A huge alien spaceship suddenly materialized over Chicago, joined moments later by two others.
Immediately, the U.S. army mobilized, but they held their fire. Communications were sent up, but for one anxious hour, nothing came back. Then the ships began broadcasting the same indecipherable message: Xxalktrrp44#50-71-kdr#jj?
The message kept coming. Many feared war.
All cannons, laser beams, and top-secret weapons were aimed at the ships.
Just before firing, the army’s line rang.
“Don’t fire!” the intelligence officer yelled. “The linguists cracked the code!”
“War?” the general asked, heart pounding.
“No, they want to know if they can get their parking validated…?