Kiko and Carly pushed their super-suits to the limit, flying so fast after the fleeing alien probe that the wind roared in their ears like a hurricane, drowning out every other sound.
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‘We’re gaining on it!’ Kiko shouted.
‘What?’ Carly shouted back, cupping her hand over her ear.
‘I said-’ Kiko stopped herself, aware of the futility of a repeated attempt. Instead, she positioned herself so that her mouth was by Carly’s ear. ‘I said, “We’re gaining on it!”’
Carly gave her a look. ‘I can see that, silly!’
‘Well . . . just watch yourself. It’ll probably start shooting at us once we close in!’
In the distance, the alien device whined like a stricken jetliner, still leaking a plume of smoke, it’s grotesque head partially caved-in, one of its arms missing, a leg hanging by a few wires and spinning crazily like a remnant of a ruined wind-chime caught in a gale.
The two girls checked their pace as a bright flash and puff of white smoke burst from the enemy probe. At once it began losing altitude-
‘It’s going to crash!’
‘It’s heading right for that old shed!’ the two cried together.
With a sickening crash and splintering of wood boards and beams, the alien intruder ploughed into the ramshackle building like a stricken pigeon being hurled through a glass pane.
As the two stopped, landed, and began approached the smoking, ruined structure, they stopped stock-still. A grotesque limb raised itself from the rubble, shaking as though palsied, grabbed onto a length of shattered beam and began hauling itself upright-
The two girls watched in silence as a heat-ripple coalesced into a tongue of flame. Suddenly, a hideous scream tore the air, and for a moment the probe’s limbs worked frantically to pull it to safety- to no avail. It gradually stiffened as it was enveloped in flames, and with a gut-wrenching sound like a last cry of despair, ceased to move altogether.
‘You don’t think-’ Carly said, frowning.
‘- that it was alive? Or that something alive was inside that thing?’ Kiko finished for her. She shook her head. ‘I don’t know. But- let’s not think about that right now. Right now, let’s go rescue Yelina.’
You are the alien.