It was 12:15. Just past midnight. I was watching my favourite TV show 'Invader Zim'.
I really love that show. Couldn't miss an episode!
How exciting would it be to actually be an Irken? I tremble with excitement.
Of corse I'm not allowed to be up this late. My parents were asleep. But they don't understand. I'm like the show's number 1 fan!
I yawned. I must stay awake. This is so exciting, this episode...
When I woke up, I had changed. My hair had a red streak in it. But that wasn't all I also looked... Well odd. I looked un-real.
'Eeek!' I squealed.
I was standing in a hallway in front of a large door. There was no where else I could go so I opened the door.
It gave a terrifying screech...
Inside was a classroom.
An old scary lady who I suspect is the teacher started glaring at me and said:
'Welcome Jade. Class this is our new student, Jade.' I didn't know what was happening but I decided to go with it.
I walked in.
'Hi.' I whisper while waving my hand.
'I'm Ms Bitters.' the teacher scowled. 'Now go sit in a spare spot. How 'bout next to Zim.' and she pointed to a familiar and strange green kid.
I did as I was told.
My desk had something messily engraved in it. I could only just make out what it said. ‘TAK WAS HERE!’ it read.
'Now class, today we will be talking about the end. Your doom, doom, doom..' continued Ms Bitters and soon she drifted off.
There was something very strange about this green kid. Zim his name was. He had no nose, and no ears. And his tongue was all.... Wormy...
Wait. That's it! He must be an alien!
Wow! How cool!
'Ok, can I prove to you finally that Zim IS an alien?!' shouted a big headed kid wearing huge glasses. He jumped onto his desk, so he was the centre of attention.
'Awwww Dib!' 'You don't call people who look different aliens!' 'C'mon Dib! You're crazy!' booed the class.
I knew he was right about Zim being an alien but I didn't say anything. I was the new kid and I don't want a bad reputation with my classmates. Not to mention being called crazy.
I peered over at Zim. He started saying causally: 'Yeah Dib! I'm only a normal human worm like all of you.'
'QUIET!' yelled Ms Bitters.
The classroom immediately went silent as a graveyard.
'Now where was I?' pondered Ms Bitters. 'Oh yeah, doom, doom, doom, doom...' Ms Bitters drifted away again.
When the class noticed she was day dreaming everyone started chatting again. Zim was looking at me suspiciously.
'Pzzzzt Zim.' I said. 'You're an alien.'
'Nonsense Earth monkey. If you're wondering Earth-a-noid about my skin, ears and nose.. Well that's just part of my skin condition.' he replied.
He started to sweat.
'Yeah skin condition, I really bought that.' I joked. 'But really Zim.'
Zim hesitated but then finally answered.
I nodded. 'I guess so. I mean you're green. I can't believe no one else except for that big headed kid knows. Your disguise is so obvious.'
Zim started sweating even more. 'Are you with Dib?'
I assumed Dib was the big headed, crazy kid who knew about Zim.
'No. And anyway it's my first day and I just met you. Of corse I won't tell anyone. secret safe.' I smiled. Zim looked unsure but by the end of 'Skool' he seemed to trust me.
When the bell rang I got my things and headed off. To where, I did not know.
Then I heard footsteps behind me.
I turned around but no one was there.
‘Must have been the wind.’ I thought. Then there was a cold hand on my shoulder!
I flinched and turned around. It was Zim.
‘Hi Zim.’ I say ‘You nearly scared me there!’
‘Ehh yeah.’ He looked as if he didn’t care. ‘You’re name’s Jade?’ he asked.
‘Ummm. Yes.’ I say taking a step back.
He gasped. ‘You got to come with me.’ He ordered.
I had no where else to go so I followed my new ‘friend’ to his house.
On the way I met a tiny brown Chihuahua. It had huge shining eyes and a bite mark in his ear. Zim ignored it but I thought it was the cutest thing!
‘Hello little puppy!’ I cooed. Soon it walked away and I kept on following Zim. About 20 minutes later we had reached there. It felt like decades though.
I didn’t like the look of Zim’s house when I first saw it. It made me shudder.
It was guarded with gnomes with very pointy hats and there were enormous wires sticking out of the sides.
Zim opened the door.
‘Well.’ He whined ‘Come in, I haven’t got all day!’
