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译林版 《牛津高中英语》模块二第一单元

 
Boy Missing, Police Puzzled
 
Police in America have stepped up their search for a fifteen-year-old boy who went missing two days ago in Dover, New Hampshire. This incident has received great interest due to reports of strange lights in the sky and of alien visits around the time the boy disappeared.
 
Justin Foster, a high school student, was last seen Friday night. That evening at 8 p.m., Justin went to play baseball with two friends, who both say Justin went home after the game. Witnesses also say they saw Justin walking towards his house at 10.45 p.m. Justin's sister, Kelly, aged nine, says she heard her brother return home at about 11 p.m.
 
‘I was getting ready for bed,’ Kelly said. ‘Justin went straight to his room. I didn’t see him, but I heard him put on his favourite CD. I went to bed, and was woken up around midnight by a bright light outside my window.’
 
At first, the young girl thought it was the light of the full moon, but then she realized that it was moving and coming closer.
 
‘I pulled back the curtains and saw a large spaceship flying outside. It had blue lights all round it, and there were many windows. Standing inside were lots of strange creatures with white skin and large black eyes. I was frightened!’
 
Kelly said that the spaceship then moved around to the side of the house, towards her brother's bedroom. ‘There was a flash of light and I heard Justin shout, and then the UFO just disappeared. I haven't seen Justin since. I’m sure the aliens took him.’
 
Kelly then ran and woke up her mother. However, since Mrs Foster thought that Justin was spending the night with a friend, she assumed that Kelly was having a bad dream, and sent her back to bed. Mr. Foster was working that night on his road construction job, and was not home when these events occurred. When Justin did not show up for lunch the next day, Mrs Foster became worried and told her husband to call the police.
 
Some people in Dover also say that they saw aliens that night. ‘It’s happened to me!’ said Mrs Mavis Wood. ‘The aliens took me aboard the UFO so that they could do research on me. Luckily, they returned me home without any injuries. The whole experience was terrible! I haven’t been sleeping well since I returned home. I think Justin was taken away by them, too.’
 
When asked about the possibility that Justin was taken by aliens, Detective Sam Peterson, who has taken charge of the case, told journalists, ‘Sometimes people make up such amazing stories. There’s really no hard evidence that aliens took him. So, while we have not dismissed the idea, we are looking into other possibilities as well. We will not give up until we find what happened.’