Space Crystals

The day was perfect- the gang was relaxing at HQ and checking on global updates (any super team’s normal Sunday). 

They lounged around, talking about taking a long vacation. It had been only a while ago that they were saving the world from their old arch nemesis, Dr.Destructive, who coincidentally liked to blow things up. 

The gang was arguing about whether to go to Hawaii or France.

“We should be going to France!” shouted Ninja. She had long, silky black hair and was wearing her ninja jumpsuit, pointing a very sharp shuriken at Shadow’s face. 

Shadow shouted, “Watch where you point that thing!” He had black hair, dark purple eyes and wore a cape over his back and a crown over his head. He was swinging his staff lazily. 

Phoenix, who was sitting next to Ninja and opposite Shadow, had trouble thinking and burst out in anger, “Knock it off both of you!” She had long, black curly hair up to her ankles and she used to tie it up in a knot. She had beautiful hazelnut eyes and wore a super-suit (sometimes when out in the woods, she wore a purple cloak). 

She grabbed her axe and knocked Shadow’s staff out of his hands, simultaneously snatching Ninja’s shuriken and throwing them out. It hit the world map board across the room. 

“Hawaii it is!” Phoenix said. 

As the battle for where they were going on vacation resumed, Phoenix was left with no choice but to shout “Stop!” every few minutes, until the globe (that monitored how everyone’s doing) had multiple alerts all around the world. 

They immediately stopped arguing and rushed to the monitor. When Ninja checked what was causing the alerts, she froze. After a while, she looked disturbed and looked at the others.

“You need to see this one yourselves,” she said.

When Phoenix located the nearest alert, she said, “This is where we are going.” Once the team had reached the location, they could not believe their eyes. The place was crawling with people, but something looked odd about them. They noticed everyone had a green brain over them. 

“It’s controlling them,” said Shadow. As they fought and blew up the brains that had not yet landed on people’s heads, they noticed that they were multiplying. As she was dodging a brain that was trying to climb over her head, Phoenix was momentarily distracted. She heard an ear-piercing scream and turned around in a sharp twist. She saw her teammates being cornered. 

She could her heart beating faster and faster, and then she did something she did not know she could do. She let out the biggest blast of purple flames she had ever exhaled in her life. She felt weak. She couldn’t hear and her sight was blurry. She felt pain like never before and then she felt herself falling.

It was pitch black. Meanwhile, Shadow and Ninja ran to her side and carried her all the way back to base. Once they were at the base, they barricaded themselves and thought of what to do next. They had to treat Phoenix first. A while later, Phoenix woke up and cried. 

“NO!” she yelled at the top of her voice, and Shadow and Ninja were slightly startled. They raced up to her and said, “Finally, you’re awake.” 

Phoenix took a moment to realize what had happened, then she said, “How long have I been unconscious?” 

Shadow replied “One week.” Phoenix asked “Ok. Have we got any other information on what is happening out there? If we don’t, we need to start looking.”

“But you need to rest,” said Ninja, with much concern. When Phoenix started protesting, Ninja took some time to think and then sighed.

“I’ll search the internet,” he said and opened his laptop. 

“I’ll take the ancient scrolls,” Shadow offered.

“I guess that leaves me with the library,” said Phoenix. 

Phoenix rushed to the library and began to go through the books one at a time, when something caught her eye. It was a small light, and in a moment, it disappeared. Phoenix ignored it and decided to keep searching for the book in their 1000 year old library.

After what felt like hours, something caught her eye again. It was a book that she had meant to read ages ago. At that moment, Phoenix forgot what she was meant to be doing and grabbed the book. As she sat down to read it, a book fell over her head.

As she turned around, she found that the book had unlocked a secret passageway. Filled with curiosity, she eagerly went down the path as torches along the pathway lit the way. At the end of the path, she found a secret dusty section of the library, and in the middle was an empty book stand. 

When she stepped into the section, the dust cleared, leaving the place gleaming with cleanliness. Then a robot voice said, “Ask, for what you seek may lie here!” 

Startled, yet eager, Phoenix said, “I am looking for a book that knows how to stop the alien invasion.” The voice replied, “Ask using the correct language.” She was annoyed.

“Fine, I seek the book in which the answer lies,” she said with a short eye-roll.

Suddenly, all the books started to swirl. In the blink of an eye, a book that was open and had a torn page inside lay before her. When she read the page, her heart skipped a beat. She rushed and ran towards the main room, where her friends were, and explained to them that they needed a moon crystal to make the potion that would save the world. All three of them said together, “We are going to go to the moon!”

Ninja said, “Let’s take one of our rockets.” Once they were all packed and ready to go, they got on the ship and the computers began to tick, 

“T- 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1- Blast off!”

After a very pleasant ride through space, they landed on the moon and immediately started looking for the crystals. After hours and hours of searching, they finally managed to find a patch of crystals on the other side of the moon. However, when Phoenix went to take a crystal, she was confronted by a colossal beast. 

The beast had a huge face, horns, and a blue spiral design on its fur. It knocked them all back one by one. 

“This time we attack together,” shouted Ninja to the team.  

Once they agreed, they all attacked and slew the beast. They got the crystals (they took extras for spare) and returned back to earth on the ship. 

When they reached earth, they wasted no time in preparing the potion. A big enough batch of the potion had been made. They put them in little drones which were programmed to dispatch the medicine everywhere. A few days later, everyone was cured! 

That weekend, while everyone was rejoicing, the team decided to take a long, well-deserved vacation in another star system. 

However, they did not know there was a page that had been ripped from the secret book. It mentioned that one should only negotiate with the beast. Not slay it. When the beast is slain, an intergalactic dimension is broken loose over the earth, with a beast waiting to wreak havoc!






Mithraa was born in India and lives in Cardiff. She is 11 years old and likes to go to the beach with her family and friends, whose company she enjoys very much. She loves to play with her twin sister Meha and enjoys being outdoors. She loves exploring with her friends, and learning about palaeontology, archaeology, and marine biology. She is a collector of small treasures and trinkets. She has an interest in art and has visited Paris to see the Mona Lisa.

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