“Mutantism on the March” :Chapter 74 “Jiber Causes Havoc at McSwill University”

Jiber ordered a quick retreat from Expo 67 and they landed on a green field surrounded by majestic buildings. A sign nearby said “McSwill University”. Soon students arrived for their morning classes but initially they showed little interest in the craft as the students in the Faculty of Engineering were always building strange contraptions, when they weren’t swilling beer and making misogynist remarks, and this was just another one of them.

The Jiber, noting the lack of hostility of the students, thought it safe to emerge from their spacecraft. Their lime green suits and sparkling shoes drew applause from a group of nearby students. Those engineers had really outdone themselves this time! Jiber took the applause as a sign of friendship and talked to the students in English a language the Zortixians mastered in minutes. Several professors from the Engineering Faculty emerged from their Martini breakfast and sauntered over to see the splendid craft their students had manufactured. What imagination these lads had! Word spread quickly about the spacemen these engineers were pretending to be. As no one in the Engineering Faculty recognized these spacemen it was thought they were engineering students from the Université de Montreal. The Engineering students and their professors asked Jiber and his crew design questions but only received evasive answers. Jiber and his crew were delighted to be receiving praise and attention. The gaiety was short lived as a noisy group of anti-war protestors and Friends of Chew an Lie who marched up to Jiber and dissed him for building a craft with Pentagon funds. After all the CIA was exposed for experimenting with psychiatric patients at the  Mugless Mental Hospital a McSwill teaching hospital. Jiber was not certain what war the protestors were bellowing about but he praised the virtues of war and how it made the soul strong. The protestors shouted him down yelling “Fascist pig!”. The McSwill cadet squad jumped into the fray and started swinging at the commie protestors. The startled Zortixians were caught in the middle of a melee.

Jiber had read Montenez’s “A Short History of Earth” when he was in hiding on Zortixia but it was not enough to understand what these Earthlings we so upset about. One chapter in the book had been “Political Criminals and Their Legacies”. Montenez was a cowardly and stupid like the Slug People particularly when he criticized a man called Stalin for his show trials. Jiber admired Stalin and his iron will crushing all actual and fictious enemies in is path. Stalin was exactly like his late father. And Stalin loved executions! What was there not to like! Humans and their politics were proving difficult to understand. Jiber’s ruminations were disturbed by police sirens which sounded quite like those on Zortixia. It was time to leave this confusing mess and find a quiet place where he could do some research on Earthlings. If Jiber and his crew were to dominate and enslave humanity they needed to better understand them. The mini riot ended when the spacecraft flew off leaving a puzzled and frightened crowd behind.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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