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.


5. Chapter Five

“Mum says you don’t want to go to Australia,” said Shelly with a mouth full of cereal at breakfast the next morning.

She was dressed in her usual outfit of holey jeans and a tank top. Her make up was heavy.

I glanced over at her. “That’s right.”

“Why not? It’s got to be better than this dump.”

“This is where my friends are,” I told her, buttering my toast. “It’s where all my memories of Dad are.”

Shelly snorted. “Please, you just don’t want to go because you’ll miss Grayson.”

“That’s not true. He’s not my boyfriend. It really is because of Dad that I don’t want to go,” I said angrily.

Looking me with her ice blue eyes, she said, “He’s not coming back, Ad. You need to move on.”

“I know he’s not coming back. He’s dead.” It hurt me to say it but I knew it was true. Taking a chunk out of my toast I replied, “But that doesn’t mean that we should forget about him.”

“I’m not saying that you should forget about him, dumbass, I’m just saying that you need to let go.”

“Since when did you start being a psychiatrist?”

Shelly started laughing but it turned into a cough. “I’ve spent so much time with one that it must be rubbing off on me. Look, just give Mum a break ok? She’s just doing what she thinks is best.”

Staring down at my hands, I said, “I know.”

That had been my most civil conversation with Shelly for months, and it made me feel like a complete bitch. It made me realise that I had to go to Australia whether I liked it or not, because I couldn’t hurt Mum like that. Not after all she had been through.

Great, how was I going to tell Dionne?



“I’ve got it all planned,” Dionne told me with a grin.

We were in Maths and were supposed to be solving some algebra equations.

“What?” I asked, only half listening.

Dionne jabbed me with her pencil.

“Ouch!” I hissed glaring at her. “What was that for?”

Smiling sweetly she replied, “You weren’t listening to me. Anyway as I was saying, I’ve sorted everything. Mum said that you can stay. I’ve got a bunk bed so you can just sleep on the bottom. It will be so much fun.”

Our Maths teacher, Mrs Philips, suddenly appeared in front of us. “If you want to gossip you can leave girls.”

We apologised and she walked away to patrol the rest of the classroom.

“How long did you ask your Mum that I could stay for?” I asked quietly, doodling in the corner of my Maths book.

Dionne looked sheepish. “Two weeks, but I figured once you’re at mine and your mum has gone to Australia that my mum can’t exactly throw you out, can she?”

I nodded knowing that I was going to have to tell her eventually that I was actually going to Australia now. But the Maths classroom was hardly the right place to do that. Anyway, I needed to build up the courage first.



I took Dionne shopping after school. It was her favourite thing to do, well except for watching boys, but we did a bit of that too as we sat outside a café.  Grayson hadn’t come as he didn’t like shopping.

Her eyes fixed on a skater boy’s butt, Dionne said, “This was really fun. Thanks for suggesting it. I’m so glad that you’re not going to Australia, ‘cos I would totally miss this.”

“Yeah about that . . . Di, can you look at me for a second? I’ve got something really important to say.”

“What? Sure.” Turning to face me she asked, “What is it?”

Breathing deeply I replied, “I am going to Australia. Shelly talked to me and it made me realise how selfish I was being. Mum needs me, and even though I don’t want to leave I have to, because I can’t hurt her like that.”

For the first time in her life, Dionne was stunned into silence. I sat there feeling uneasy as I waited for her to speak.

“What?! But you said that you weren’t going! Did you suddenly decide that this place isn’t good enough for you anymore? That I’m not good enough for you anymore?” she said angrily.

I had expected Dionne to be upset not cross. “Di,” I said as soothingly as I could. “I told you, I can’t just leave my mum like that.”

Pushing her chair back, she stood up and picked up her bags. “Don’t lie to me, Adrienne. You want to leave, fine go ahead. I don’t care. Have fun in Australia. I won’t miss you.”

Dionne strode away and I shouted, “Wait! Dionne, please!”

She ignored me and I gazed after her feeling forlorn. Why had she reacted that way? That wasn’t the Dionne I knew. She would never act like that. Something was wrong.



