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.


19. Chapter Nineteen

The first thing I noticed upon waking was that there was something on the roof of my mouth. Probing it with my tongue, I felt something round and metal.

“The oxygen filter is to ensure that you don’t die.”

Jumping, I gazed at the robot stood beside me. He would have been identical to Grayson if he wasn’t white and covered in scratches.

“Oxygen filter?” I repeated, sitting up.

The robot nodded. “You nearly died from inhaling too much oxygen. The filter will ensure that you breathe the correct amount for your species.”

“Thank you.”

I was in what I guessed was the medical bay. There was equipment all around and several beds. There were wires hanging from the ceiling and nothing matched. It appeared that just like the rest of the ship it was made from bits and pieces from different civilisations.

“The gravity was also affecting you. The boots you are wearing have been adjusted to Earth’s gravity.” The robot’s voice was monotone.

“Okay, thanks.” Rubbing my eyes, I tried to catch up to speed on what was happening. “Am I right in thinking that the captain said I could stay here as long as I work?”

Moving over to a computer bank, the robot replied, “Correct. The captain wants you to report to Szli on the engineering deck as soon as possible.”

I got to my feet and the robot placed a bundle of clothes into my arms. It was a pair of overalls exactly the same as Tysnux and Osmutt’s. I was reluctant to take off the Cairani clothes I was wearing as they reminded me of Lonzac, but I changed anyway. The overalls were too long and baggy but that was probably because I was a lot smaller and shorter than the rest of the crew.

“Where’s the engineering deck?” I asked the robot, slightly apprehensive.

“Deck three.”

Heading towards the hallway, I stopped. “What’s your name?”

“The crew call me Medbot. It is the shortened version of Medical robot model 3.1.0.”

Smiling, I said, “Well thank you for your help, Medbot.”

Medbot inclined its head. “My function is to serve in any way I can. I am glad to have been of service.”

  I thanked it again and went off to find Deck 3.



“Hello?” I called, slowly making my way down a corridor that was in a serious state of disrepair. “Szli? Are you here?”

Shoving my way through a curtain of wires, I spotted a small window and peered out. I gasped, my eyes widening. There was a swirling mass of colour. It was a galaxy. The sight of it made me feel so small and insignificant. Dad would have loved this.

“Who are you?”

Spinning on my heel, I found what can only be described as a giant, seven-foot tall, ten-legged stick insect.

“I’m Adrienne.” I was trying not to stare at the alien stood before me.

Szli was using all but the pair of legs s/he was standing on to fix various bits of electronic equipment. “The human?” Its voice was surprisingly deep, making me think that Szli was a male. Blinking his beady eyes, he said, “None of us are small enough to fit in the ventilation shafts. You can start there.” Szli scuttled away without another word.

“Okay . . .” Looking around for the entrance to the vents I found them nearby, halfway up the wall. I had to jump to reach the opening, and I struggled to pull myself up. It was no surprise that the other crew members couldn’t squeeze themselves inside; I only just managed to fit in there myself. This part of the ship was obviously meant for small people. I set to work rearranging some wires. I didn’t need to think about what I was doing, I just did it. It was the only thing I was good at.



“Done,” I said, hours later as I wiped dirt from my hands.

Szli was lying on the floor, half buried in the wall panel. “What did you say?”

“I’ve finished all the wiring in the ventilation shaft.”

Extracting himself from the panel, Szli gazed up at me in surprise. “You’ve done it all?”


He was quiet for a moment before saying, “You can go have a rest. You’ll need sleep for tomorrow.”

“Sure, um where can I sleep?”

“The vents?” suggested Szli. Laughing as if he had just told an amusing joke, he said, “Gwoj will show you to your room.”

I didn’t recall hearing that name before. “Who?”   

“Look up.”

Hovering by the ceiling was a ball of fluff. It was the size of my fist and was a spearmint green colour. It made a squeak and flew in a circle around my head. After a while it stopped and flipped over as if dizzy. Once Gwoj had righted itself, it bumped into my arm and floated down the hallway. Realising that I should probably be following the ball of fluff, I hurried after it.

Gwoj eventually stopped outside an open blue door several decks above. Inside the small room were a bunk bed and a table. It looked like someone already lived there because there were posters stuck all over the walls.

“This one, are you sure?” I asked.

Squeaking, Gwoj swerved over to the bottom bunk. I didn’t want to share a room with anyone else but I knew I shouldn’t press my luck so I kept my mouth shut. The sheets were made of a strange material and were rough on my skin. Closing my eyes, I felt Gwoj drop down onto my hand. He was soft and I soon fell asleep dreaming of Lonzac.  

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