Xander stepped into Laboratory Sixteen. The door closed behind him. The room was larger than he expected. The walls were lined with white cabinets and counters. The place was littered, but in a neat sort of manner, with industrial looking cutting and drilling tools.
On a round stainless steel table in the center of the room stood what looked like a giant metallic egg. It was about five feet tall and three feet in diameter across the middle, tapering to a point at the top. As Xander moved closer he could see that it was made of the same strange metal as the communication device in his pocket. Similar characters seemed to swim across the surface.
He walked around the table. On this side a pane of see-through material, shaped like a ship’s portal, offered a glimpse of the occupant inside.
‘It’s a Roswell Gray,’ Xander thought to himself, spotting a patch of pale greyish skin inside.
“Of course, I’m a Roswell Gray,” I-pod said, impatiently. “What else would I be, I’m gray and I’m from the crash at Roswell.”
‘Oh yeah,’ Xander responded, straining to see more of I-pod.
“There is a step ladder in the corner behind you,” I-pod told him. “You’ll need it to release me.”
It was hard to pull his eyes from the incredible sight in front of him, but after a few seconds Xander managed. A small chrome step ladder hung there, on a hook. He set it up in front of the table and climbed the three rungs until he was directly across from the round viewing window.
There, eighteen inches in front of Xander’s nose, was an alien face. The drawings he had seen of Roswell Grays did not prepare him properly for the actual thing.
The unnaturally-still creature looked much more like a granite statue than alive. Xander rested his hand on the stasis pod for balance. The glass portion felt exactly the same as the warm metal shell. They joined together seamlessly.
“Beautiful aren’t I?” I-pod chuckled.
‘Yes,’ Xander responded, stunned by the face inside. The huge almond-shaped eyes that seemed so clinical and lifeless in the images he’d seen, were very dark, but not quite black, possibly the darkest navy blue Xander had ever seen. You seemed to be able to see right into them. They were hypnotic. Centered just below them was a small bump with tiny oval nostrils, and under its nose rested a small mouth, with slender lips, just a shade darker than the rest of its smooth skin.
This face looked advanced, very intelligent, and Xander realized -- further evolved than humans. None of the drawings or pictures he’d seen did justice to the face Xander looked at. Human faces seemed clumsy and haphazardly put together by comparison.
Title: Escape from Area 51 (The X+Y Files #3)
Author: Wayne A.D. Kerr
Genre: MG Paranormal Adventure
A trip to the top secret military testing base, commonly known as Area 51, was a dream come true for UFO obsessed Xander Bookman – until a strange voice invaded his thoughts. Could the voice really be coming from a joke telling alien, named I-pod, who desperately needs help to escape from the most secure site on the planet?
Of the many who tried, only one man had ever successfully breached the heavily guarded facility. A brilliant Soviet spy managed to the impossible, but he never made it home. One got in; zero got out.
Join Xander and Yzzie on their most daring adventure yet.
Middle grade readers and adults will enjoy this scary, but fun, action filled, science fiction / paranormal adventure.
The X + Y Files series is ‘The X-Files’ for kids. Xander and Yzzie are the middle grade version of Mulder and Scully.
Wayne A D Kerr was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the United States for the past twenty years. When not writing or reading adventure novels, he is most likely hiking, biking or playing tennis.
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