A new house suddenly appears at the end of the road and Adrienne is the only one that seems to notice. She also can't remember the inhabitants, Grayson and his brother Lonzac who is too good to be true and wants Adrienne to go away with him. But where?
What follows is an adventure that is literally out of this world.


18. Chapter Eighteen

I didn’t know how long I had been locked in the escape pod for. It could have been hours or even days. Another planet disappeared from view and I grew increasingly anxious. That was the twelfth planet I’d flown passed now. I didn’t know whether that was because Veolia had a specific destination in mind for me or whether the pod was meant to keep on going until the power died. If that happened I wouldn’t last long without heat or air.

The sphere of liquid metal that rested at the nape of my neck was hot and I knew that it was because Lonzac was angry. Was he trying to find me? Would he be able to?

My stomach rumbled and I slowly got to my feet. Upon searching the escape pod earlier I had found what appeared to be emergency supplies; there was a torch that seemed to be powered by a small crystal, a tube of foul smelling jelly and a box of dried food. I was starving but I didn’t know if the food was safe for me to eat. I didn’t want to almost die again.

My skin was itching so I peeled back the strange bandages. The skin beneath was slightly discoloured and in some places there were welts. Pulling a face I put the material back in place and moved to the window. I was feeling pretty weak so I rested my eyes for a moment.



Jolting awake, I found that the pod was shaking violently. Standing up I peered out of the window. There was a spaceship and it was getting closer. It wasn’t as sleek looking as Lonzac’s. In fact it appeared to have been built from parts of many different kinds of ships. I leaned against the wall feeling worried. I had nothing to protect myself with unless the strange jelly was a weapon. What it there were Aehlor on-board? I was thrown to the ground as the escape pod came to rest on the side of the strange spaceship. The doors opened and I glanced upwards, full of fear.

There were two aliens staring at me. One looked like a cross between a praying mantis and a lizard. Its scales were an emerald colour and its eyes were big and bulbous. The other alien was seven foot tall and fat. Its pale orange skin appeared rubbery and was covered in small red marks. Its small, beady eyes were fixed on me.

      Rubbing its huge chin with strange stumpy fingers that ended in suckers, the orange alien said to the other alien, “What do you think it is, Tysnux?” Its voice was high pitched and the alien’s skin wobbled as it spoke.

Tysnux answered in a serious of clicks and hisses that I understood thanks to the translating virus Lonzac had injected me with. “I’ve never seen anything like it, Osmutt. Do you think it’s edible?”

Scrambling to my feet I grabbed the nearest object and held it in front of me threateningly. “Stay where you are!” I cried wildly. “Don’t come any closer!”

Osmutt leaned closer to Tysnux and said quietly, “It’s threatening us with a tube of antiseptic gel. I think it’s crazy.”

Antiseptic gel! I stared at the tube in annoyance.

“We should take it to the captain,” said Tysnux. “She’ll know what to do with it.”

Osmutt looked horrified. “That means we’ll have to touch it! It could be covered in anything. Who knows where it has been.”

Tysnux made a weird noise that I presumed was a chuckle. “We don’t have to touch it.” He withdrew what seemed to be a high-tech gun. “We can just threaten it.”

“Don’t shoot.” I dropped the tube of gel and put my hands in the air. “I’ll go with you.”

“See,” said Tysnux happily. “Let’s go to the captain.”

I was marched through the ship down a series of winding corridors. The gravity must have been heavier to what I was used to because just lifting my feet took a lot of effort. Osmutt and Tysnux were chattering excitedly with each other.

“Captain,” said Tysnux when we reached a room filled with lots of screens. “We found this in the escape pod.”

There was a chair on a raised platform. It spun around and a very hippo-like alien stared at me. Like Osmutt and Tysnux, the captain was dressed in an overall, but the captain’s was covered in gadgets and symbols.

“What is it?” asked the captain, her ears twitching.

“We don’t know, Captain,” answered Osmutt. “But it isn’t intelligent.”

Flushing, I resisted the urge to turn around and glare at Osmutt.

Leaning closer to get a better look at me, the captain said, “It’s wearing Cairani clothing but it’s not Cairani.”

“I’m a human from Earth.” I was starting to get a headache and was fed up of being ogled. 

Behind me, Osmutt gasped. Perhaps s/he was surprised that I understood what was going on or that I was from Earth.

“Where’s Earth?” asked Tysnux, sounding unimpressed.

The captain started typing and a picture of Earth appeared on a big screen. “You’re a long way from home. What’s your name?”

“Adrienne Owen.” I was feeling nauseous so crouched down and put my head between my legs.

“What is it doing?” asked Osmutt loudly.

Sounding bored the captain replied, “Get rid of it. The information bank says that humans are primitive creatures of little intelligence.”

“Stand up, human.” Tysnux poked me in the back with his/her gun.

Struggling to my feet, I said, “Wait! I’m good at fixing stuff. Surely you need someone to do repairs?” The last thing I wanted was to be shoved back into the pod.

The captain exchanged a look with the two aliens behind me.

“The wiring on B deck needs fixing,” said Tysnux.

Not to be outdone, Osmutt added, “Don’t forget the engine room. Szli hasn’t got enough hands to do everything.”

The captain was quiet for a moment. “Alright, I’ll give you a chance.” To Tysnux and Osmutt, she said, “Take it to the doctor to make sure it isn’t carrying any nasty Earth diseases.”

“Thank you. I’m female by the way.” Moving to follow after Tysnux and Osmutt, I felt suddenly faint and swallowing bile I said, “I don’t feel so good.”

Moments later I was on the floor unconscious.

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