The Alien Brainwash (Space Scout)
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"When Kip lands on a planet covered with giant flowers, it feels like the most boring place in the universe. But are these creepy weeds as innocent as they seem?"--P.  of cover.
through space – or worse, go SPLAT against the side of his starship! Just as he was about to slip out, Kip grabbed the bottom coil of the spring and clung on fiercely. ‘MoNa!’ he screamed, dangling in thin air. As if MoNa had heard him, the landing bay door suddenly slid open. Kip felt the SpaceBounder being sucked toward his starship. With MoNa’s landing bay door just below him, Kip let go of the SpaceBounder and pin-dropped through it. He landed on the floor of the landing bay with a thud.
said, giving him a pat. ‘Animals in every galaxy get them sometimes.’ Finbar shrugged, scratching both ears. ‘Kip and Finbar, report to the bridge,’ chimed MoNa’s crisp voice. ‘She must’ve found a wormhole to Botanicus-1!’ Kip said. Finbar climbed down from his space bed. Together, Kip and Finbar hurried to the bridge, MoNa’s command centre. The bridge was in MoNa’s nose cone. It had two giant windows looking out to space. A swirling mass of coloured clouds took up one whole window. The
wormhole! In the exact centre of the bridge were two padded captains’ chairs. Sitting down, Kip swiped the air above his head. At once a cylinder of blue light shot down from above. MoNa’s dials and controls were projected onto it. Kip expertly touched a few keys on the holographic console. Immediately, MoNa shot forward into the wormhole. Kip’s skin prickled as though it was crawling with bugs, and his eyes bulged. Travelling light-years in a few seconds was convenient, but not very comfy.
been right about the wink. But what about the cat-like purrs? ‘For a giant walking cottonball, you’re a pretty good actor,’ Kip muttered. Finbar grinned and scratched his leg. At that moment, Zara wondered over. ‘Let’s gather more golden grains,’ Finbar told her, acting brainwashed again. Zara reached out to take Finbar’s paw. Just at that moment, a stinging space flea flew out from Finbar’s spacesuit and landed on Zara. Zara didn’t seem to notice, but suddenly Kip had an idea. It was
instead?’ Zara said. ‘As long as we set the skill level to “death defying”,’ Kip agreed. Finbar’s ears went flat. ‘I might sit this one out,’ he said, shaking his head. Kip grinned at him. Some things were best enjoyed by Space Scouts only! THE END