The Alien Brainwash (Space Scout)
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"When Kip lands on a planet covered with giant flowers, it feels like the most boring place in the universe. But are these creepy weeds as innocent as they seem?"--P.  of cover.
at once that the SpaceBounder was off course. I’ve gotta do something or else I’ll miss the Impact Zone! he told himself. There was no time for complicated calculations. Kip had to trust his gut. Heart hammering, he leant hard to the left. The SpaceBounder tipped sideways and rolled completely over eight times in a row. Yes! It was just enough to line up perfectly with the Impact Zone. SPROOOOINNGG! The SpaceBounder hit the ground just inside the Impact Zone. Lucky! Kip’s bones rattled
fact, it’s kind of odd – so much pollen, but no insects…’ But Kip was concentrating hard on finding Zara. He ran on ahead, waving the UV-Trak back and forth. A faint purple trail appeared in the night air. Kip and Finbar rushed toward it. The trail blazed even brighter. Zara’s been here, Kip thought. And by the look of that trail, she’s close by! There was a large patch of bare, silvery sand just up ahead. Something about it looked wrong to Kip, and he stopped short. But before he could say
was running out of options. Hopefully the flowers were heavy sleepers. The sun was almost up and they would wake up soon anyway. Kip snapped the disc in half. At once, flashing lights and music pumped into the night air. Kip’s feet started tapping and he spun around to the catchy beat. He looked over at Finbar, whose human side couldn’t resist bobbing along too. But when Kip looked at Zara, she was still staring blankly into space without moving. Kip shook his head grimly. He turned off the
English to Flowerspeak. Translate mode: English to Flowerspeak What job do you want us to do? Is there another solution? Zara is needed on Earth. ERROR: Translation failed The SpaceCuff hadn’t totally finished learning Flowerspeak. Kip couldn’t make the flowers understand him! The flowers continued their eerie song. Kip struggled as hard as he could, but his eyes were slowly closing. I’ve...got...to... stay...awake! he thought desperately. But how? CHAPTER 7 ‘The Beautiful Ones are
own. Maybe if the flowers think I’m already under their spell, he thought suddenly, they’ll stop trying to hypnotise me. ‘I want to serve the Beautiful Ones too!’ Kip said slowly, trying to make his eyes glaze over like Finbar’s. Zara and Finbar turned slowly and waited for Kip to catch up, then the three of them continued across the field. Kip hadn’t noticed before, but the field sloped downwards toward the middle. Zara was definitely heading for some-thing in particular. Something in the