Rkz (m, +16) and Trri (m, +14) are Candidates at
Tom (m, 28) and Ernay (f, 25) are Candidates at
John (m, 23) is a Candidate at
"Shlop mi erisk?"
Should I be worried?
"They're on to us, Captain!"
the first officer yelled. The man was chubby and had the guts of a chicken.
Neither of those characteristics were wanted on the tiny spy ship.
"Where are they?"
"Right behind those trees...They're looking our
"You know that doesn't mean a thing, John!"
the deep voice of Ernay interrupted the first officer,
"These aliens are just as bad as us when it
comes to nightvision."
That calmed him down for another 5 minutes. Tom sometimes wanted it was just him
and Ernay, but that was against Military Rules. The fact that he was married to
the woman didn't change a thing, yeah come to think of it, they should have been
separated, but they were the most successful team on these missions.
Tom heard John sigh his relief when the two aliens returned to whatever they
"Rkz, are you sure we aren't being watched?"
"I checked the surroundings, but maybe some wild
Grlps have found their way here already."
Trri shuddered as he thought of being massacred by a Grlp. In the stories that
always happened to boys who went outside in the middle of the night to catch
jelly fish. All would be fine until one of them heard it, the soft clanging of
the Grlps and then suddenly they were swallowed whole and would never return.
Trri looked around and wished the two moons were full.
"Grlps are just a story, we just have to make
sure we don't get caught." Rkz said as he
noticed his little brother was still scared.
"But how come there really do disappear boys in
"Maybe they are smart and run off, or maybe they are dumb and they drown in the
water when they are catching jelly fish."
"Wait! I see one!"
Rkz yelled as a soft orange glow made it's way to the surface of the lake.
"What are they doing?"
"Looking into the lake...apparently."
Tom looked through his nightvision binoculars. Something very odd was going on
"I see some strange light. Bright as day."
"Sorry Tom, we don't see it."
Ernay said, inching closer to the front window.
The light grew brighter and both alien boys took a step
closer to the water. The orange light reflected on their soft blue faces and
disappeared in their big black eyes. Rzk took out a jar and quickly snatched the
tiny animal out of the water. The jelly fish was quite content it seemed to be
in the jar. Rzk smiled as he saw the orange light reflecting on all sides of the
Rzk shouted and turned towards his brother. The light shifted and the area
surrounding them was lighter than even on a normal day.
"It's so bright!"
Trri said, awed by the sight of an orange world.
"I told you it would be worth it!"
"It is, but what do we do when they see we have it?"
"Well, we can't take it with us, we'll have to put it back."
"Do we have to?"
"Yeah, it wouldn't survive too long outside the lake."
Just when Rzk turned to release the jelly fish once again he saw something
"Well what do you know. Radiant jelly fish!" Ernay
"That's the light I saw!" Tom said. £
"It's kinda spooky." John said.
"You mean it's beautiful." Ernay objected, focusing her eyes on the swaying dot
"I definitely want to take a closer look at that."
"I'm coming with!"
"k. That means John gets to sit the ship, is that fine
John, who was scared to death of all the lights and unfamiliar plants was very
glad to be able to stay in the safety of the ship. But he wouldn't reveal his
fears that obvious.
"Fine." he answered,
trying to sound a bit disappointed.
Tom and Ernay put on some dark thermo jackets. The nights on this planet were
freezing cold. They could only suspect the alien race to either have very good
clothing material, or be naked and having no sense of cold. Tom leaned slightly
over to the second because nothing he had ever seen on these aliens had looked
Outside Tom signalled Ernay to follow him. Sheltered by the long grasses and tall
weeping willow trees they came closer and closer...
Inside the ship John kept watching the two aliens. He
didn't like these night missions at all, but he needed to do at least 12 before
he could ask for a transfer. This was number 11.
"11 down, one to go."
he whispered to no-one in particular.
Sitting all by himself in the ship sure was lonely. Ever since he had been
little John had hated the dark. Not that he was afraid, although many things
could hide in the dark. It was just that the dark symbolised Death. His parents
had died in the night, as had his sister. Not shot in bed by a loony killer, no,
that was what they wanted you to believe. In fact he knew his parents and sister
had been abducted by aliens. He had always known. He had seen the light going
from room to room. He had only been left alive because he had hidden below his
bed. He had still been awake, playing videogames when he had heard the
footsteps. Someone had been in his room, but John hadn't seen him, just the
Rzk lifted the jelly fish higher and pulled Trri back with
the other hand.
"I saw something!"
"You won't scare me as easily anymore."
Trri said back.
Rzk swayed the light from left to right until it reflected on metal. Rzk lifted
the jelly fish a little higher, his heart beating in his throat. Finally the
light stopped reflecting and they saw it. An Alien! Trri screamed in fear as
they saw the big round pink thing open a mouth.
"It really is a Grlp! The stories were true!!!"
Trri shouted as he dropped to the ground and tried to protect himself.
The light had come back. It shone into the ship, making a
soft reflection of himself on the window. It took a while for John to realise
what had happened.
"Oh my God!" he
screamed and started the engine.
"Tom!" Ernay screamed
as the night suddenly exploded into light.
"What is happening?"
he yelled back.
"John's taking off! I saw them shining the light
on the ship and he must have panicked!"
The noise was growing louder with the second. High pitched screams of the aliens
and the roaring of the ships engine made thinking almost impossible.
managed to say before the energy wave of the lift-off hit them.
Follow Tom, Ernay, Rzk and
Trri into new dangers
Follow John to Abri Weyr