Post September 19, 2015, 07:50:41 AM

Short Story: When They Arrived By Richard August

It's not clear if this is a story, or more like some form of ritual.

Part of the effect is the intermixing of a heavy one-person omniscience combined with no language comprehension. It has tones not unlike the ascetics of Christianity who whipped themselves to attempt to become closer to the divine.

What's not clear is the backdrop of the setting this belongs in. It's in the non-action of other humans that we know that the aliens are deemed not harmful, because nowhere does anyone else become any more than a face in the crowd, and they are *watching* this transformation take place, and wholly allowing it to be.