Alien Message

Paper stars and green fizz.  This message was received by SETI the search for extraterrestrial intelligence today and despite a team of linguistic scientists working on it all day, they were able to make nothing whatsoever out of it.  This five second message was repeated every ten seconds for 5 hours and then it stopped, just like that.  SETI figured that this electromagnetic radio wave originated from Proxima Centauri b, which has been found to be habitable and it is orbiting our closest star, being only 4.2 light-years away.  The head of SETI wanted to get to the bottom of this, because this was their best evidence as of yet for life outside our world.  Once they cracked, deciphered, decrypted, interpreted, made sense out of, translated, or worked out the meaning of this message, he was going to send a response.  He wanted to be certain that they got this right, because he was a big believer in first impressions.

Doctor Jones was certain that this six-syllable message was being sent in the blues scale as he recognized the note progression.  This scale is essentially the pentatonic scale plus one chromatic note, often called the blue note.  He didn’t know what to do with this revelation and he started singing, “Green eyed lady lovely lady”, “Cellophane flowers of yellow and green”, “No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue”, “I’ll touch the green, green grass of home”, “Till we found a sea of green”, “Gotta be green”, “Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail”.  He knew that he was on to something, but he was not sure what to do with it, and everyone else thought he was crazy.

Written for Michelle of Putting My Feet in the Dirt March Weekly Story Starters challenge Week 3 (March 15-21).

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