We didn`t bother watching the latest Public Information Film… After all, every week there was a different one, warning us pointlessly about misuse of zebra crossings, the dangers of ladders or how to keep your microbes to yourself with a handkerchief...
Why should this one be any more important?
We were wrong.
Little did we know back in those halcyon days that we were being watched, watched and studied by creatures with brains unimaginably greater than ours, with technology far beyond our own feeble capabilities and with plans… plans for us and for our planet.
"Man as the dominant species of life on earth will be extinct within a year" whispered the government rumours. And we laughed.
We snorted with derision when they urged us to stay in our homes for this would be a "...grim battle for survival!"
George and his comrades didn`t listen – should we think them brave, or merely foolhardy?
To the group it was just another walk… another chance to roam beautiful countryside, to revel in the glories of Nature. But nature can be red in tooth and claw if you stray over Certain Boundaries.
How could they have known? An ordinary fence, a stile like any other – no-one noticed they were being followed...
Until the creatures started getting restless:
In fact anyone can see these beasts were quite hysterical - the unfortunate white-head brutally shouldered in the crush; the black-head driven wild by some fiendish marking on her brow (the significance of which one dare not guess at); the brown-head with staring, frenzied eyes, scrabbling to keep up.
Next time they looked back they thought there was… something… different but they didn`t understand the effects of interplanetary spores, didn`t realise that the Nameless Horror could transmute!
It would get worse, the Nameless not only transmuting but also multiplying until these innocent walkers would be Infested by swarms of nightmare creatures.
We have no word from those bold walkers. But there`s talk of a new Public Information Film having been released and this time, We`ll Watch It.