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.


13. Chapter Thirteen

Ryu’li Cha, as I soon discovered, was a small pink planet. Its atmosphere was fortunately similar to Earth’s so I didn’t have to wear an oxygen mask. The gravity, however was half the strength of what I was used to so I had to wear special boots so that I didn’t float away. As I stepped from the cargo bay, my hand in Lonzac’s, I felt my mouth drop open in awe. It was as if I had stepped onto a world made of candyfloss; everything was pink and fluffy.

Lonzac’s silver eyes were fixed on me and he chuckled, pressing his lips to my cheek. “Come on,” he said, leading me down the ramp to the alien planet below.

My heart was pounding away in my chest as we reached the end of the metal ramp. I was about to set foot on a different planet! My breath was in my throat as I placed my foot on the pink ground. Turning to Lonzac I burst into a grin.

He kissed my head murmuring, “Welcome to Ryu’li Cha, Adrienne.”

Grayson was stood at the cargo bay entrance, his expressionless face watching us.

“Is Grayson not coming with us?” I asked my cheeks flushed from Lonzac’s kisses. The sphere that was resting at the nape of my neck was warm.

“You don’t want to be alone with me?”

The look in his eyes made my cheeks redden even more. “I . . . I just . . . I thought that it might be nice for Grayson. You treat him like a servant but he’s my friend.”

Sighing, Lonzac gestured for Grayson to join us. He hurried down the ramp before closing it. I gave Lonzac a grateful smile and squeezed his hand.   

Lonzac had been to Ryu’li Cha before and he showed me the main sights which were a waterfall that became a river of pink, frothy water, rock cliffs that looked like you could grab a handful of them. I asked Lonzac why everything was pink and he said that it was something to do with chemicals reacting with the atmosphere.

It was when we were stood at the bottom of the waterfall that I realised that the three of us were the only ones here. Lonzac’s arm was around my waist and the sphere was hot on my skin, very hot. Three guesses what he was thinking about.

“Why haven’t we seen anyone else?” I asked. Surely a planet as beautiful as Ryu’li Cha would be crawling with tourists. “Aren’t there any inhabitants?”

“We are in a part of the galaxy that is rarely visited. Most people don’t even know about this pink paradise. As for the inhabitants, they died out centuries ago.”

The spray from the waterfall was gentle on my skin and I gazed up at the soft pink sky. I still couldn’t believe that I was on a different planet in a different solar system. I mean me, Adrienne Owen! Back on Earth I had been a teacher’s pet with the number of friends that you could count on one hand. Yet to Lonzac I was everything just because of my reproductive system. Bitter tears stung my eyes and I turned my gaze to the pink grass on the ground. I wanted to believe that he loved me, I really did, after all I was the Holder of his heart, but . . . how could he possibly love me? I wasn’t beautiful like Veolia.

“Hey,” said Lonzac, stroking my cheek. “Why are you crying?”

Shaking my head I didn’t say a word.

Lonzac pulled me into his arms. “What’s wrong, Adrienne? Do you not like it here?”

“I . . . it’s amazing. Thank you for bringing me here.”

Drawing back, a smile played on Lonzac’s lips. He tilted his head, making his copper hair flop over his eyes. “I want to try something.” Lonzac placed his warm hands on my cheeks and rested his forehead on mine.

“What . . . what are you doing?” My heart rate increased at his touch.

He smiled. “You wanted to know what my people do instead of kissing.”

My eyes widened.

“Close your eyes.”

Swallowing nervously I did as he said. Moments later I was overwhelmed by a wave of emotion so strong that I would have fallen over if Lonzac hadn’t been holding me. The emotion made my skin tingle and filled every cell of my body. It was love.

“Do you believe me now?” asked Lonzac, caressing my face.

Gasping for breath, I grabbed his shoulder to steady myself.

“Adrienne, look at me.” Lonzac brushed some hair behind my ear.

Meeting his eyes I opened my mouth to say something but the words wouldn’t form.

“Was it too much?”

I couldn’t speak so I kissed him. His mouth was hot and sweet on mine. Lonzac pressed himself against me, his hands gripping my waist.

“Adrienne,” moaned Lonzac, tugging at my clothes.

“Sir,” said Grayson, interrupting us. “I’m receiving a message.”

Lonzac reluctantly pulled away. Panting he asked, “Who is it from?”

I gripped his arms, my knees weak.

“The High Council,” replied Grayson.

