“Come on Sophie, you know what Mr Warbrush is like if you come in late,” called Tracy, tugging at my sleeve. “He’ll murder you”!


“Just one more minute”, I growled, stabbing down on keys in the school computer room.


“Suit yourself”, she sniffed and walked out grabbing Becky on the way. I didn’t care. I had bought a new game at the weekend and couldn’t wait to try it out. It was called “The Journey of Darkness”. You had to go on a quest to search for the Circle of Light. It would be a hard journey and half way through you would have to fight the alien army. You had to be a strong warrior to defeat them and…


“I think we better go now”, said this new girl Sue, gazing at the computer.


“Mmm…”


“After all you are supposed to look after me”.


Grunt.


She didn’t know what to say to that so she kept quiet.


As I was saying, when you defeated the aliens and found the Circle of Light, the whole screen would light up - a sign that you had beaten the darkness. I carried on playing unaware of the time. I had got past the alien army without any trouble but when the computer screen lit up something strange happened…


An invisible force was pulling me headfirst towards the computer. I reached out to touch the screen but it melted away. Then I was flying through space. Lights flashed before my eyes. I started spinning very fast. I tried to call out but it was lost in the empty nothingness. Gradually the lights faded and it began to get darker. I sensed that I was slowing down.


A few minutes later, I found myself in a long dark room, lit by dimly glowing green globes. The walls were painted black and what seemed to be windows were covered in a shiny black material, that when touched felt rough and soft. I looked around, squinting in the dim light. There was no way out.


I leaned against a wall, searching wildly for a door. Suddenly I found myself sprawling on the floor. I heaved myself up. I was in another dimly lit room except this one was occupied entirely by…ALIENS!


They were like huge dollops of black slime and covered with green pustules. The aliens all seemed to be crowding around a low platform. On it was a smaller, wrinkly alien. This platform was also occupied by a huge metal chair, covered in pipes and wires. I shuddered. I tried to go back through the wall but it wouldn’t budge. The aliens hadn’t seen me. So I shrank back against the wall, heart thumping. I felt sick with fear. Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw a figure about my age. It was covering its face with a coat. I blinked. They were gone.


I don’t know how long I stayed there. When I awoke I was sitting in the huge metal chair. An alien was standing over me, its great ugly face dripping slime. The alien on the platform started telling them all that the final ingredient was ready and when they flicked the switch my genes would appear in many bottles and they would be able to see in light.


The huge alien advanced towards me its hand about to flick a switch next to my right ear. Suddenly light poured into the room. Someone yanked me out of the chair and pushed me out of the room. The aliens were all screeching and melting in sticky puddles. The person was Sue!


“Follow me”, she said. She took me to small room at the back, filled with computers and gadgets and explained everything. The aliens lived only in darkness and if light hit them they would shrivel up and die, she explained.


“And that’s when you came in”, she said. “They had made a secret potion to enable themselves to be able to live in light but something was missing. They needed the genes of someone who could live in light so they could finish the potion. “Come on. Let’s go home.”


“OK”, I said, desperate to get away.


She switched on a computer and this time when the screen lit up…I was ready.


A few minutes later we arrived back on earth. “Come on,” Sue called. “We have a lot of explaining to do.”


“Just coming”. I switched off the computer. Next to it was a little squidgy alien…all that remained of our space adventure.