My name is Ella, and I’m an alien with blue hair.
Actually, I’m only half-alien. The Mothership bought me to Earth, but left me behind with my very human father. I’m here to collect information about the human race.
Its not hard to do. I don’t have to write anything down or remember things, like I do at school. I just have to watch the humans very carefully; the things they do, the words they say and the ways they behave, and all of this gets soaked up in my brain, like a scrape of butter on warm toast. One day the Mothership will come and get me, and I’ll be put in a big machine that will read my brain like an encyclopaedia.
Don’t worry, it won’t hurt. The Mothership would never hurt anyone; it is much, much kinder than humans.
Until I have collected enough information I have to stay here, in this house of warm, reddish-brown brick, with my family. There is my dad, and Arthur, and Hannah. Only they and Ms Suhn know about my mission here on Earth. Ms Suhn suggested I keep a journal about my mission – and I’m not sure why, because I’ve told her its top secret. The world can’t know about the Motherhip. But she tells me I don’t have to tell anyone about what’s in my journal.
I will tell you about Arthur first.