Trapped in a Game: How One’s Suspicions Exposed a Galactic Conspiracy

(A short story created for a contest on Reedsy.)

Part 1:

I’ve always been paranoid about the Unknown Blues. Even before I started playing Batey, I couldn’t shake the feeling that they were hiding something from us. They came to Earth, saved us from certain doom, and then decided to keep us trapped inside their ship, Gibraltar, using us as entertainment in their twisted game, as this intellectual species was bored and needed to be entertained.

At first, I was excited to be a part of the Batey league. It was a new, futuristic sport, and I was good at it. But as I played, I started to notice things that didn’t quite add up. The Unknown Blues would watch us, their blue eyes unblinking and emotionless, as we flew and flipped through the Anti-Gravity Sphere. They would adjust the technology, always claiming it was for our safety, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something more sinister at play.

My teammates, The Absolutes, had just come off a hard-fought victory in the first round of the tournament. We were on top of the world, and the crowd was cheering for us. But as I looked up at the Unknown Blues, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of dread. They were manipulating the technology, the ball, and the gravity, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that they were doing something devious to the humans.

I started to dig deeper, and I found out that my paranoia was justified. The Unknown Blues were experimenting on the humans, using us as test subjects for their twisted experiments. They had been manipulating the technology, the ball, and the gravity to study the effects on human physiology and sports behavior. They were using us as lab rats, and we had no idea.

Part 2:

I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to get out of there, and I had to warn the others. But when I tried to leave, I found that the Unknown Blues had locked us inside the ship. We were trapped, and there was no way out.

That’s when I rallied my teammates, and we came up with a plan. We knew that the Unknown Blues were relying on their advanced technology to keep us trapped, but we also knew that they had underestimated us. We had trained in the game of Batey for months, and we had become experts at maneuvering in the zero-gravity environment. We knew that we could use our Batey skills to outsmart the Unknown Blues and escape the ship.

The first step of our plan was to gather information about the ship’s layout and the location of the exits. We used our Batey training to move stealthily and unnoticed throughout the ship, gathering information and mapping out potential escape routes. We also used our knowledge of the technology to find vulnerabilities and weaknesses that we could exploit.

Once we had a solid plan in place, we put it into action. We used our Batey skills to move quickly and efficiently through the ship, avoiding detection and neutralizing any security measures that stood in our way. We also used our knowledge of the technology to disable the locks and open the exits.

Finally, after hours of careful planning and execution, we reached the final exit and made our escape, using the same transportation pods that brought us up here in the first place. We returned to Earth and warned the remaining survivors about the true intentions of the Unknown Blues.

Part 3:

Once we were back on Earth, we knew that we had to act fast to expose the Unknown Blues’ true intentions. I used my platform as a Batey player to raise awareness about their experiments and to gather evidence to build a case against them. My teammates and I worked tirelessly to collect information and testimony from other victims of the Unknown Blues’ experiments.

We also reached out to the remaining scientists and experts to help us understand the full extent of the Unknown Blues’ experiments and the effects they had on the human mind and body, and what it would mean for humanity’s future. It was a daunting task, but we were determined to get some answers.

As we gathered more and more evidence, we began to realize the true scale of the Unknown Blues’ operations. They had been experimenting on humans for decades as we were unaware of how slowly time moved on the ship compared to the Earth’s time, using us as test subjects for their twisted and information-gathering experiments. They had been manipulating technology, the ball, gravity, and us players, to study the effects on human physiology and behavior. They had been using us as lab rats, and we had no idea.

We knew that we had to make the truth known to the world. So, we released the evidence and testimony to the media and the public, by using their own technology of broadcasting to the galaxy of our games. The reaction was immediate and widespread. The remaining humans were shocked and outraged by the revelation of the Unknown Blues’ true intentions.

The Unknown Blues were shunned by the rest of the galaxy and forced to leave Earth. They should have been held accountable for their actions and faced severe punishment for their crimes, but as they left Earth’s orbit to “face their punishments”, we have not been in communication with other races of extraterrestrials to let us know.

The damage had already been done. The humans who had been experimented on were left with psychological scars, and I couldn’t help but feel a sense of guilt for my role in it all, despite physically freeing them.

Part 4:

However, not everyone was pleased with this outcome. There were those who sympathized with the Unknown Blues and believed that they had been treated unjustly, as they stated that governments around the world did the same to their own people and in exchange for all the amenities provided, it was not right to kick them out of Earth and that no one would be capable of staying alive when Earth crumbled from the massive depletion of resources, wars, famine, and diseases. They formed a movement to bring the Unknown Blues back to Earth and reinstate their presence among humanity, as benevolent caretakers, because they truly believed it was a small price to pay for humanity’s salvation.


In the aftermath of the Unknown Blues’ expulsion from Earth, I dedicated my life to helping the victims of their experiments. I worked tirelessly to provide them with the resources and support they needed to heal and move on with their lives.

But even as I helped the victims of the Unknown Blues’ experiments, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was not the end of the story. The sympathizers of the Unknown Blues were growing in numbers, and I knew that they would stop at nothing to bring them back.

I couldn’t let that happen. I knew that I had to be vigilant and be ready to fight against their return, for the sake of all humanity. My paranoia about the Unknown Blues had been justified, and I knew that I couldn’t let my guard down for a moment. The battle for the truth and freedom was far from over.

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