by Paxson, Age 12
, Grade 6, St.Francis of Asisi, Louisville, KENTUCKY USA
December 13, 2016
Five Days Until
It was sunny day and a kid named Danny was riding his bike with his friends down the neighborhood street. He was a happy kid and it was almost time for Christmas, yes just a normal day, or so he thought. Danny heard a weird noise…“Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee owww,” and said, “What was that?”
“I didn’t see or hear anything,” said his friend named Jack.
“It’s an alien!” said his other friend John said as a joke. Danny was sure he heard something but what was it? He shrugged it off and convinced himself it was a prank or some animal making a noise, so he went home, continuing to ride with Jack and John. They went to bed and that was the first day. On the second day, there were no strange happenings other than a black figure in the night he thought he saw for a second running across the road outside his house.
On the third day he noticed weird dots that resembled pixels on his computer screen still no one believed there was anything unusual going on. No one believe him when he mentioned any of these weird things, they acted like a computer when it crashed. They just shut down. Even thought he had seen and heard several weird things he convinced himself, “It’s nothing.” However, on the fourth day the life Danny new and loved was over when his parents talked but their mouths were delayed and he also started to burn up when he was in an air conditioned room with a sleeveless shirt on. Either he had the flu or he was going crazy and his friends Jack and John were speaking in parseltounge. He got a letter that said “finished,” and that topped off the weird events of the fourth day.
Day five brought Christmas and more weirdness. He went downstairs to see that there was a new bike so he called his friends but before he could reach the phone there was laughter from behind the tree. He saw a dark figure with grey skin and then a blinding flash of green light. Then and only then did he pass out. “Agh,” he woke up in a capsule with something that looked like a high tech virtual reality machine on his head. “What happened?” he wondered to himself.
“Protocol one dash five capture the human,” said a robotic humanoid voice.
“I’ve got to get the heck out of here,” Danny said out loud as if someone cared as he ran down a hall into a room that looked safe, at least safer than where he had been.
“Where are you?” said a distorted voice. “You know I can smell you,” Danny shivered at the thought of that and laid down on a wall and then found a button, he pushed it. At first it flashed with blue light and then he saw his way out. A mechanical glove appeared and he put it on and punched the wall. It made a dent so he punched it harder the metal broke and it led to another hallway.
“Breach! Breach?” Danny heard and his heart felt like it would beat out of his chest.
“Stay calm” he told himself, he was done with this ship and he didn’t want to be found. He looked down at his glove and there it was, a map and an escape pod. He ran down the hall as fast as he could, heart still pounding like a drum. He found a door and opened it right as he went in he heard him, the alien.
“Get over here, come back!” Too late, Danny launched before the alien could grab him. He was so close to getting caught. It was over or so he thought, but there was one more thing he had to do. There was something there with him it was fluffy and had eight legs it was about the size of a softball and it seemed happy. It seemed cute enough so he let it stay and they were off. The last human and an orange creature Danny realizing that this weird experience was now his normal. “Fwoosh,” it was over. Somehow he woke up in a hospital, more weirdness. He was just happy to be back on Earth. The doctors around him started to cry and say he was awake. Apparently as a kid he fell from a tree and had been knocked out for twelve years but his mind had heard everything outside. He knew this was reality he just had one question, “Where are we?” but the doctor never answered, they were too shocked to see him awake. Oh well, he was done thinking about what might have happened he was just glad to be home and now weird things like this happening seemed normal.