On the couch inside sat a green dog. Of corse anyone could see it was a costume. It un-did his zip and jumped out. It was a robot! It’s eyes turned red.
‘INTRUDER!’ he growled.
‘No Gir, this is a guest.’ Zim said defending me.
‘Okey-dokey!’ it chanted and its eyes turned to blue.
‘Ok. Stay still.’ Zim ordered. I was feeling uncomfortable. And then Zim started tugging on my hair! I was about to scream when:
‘HEY! You’re blocking the TV!!!’ screamed Gir, the robot.
So we moved to the kitchen.
‘What were you doing Zim?!’ I shouted.
‘Don’t worry.’ He said calmly. ‘I know what I’m doing.’
Deep inside I knew he didn’t but I trusted Zim. I closed my eyes.
The tugging started again. I wondered what was happening.
About three minutes later I opened my eyes. I saw Zim. The alien Zim. He had big pink pale eyes and two antennas on the top of his head.
‘Wow.’ I say amazed.
What happened next really shocked me.
‘Ugghh?!’ gasped Zim. ‘I knew it!’
‘Knew what? What have you done to me?’ I blinked.
‘You’re Irken.’ He finally told me.
I started laughing, until he passed me a mirror…
‘You’re right Zim.’ I shivered.
I thought an Irken was Zim’s alien race, and if it is. I am an Irken!
I kept gazing into the mirror. I had big pinky-purple eyes, two curly antennas, three fingers on each hand and green skin. I opened my mouth and there was a worm-like tongue.
‘Wow.’ I say to myself.
‘Ruff! R-r-ruff!’ there was a bark at the door. Gir got off the couch and opened the door. And there was the same little brown Chihuahua I saw on my way to Zim’s house! It dashed over to me.
‘Awwww. Hi little puppy!’ I said calmly.
But then it stopped and transformed. It turned into a robot. One that looked like Gir except it had red beaming eyes. Then it saluted me.
‘What are you doing here?! I was the chosen invader for Earth!’ Zim raged
‘Zim believe me! I had no idea I was an Irken!’ I begged. ‘Hey, maybe I’m not an invader! I could just be an ordinary Irken!’ I knew it wouldn’t work but I gave it a try.
‘Ok. I’ll see for sure you pitiful Irken.’ Zim scowled.
When I found out where the entrance to Zim’s lab was I refused to go. After all it was the bin.
‘Uh uh.’ I shook my head. ‘No way.’
In the end Zim had to push me in.
When we got to Zim’s lab I saw a huge screen. With an angry monkey on it.
‘It’s the Angry Monkey show!’ chanted Gir.
That robot really liked to watch TV. Zim changed the channel and there were two very tall Irkens.
‘My Tallest.’ bowed Zim.
They looked like the leaders so I bowed too.
‘What is it Zim?!’ groaned the leader with red eyes.
‘Well I was wondering what this IRKEN! Is doing here…’ And Zim pointed to me.
‘Uhh, my Tallest, please believe me. I did not know I was an Irken. In fact, I don’t remember a thing!’ I said and saluted.
‘Hey Purple.’ Said the red eyed Irken tapping the purple eyed Irken’s shoulder. ‘Have you seen this Irken before?’
Purple had his mouth full of doughnuts, but he managed to say ‘No but just forget about it! Because that guy is making more doughnuts!’ they both jumped and cheered. And then the screen turned off.
They weren’t much help. Some leaders.
‘Well, looks like I’m stuck with you. We might as well finish your mission together.’ I shrugged.
I could tell Zim didn’t like the idea.
‘NO!’ Zim yelled. ‘Zim needs NO help! NO help for ZIM!’
‘Ok then.’ I smile and run off to play with Gir and my robot. I stoped and looked at what Zim was doing. He was researching rubber piggies.
Ok, he defiantly needed my help, whether he likes it or not.
The next day, we went to ‘Skool’.
And the same subject was on. Our doom.
Zim and I were in our disguises. Of corse mine was far better, no one not even Dib knew I was an alien. Yet.
After a while it started raining. The class was dismissed. I love playing in the rain!
I rushed outside to splash in the puddles but Zim pulled me back.
‘Jade! You’re an Irken remember?’ he whispered.
‘Yeah, but the rain!’ I giggled.
‘Fine then you moron.’ sighed Zim.
