I’m all alone on
A day on Pluto
The day they came was a sunny day, light shining onto the red ground. It fooled me, that sun. I thought it would be a happy day. But it wasn’t. I’m Asteroid. As you might have guessed, I live on the planet Saturn. Before you say anything, I am a human, not an alien, and I am completely civilized. I live in a community of the only humans ever settled on Mars. We never came from Earth. We were just born here. Before I get into the story, I’ll tell you about my day so you get an idea of life on Saturn. In the morning, I packed my lunch of water and carrots, the only food that grows here. I walked to school, the warm ground heating up my toes through my worn-out shoes. I met my best friend Meteorite just before opening the door to the only school on Saturn, Saturn Elementary School, which was made out of rock in 1823. “Hey, Asteroid. Did you know we have Astronomy today?” Meteorite asked me excitedly.
“Our favorite class!” I replied with a grin. We stepped into our first class, Botany. Our teacher was Mr. Constellation. As usual, he scrawled a message on the board. It read:
Today we are learning about Alacasia, the only flower on Saturn.
Since Mr. Constellation only wrote in English, not the official language of Saturn, it took us a while to decipher what he meant. When we did, we groaned. We’d been learning about Alacasia for the past two years. In first and second grade, we’d learned about Carrots. Having only two plants on the entire planet made it difficult to love Botany. “As you might know, Alacasia is fatally poisonous. We learned this in 1636 when we first discovered it and Comet Lightning died of eating it because...........” Mr. Constellation began.
I settled in for a long lesson.
At recess, I did cartwheels on the field of Alacasias in front of the school. In the sky, there was a blinking red light—coming closer, getting bigger, getting nearer. Nobody noticed, even myself. At lunch, I chattered with my friends and munched on the bland carrots in my bag. After school, I rushed home, had dinner, and walked to the Astronomy tower in the dark. Mrs. Stardust, the best teacher in the entire world, greeted me with a smile. Meteorite arrived next and soon the whole class was crowded together in the circular room. “Everyone grab a partner and share a telescope!” Mrs. Stardust ordered. I shuffled past the huge calendar on the wall with a big 3027 on it for the year. I made my way to Meteorite. We linked arms and headed to a telescope. “You can look first, Asteroid, “ Meteorite said generously. I brought the telescope to my eye. What I saw made me dizzy with fright. I spun in a circle and fell to the floor. The world went black.
I heard voices. “Is she okay?” came Meteorite’s worried voice. “I think so,” reassured Mrs. Stardust’s equally concerned voice. “What did she see in the telescope that scared her so much?” asked the voice of Orion Belt, a boy in my class. “I’ll see,” Mrs. Stardust’s voice replied. I saw her move to the telescope through the little slit of my eyes that were open. I watched as she raised the glass to her eye and I looked as she gasped and stumbled in fear. I opened my eyes fully now and wobbled to my feet. Everyone looked into the telescopes and shuddered in horror. It was a white spaceship, zooming towards our planet at full speed. It was still very far away but just as frightening. The letters on the side read EARTH.
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