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. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.
By Jacob Parr
Age 12, Dover
Hi, my name is Patty Paranormal, and the story I am about to tell you is REAL. Some people may think aliens are made up creatures but I know they are wrong.
It all started one night when I was lying in bed thinking of the awesome day it was going to be tomorrow. My brother, mom, dad, and I were all going to this really cool theme park that just opened. It was called Alien Express. After about an hour, I finally fell asleep.
When I woke up, I jumped out of bed, pulled on my clothes and ran downstairs to find everything packed in the car and my family waiting for me.
“Let’s get going!” yelled my dad excitedly.
The car ride there felt like forever! But we finally pulled in the parking lot. I almost jumped out of my seat at the site of the gigantic roller coasters and the candy that lined all of the stores. Aliens were everywhere, alien statues, alien candy, alien costumes, and even an alien spaceship!
We spent the whole day at the theme park, riding rides and eating until are stomachs exploded (our stomachs didn’t really explode). Finally we rode every ride but one, the most humongous, gigantic roller coaster ever! It went so high. The top went into the clouds! The name of it was Alien Capture,
The line was really short so we got on the first cart that came. My whole family got in and we started off. Little by little, the cart climbed the steep hill until it got to the top. Then, it started going down but before it started catching speed it flew off the tracks and into the sky, taking us along with it.
From what I remember it was just clouds zooming by us as we were heading toward a mass of something black. I thought it was just part of the ride but it wasn’t. It was something way worse.
When we reached the mass, I could tell what it was. It was a real alien spaceship! The aliens tied us up and took us into their ship. It was very weird looking. There was a lot of black and it looked very much like I thought the future would look. But then the aliens came out, and they looked even weirder than the ship itself! I could tell they were mad:
“Eeek wak ook spack!” said one alien
“What?” I said
“We come in peace,” he tried again.
“Ok, then why did you capture us?” I asked.
“We want to know why you built a theme park out of our culture,” he asked, in an angry tone.
“We built this park because kids love aliens and they would love to come to a park that represented them.”
I could have sworn I saw him blush when I said that. For about 30 more minutes we talked about human and alien differences. I learned a lot of knew stuff about aliens and I even learned one alien’s name was Nak (Ted in English).
He finally let us go and we soared through the air, landing at the top of the hill on the huge roller coaster, Alien Capture. Then, the cart started going down the hill and we finished the ride. It was the coolest ride ever in many different ways! I can’t wait to come back!