I snorted. I ran outside and started jumping in the puddles.
And then something strange happened.
Smoke was rising out of my arms, legs and face!
‘YIPES!!!’ I screamed, I ran around in a circle for sometime then looked for shelter. ‘Told you.’ Zim laughed.
‘Put a s-s-sock in it Z-z-zim!’ I shivered.
‘Who’s this Zim?’ came a voice from behind. He walked in front of us. I was Dib. ‘She’s an alien too! I saw her burning up in the rain! I caught her on tape!’ Dib cheered and showed us a video camera.
‘My bad…’ I whisper.
‘But.’ Dib continued ‘Jade will be harder to prove she is an alien than you Zim.’
I couldn’t take it anymore. I was scared. If everyone found out Zim and I were aliens the humans could capture us and then who knows what will happen!
So I punched Dib.
Yes, punched him. I was shocked. I had never hurt anyone before. Zim was shocked too. I snatched Dib’s video camera and ran towards Zim’s house.
I didn’t care that I was getting burned. I was scared after all.
Then I remembered in Irken form, I had a ‘Pak’ on my back. It was supposed to have robot spider legs and a –way-to-communicate-with-your-robot device. (I didn’t know what it was called.)
So I ran to the nearest abandoned alley with some shelter. I hid behind a foul smelling dumpster and pushed a button on my glove.
The human me seemed like it was a hologram and then faded away. I was in my Irken form now. I had installed that button earlier today so I wouldn’t have to rip my hair out. I mean it hurt, even if it was a wig.
I pressed a button on my Pak. A screen came up with my robot on the other end.
‘Reporting for duty.’ It saluted. As it was talking, I could see Zim’s robot, Gir, in the background screaming and running with a pig.
‘Ok…’ I thought aloud.
‘Robot, you need to come and get me.’ I commanded ‘Then fly me back to Zim’s house.’
‘Yes master I obey!’ it said.
The screen went off and before long I could hear zooming sounds coming my way.
It was my robot.
‘Master.’ It said.
I climbed on him and rode him back to Zim’s house.
Now I had to get rid of the camera.
So I headed to ZIm’s lab and used a dangerous looking weapon and zapped it. Obviously it eliminated the camera but it had also melted part of the floor too. I started whistling and strolled off.
I sat on the couch and thought about what had happened over the past two days.
I found out I was an Irken.
And Irkens destroy planets!
‘I’m going to destroy Earth!’ I decided. ‘But how am I going to do that?’
I spent ages thinking of a brilliant plan but in the end I got nowhere. And soon enough Zim came home.
‘What the heck was that?!’ he asked. ‘If you want to be human you got to start acting normal! Like Zim!’
To be honest, I didn’t think Zim was normal either.
I sighed and turned on the TV.
‘So watch’a watching?’ said Zim as he sat on the couch with me. He completely forgot my craziness at Skool.
‘Ehh.’ I muffled. I started channel surfing.
‘Buy it now!’
‘It’s Professor Membrane!’
‘Wait!’ shouted Zim. ‘Change it back!’
‘Professor Membrane and his not-so-latest invention are back!’ the MC on the TV addressed. ‘And now here is, the inventor of ‘Super Toast’, it’s Professor Membrane!’ The MC pointed his microphone to Professor Membrane. And the crowd went silent. ‘Hello.’ He said. ‘Do you remember the Power Generator? Well I’ve felt pretty happy this week and decided to give you and the Power Generator a second try. If it succeeds we will never have to use energy again!’
A loud cheer came building up.
‘If it doesn’t work it may wipe out the human race. Same as last time! But unfortunately last time if you remember, someone spoilt it by insulting me. Hopefully it will NOT happen this time. Won’t it?!’ and then Professor Membrane pointed at a man and the professor immediately ran off crying.
I switched off the TV.
‘Why?! Why TV WHY?!’ cried Gir.
That was freaky.
‘Anyway,’ I started ‘Zim, we need to get to that Power Generator now. I’ve got a BRILLIANT idea!’
‘Well there’s a first for everything.’ He chuckled.
Then I punched Zim.
When we reached the opening I knew exactly what to do. But we had arrived a bit early because the Power Generator was still sealed. So we hid and listened to the MC.
‘Uhh now, while the Professor recovers why don’t we introduce to you, again, the Power Generator!’
