It was a cool summer night in Los Angeles as I lay in my bed, staring out of my window at the “twinkling stars above”. I wondered what mystery they hold. I had learned in science class that all those stars are actually suns, much bigger than our sun, and that each one has its planets revolving around it. How beautiful might some of these planets be! And how advanced might their technology be!
I was about to drift into sleep when I heard a buzzing sound. My eyes flashed open. I looked at the window in front of me. What caught my eyes left me exasperated. I was speechless with fright. It was hard to describe the mechanism that was before my eyes, but it was a small craft, about the size of a car, made of a metal base and transparent glass.
Inside of it was a creature unlike anything I had seen in my life. I tried to scream but no sound left my mouth. I tried to run, but my feet seem glued to the spot. I was unable to move a muscle. Just then, as if by magic, my window flew open. Then the window of the alien space craft flew open. I came face to face with this horrendous being. Its eyes were the size of a baseball. Its red hair floated upward. Then he smiled, showing small green teeth. My heart was pounding to the point of bursting. I thought I was going to pass out.
Then the alien opened its mouth and spoke softly, “Relax Cupertino, I just want to take you for a ride into outer space”.
For the first time in minutes, I was able to breathe. When I caught my breath, I wondered “how did it know that it had always been my dream to fly into outer space?”
Without a second thought, I hopped aboard the spacecraft. We flew past the the high buildings of Los Angeles, out past the clouds and further up, up. As we soared past the highest skies, I could see the earth as a tiny ball suspended by nothing, as if by magic, just hanging on thin fair. We whizzed past the moon, then the red planet Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Very soon, we were in another galaxy. The adventures I experienced on these planets are too numerous to mention in this short story, and they will be revealed in future accounts, but to say the least, they were nothing short of marvelous.
I met beautiful aliens from other planets who looked just like humans. They had flying cars and talking robots.
In the space of one hour, my alien friend had returned me to my room. I climbed back into my room, my heart filled with glee and my mind filled with wonder, unable to sleep for the rest of the night.
Will anyone believe my story? It is not half as important as what I learned during that thrilling one-hour adventure into outer space.
For students of English: Learn the elements of the plot using this short story as a model in “English by Patrick Carpen”.