I sat on a park bench for hours, too sad to consider going home. Wiping away tears I pulled my legs up and rested my forehead on my knees. The roar of a car engine filled my ears, the kind that would usually make me turn my head and gaze in awe. A few minutes later someone sat down beside me.  I knew straight away who it was from the heat that was emanating from them.

“Hello Lonzac,” I said, not even looking up to double check it was him.

“What are you doing sitting here in the dark, Adrienne? Your mother came to my house thinking that you were there.”

Sitting up I turned to face him. He was as immaculate as usual, but his silver eyes were worried. I glanced away, reminding myself not to stare into his eyes. “I hadn’t realised it was so late.”

“What happened? You’re upset about something.”

“I told Dionne that I’m going to Australia. She didn’t take it very well.”

Lonzac gave me a cheerless smile. “I’m sorry.”

“I hadn’t expected her to be so angry,” I said, picking at a hole in my jumper. “The things she said . . . they really hurt.” Unwanted tears started to fall from my eyes and I brushed them away sniffing.

“Hush, I’m sure that everything will work out,” said Lonzac pulling me into his arms.

He was so warm that I wanted to curl up against him and fall asleep. I made myself keep my eyes open.

“You’ve decided to go then?” he asked stroking my arm.

A shiver of pleasure ran through me and I concentrated on the stars in the night sky. “I have to, for my mum.”

“Grayson and I are moving as well.”

“What? Where?” I asked lifting my head up so that I met his gaze, forgetting that I shouldn’t.

Lonzac’s eyes were bright, as if they were emitting their own light. “It’s a city two hours from here. Grayson isn’t happy about it.”

“Why are you going?”

“Work; I’ve been offered a promotion,” he replied. “So it looks like both of us are moving.”

Lonzac’s hand found mine, sending heat rushing through me and making my skin tingle. I wondered how old he was. He had to be in his twenties.

My eyes went to our joined hands. “When are you leaving?”                   

“In a week.”

“So soon,” I whispered.

“Come with me,” said Lonzac.

Glancing up I saw that he looked serious. “What?”

“I mean it Adrienne, come with me.” He squeezed my hand and my heart fluttered at the look in his eyes.

“Lonzac . . .”

I hardly knew him. Why did he want me to go with him so much?

His expression changing suddenly, he gazed up at the sky. “Come, it’s going to rain.”

We walked to his car, still holding hands. The moment we were inside rain started hitting the windscreen.

“Wow, you should be a weatherman.” I laughed, putting my seatbelt on.

Smiling, Lonzac started the engine and drove down the road. His smile didn’t reach his eyes though, and I noted that they seemed anxious.

“I don’t think we’ll be stargazing tonight,” he told me as we zoomed through the streets.

“That’s fine with me. I could probably do with an early night,” I replied, staring out the window.   

Soon Lonzac was pulling up onto his drive. He killed the engine and the only sounds to be heard were the rain and our breathing.

“Aren’t we getting out now?” I asked when he made no move to leave.

Lonzac looked over at me. “When it stops raining.”

“That could be in the morning.” Sighing I pulled my umbrella from my bag. “We can share this.”

“I’m not getting out yet.”

Frowning I said, “Fine, thanks for the ride, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Undoing my seatbelt, I opened the door and jumped outside. The rain was pelting down as I slammed the car door and put my umbrella up. Running home I found a ‘for sale’ sign in the front garden which made my stomach drop like it was made of lead. Mum and Shelly eating in the dining room.

“Hi honey,” said Mum when she saw me. “We did wait for you.”

Wiping the rain from my face, I replied, “I know I’m sorry I’m late.”

“Do you want some dinner?”

“No thanks, I’m not hungry.”

I turned to go upstairs but Mum stopped me. “Shelly told me that you’re coming to Australia now.”

Shelly smirked at me and I glared back. It looked like she was her usual self again.

“I’ve booked the tickets. We leave in a week.”

Deep in thought I went up to my room. Closing my curtains I saw that Lonzac was still sitting in his car. The rain didn’t show any sign of stopping. He was going to be there a while.

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