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‘Tra-la-la, tra-la-la, I’m flying,’ Carly shouted at the top of her lungs, trying to pretend to be nonchalant about the fact that she was hurtling skyward. ‘La-la-la-a-a-a-a! Isn’t this fun! Yelina, if I live through this, I am going to kill you! Hello birdie! Hello cloud! Hello ‘nother birdie! Hello ‘nother cloud!’

Once again she tried to gain some measure of control over her hurtling ascent.

‘Well, at least I’m not falling down. Falling down always ends with a big splat. H’m. I wonder what falling up ends with?’

She managed to roll over so that she was looking down.

‘Well, at least from this high it isn’t so scary looking down. Holy guacamole! I can’t even tell which is our house from this high up!’



‘Do something! Do something! Do anything!’ Kiko shouted, jumping up and down in agitation as Yelina fiddled with the controls.

‘I can’t!’ Yelina shouted back, weeping with frustration. ‘She’s out of range.’



‘Tra-la-la! Oh, help, la! I’m flying!’ Carly shouted. ‘Hey, I wonder what happens if I-’

With an almost audible click, she had it!



‘Now you’ve gone and done it,’ Kiko shouted furiously, weeping. ‘You’ve gone and killed Carly! You stupid . . .’ she spluttered helplessly, trying to find the words.

‘I’m sorry!’ Yelina hiccuped. ‘I thought it would work- hey!’

They stared as the controller leapt from her grasp, high into the air, and disappeared.

Both girls felt a prickling sensation on the backs of their necks.

‘You don’t think one of those alien things is here?’ Kiko queried, tremulously, looking about, wide-eyed.

Yelina squeaked in alarm, nearly jumping out of her skin.

‘Did you do that?’ she demanded indignantly.

‘What? I didn’t do anything!’ Kiko protested.

‘Ow! Quit it . . .’

The two girls’ eyes locked.

Carly!’ they blurted together.

‘It’s the ghost of Carly,’ an invisible voice said, somewhere above them.

‘Ow! Stop dropping pennies on me!’ Yelina complained. ‘An’ stop being invisible, so we can see you.’

‘Rats!’ Carly complained, becoming visible once more, hovering over their heads. ‘I was tryin’ ta get you back. You coulda killed me, you know!’

‘So you can fly around, now?’ Kiko asked her enviously.

‘Oh, sure! Watch this!’ Like Peter Pan, she flew acrobatically and theatrically through the trees and back.

‘Cool!’ Yelina shouted, jumping up and down in a circle and clapping her hands. ‘Let’s go finish others!’

‘I wanna go test this thing out some more, first,’ Carly said.

‘Quit horsing around! We got work to do!’ Yelina ordered.

But Carly had vanished, and was off!

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You are the alien.


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