WARNING: Dear my very brave reader. I know it is my sad duty to write the story of the wretched life of the child in this book, but that does not mean you have to read it. I beg you to rip your eyes off this book, and throw this petrifying story down a well; and read something that won’t keep you awake at night scared out of your skin.
DING DING DING! The morning break bell ran throughout the school of Raumati Beach, and a stampede of kids ran to their freedom. My name is Sebastian Snicket, the wimpiest year 8 at school. In fact the only people who don’t treat me like a turd are Cedric and James Lestrange. Although that’s only because they’re too busy studying for some stupid math quiz to notice me.
“Hey you!” Oh no, that’s Doug Verhaart the toughest, strongest, most braindead kid in school. I try to bolt but unfortunately I’m not the best sportsman in the world. Okay, understatement of the century, I’m propably the W-O-R-S-T worst at sports in the world but that’s beside the point right now. “Got ya” he whispers murderously in my ear. Did I mention he makes me wet myself everyday and then almost kills me with embarrassment?
He drags me across the field to the shack. The place no-one goes because It’s apparently “his territory”. For some reason every thing seemed, well, more abandoned and derelict in a way. Doug didn’t seem to notice. He grinned a spinechilling grin as he pulled his thermos full of warm water out off his pocket. As the water settled in the lid he set it down carefully on the dusty wooden planks.
Very slowly still with that nasty smirk on his face he grabbed my arm and pulled down hard. I grimaced in fear and pain. Doug placed his hand on my chest and pressed down till I collapsed. DARN THAT SMILE! He was staring at me so intensely now I was almost in tears, and as if that wasn’t enough,he still had that stupid smirk on his face! Just as I thought things couldn’t get any worse, saliva started dribbling down his chin. He was gazing at me dreamily now, wait a second I knew that look! It was the look someone had when there was something delicious in their possession, and they were savouring the moment before they were about to take their first bite. Something had gone terribly wrong… DOUG WAS GOING TO EAT ME!
I had to get out of there pronto. I was still aware that I could have lost my mind, and had made it all up, but I wasn’t gonna take any chances! I tensed, his grip tightened and his head came looming in. I screamed for help that would never arrive. I started wriggling and writhing trying desperately to regain my freedom, but Doug was already upon me. Doug’s skin had turned a cold clammy grey, his teeth were like big pointed needles, his hair had vanished, and his pupils reflected wild fire dancing and flickering uncontrollably. I screamed again helplessly. I tried once more gathering up all my strength and gave an almighty kick, which actually managed to throw him off me. As I mentioned before I’m no-good at anything physical, but that kick really packed a punch! For a few precious moments Doug lay sprawled on the floor utterly bewildered by my effort. I wasted no time and scrambled to my feet. All I had was two scrawny legs and a few seconds of a headstart, but complaining wouldn’t do me any good, so I ran for it! Doug was quickly gaining on me. I gave everthing I had left into making a great surge of energy.
Dirt’s flying out beneath me, and the wind is whipping my face. I lengthen my strides, I am quite sure I have lost my mind now, because I stopped. Yes, you read that correctly, I stopped in my tracks, because there before me was paralysing, petrifying, purple space ship. It was covered in horrendous, hypnotysing, hieroglyphics. It was magnificently, miraculously, massive! Suddenly a crimson light shot out from the mysterious object and moved vertically up and down my body, like it was scanning me! Mist started filtering out some holes and drifted, gently swallowing the spaceship. The strange red light flashed on and off, like a warning. I blundered blindly through the mysterious fog, following the paprika beam. Oh, why was this happening to me?
