Good morning Word Pressers. I find myself a little lost this morning. I keep seeing all your wonderful blogs rolling out posts day after day and everyone seems to be feverishly beavering away with interesting articles and news about their various wonderful writing projects. And then there’s me, thinking, what am I doing? It’s February, I just had my birthday, I’m 41… past the half way mark and I’m sure my life is going in reverse instead of forward full throttle. My head is all over the place, and my life is…well stuck!
So I thought I would stop worrying about everything today and share a little kids book I have been messing around with. It’s for one of my little girl’s friends so that is why it has the rather weird and wonderful title “Poppy’s Close Encounter of the Purple Kind”. My first story with aliens in it LOL.
Even though this is a children’s story, it is actually inspired by the true story of an incident that happened in Zimbabwe in 1994 when 62 schoolchildren reported an encounter with aliens in their school yard. If you want to know more about this story you can follow this link to an article and video on UFO Blogger http://www.ufo-blogger.com/2013/01/zimbabwe-alien-encounter-62-ariel.html
Poppy’s Close encounter of the Purple Kind
There was a quiet panic in the playground, if you can imagine such a thing. Poppy knew something was going on the minute she opened the cloakroom door. She ran out into the playground, feverishly trying to do up her coat and run at the same time, towards the commotion that was building at the fence on the other side of the field. Other kids were running past her and she heard a boy say quietly to his mate: “You gotta see this!”
As she joined the throng of curious onlookers, she tried to find out what all the fuss was about and she turned to a girl she knew in her class.
“Gabby! What’s going on?” She asked in an excited voice. Gabby grabbed Poppy’s sleeve in one hand and Alice’s in the other as she panted: “You’re never going to believe what’s going on!”
“What is it?” Alice laughed as the 3 girls sprinted across the field towards the growing crowd of kids.
“It’s Aliens!” Gabby said in a loud sort of a whisper as if she wanted to shout it out but didn’t want to let the teachers know.
“Aliens?” Poppy and Alice exclaimed together. Poppy wasn’t sure whether she should laugh or just go with the game. It was obviously a good game if the whole school was getting involved!
Poppy and Alice exchanged amused but baffled expressions as the girls came to the back of the crowd. Gabby being Gabby started ploughing her way through the group of smaller kids who all seemed to be in some kind of trance, eyes wide and mouths open in awe!
Straight away Poppy noticed how quiet it was. Something wasn’t right. With all of these kids and a game about aliens it should be noisy not quiet – it was completely still too. She started to get butterflies in her tummy as they pushed their way through what appeared to be the whole of year 3.
Suddenly they were through and she stumbled to a stop as Gabby and Alice both gasped and she blinked a few times trying to get a grip of what she was looking at. Gabby had been right – it was aliens!
“Oh my…” Poppy started but couldn’t finish. There in the corner of the school field was a flying saucer. A real live, glowing, humming, purple flying saucer and sitting on top of the craft was a little blue alien waving at the kids.
Poppy shook her head and rubbed her eyes as another saucer appeared hovering above the trees and seemed to flash its beams at the other craft that was hovering just a few centimetres above the grass. There were 2 more little blue aliens standing on the grass in front of the saucer and the kids had made a great big semi-circle around them as more and more kids had come to see what was going on.
Poppy looked around at all the stunned faces and tried to see if any teachers were seeing this, but there didn’t seem to be any teachers out on the playground yet. She looked back at the saucer. She wondered what they wanted and for some reason she felt really brave, so she started walking towards the craft.
The 2 aliens that had been standing by the saucer seemed to be startled by her movements towards them and they disappeared in a comical little ‘pop!’ One second they were there, the next they were gone! The group of children all gasped in one moment. Poppy stopped for a second in shock but then she pulled herself together and carried on approaching the space ship.
“Poppy! Poppy don’t!” Alice whispered harshly, but she was feeling really brave and rather curious.
The alien on top of the ship also appeared to be curious and he seemed to fly down, or rather float, towards the rather adventurous advancing Poppy. There was another gasp from the crowd of kids as Poppy and the alien were soon face to face.
“Hello!” She said rather simply to the strange little alien. She could tell somehow that he was amused, although his mouth was so small, just a little slit really, that she couldn’t tell if he was smiling or not. Also his eyes were so strangely bug like, and with no eyebrows, she couldn’t really tell what his expression might be. She just sort of got the impression that he was laughing at her. Then she actually heard the alien talk to her in her mind, not moving his mouth at all. “Aren’t you scared of me?” He asked.
“Why? Should I be?” She laughed.
The little alien held out his long, spidery, blue arm with 4 very long spindly fingers and she took it and shook it without a second thought.
“No!” He answered, “I’m not going to hurt you. I just wanted to say hello.”
Poppy laughed and said “Hello” again. It was very, very quiet. Even the birds seemed to be silently watching the scene. Then the alien reached into his very tight, pale blue space suit and pulled something out to give to Poppy. It was a gold coin. He put it in her hand and said: “If you want me to visit again, just spin the coin and I will come back, but I have to go now because your teachers are coming.”
He let go of her hand and ‘pop!’ He was gone! There was another gasp from the kids and the flying saucer lifted gently in the air, flashing lots of different colours and then back to purple – then – ‘zip!’ It shot off into the sky and was gone.
Suddenly 2 teachers pushed through the group of kids and all the children turned towards the teachers, still in shock.
“What on earth is going on over here?” Miss Murray asked. Suddenly half of the year 3 kids started crying and Gabby said: “It was aliens Miss!”