SPQH | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 08, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 08, 2017


Celebration was in the air and the temperature was dipping fast. No-one seemed to care as children were out enjoying snowball fight and people flooded the streets in their thousands, buying food since the stores were going to be closed for a long time. In the corner of an empty field some even playing football and skiing in the ice rink. A group of children were building castles and making snowmen.

Some, however, decided to stay indoor, sleeping or watching television. Noor was playing videogames with his friends who were staying over. When it became too boring they would go outside and play hide and seek. It was while they were doing so something happened.

Noor, a friend, found a white stone the size of a tennis ball and put it under the mat, which Aryan eventually found but did not tell anyone. They went back as they "got bored rather quick" and started to play on their Xbox. Noor had let Aryan use the controller while he himself fixed the wire. And while doing so, he noticed a strange mark on his friend's neck. Instead of asking him, Noor peered hard only to think that it was merely a strand of hair and that his eyes were tricking him. On deeper inspection he realised that they were letters and they looked as though they had been burned into his skin. It read SPQH, followed by a symbol that resembled a trident with two lightning bolts going through each other horizontally.

Before Noor could ask what these marks were, he heard an explosion from outside. At first he thought it was a car crash and had rushed to the window and he could not believe what he saw. A red, burning disc seemed to have been floating in the air and Noor panicked. Aryan hid under the bed. The object landed in the backyard and out came some people who looked humanoids in red hair and had talons. Noor tried to run fast, but his feet betrayed him. When he was ultimately surrounded by them, he realised resistance was futile and that all his captors had SPQH and the symbol that he had seen on Aryan on their back.

Their leader told Noor that they were looking for a child who had escaped from the planet SPQH a few years ago and morphed into a human. Noor immediately knew that they were talking about Aryan and he exactly knew where he was. Shocked, Noor raised his finger to show the humanoids where Aryan was.

(SPQH is an edited excerpt of a long science fiction story. The writer studies in South Breeze School)

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