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.


10. Chapter Ten

Lonzac shoved me behind the main console. “Stay there and don’t make a sound.”

Crying out in annoyance I pulled a face. Then drawing my knees to my chest I listened as Lonzac and Grayson rushed around.

“Thank Ya’roya the only place someone can transport onboard is the cargo bay,” said Lonzac sounding anxious.

Worry gnawed at my gut. Who was it that had transported onto the ship? And why was Lonzac so fearful? Maybe it was one of the Aehlor? I hoped not. The thought of someone wanting to kill Lonzac made me feel ill even though at that point I hated him so much that I wanted to kill him too. Well maybe not kill him but hurt him a lot.

“Star filled sky, what are you doing so far from Cairan Prime, Lonzac?”

The voice was musical and wispy making me think of silk floating in the wind.

“This is the last place I would expect to see you, Veolia,” he replied.

“I’ve been looking for you. You haven’t given me your answer yet and you know that we don’t have much time; who knows when the Aehlor will find us? So Lonzac . . . what’s your answer?”

Lonzac gave an uncomfortable cough. “I . . . I’m sorry, Veolia, but I can’t.”

“Why not?” she whined sounding like a child. Then Veolia lowered to voice to a sultry whisper that made me jealous. “You know we belong together, Lonzac. Why fight it?”

Becoming annoyed Lonzac replied, “I think you should leave, Veolia.”

Exasperated, she said, “Why won’t you mate with me? Is there someone else? Don’t tell me it’s Greha.”

“It’s not Greha.”

“Then who?”

Lonzac didn’t answer and the only sound to be heard was the beeping coming from the consoles.

“Fine,” snapped Veolia. “It’s your loss. I hope I never see you again.”

There was the sound of footsteps and I breathed out a sigh of relief, glad that Veolia hadn’t found out about me.

“What’s that smell?”

Flinching I tried to make myself as small as possible.

“What smell?” asked Lonzac sounding bored.

“You must have noticed it. It’s odd . . . not metallic. Is there someone else here?”

“I thought you were leaving?” he said.

“There is isn’t there?” Veolia said angrily. “Is it her, the woman that you chose over me?”

“You’re imagining things.”

Her reply was a snarl. “No I’m not. Take your hand off me.”

There was the sound of fighting and Lonzac swore. A beautiful woman suddenly appeared, her golden eyes narrowing at the sight of me. Her golden hair fell to her waist and she was wearing a silky blue dress that clung to her in all the right places. Jewellery adorned her head, neck and wrists and her feet were bare. Without a word she grabbed my arm and yanked me to my feet before dragging me over to where Lonzac was being restrained by two very tall and bulky robots.

“What is this then?” asked Veolia heatedly. She let go of my arm and ran her eyes over me in contempt. “It’s hideous. Where is it from?”

“It has a name,” I said glaring at her.

Veolia smirked. “Whatever it is . . .” Her words stilled in her throat when she saw my necklace. “This is what you chose over me? How could you want that and not me? Why is it the Holder of your heart?” A golden liquid trailed down Veolia’s cheeks and I realised that she was crying. Her skin had taken on a metallic hue and Veolia reached out and touched the sphere of liquid that hung on a chain around my neck. “Do you love it?”

“Yes,” replied Lonzac, his silver eyes meeting mine.

Blushing I glanced away.

That was when the ship shook violently. We were all thrown sideways.

“What was that?” I asked, clinging onto the edge of a console as another explosion rattled the ship.

Lonzac and Veolia’s eyes were filled with fear. Without a word she ran from the room, her two robots following after her.

“What’s going on?” I demanded as Lonzac typed away furiously on a keypad.

Everything suddenly went silent and the lights dimmed before going out.

Grayson was at another control panel busy flicking switches. “They’ve disabled the engines, sir.”

Swearing under his breath Lonzac turned to me. He surprised me by pressing his lips to mine, making my pulse race. “You need to hide. It’s the Aehlor. No matter what happens don’t come out. I won’t risk anything happening to you.”

“What about you?” I asked quietly, stroking his face.

A screech sounded indicating that someone had transported onboard.

Lonzac’s eyes widened in terror and he pushed me towards the corridor. “Go quickly.”

I hesitated. I didn’t want to leave Lonzac. What if I never saw him again?

Seeing that I hadn’t done as he had said Lonzac murmured something I didn’t hear to Grayson who strode towards me and towed me to the corridor.

“Where do you think you’re going?”

Blocking our way were five men. They were all over six foot tall with bulging muscles and pale green skin. Their chins were covered with little yellow horns and their eyes were big and black. Some of them had tufts of black hair sprouting from their heads. Their arms were bare and their clothes appeared to be made out of something similar to leather.

The Aehlor that had spoken before asked, “Where are you taking her, robot?”     

Grayson didn’t reply and the Aehlor pushed us roughly back through to the bridge. Lonzac looked terrified at the sight of the five Aehlor.

“Hands in the air, Cairani scum,” ordered the leader, pointing a stubby weapon at Lonzac.

Gulping, Lonzac did as the Aehlor had said.

“What is she?” The leader wanted to know.

His men shoved Grayson over to Lonzac before sniffing at me. One even reached out and touched my face. “She’s soft,” he said. “It wouldn’t take much to cut through her skin.”

“Don’t you dare touch her,” Lonzac growled.

The leader smiled revealing pointed teeth. “Tell me what to do again, filth, and I’ll do more than touch her.”

Whimpering, I attempted to run over to Lonzac but one of the Aehlor gripped my wrist, tugging me backwards. His skin was cool and wet.

“So, Cairani scum, how do you want to die?” asked the leader.

“Don’t hurt him!” I cried trying to escape from my captor.

The leader focused his attention on me. “Why? Do you love him?” He grabbed my chin, his long nails digging into my skin.

“Yes I love him but I also hate him. I need him to take me back home.” I was shaking in his grasp.

“And where is your home?”


The leader burst into laughter, as did the other Aehlor.

“You’re a human?” Gesturing for the Aehlor restraining me to let me go, the leader cackled. “You’re not a threat at all then, are you?”

Pushing him away I sprinted to Lonzac who enveloped me in his arms. Tears filled my eyes as I pressed myself to his chest. Lonzac kissed my hair, his eyes on the Aehlor who were watching us with amusement.  

“Sorry human, but nothing can save your Cairani lover. He dies today.”

Lifting my gaze to meet the Aehlor leader’s eyes, I said, “Why? What did the Cairani do to you?”

“This has gone on long enough. Take him to the airlock.”

The Aehlor forced Lonzac and me apart before hauling Lonzac away. The leader stayed behind to stop me from following. He tugged me over to Grayson who he promptly opened up and started pulling wires from.

“No!” I yelled. “Stop it!”
   The leader pushed me to the ground and I ran after the other Aehlor. I found them standing outside a door gazing into the airlock where Lonzac was frantically typing away into a keypad. I tried to push past them but they blocked me easily.

“Is everything ready?” asked the leader, appearing behind me. At the ‘yes’ from his men, he pressed a button and there was a loud whoosh as the airlock doors opened and Lonzac was sucked out into space.

Screaming and swearing, I bit and kicked but the Aehlor swatted me down like I was a fly.

The leader crouched beside me. “Cairani can go without air for five crahler, so he’s not dead yet. I hope you make it back to Earth; this part of the universe is not a safe place for a human.”

The Aehlor disappeared leaving me sobbing with a broken robot on a ship that wasn’t moving.

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