SMACK! “OUCH!” I cried out in pain before I could stop myself. I reached forward finding myself touching cold hard steel. Turns out I just banged my head on a U.F.O! My heart skipped a beat. My stomach was in my mouth because something from a world of nightmares had grasped my arm. A scaly hand was clasped over my mouth, I was being dragged towards what looked like a door. I screamed in terror, pleading muffled prayers, begging god to help me. BANG! An unbearable paid erupted on the back of my head, and then, it was black…
I let out a long groan as the memories of the rest of the day came flooding back to me. My limbs were tied to a large wooden pole and my mouth was stuffed with a rag that tasted like mud. I strained my neck to try and get a better look at my surroundings. Strangely to my left and right were two other prisoners. One had sandy brown hair that came right down to his eyes’ and legs made of skin and bone. The other had blonde hair that was really short. They both seemed out cold though.
“Aah, the little ones awake” cooed a cold steely voice. Then an uncomfortably familiar hand extended one gnarly green finger that slid across my throat. The ropes holding me loosened, and I broke free. My wrists and ankles were red from the shortage of blood getting past, but I was still relieved to be free…But was I free? I turned round slowly fearing what horrific sight would lie before me. I screwed my eyes up tight and finished turning, gathering all my courage I opened my eyes with a grunt…Wishing I had kept them shut.
A sickly, slimy, scaly, sly, snake-like, slick green figure stood staring at me with with a wicked grin. Another strange shape sulked in his shadows. “He looks absolutely divine” hissed the first creature. I was a little confused. Was it flirting, or making a meal out of me? “Why do you get the brain?” snapped the sulky one. “Becaused I said so, so shut up Maurice!” said the first creature sounding rather irritated. “You know just because you say something doesn’t mean it’s utterly compulsory to agree with”, mumbled Maurice crossly under his breath.
Out of the blue something clicked inside my head and I came to my senses and ran for it. What was I thinking? I ran straight into the wall, creating a sudden burst of noise. The aliens instantly reacted grabbing my uniform and tugging hungrily, ripping the material. I screamed for mercy, but they had none. Their long claws drew blood from my body, it looked like the end of me.
I don’t know what happened next but it was a life saver. “I’ll be your slave! I cried. A moments silence occured as thes words were spoken. “If you dont do as we say we will eat you…STAND UP!” ordered my new master. “Untie the short haired pest, we’re still hungry” cried my Boss.
Sick with regret I untied the poor unconscious boy from the post and handed his limp body over to the aliens. They dropped the helpless heap carelessly on the floor, laughing cruelly. The force of his fall caused him to start muttering dreamily, and open his eyes. “Quick he’s waking up” said Maurice. ” I know that you idiot” retorted Master. They both called their savage victory cry, and lowered their heads. The most disgusting thing happened next, as small bits of flesh and blood flew from the corpse, the two aliens ate their full.
Half an hour later I was rudely ordered to clean the remains. I always wanted to get out of doing chores, but this was a whole new level. Unwillingly I took a mop, gloves, and a bucket, and kneeled down to start work.
After slaving away for a fortnight, I had been beaten, yelled at, overworked and exhausted, but I actually accomplished a dream… Going into space! I’ve watched comets fly past, and I’ve seen the craters on the moon. I think my cloud has been blessed with a silver lining.I wondered what errands I would do today.
BONG! The spaceship shook as the breakfast gong’s thunderous sound echoed within the walls of the spaceship. As I gulped down the disgusting slop I was given, I waited patiently for the daily plan, but it didn’t come. Finally, Master spoke. “Today we will be going to…” He paused, enjoying the suspense. “Mercury”. I gasped in terror. “But I’ll get cooked!” i yelled. “Exactly, you get roasted and we feast!” cried Maurice.
I was petrified, I can’t believe I had been so stupid! If I disobeyed them now I’d get eaten now, and if I didn’t I’d get eaten later. I decided to get eaten later. I despaired as we sped closer and closer to the sun. “Wait” I said urgently, “won’t you get cooked too?” “we are fire proof” snarled Maurice. Sweat was now dripping off me, and I could feel the temperature rising.
Suddenly a burst of light and warmth formed, and all my hopes were engulfed in the flames.