I asked my mentor Susan how I could thank her for all her kind words and advice this year, she told me: “I’d like to read a story about an alien abduction set in Australia.” So here it is, thank you Susan, I really appreciate everything you have done for me this year.
Side note: GAH I just deleted this entire post accidentally and had to rewrite the entire thing. I guess that is one way of editing.
We live in a tiny rural farming town. No one is ever interested in travel, but I’ve always been obsessed with seeing the outside world, especially the pyramids. My nan says she doesn’t want to be shot halfway across the world in a tin can to see a pile of rocks.
One night I decide to steal my dad’s ute. I only get as far as the edge of town when the car stops. It’s as if I’ve hit a forcefield. I get out and touch the barrier, slowly I edge my face nearer. I can hear a tapping noise. But then the sound of my dad’s tractor interrupts me. He must be looking for me. I get in the ute and reverse, then drive as fast as I can toward the barrier. There is a cracking noise and a bright light.
When I wake there is a huge figure standing over me. It looks like every inch of it’s skin is moving, like it’s made from bugs.
“Are you being okay?” it asks.
“Yes,” I reply.
“Don’t worry, I am in the…” it pauses to look at a book. “…friend zone.”
“Yes, I am being in the zone for friends. I being looking after you.”
“What?” is all I can think to say.
“You broke the enclosure. I being thinking you resistant to the anti-travel injections. Don’t being worried, I making it closed again.”
“I being from another planet. We abduct your town for observing 200 hundred human years ago. That being 2 of our years. We making enclosure, so real none of you realising. I being learning your language. You being thinking my talking is awesome?”
“Er, yes your English is… awesome.”
“My colleagues being talking, saying I am too close to humans. Now you being knowing everything I having to keep you like pet. Sorry. Will you still being in my friendzone? I observe you like pyramids, I can take you.”
“Yes I think we can be in the friendzone together,” I say.