Kristine’s Point of View
Kristine: I have never been so disappointed in you, Eliza. Your father can’t even look at you right now.
Kristine: How could you do such a thing? You owe Lyle’s dad a very big apology. From now on, you will come straight home every day – no after school activities for a month.
Eliza: That’s not fair! It was only— mom … are you alright?
Kristine: I just … need to lie down. This isn’t over.
All this stress with Eliza and the bills … I don’t know what to do anymore.
There goes the power…
There’s still a way that I can make enough money to cover the bills. I didn’t wanna do this but I have no other choice …
Kristine: Is your offer still available? Great … I’ll be there as soon as I can.
Kristine: Thanks for this again, Tyler
Tyler: Maybe next time you can take some shots with Gemma since she’s on the Sporty Kids campaign
Kristine: Surely you don’t mean MY Gemma?
Crew member: For the next one, you need to be underwater.
I feel so tired these days. And sick. Maybe being banned from after school activities is a good thing.
I can’t help but wonder if …
… There is more to this.
There’s only one way to know for sure.
Come on, Eliza! Stop being a coward.
No, no, no, no, no … This can’t be happening!
Kristine: When were you going to tell me about the Sporty Kids deal?
Oh dear! It’s happening. How do I play this one out?
Gemma: I’m sorry, mom. It’s just that you’ve been so focused on Eliza and Francis that I thought you wouldn’t care what silly-old-me is up to.
Kristine: Gemma … Why would you think that?
Kristine: Whatever goes on in your life will always be important to me no matter what. You should never hesitate to tell me anything.
Gemma: So you’re okay with it?
Kristine: Well … Yes and no. You will be working with me and your uncle Tyler. I don’t want anyone to take advantage of you.
Kristine: But you’re not completely off the hook. Secretly asking your aunt to sign the contract was wrong. For that, you will wash the dishes for the rest of the month.
Well, you can’t get everything your way in the end. Still, this is way better than Eliza’s punishment.
I think I dropped a ring in the bin again. One of these days, I’m going to lose one for good.
There it is! I might as well take out the trash.
What’s this? That isn’t mine…
Kristine: Eliza, is there something you would like to tell me?
Eliza: I’m so sorry, mom! I’ve disappointed you again! I understand if you don’t want me here anymore. I’ll go far away—
Kristine: Oh, Eliza! Don’t be silly. Yes, I am disappointed but I just … I need some time to process this. We’ll talk about it when your father gets home from work.
Kristine: I don’t have the strength to fight with you anymore. I knew something like this would happen eventually, that’s why I stopped you from attending after school activities but I guess it’s too late. I’ve failed as a mother.
Eliza: No, no, no! Mom, please don’t say that! It’s all my fault.
About an hour later…
Adrian: Well, I got your message. What is this all about?
Kristine: This … It belongs to your daughter.
Adrian: No … Not my Eliza!
Adrian: I’m going to kill that boy!
Adrian: LYLE HANNAH-WHO, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU’VE DONE?
Kristine: Ade, please calm down. We need to talk about this properly.
Eliza: I didn’t think things would get so bad. I should have just run away like I planned to do in the first place.
Francis’ POV – 3 Weeks into the Space Program
Working with Zitara is so frustrating. She hardly lets me do anything! It’s like I’m her assistant or something. I feel a lot better when I get to work alone.
We have to do a homework project together, which means I have to see her after school as well but I can’t.
And it’s not because we don’t get along. After school, she just disappears and none of her friends even know where she lives.
I’ve had enough! Today, I’m going to follow her.
Seriously? That’s where she goes? To play on that thing?
It is flying!
Zitara: Oops! I forgot to turn on the invisibility shield again. But no one ever looks up anyway.
What just happened?
After what I saw that day, I was terrified of Zitara.
I went home and didn’t say a word to anyone about it. I couldn’t be certain whether what I witnessed was even real.
I dreaded facing her at school the next day so I stalled a lot before bedtime as if the next day would take longer to arrive.
The next day after school, I went back to the place that I saw Zitara go. The spaceship jungle gym was back on the ground as if it never flew.
I tried to mimic what I saw Zitara doing the previous day to try and make it fly but nothing seemed to work.
It was by chance that I noticed an odd looking slot that could probably take in some kind of key. I guess I’m not going crazy after all.
Out of the blue, Zitara appeared. Without thinking it through, I hid in the spaceship. Zitara climbed in and started the engine by using her hand print.
She activated a shield of blocks that surrounded the entire ship and probably made it invisible like last time. I watched as we rose up above the clouds, feeling both excited and afraid.
Soon enough, we were hovering over the earth. At that point, I realized that I had gotten myself taken by an alien and an overwhelming sense of worry took over my thoughts.
I started to shiver when the ship descended into a dark planet where the only source of warmth and light were three strong paths of light that came from the sky. It was such an eerie place.
Zitara stepped out of the ship and was greeted a woman who addressed her as…
Grusha: Princess Zitara, welcome back.