Charlie seemed to not know what was happening, but then he kept coming up with new ideas on what it would be. " It's just as if .... as if everything has stopped.... we'd better walk downtown (-839)."
Charlie doesn't seem to think that the light in the sky was a meteor.
Charlie is actually trying to cover up thae fact that he is an alien, and that is why he wanted to go downtown and leave the rest of the group
Not long after the flash in the sky, Pete Van Horn plans to go to Floral Street to see if they have power. "I'll cut through the backyard... see if they power's on at Floral Street, I'll be right back -(838)."
Next, Pete leaves for Floral street, but never comes back.
Pete is trying to help the neighborhood by seeing if the next street over, Floral Street, has power. on his way there, he gets abducted by aliens, and that is why he never returns.