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My Alien Friend Pimnara Laohaphan, Dora Cheung

My Alien Friend
Imagine. Create. Share.
Since 2008, the Kids4Kids My Story Creation annual story writing and illustration competition has provided primary students across Hong Kong with a creative platform that enables the budding writers and artists to imagine, create and share their stories.
This story was written and illustrated by kid(s) who participated in the Kids4Kids annual 'My Story Creation competition'. We hope to celebrate all the kids who used their creativity and imagination to create a story by giving them an opportunity to custom print their story, and be able to share and inspire other kids to create their own story.
Proceeds from the sale of this custom print story will help fund the Literacy Development Programmes at Kids4Kids to provide creative learning opportunities to low resourced communities in Hong Kong. By buying a Kids4Kids custom print story, you are not only applauding the future artists & authors of Hong Kong but you are also making a difference in a child’s life!
想像•創作•分享
自二零零八年起,童協基金會每年均舉辦「我的故事創作」比賽,藉此為全港小學生提供發揮創意的平台,並讓這些正在萌芽的小畫家和小作家分享他們創作的故事。
這本故事集是「我的故事創作」比賽的參賽作品,我們希望透過印製故事集來嘉許及分享創作者的努力成果,並藉此鼓勵更多兒童進行故事創作。
這本故事集的銷售收益將用於資助童協基金會的讀寫發展項目,為在資源匱乏環境下學習的學童提供支援。你的慷慨支持不僅鼓勵香港未來的畫家和作家,也為有需要的學童帶來希望!

I couldn't sleep. I glanced at the clock. It was 12 o'clock midnight. As I twisted and turned and finally started to drift off to sleep, I spotted something glowing on my bed. It was green with two short legs but no arms. “Is it ...an ALIEN?!” I wondered curiously.

我又失眠了。 一看閙鐘,已經是午夜十二點了。咦,是什麼東西在床尾閃閃發光呀?全身綠色的,有兩條短短的腿,但沒有手臂。我想:是外星人嗎?

“I'm Maya,” I murmured to the alien.
“I am JC05 and I am from Mars. I travelled here to find my mama. My GPS says she is in Hong Kong! Please help me find her.”
“Are you asleep?”
Uh oh! It's my mom!
As I attempted to hide JC05, he turned invisible! Superpowers? Cool!

「我叫Maya。」我膽怯地說。
「我是JC05,來自火星,我來地球找我媽媽。GPS顯示她在香港,你可以幫我嗎?」
「還沒有睡?」媽媽説。
「哦!是我媽媽..」
當我正想把JC05藏起來,他已經隱形了!

In the morning I put JC05 in my bag and went to find his mom.

Sun smiling at me, warming my shoulders.
The scent of blooming flowers.
Green grass winking,
White clouds sleeping.
Beginning of a glorious day.

早上,我將JC05放在書包內,準備帶他去找他媽媽。
走出家門,溫和的陽光照着我的肩膀,花香撲鼻,多麼美好的一天!
我心想:我們一定會找到她的!

We checked the GPS. It looked close to Central so we began to head there. I asked JC05, “Do you know I have trouble falling asleep?”
“Really?” sniggered JC05. “BTW, why do you keep opening your mouth?”
I sniggered back at him, “I'm yawning,”
JC05 didn't know what yawning was.

GPS顯示JC05媽媽在中環,我們正往那裏走去。
我問JC05:「你知道我常常失眠嗎?」
「真的嗎?」JC05問:「還有,為什麼你常常張開嘴巴?」
「我在打哈欠...」
看來,JC05不知道打哈欠是什麼。

Suddenly, I tripped over a stone and JC05 tumbled out of my bag onto the cold ground. As I was bending to pick him up, a boy pointed at JC05, “Look, dad! Didn't we see this toy at the toyshop?

當我被一塊石頭絆倒時,JC05從書包中掉到地上。我正彎腰拾起他時,一個男孩子走過來指着他說:「爸爸,這不就是我們剛剛在玩具店看到的嗎?」

JC05 looked at me with his desperate eyes.
“Which toy shop?” I asked.
“Across the road…”
JC05 didn't wait till the boy completed his sentence. He used his laser powers and held me by the scruff of my T-shirt, and we soared across the road safely to the entrance of the toyshop.

JC05 興奮的看著我們。
「哪間玩具店?」我好奇的問那個小男孩。
「就在馬路對面啊。」
小男孩還沒有說完,JC05就緊緊抓着我的手,飛快地穿過馬路了。

JC05 stared into the toy shop window and I stared too, trying our very best to find his mama.
JC05 gasped, “My mama! On the second row!”
I fished out $300 for the shopkeeper, grabbed JC05's mama and popped her into my backpack.

JC05和我定睛看着玩具店的櫥窗,希望找到他的媽媽。
JC05突然叫着:「我媽媽就在第二排!」
我拿出三百元給店主,抓着他媽媽,迅速地把她塞進我的背包。

Mission accomplished.
“I came here because I smelt some delicious Hong Kong food.” JC05's mama explained.
“Thanks for helping me find my mama. But we miss our home.” JC05 flinched.
Tears welled up in my eyes. Did he have to go?

任務完成。
「我來這裏是因為我想嘗嘗香港的美食。」JC05的媽媽解釋說。
「謝謝你幫我找到媽媽,但是我們必須回家了。」JC05失望地說。
我強忍着淚水,希望他們可以留下來。

“Don't be upset,” JC05's mama said. “We'll visit you.”
“I might be light-years away, but I promise I'll meet you in your dreams,” JC05 whispered to me.
I cheered up, knowing I would see him again. I gave JC05 a hug thinking: Goodbye my friend.
Suddenly a portal appeared. JC05 and his mama jumped in and with a flash of light, they were gone.

「別傷心,我們會回來探你。」他媽媽安慰我說。
「也許我們相隔很遠,但我們會在夢中再見到大家的。」JC05 答應我。
我振作起來,給他一個緊緊的擁抱,再見了,我的外星人朋友...

The bright warm sun shone through my window.
“Morning. Sleep well?” mom asked.
“I made a friend last night!”
“What do you mean?” she seemed puzzled.
I told her about the adventure.
“…just a dream.”
But deep down in my heart I just knew that it's all real.

「早上好,睡得好嗎?」媽媽問。
「很好。昨晚我交了一個新朋友!」
「真的嗎?」媽媽有點不明白。
我告訴她我和JC05一起的經歷。
「...是一個夢。」
但我深信,一切都是真的。

Written by 文

Dora Cheung

illustrated by 圖

Pimnara Laohaphan