Why it's like goin' back into the dark ages or somethin'! "
This story takes place on Maple Street, USA. "Steve What was that? A meteor? Don [Nods] That's what it looked like. I didn't hear any crash, though, did you? Steve [Shakes his head] Nope. I didn't hear anything except a roar. Mrs. Brand [From her porch] Steve? What was that? Steve [Raising his voice and looking toward porch] Guess it was a meteor, honey. Came awful close, didn't it? "
Its Pete Van Horn
Tommy says "Mr. Brand...you better not!" Steve says" Why not?" Tommy then says "They don't want you to." [Steve and Charlie exchange a grin and Steve looks back toward the boy.] Then Steve says "Who doesn't want us to? Tommy [Jerks his head in the general direction of the distant horizon.] "Them! Steve Them?" Charlie then says "Who are them? Tommy [Very intently.] "Whoever was in that thing that came by overhead. "
Charlie not trusting what Steve said says "That doesn't prove a thing. Any guy who'd spend his time lookin' up at the sky early in the morning - well there's something wrong with that kind of a person. There's something that ain't legitimate. Maybe under normal circumstances, we could let it go by, but these aren't normal circumstances. Why look at this street! Nothin' but candles. Why it's like goin' back into the dark ages or somethin'! "
They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find...and it's themselves.
Charlie swings the gun around to point it toward the sidewalk. The dark figure continues to walk toward them. The group there, fearful, apprehensive, mothers clutching children, men standing in front of wives. Charlie slowly raises the gun. As the figure gets closer and closer he suddenly pulls the trigger. The sound of it explodes in the stillness. There is a long shot looking down at the figure, who suddenly lets out a small cry, stumbles forward onto his knees and then falls forward on his face. Then Steve says "Its Pete Van Horn."
People start blaming on Charlie. Don says "What about it, Charlie? How come you're the only one with lights now?" Goodman says "That's what I'd like to know. You were so quick to kill, Charlie, and you were so quick to tell us who we had to be careful of. Well, maybe you had to kill. Maybe, Peter, there was trying to tell us something. Maybe he'd found out something and came back to tell us who there was amongst us should watch out for."
It wasn't me!!!
Figure One says "Understand the procedure now? Just stop a few of their machines and radios and telephones and lawn mowers...throw them into darkness for a few hours and then you just sit back and watch the pattern." Figure Two " And this pattern is always the same?" Figure One "With few variations. They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find...and it's themselves. And all we need do is sit back...and watch." Figure Two "Then I take it this place...this Maple Street...is not unique. Figure One[Shaking his head.] By no means. Their world is full of Maple Streets. And we'll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves. One to the other...one to the other...one to the other--"