It’s a two-for-one day! Yes, two stories for the price of one. An old one and its new concluding sequel.
On May 28, 2014, I wrote a story called Second Star On The Right with some explanation below.
Before we begin …
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a message intercepted one night by a HAM radio operator named Kevin who originally hailed from Flanders. The language spoken, he told me, sounded something like a sort of “High Flemish,” if there were such a thing. “I felt very sorry for the woman transmitting,” he later told me. “She sounded so sad.” He copied it down in English, went to the library and borrowed a first edition Caldecott book.
The message was as follows.
My explanation of what happened to us afterward will solve the mystery our home world has wondered about.
After we arrived, we escaped detection by our language being similar to that of a tribe called Flemings and clearing our pallor by eating a vegetable called the green bean. We had a benefactor and lived happy lives on Earth, not unhappy as some feared.
I’ve been alone since my brother’s untimely death and been chronicled many times in Earth legends. I’ve decided to die here on planet Earth.
A doleful story? No. I lived a life richer than I ever dreamed.
Thanks, Janet Webb, for a really great picture that inspired the sequel.
Now, the conclusion.
He heard the signal from star “Ni-Etrell’s” third planet, “Gna-Jala.”
Gna-Jala —- where his lovely Koo-Brindii and her brother were lost forever, centuries ago.
The message, barely readable, sounded almost like a lower version of his own language.
“… Kevin. Our planet … called Earth. I intercepted her signal … seems … toward Alpha Centauri … If by … you’re reading this … how sorry I am for … loss. She … on Earth, immortalized in … book. I … read it to you … her memory.
‘My dear, do you know,
How a long time ago,
Two poor little children,
Whose names I don’t know,
Were stolen away … ‘ “
The legend of The Green Children of Woolpit served as the inspiration for this story.