The truck, I evil."

"Huh? Sure, chief," Whedbee said. He tucked his night stick under his arm and prepared to accept a heavy load. Tensed muscles almost felled him when the signal p

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Sardo Weems

A psychic alien on a collecting expedition spends the morning gathering a traffic light, a mailbox, and various people by appealing to what they want most in life (the people, not the traffic light and mailbox).

A fairly funny story that still works after 60 years or so.



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