"Wow, this painkiller's amazing. I can barely feel a thing."
Faith was astounded. The young African American woman's mouth was positively agape as she looked at the sizzling, hissing, burning Irken sitting neatly in that chair on the stage, Feyr nonchalantly lying next to her, humming a bit, hands in his lap, head quietly bowed. The platoon of Irken guards, one by one, had laid down their weapons and were quietly waiting as the sunlight beamed down upon them all. For the people of Earth, it felt, in many ways, as if they were feeling the sunlight for the first time. Everything was warm and light and softness.
For the Irkens though, Faith and Professor Matthew Membrane knew...they KNEW it must have been agony. With the pollution cleared from the skies above, there was nothing to dull the effects of Earth's UV radiation. Yet these alien invaders were as content as could be.
And it was then that the truth hit the two scientists as they looked at each other, then at Feyr and Peech.