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My alien friend during COVID-19 Hiu Kwan Constance Kwok

My alien friend during COVID-19
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In 2019, a virus called SARS-CoV-2 attacked Earth. It makes people fall ill with a disease called COVID-19. It has become a pandemic. Everyone had to stay home to stay safe.

Lydia is a 14 years old girl who enjoys hiking and outdoor activities. During the pandemic, she was forced to stay home with her granny. She couldn't go to school and her granny could only go out for groceries once a week.

On one fine day during the quarantine...

“PLEASE?! Please? Please can we go?”
“No, Lydia,” Granny said.
“But Ma!” Lydia said. “We haven't been hiking for ages, can we please go? Please? PLEASE?”

Granny sighed. “I'm sorry Lydia, the virus is still out there and we may get sick if we go out.”

“Ok…” Lydia said disappointingly.
Then granny left home.

“Well, we didn't pinky promise right?” Lydia whispered in a mischievous tone.
She quickly grabbed a mask, took the keys, and sneaked out of her home. She went to the old alleyway where she and her friends used to play in. Just as she turned around she saw something glowing -

A spaceship?!

Suddenly a boy with blonde hair and peach skin came out of the spaceship.
“AGHHHH!” She gasped.
“Hello! My name is Enzyome. Do you happen to have a paper clip, by chance?” the Alien said timidly.

A shocked Lydia reached for her pocket and handed him a paper clip (she happened to have one, by chance).

“Thanks! Exactly what I needed to fix my spaceship.” said Enzyome.

Enzyome fixed his spaceship.

“It's all fixed!” Enzyome said to Lydia. “As a token of thanks, do you wish to visit my home planet Mars?”

“That sounds great!” Lydia exclaimed.

Their spaceship took off. No one even noticed as most people were at home.

Lydia shared many Earth-things with Enzyome during the trip. She told him about the mountains, the sea, her family and friends, and how Earth was struck by COVID-19.

“Martian medicine works wonders! Maybe you can find a cure to COVID-19 there!” said Enzyome.

Soon they arrive on Mars. Martians lived in underground domes, so Earth people couldn't see them through telescopes.

There were rovers and crashed spaceships all over the place, but on the other side the floor was a gentle red and had white, half transparent domes in a line. It was one word: beautiful.
But the side facing Earth was blood red and dusty, there were craters all over!

“Welcome home!” Enzyome's parents came out and greeted them. They were gentle beings with green skin. “I see you've brought along a friend from Earth!”

“Nice to meet you.” Lydia greeted. Enzyome and his parents invited Lydia to stay for dinner.

Lydia had Martian foods during dinner. They were soooo yummy.

“Mom & dad, I was so lucky to meet Lydia because she helped me to fix my spaceship.” said Enzyome. “Earth people are suffering from COVID-19. Do you think our medicine will help?”

Enzyome's parents were Martian doctors, and they too have heard about COVID-19 on Earth. “I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm afraid our Martian medicine may not work in Earthlings..” Enzyome's dad said.

“It's alright. It's good to know that we are not alone in the universe.” Lydia replied.

It's about time to go home and Lydia bid goodbye to Enzyome parents. Enzyome used his spaceship to bring Lydia back to Earth.

“Goodbye Lydia.” Said Enzyome. “Thanks and goodbye, Enzyome. I look forward to seeing you again.” “Sure, I promise I will visit you again in future any hopefully my parents will find the cure to COVID-19!”

Soon after Enzyome left, granny returned home. “How have you been Lydia? Sorry for keeping you waiting.” “It's alright granny. I had a good time!” Lydia smiled. She knew that from now on she would get visits from her Martian friend.

The end.

Written & illustrated by 文•圖

Hiu Kwan Constance Kwok