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I’m sitting in the back of my family’s old, light-brown van, staring out toward the endless, empty field. There’s just something about the beautiful, green grass mixing with the clear, cloudless blue sky that is giving me a sense of peacefulness.
“Hey Tristan!”, yell my younger brother, Josh, “What are you looking at?”
“.....Nothing”, I reply, “Just enjoying the scenery.”
“Uh, what’s so special about a bunch of grass in an empty field”, ask my younger (and mean) sister, Ruby.
I sigh, before looking at my parents and two sibling. My dad was busy at the front of the van, driving while my mom was keeping him company. The three of us were all doing our own things: Josh was busy playing his game, Ruby was focus on drawing in her notebook, and I was just looking out the van’s window. I was bored.
Today is a very special day. It’s my birthday, and everyone decided to celebrate it at my grandparents’ house, in the wide open countryside. We left our house at about 10 in the morning and have been on the road for nearly two hours now.
“Don’t worry”, my dad said from the driver’s seat, lifting one hand high in the air. “We’re almost there. Another 30 minutes or so.”
“Swell”, I reply, putting on a fake smile. “Can’t wait to see Grandpa and Grandma.”
“Yeah”, commented Ruby, still drawing, “Can’t wait to see them.”
A little curious to see what my sister was drawing, I lean over and took a peek. It was a drawing of two skeletons, with hairs and clothes almost identify to grandpa’s and grandma’s.
“Well, that’s a little disturbing”, I thought.
Returning back to the view, I continue to stare out the window. For awhile, everything seem normal. Until, the once, clear, cloudless, blue sky sky started to turn black and red almost instantly.
“Hey”, said my mom, “What just happen? It was just clear a few seconds ago.”
Mesmerized by the sudden, odd-looking black sky, our attention was later redirect to something else, also started to appearing in the sky. It look a lot like a, sort of round, silver object, covered by bright white lights on its side. The silver object was almost as big as football fields, maybe even two put together. Out of nowhere, four more….saucers appear, all of them looking exactly the same. All of them slowly descending from the black sky.
“What are those?” I ask, pressing my face and hands against the window.
“What” Josh said, now looking away from his game. He quickly bump me out of the way so that he could look out the window.
“Whoa”, he slowly said, dropping his game and focusing completely on the five flying saucers.
Now all of us were looking at the flying saucers, even my dad. As we continue to watch the saucers slowly descend, we all started to wonder the same thing: “What is going on?”, “What are those things in the sky?” “Are they…. UFOs?”
As we kept on watching with wonder, some of the bright, white lights from the UFOs suddenly came flying off from them. Some of the lights that fell from the saucers landed in the empty field near, us, while a few landed right next to us. The balls of bright lights, not much bigger than a simple basketball, hover for a few seconds, before exploding. The field beside us blew up, rain of dirts and pebbles shooting out from the ground and into the sky. As for the exploding balls of lights near us, they exploded and shook up the van so bad, it nearly tip over.
"DRIVE“, my mother yell fearfully, holding ont her seat for her dear life.
Within even a second a waste, my dad stomp as hard as he could on the gas pedal, launching the van forward and sending us back into our seats. We drove faster than we ever have, almost 120 mph. As my dad continue to drive as fast as he possibly could, while dodging the exploding balls of lights, everyone else kept their head down, except for me. I still had my face and hands press against the window, watching the flying saucers. As more and more of them kept coming, the more and more exploding balls they kept on shooting.
“COME ON!!! COME ON!!!”, my dad yell, taking a sharp right and nearly tipping over the car. Somehow, as more and more UFOs appear, their lights started targeting us. It almost became impossible to dodge the lights. As my dad continue to swerved, turning left and right, he started to burn the rubbers off the tires.
Looking for any signs of help, any at more, I spotted a small farmhouse a few miles up the side of the road.
"Dad“, I shouted, lurching forward a bit to point out the building. ”Look!!"
Looking like as if the weight of the world was lifted off his shoulder, dad drove straight to the farmhouse as fast as the van could go, still dodging the lights. Feeling enthusiasm, I grab Josh and Ruby and show them the farmhouse. I told them that, there, we’d be safe there and could call for help.
After what seen like an eternally, we had finally reach the farm house. We all felt a suddenly burst of relief and joy and happiness as we drove right up to the building. We had survive. For awhile, it look like we were safe. Until, we actually saw the farmhouse.
"Oh my god", my dad said, as he stop the van right before the farmhouse.
The farmhouse was completely destroyed. Both the giant, red barn, and a single-story, white house we didn't see before were completely destroyed. All that remain were a pile of simmering, black pieces of woods. What was worst than the burnt building were the two burnt corpses.
Laying on the ground, not to far from us, were two completely burnt corpses. Red and still sizzling, both of the bodies look as if they were trying to crawl again. One hands extended far out, the other hands near the head. One legs bend while the other behind him.
We were all paralyzed. I felt like throwing up. Josh was covering his eyes. Dad’s hands fell off the steering wheels. We were all just so horrified. And distracted.
While looking at the burnt people, we completely forgot about the flying saucers. Within only a second, their exploding balls of light surrounding us. Dad try to drive again in order to escape, but they exploded before he could.
Jessica Esa: With a tantalising end to the first chapter, the authour has given us a treat and a welcome addition to the fantasy adventure genre. To limit it to just such would be an injustice however, as this novel clearly draws on elements of historical fiction, fairy tale and horror. Simply, there's someth...
Hali McGowan: when will the third book be done? I am absolutely hooked. I red the first two books within less than a week. I'm itching for the third one. The plotline is absolutely wonderful. I've never been much for sci-fi ish books. but you've got me hooked on this series
Alisha Banks: You have me hooked! I immediately upon finishing the first book had to start the second. It is a captivating story and I can't wait to finish the other two book! I will definitely be recommending this book to others to read!
rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...
sujitha nair: What's so distinct about this story was that it could easily be real. Praveena can be your classmate, neighbor or that girl you saw at the coffee shop today. The important decisions she makes and the dilemmas she faces, remind us of our own twisted lives.
Catherine Kopf: Wow! This was a really great story. I really enjoy reading fantasy, so it didn't take long for me to become invested in the book and its characters like Jacob. I really liked your writing style, and it seemed to flow very well. The descriptions that you used for your world were also created n...
ElusiveBadwolf: I loved this book so much! It's a shame that i already came to the end of this. I really enjoyed the story, and i liked it how everything became in the end. It was a great book and i can say that you are a great writer too. Keep it that way and i think you can make it in the writing business!
Cassie Jacobson: So many twists and turns. Keeps you wanting to read to see what happens next. The main character is detailed well. The struggles and growth of Joby makes you admire her. It gives you a proud satisfied feeling while reading it. A refreshing difference then most books out there today, and in a w...
genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...