Annoyance crossed Lonzac’s handsome face and he released me before walking away. Pressing his collar, Lonzac started speaking but I couldn’t hear what he said.

Dropping down onto the pink ground, I rested my head on my knees.

“Adrienne, are you unwell?” asked Grayson.

I glanced up at him. “I’ll be fine in a minute. The High Council . . . is that the High Council of Cairan Prime?”

“Yes it is.”

“Why would they want to talk to Lonzac?”

“As the Head Scientist he is a member of the Council. The High Council probably wants to know why he hasn’t returned yet,” said Grayson.

Oh God. That meant that we would be going to Cairan Prime as soon as we left Ryu’li Cha. I couldn’t go there. Who knew what they would do to me?

Scrambling to my feet I planned to make a run for it but Lonzac turned around and came back over to us.

“Time to leave, I’m afraid,” he said looking unhappy.

I took several steps backwards. “No, I’m not going with you.”

Rubbing his temples, Lonzac said, “Not this again, Adrienne. No one is going to hurt you, I promise.”

“What’s going to happen if I go with you?” I asked, crossing my arms.

“We’ll just run some tests.”


Looking slightly uncomfortable, Lonzac replied, “Me and my colleagues.”

“What kinds of tests?”

Running a hand through his hair, Lonzac muttered, “I don’t know yet. Adrienne, please just stop fighting me. I won’t let anyone harm you, you know that.” He crossed the distance in between us and caressed my cheek. “You are the Holder of my heart. I would give my life for you.”

Tears formed in my eyes. “No one will go anywhere near my eggs?”

“Not if you don’t want them to.”

“Okay, I . . . I’ll go with you,” I said, unable to stand the thought of disappointing Lonzac.

He kissed me gently. “Thank you, Adrienne.”

Returning to the spaceship, we left the atmosphere. I was silent as I sat in a seat on the bridge. Lonzac and Grayson were busy plotting the course for Cairan Prime. Gazing out of the nearby window I saw flashes of colour as we past different galaxies. My thoughts went to Mum and Shelly. I missed them so much. Had Lonzac made it so that they had forgotten about me? Was it was like I had never existed? Maybe that was for the best; at least then they wouldn’t be worrying about me all the time. I hoped they were happy in Australia. And then there was Dionne. She had been my best friend. Had Lonzac been the reason Dionne had reacted the way she had? Sniffing, I wiped away my tears. Lonzac had turned my life upside down. I didn’t know if I could ever forgive him for taking me away from my family and friends.

Lonzac came over to me and lifted me up. Sitting down in the seat, he set me down on his lap. Curling up, I pressed my face to his chest. Lonzac wrapped his arms around me and kissed my hair.



I don’t know how much later it was that we arrived at Cairan Prime. Sitting in my seat, I watched as Lonzac and Grayson spoke with a Cairani official so that we could pass through the shield that protected the planet. After much deliberation the official decided that Lonzac was who he said he was and created a tunnel for us to fly through. My heart was in my throat as we travelled into Cairan Prime airspace. The planet was bigger than Earth but was a silvery copper colour. I couldn’t see any oceans but then I remembered that Lonzac didn’t drink water. Maybe the silver parts of the planet were liquid metal oceans? The spaceship descended through the red sky towards one of the few settlements that dotted the planet. The buildings were all silver and in designs that made my eyes hurt. The spaceship landed on a platform and Lonzac cut the engines.

Rising from his seat, Lonzac strode over and helped me from my seat. He laced his fingers through mine. “Are you alright?” he asked his silver eyes fixed on my face.

I gave him a shaky smile not trusting myself to speak. Squeezing my hand, Lonzac walked me down the cargo bay ramp. A group of men in silver clothes were waiting for us. Their hair was golden, silver or copper like Lonzac’s. They were all staring at me and I gripped Lonzac’s hand tightly.

Lonzac bowed his head and muttered something that I didn’t catch.

“Is this her?” asked a golden haired Cairani, his eyes filled with a mixture of disgust and unease.

At Lonzac’s nod the group of men surged forwards and pulled me from Lonzac’s grasp.

“No!” he yelled as I was hauled away towards the nearest building. “Adrienne!”

Struggling against the men I shouted, “You promised! You promised me, Lonzac!”

Lonzac ran after us but was held back when two of the men prevented him from following. “Adrienne!”

The liquid metal filled sphere was so hot that it was burning my skin. I sobbed as the men dragged me inside the building and the last I saw of Lonzac was the fear in his silver eyes.

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