Things aren’t always what they seem
This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. Read the rules to the contest here, and get your story in by August 1.
By Lauren Finch
Age 12, Mount Wolf
It all started as a normal school day. I got up around seven and got ready for school, and got on the bus. It wasn’t until after I got on the bus that I heard my best friend Breanne and I were going to get a new student in our class, from Quebec. I had to explain to Breanne that Quebec was in Canada and not in Mexico.
When we got to school we learned the new student was a girl named Shyniece. Later that day Breanne and I noticed that Shyniece seemed lonely so we followed her to her locker to see if she wanted to hang out later. We overheard her on the phone talking to someone about how it wasn’t easy to be a alien. I thought she meant she was an alien because she was from Canada, but Bre thought differently.
As soon as we left the scene Bre started to say, “Take me to your leader earthling!” I told her to chill out and my theory but she wasn’t convinced. So I invited Shyniece to spend the night at my house so we could see who was right.
Shyniece got there around seven, we hung out for a bit then got ready for bed. As we were getting ready to put the movie in, Shyniece said she had to take her makeup off and went to the bathroom. I didn’t realize she was wearing any makeup.
When she came back I realized Breanne was right. Shyniece was a green alien with three eyes. I was shocked. I didn’t know what to say.
She said, “What are you looking at?”
I still didn’t know what to say, then she said, “It’s only a cucumber mask!”
I was glad to know she wasn’t a real alien. Though you never know what you’ll discover next. Things aren’t always what they seem to be!