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.


14. Chapter Fourteen

I awoke slowly to find myself in a silver room. It looked identical to the room I’d stayed in on Lonzac’s spaceship. Breathing a sigh of relief I realised that going to Cairan Prime must have been a bad dream but then my fingers encountered the dress that fell to my knees. My blood felt as if it had turned to ice in my veins. I had been wearing overalls before. Oh God it had actually happened. I was on Cairan Prime and they had taken me from Lonzac.

Jumping from the bed I checked my arms for any sign of what the Cairani had done to me but I couldn’t find anything. Slipping through the lighter patch of the wall, I found myself in a corridor. I ran. I didn’t stop when I reached the outside. When I stumbled I got back to my feet, stopping only when there was no further for me to go. Falling to my knees at the cliff top I gasped for breath. My lungs were burning and screaming for oxygen. My feet were bloody but my attention was fixed on the view. The red sky was filled by Cairan Prime’s blue, yellow and purple moons. They were covered with pox marks of craters. Peering over the cliff edge I could see a silver lake below. Its surface rippled as people jumped into it, sending waves rolling. It was so breathtakingly beautiful. Lying down, I gazed up at the red sky, my hands pressed to the warm ground. The copper coloured earth was dusty and sparsely populated with silver and copper grasses. A cool breeze sent my hair across my face and I felt tears form in my eyes. With a shuddery breath I closed my eyes, sending tears tumbling down my cheeks. After a while the feeling returned to my numb feet and I bit my lip against the pain.

“Adrienne, there you are.” Lonzac sounded out of breath but very relieved.

Opening my eyes, I sat up and threw myself at where he was kneeling beside me. “Lonzac,” I said pressing my face against his chest.

“I’m so sorry,” he told me clutching me close. “That wasn’t supposed to happen.” A sob escaped my lips and Lonzac kissed my head saying, “I talked to the High Council and there won’t be any more tests without your permission, I promise.”

“What did they do to me?”

Lonzac hesitated a moment. “Let’s go inside.”

He helped me to my feet and I cried out when I took a step, pain lancing up my legs.

“Adrienne, your feet . . .” Lonzac’s silver eyes were wide when he saw the blood. “I’ll carry you.”

Lifting me effortlessly into his arms, Lonzac walked back to the building that I had been in. I didn’t pay any attention to where Lonzac was taking me.

“These are my rooms. No one else can come in here except Grayson.” After setting me down at the edge of a bed he said, “I’m so sorry, Adrienne.” When I didn’t say anything Lonzac stood up and disappeared from view. Moments later he returned and started washing my feet with a sweet smelling lotion. It stung but I didn’t make a sound. “Are you hungry?” asked Lonzac, glancing up at me.

Nodding, I hung my head suddenly exhausted. “What did they do to me?” My words were quiet and monotone. I didn’t even have enough energy to be angry.

Resting his hands on my knees, Lonzac said, “They took some blood and ran a full body scan. I stopped them before they could go anywhere near your reproductive system. I’m so sorry that they took you, Adrienne. The High Council had ordered them to separate us but I managed to convince them that I am the best person to examine you.”

I squeezed my eyes shut. I couldn’t cry. I had cried enough. I had to be strong. “I trust you.”

“Oh, Adrienne,” Lonzac wrapped his arms around me. His skin was warm. “You’re cold. Let’s get you into some warmer clothes and then we can eat.”



After dressing in a thick long sleeved top and trousers, I ate some weird alien food and then promptly fell asleep. I don’t know how long I slept for but when I woke the red sky was dark and there were numerous moons dotted around the night sky. I stared out of the window for a while in awe of the view. Sitting up, I pushed the strangely textured sheets off me and rubbed my eyes. As far as I could tell I was alone. Getting to my feet, I padded over to the window. It looked like it was made of glass but when I touched it my hand went straight through. Stepping through the window I found myself in a garden of some kind. There were metallic grasses sprouting up through the dusty, warm copper earth. Spotting some exotic flowers nearby, I knelt down beside them. The scent they were giving off was rusty but the petals were golden. There were several flowers all of varying sizes. The one nearest to me was the size of my face. I reached a hand out to it and jumped when a voice spoke.

“Don’t touch that.”

Standing up I turned around. A woman had appeared. She was slightly shorter than me with long copper hair, with streaks of silver, pulled back which fell to the backs of her thighs. The woman’s skin looked like it was made of metal and was lined with wrinkles. Her eyes were silver and the long dress she was wearing was made of emerald silk and lined with colourful gems.

“It is poisonous to your species. I imagine that Lonzac would be very upset if something bad were to happen to you.” The woman’s voice was soft but her eyes were harsh. It seemed that for some reason she didn’t like me.

Crossing my arms defensively I replied, “Who are you?” The way she held herself told me that she was an important person.

“Mother, what are you doing here?”

Wrapping an arm around me, Lonzac’s eyes were fixed on the woman.

“Wait,” I said moving my gaze between the two of them in bewilderment. “That’s your mum?”

Lonzac nodded stiffly, obviously displeased.

“You should have introduced us as soon as you arrived.”

Pulling me closer unconsciously, Lonzac said, “I would have but the High Council ordered that Adrienne be taken to the medical centre straight away. But you would know that seeing how you are on the council.”

Lonzac’s mother sniffed and held out a hand to me. “I am Baeyl, Lonzac’s mother and a member of the High Council.”

I eyed her slender hand warily. If Baeyl was on the council then I couldn’t trust her.

“I thought that shaking hands was a custom on your planet?” she asked frowning slightly.

Taking her hand in mine, I said, “It’s a pleasure to meet you. My name is Adrienne.”

Baeyl’s mouth twisted downwards and her hand tugged free of mine as if my touch had burned her. “What’s so special about her then?” she asked angrily, glancing up at Lonzac. “She is a worm compared to Veolia. The High Council allowed you to take a ship and travel to Earth but we didn’t actually believe that you would bring a human back.”

“Adrienne is my soul mate, my other half. We belong together.”

Baeyl’s eyes narrowed and she looked disgusted. “That creature is not worthy of you. I will not allow you to breed with her and soil our magnificent race!”

Flinching at her hard words I bit back tears.

Lonzac tensed and when he spoke it sounded like he was barely containing his fury. “Our magnificent race? If we are so wonderful then why are there so few of us left? The Aehlor aren’t completely to blame. We will die out if we do not change our ways and then we will become extinct. You know that mother.”

“I will not allow it! You have had your fun but now you must get rid of her.” Baeyl glared at me hatefully.

“Wherever Adrienne goes, I go. She is the Holder of my Heart.”

Baeyl’s silver eyes widened in shock and she hissed. “You fool, that oracle lied to you! It is impossible that a human is your perfect mate. If you will not leave her then you will go as well. I hereby banish you from Cairan Prime.”

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