During dinner, the couple talked of the invoices to pay, the children and the tasks they had to take care of at home. Most of the time their conversations were always about these subjects. Seldom did they talk about themselves, their feelings or their relationship. After dinner, they cleaned up and Marta went to the living room to watch TV while Gustavo took the computer to his bedroom.



When he got home, he found it odd to find his father-in-law in front of the TV instead of his kids; instead of cartoons, the channel was some breaking news. “Unidentified object parked on The Moon” was in large letter on the screen, while it gave static images of what looked like a kind of green building with legs on The Moon. The journalist talked about this carefully, repeating himself frequently and showing he had little information on the subject.


Chapter III - THE LIST

1 – Shelter
It is necessary to have a hiding place, like a bunker, where the invaders cannot get in;

2 – Food
We must buy canned food as soon as possible, such as grain, beans, tuna, sardines, etc.;

3 – Drinkable water
The invaders could possibly contaminate our lands and waters, as such, there must be much drinkable water;

4 – Weapons
The law of the strongest will rule, the more weapons we have, the better our chances of survival, we must also think of gas masks;

5 – Medicines
The people that need medicine to live must have a large stock prepared, and it’s better to build a stock of first-aid kits;

6 – Seeds
As it has already been said, it is possible that the invaders might contaminate the environment, but should that not be the case, we must gather as many seeds as we can to start producing our food;

7 – Power
Our power supply will soon be over, thus we must accumulate as many batteries, solar power and fuel as possible;

8 – Information

If necessary, obtain information on how to do things, manuals on agriculture, power, electricity, computer information, etc.



He still felt his body dazed and weak from the enormous amount of alcohol he had drank in the previous night. He decided to go to the living room and see something on TV without worrying about anything else. He started zapping through the channels in search of some American movie without much of a plot to think about when he stopped on a news channel that showed images of riots that spread around the world. He thought that was better than any movie and kept watching. 



Gustavo felt defeated, he could not do anything for his family to remain there. Even worse, he felt disappointed with the aliens, who had threatened and not lived up to the threat. In addition, he couldn't stand anymore the jokes from his parents-in-law concerning the animals that were in the backyard.

- Now you can take back the piglet to your house, in Lisbon, and make a pigsty there in your backyard, I'm sure your neighbors have never seen a pig.

- Not in the backyard, put it in the bath. It’s better. – His father-in-law said and couldn’t finish the sentence from all the laughing.



The road to Castelo Branco was empty, usually it had a few cars, but now they seemed to be the only ones in the road. In the middle of the way, they stopped, looked at Ponsul River and observed something strange, the flow that was usually large and still was now much more narrow and low, as if it was a river with swift currents.

- What happened here? – Zeca asked.

- They surely destroyed Monte Fidalgo's dam. – Norton answered.