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 Andrea Hunt
Age 8, Shrewsbury
“Hi! My name is Alice Marten. My age is a month from 11. I have something to tell you.
It started a year ago. I was having recess with my best friend Julie. She gave me a blue ball. I thanked her nicely. I put it in my room when I got home.
The next day when I got up and ate breakfast I found that something was really different. The sofa was in the kitchen and the refrigerator was in the other room! I went in my dad’s room. I saw something like SO cool! Dad’s private book was open!
I tiptoed to the book and I flipped to page 39. The book said Alice is supposed to know this but Victoria doesn’t want me to tell her. Aliens. There are aliens who love the Martens.
I put the book back quietly. I wanted to slam it, but dad was asleep in there. I woke up mom in the other room. I told her to go to the kitchen with me. I looked around. It was back to normal!
I told my mom about it, “Do you know what it was?’ I asked.
“Ale-oh whatever,” said mom.
“Ale what?” I asked.
“NOTHING, GO TO YOUR ROOM NOW!” shouted mom.
I went to my room. The ball Julie gave me was different. The ball was rainbow.
“MOM!!! MY BALL JULIE GAVE ME IS DIFFERENT!!!!”
Mom came rushing to my room. The ball was rainbow but when mom came it’s blue again!
“But mom I swear!! It was rainbow! It was!! Please believe me!!”
“I believe you, but how come whenever I come it changes,” said Victoria, already knowing that aliens do that.
“I’m not doing it!” I said.
“Just stay here and play on your cell phone. OK?” asked mom.
“OK!” I said. I got my cell phone. It was rainbow!!
“MOM!! MY CELL PHONE IS RAINBOW!!!” Mom came again. My eyes were glued to my cell phone, but when mom came my eyes were still glued to my cell phone. “It turned back to normal mom! I saw it!” I said and I eventually ended up shouting.
“Calm down Alice!” mom said.
“I can’t Mom! What is this?” I said sounding a little like panicking.
“I don’t know,” said Victoria trying to calm her down.
A month later
I never had to really think about anything until I was exactly 11. I woke up and a bunch of rainbow things were crowded around my bed. I was ready to scream but out came a silent scream.
“Hello,” said a very skinny alien.
“GET OUT!!” I said not controlling myself.
“Why my pretty?” asked the skinny alien.
That made me even madder. “I am not yours!” I said.
“You will be very soon Um,” all the aliens said at the same time.
“UM? What are you going to do with me anyways?”
“You stupid girl!” the skinny alien said.
“First I am NOT stupid. Second you can’t be doing this to me because … MOM!!!”
The aliens were gone in a flash when mom came.
“But mom! There were aliens! I swear! There were rainbow aliens!” I shouted.
“OK. You found out the truth. There are aliens who love the Martens,” mom said looking embarrassed.
“I read that in dad’s private book,” I said.
“Really?” asked mom.
“Yes,” I said. “I’m going to call Julie.”
Mom left and went to work. I picked up my cell phone and a rainbow hand magically came out of my cell phone. “AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!” I screamed.
“Calm down!!” the fat alien said.
Another alien I thought. “Um your an alien do you think I can calm down”?
“Yes teeny tiny jerk,” said the fat alien.
“First I’m NOT teeny tiny!!!!! Second I am NOT a jerk!!!! And I’m taller than you, I should be calling YOU teeny tiny. And YOU’RE a jerk. Anyway what the heck are you doing here?” I asked.
“Nothing,” the fat alien said.
“Whaaaa?” I said sounding stupid.
“The Queen just wanted me to check on you jerky. Do you want to come to Alien Rainbow Land?”
“No. That is such a stupid name,” I said.
“Your planet is a stupid name!” said the alien.
I definitely did not like him!!! I was about to cry and he noticed and left.
“Thank goodness!” I said. I should do that every time, I thought.
When mom came home I told her what happened. Mom said, “I always knew that aliens would be magnets to you!”
I hate aliens so much. They call me Urn, teeny tiny, my pretty, jerk, stupid and even jerky! When I was twelve I woke up and I knew that I wasn’t going to have my favorite cereal for breakfast! I was in Alien Rainbow Land!
“Good morning jerky! Time to meet every alien!”
“Every?” I asked.
“No no! All the important aliens,” the medium alien said.
“Oh,” I said.
The King and Queen first,” the medium alien said.
“But what about breakfast?” I asked.
“What’s breakfast?” the medium alien asked.
“Oh never mind. Is there any food around here?” I asked.
“Yes, the snacks are gummy body parts, green feet, hard fingers, and best of all is slimy eyes,” said the alien.
“EW! GROSS! Now I hate Alien Rainbow Land even more!” I said.
“Now time to meet the Queen and King,” said the alien.
The doors opened and I walked in.
“Hi,” I said shyly and quietly.
“Hello. We have been waiting to meet you. Please take a seat,” the King alien said.
“So what do you want me for?” I asked.
“Are you mean?” the Queen asked.
“Yes, to aliens that are mean to me,” I said.
“Spectacular. We have this bad alien who is trying to destroy all the aliens so he can have our castle.”
Would I really do this for an alien, I thought. “If I do this will you do anything for me?: I asked.
“Yes,” said a very short alien.
“Will I get to go home?” I asked.
“Yes. That was the prize,” said the short alien, lying.
“OK,” I said.
All the aliens looked guilty for some reason.
“Why do you all look guilty?” I asked.
“Oh we do not look guilty do we King?” the Queen said.
“Um we kinda do,” the King said.
“King!” the Queen shouted.
“Oh, just kidding,” said the King.
“No you’re not. Tell me the truth!” I shouted.
“We are Alice,” said the King.
“OK I believe you but only for this round,” I said.
“I want to go back home,” I said.
“You’re staying here forever,” said the queen.
“WHAT? YOU STUPID LYIERS!!!!!!!! I’M NOT GOING TO BATTLE THIS STUPID BAD GUY IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LET ME GO HOME!!!!!!!!!!!” I screamed. “I feel MUCH better now from all that screaming,” I said.
“You know the bad guy is afraid of humans. So if you catch the bad guy we’ll let you go home. Promise,” the King said. This time they didn’t look guilty.
“OK,” I said.
“In our world right now nobody or nothing is moving,” said the Queen.
“OK. So where does the bad guy live?” I asked.
“He lives in a cave,” said the King.
“OK,” I said bravely.
So I went out the castle and started looking for caves. “UG! I should of asked them where this mysterious cave is and what it looked like.”
After 2 hours I finally found a cave. It was shaped as a square and it was rainbow. I walked in.
“Who comin in?” asked the bad alien.
“A person. The thing you’re afraid of,” I said.
“A person? I am, I mean I’m NOT afraid of people,” said the bad alien.
I got my bag and put him in. “Ha,” I said to him.
He screamed in pain when I gave the bag to the King.
“Thank you,” said the Queen. They gave me a piece of cake. I ate it. I was back home in no time! I kinda liked the cake.
“So mom guess what?” I asked.
“You went to alien land didn’t you,” Mom said.
“Yes and how do you know their name?” I asked.
“Because I’ve been there before. They captured me when I was little too,” answered mom.
“Oh,” I said.
“Now go take a rest,” said mom.
“OK,” I said.
I went to my room and waited for mom. “Goodnight,” I said when she came into my room.
“Goodnight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite,” said Victoria.
Victoria was close to tears in a happy way. I was too.