I vividly remember the day I set foot on Earth like it was just yesterday…
Runa: Age 7
When I was seven, I sneaked out and borrowed my parents’ ship and voyaged towards Earth with Luna, my 350-year-old Godfather and mentor. I just need answers to my questions, I told him. I needed to do it so that I can prove the others. Prove my point to my older sister when we got into a small fight, which I regretted shortly after. Because it wasn’t a “quick” trip at all. Unfortunately, we crash landed on Earth after being blown away by some unknown force.
My parents’ ship was totaled. A full wreck. I crawled out of it before it exploded. I noticed a shadowy creature coming out of the ship too… My eyes adjusted to the small figure–Luna survived the crash too! Of course, Luna, or Master Yupa as their species call him, has very practical galactic knowledge in critical spacecraft collision. Thanks to him, we didn’t suffer any major injury. Although the ship looked like it’s impossible to recover. We walked and walked in the strange land of Earth to find something, or someone.
I came across a human boy who seemed nice. I expected humans to look very similar to our species, as thousands of years of research from my ancestors have already studied. But it’s strange they don’t possess advanced enough technology because the boy didn’t seem familiar to it all. The K.N.O.W. crystal embedded on my forehead at birth had given me the advantage to flawlessly learn and adapt to their language and I could communicate with him. My first human friend! Maybe I won’t be as lonely at all while I’m stuck here…
But I quickly learned that some humans were kind, but majority were not. I was pushed into a corner, hiding myself because I was so different. At this moment, I knew it would be best for me if I hide and camouflage myself in this desert refugee center. I heard they call it the “Middle East”. Best not to get any attention…
One night, I returned to the shelter after getting my share of food and saw that there were darkly dressed humans and a dark SUV who came after me. Explains why I always felt like somebody’s watching me! I was captured and couldn’t ask for help. Who would rescue me anyway?
But why? How? I know I was very, very careful. I never talked to anyone else aside from… No, that can’t be. It must be someone else. Someone reported me and it wasn’t them. It couldn’t be.
They threw me into their vehicle and it was pitch black after that.
My K.N.O.W. crystal started to activate, making me wake up. But I couldn’t move. I opened my eyes and it was too dark. The closest thing I saw were blue. Blue hands. Blue gloves, as my eyes adjusted to the darkness. They were trying to force cold, blue liquid in a syringe into my veins.