I was wondering if you can help me with something? I am writing a wonderful story about a little spaceman, but haven't finished it yet. I was wondering if you would read the first chapter and let me know what you think? I would love some new ideas too! What would you like to see happen in this story? What sort of adventures should Zebu and Joey go on?
Oh I know my readers have absolutely wonderful imaginations and I just cant wait to hear from each and every one of you!
My Friend Zebu
Chapter I – The Arrival
I can’t really remember the exact date I met him but I know it was in the summer of 1985. Sometime in July. It was a warm and bright sunny day and I could feel the heat on my back as I walked. At the time, I was headed for the lake to go swimming. Well, needless to say, I never made it.
I heard a loud noise coming from the woods and since I tend to be the curious type, I decided to investigate. I walked about through the bushes and thorns and finally I found what I was looking for. It was a little blue and white spaceship!
It looked like the kind of spaceship you would see in a cartoon. The dome on top was clear glass and the body was blue with a white pin-stripe all the way around. It was cute in a way but it was also unusual.
I walked slowly towards the ship and just as I was about to touch it, a tiny little space man jumped out! I landed right on my bottom. That’s how startled I was!
“WHAT IS YOUR NAME?” I asked him slowly and rather loud.
“My name is Zebu, and please stop yelling. What’s yours?”
“My name is Joey.” I answered. “I’m sorry for talking so loud.”
“Nice to meet you Joey and I’m sorry if I scared you.”
“That’s ok. By the way, where did you come from?” I asked.
There was a short pause and then Zebu finally answered.
“I come from a planet called Zultra. I was sent here by my people to observe your planet from the surface. We have been observing you for many light years from our planet and now we have come to the decision that we must observe your planet from the surface as well.”
“But why have you been doing that? Are you planning something?”
“No Joey, not at all. We would just like to be friends with your planet.”
“Oh, that’s okay I guess. Just don’t vaporize me or anything if you get mad ok? I don’t think my mom would like it too much.”
“I don’t vaporize earthlings Joey. I come from a very peaceful planet. We only had to fight one time and we didn’t even start it.”
“What happened?” I asked him.
“You see Joey, many of your Earth years ago; my planet was at war with another planet called Zetro. Zetro had a mean and powerful leader who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. Even if it meant the death of many Zultrans.” His voice was sad.
“But why your planet? What did you have that he wanted to bad?”
“On our planet is a very rare mineral called Zlint. It is used to power our space crafts and our weapons as well. That’s what he wanted.”
“Oh, I get it.” I answered. “He wanted the mineral so he could power all his weapons to gain control over the planets in your galaxy!” I continued.
“That’s right. Thousands of my people were killed and as a result, my people became very angry and eventually ended up destroying the not-so-great planet Zetro.” Zebu sounded a little angry too.
“Oh, that’s awful Zebu. I’m so sorry to hear about what happened on your planet.”
“Thank you Joey. Well, now that you know the history of my planet, we don’t need to discuss this matter any further! I have an idea, how about you and I take a flight in my spaceship?” Zebu asked.
“I’d love to! Lead the way”
Zebu took me inside his spaceship and as I stepped inside, my eyes just about popped out of my head! Inside that tiny little space ship was enough room to fit a house. Wall to wall computers, flashing lights, a whole bunch of different controls and believe it or not directions on how to fly it!
“Zebu, I was just noticing something. Why are there directions in your spaceship? Don’t you know how to fly it?” I asked.
“I know how to fly it. Those are for my people who are just learning how to fly. It can get very confusing at times.”
“Do you think I would be able to fly it? I mean, would you show me how?” I asked.
“Sure, I’ll show you how. It may be a little difficult at first, so I’ll coach you along.”
His voice was filled with excitement as he spoke to me. I don’t think he ever had anyone ask him to teach them how to fly. I could tell he wanted to teach me just as much as I wanted to learn.
We finally got the craft off the ground and headed for space. We went all around the galaxy. I saw many different planets including Zultra and what was left of Zetro. It was an awful sight. The way the planet looked, everything must have been destroyed.
After flying around for what seemed like hours, we started to head back to earth. I was so excited I couldn’t even talk! I wanted to do it all over again. Zebu brought it in for the landing and when we got back to Earth, I noticed it was getting dark so I told Zebu that I had to start heading home.
“Please don’t go Joey. Stay here for the night. I don’t want to stay alone.”
“But Zebu, my house is much more comfortable and a lot cooler than your space ship. My parents won’t mind if you stay with us. They would be excited. Why don’t you stay with us?”
“I don’t know Joey. After all, I am kind of funny looking and a little strange in many ways.”
“Oh, don’t worry about it Zebu. My mom will be fine with you. She’s cool like that.”
“Well, I don’t know.”
“Aw, Come on Zebu. Tomorrow I can show you around and we’ll talk some more. What-da-ya-say?”
“Ok Joey. I’ll just get a few things and then we can go.”
I waited outside the spaceship for him and while I was waiting, I just stared up at all the stars that were beginning to show in the night sky, wondering about all the unknown galaxies up there. I started to wander off into a daze when I heard Zebu coming out.
“I’m all ready Joey. You lead the way this time. I’m afraid I would get us quite lost.”
“Ok. Let’s go!” I shouted
Side by side Zebu and I walked toward my house. We didn’t say much, we just walked. After a couple of minutes, Zebu stopped walking and turned his head towards me. I think it was his way to make sure I knew he wanted to say something that he felt was important.
“I like you Joey.” He said.
“I like you too, Zebu.” I said with a smile.
That made me feel really good inside. I started to think to myself that I would never not like Zebu. I would always be his friend. No matter what happened I couldn’t help but get excited about my new friend and what we were going to do next. This was going to be a great summer. I just knew it.