By David Scholes
I used to think about him a lot.
The zero tolerance, advanced-tech, powerful alien enforcer deliberately placed here on Earth by the Zlee.
Zlelt once told me the Zlee had considered sending more enforcers of his ilk. They didn’t need to. That became apparent early on.
At first people accepted him. I mean, he obviously considered himself above human laws. Yet most of us here on Earth who knew about Zlelt saw the ends justifying the means.
If he acted as police, judge, jury, and executioner when he dealt ruthlessly with terrorism, with organised crime, and with institutionalised corruption, then weren’t we all the better for it? Local authorities always picked up the pieces after him. There was never a mess.
Eventually, many countries declared Zlelt a criminal. Nevertheless, no criminal agency dared pursue him with any zeal.
It started to go wrong when Zlelt began snuffing vicious child killers and rapists who had escaped prosecution on legal technicalities. Many lauded such actions, but some did not. Zlelt’s override of human law was now more obvious, more brazen, more distasteful.
The watershed came when he killed Putin. Not that the Russian leader didn’t get plenty of warning to cease and desist his errant policies. He just didn’t take any notice. Trump was slashed soon after that. The authorities never knew for sure, but Zlelt was the prime suspect. And I knew the truth.
It turned out plans had been in place for a long time to deal with Zlelt if he got too much out of line. Plans shared and mainly agreed among the major powers — though everybody hoped it would never come to that.
Those plans centred on specially-equipped combined UK and Australian SAS and US Navy seals Special Forces units, backed by the highest top-secret weapons — including technology learned from Zlelt and the Zlee. But my part in it was key. Had been from the start.
Despite his much touted ability to sense danger in advance, the attack — when it came — caught Zlelt by surprise. Perhaps he had become careless. He had been here a long time and hadn’t encountered much opposition. Perhaps he arrogantly thought there was nothing we could do about him, and ultimately trusted some of us — one of us — too much.
Earth expected and braced for repercussions from the Zlee. Yet there were none. The Zlee came, of course, to retrieve Zlelt’s lifeless body.
The Zlee never sent more enforcers. Seems they considered us ungrateful.
At times I’ve wondered why we left it so long before stopping Zlelt.
I think many of us were in love with the idea of his instantly-enforceable brand of justice, and thought it good that previously untouchable people in the highest offices could be grasped and held instantly accountable for their actions.
In the end, and it may sound strange coming from me, his cumulative disregard for human laws international or of any country was his undoing. It caused the bulk of us to fall out of love with him.
As for me, I still love him. And this was his weapon, right here in my hand. Are you sure you don’t have any last meaningful words?
About The Author
David has written over 160 short stories and published seven collections of short stories and two novellas in the 8 years he has been writing speculative fiction. All of these books are on Amazon.
He has been a regular contributor to the Antipodean SF, Beam Me Up Pod Cast, and Farther Stars Than These sites. He has also been published on a variety of other sci-fi sites including Bewildering Stories, 365 Tomorrows, the WiFiles, and the former Golden Visions magazine.
He is currently well progressed with a new collection of speculative fiction short stories as yet unnamed.