Middle Grade Science Fiction
52 500 words
13-Year-Old-Caramel Cinnamon, a telepathic elf from the planet Cardamom thought the worst day of her life was when her grandparents, the King and Queen of Cardamom went missing.
She was wrong!
It is the day she spills sticky toffee syrup onto her father’s computer that her worst nightmare begins. She finds herself marooned on a forbidden planet called Earth, sent there by an evil clone with a very sticky secret. Caramel is desperate to escape. If she fails she will never return to Cardamom to become a healer like her Mum.
With the help of a motley crew of Earth friends, Caramel embarks on an outrageous plan to defeat her enemies and rescue her grandparents. No problem, piece of cake. Except her grandfather is wounded in the rescue, and the spaceship they jumped on to escape is now hurtling out of control towards Cardamom. Luckily, she has a secret of her own and the lives of her family and friends depend on it!
First 150 Words:
Caramel Cinnamon awoke to a searing pain in her leg and chest. Water began rushing through the open windows pooling rapidly, engulfing her in a heartbeat but somehow she knew to hold her breath. Shutting her eyes tightly, she tried to block out the pain when a splash startled her. Her world spun, making no sense at all until a familiar face swam in front of her, speaking into her thoughts.
‘Keep holding your breath honey, just till I get you to the surface.’
She couldn’t answer him, not even in her mind, as fear gripped her by the throat. Carob Cinnamon undid the car seat harness urgently, pulling her into his arms and stroking frantically towards the gleaming light above.
Caramel felt desperate for her next breath and she gulped for air, spitting out dirty water as they broke the surface. Waves of pain went pulsing down her leg and in the distance there was cat-like screaming as Carob plucked her from the water.