A big glass dome came rising up from the floor. Inside there were giant wires flashing and buzzing with electricity.
The look of it reminded me of Zim’s house.
‘Ok, now!’ I signalled. But nothing happened.
‘ZIM!’ I shout.
‘Zim refuses to be pushed around and treated like a servent.’ Zim frowned.
‘You’re just like that because you told me last time you failed and stuffed it up!’ I snickered.
But Zim had already flown off on Gir.
‘Bye PIGGY!!!’ I heard Gir shouting. Smoke filled my face.
‘I bet this WILL work!’ I cough waving my fist at Zim.
But without Zim, the job would be difficult. But then I thought ‘I’m an INVADER!’ And that little bit of encouragement gave me the courage to keep going.
I faced the dome.
I took a deep breath.
I pushed a button on my Pak and my robot spider legs came squirming out. The legs allowed me to climb up the dome without slipping off.
I climbed and climbed and climbed.
Then finally I reached the top.
I looked down and saw Professer Membrane addressing the opening.
‘Now I have… Recovered. Anyway before I turn this Power Generator on I would like to introduce my two kids to you. Gaz Membrane and…. Dib Membrane!’
‘YIKES! Professor Membrane is Dib’s father?!’
Back down at the stage two kids came forth, one, who was supposed to be Gaz, paid no attention to the crowd, she had a video-game. The other kid was Dib. He looked up. He probably heard me shriek.
Then he frowned. ‘Just a minute Dad.’ He said and got out from his seat and walked off.
I wondered. ‘Where was he going?’ then it clicked to me. He had spotted me! ‘I better get a move on.’ I thought.
I saw a mechanical box. I flipped open the lid and saw a bunch of flashing buttons and wires.
Then I heard footsteps. Something or someone was climbing up the dome.
‘I’ll get you Zim!’ shouted a voice. And I reconised that voice straight away.
It was Dib.
I panicked. I didn’t know what to do now. To be honest, I didn’t know I would get this far. And there was so little time!
I shrugged and merely swapped some plugs around. Now, the yellow wire was with the blue wire and the red wire was with… Well I think you get it now.
I nodded. I seemed satisfied.
‘I’ll get you Zim!’ Dib’s cursing was getting louder.
I closed the lid of the box and then slid down the dome. I looked up and saw Dib was sliding down the dome too. Then I started dashing down the street. But eventually, I reached a dead end.
‘Finally.’ panted Dib. ‘I’ve got you Zim! Wait. You’re not Zim.’ He stared into my big pinky purple eyes. ‘Who are you?!’
I hesitated for a little while then I quickly ran off.
I reach for my Pak and pressed a button. I turned invisible. Zim doesn’t have a cloaking button on his Pak. I didn’t think the Tallest liked him very much…
I hid behind a tree and could see Dib running and shouting: ‘I’ll catch you Irkens!’ He was holding a camera. Now visible, I called my robot to pick me up. And in about 20 seconds I was at Zim’s house.
‘So how’d it go?’ he asked.
‘Neh.’ I replied and turned on the TV. On it was Professor Membrane, still waiting for Dib.
‘This is taking too long…’ he mumbled. ‘Well, instead of waiting for my crazy son, shall I fire this thing up?!’ a loud cheer started to rise. And a leaver rose from the stage. It had the words ON and OFF on it. The leaver pointed to OFF.
’10! 9! 8!’ a count-down started.
‘Wait, did you do something to it?’ Zim wanted to know.
‘I swapped some wires.’
‘Hey Zim, I bet we can watch the explosion from the front-yard!’
Not really caring we were still in alien form we rushed out to the front-yard. Gir came out with popcorn. I grabbed a handful and stuffed it in my mouth.
From inside we could hear the chanting…
‘3! 2! 1!!!!’
‘YAHHHHHHHHH!!!!’ I screamed…
‘YAHHHH!!!’ I woke up. I was still on the couch watching ‘Invader Zim’. It was just ending.
‘It MUST have been a dream.’ I thought.
I continued watching ‘Invader Zim’ now more awake then ever.
Zim was walking through the exploded city. There were people lying on the ground moaning. He walked past Professor Membrane while he was moaning: ‘How could this be? The Power Generator… FAILED?!’
Then he walked past Dib.
‘Well, well, well Dib.’ Zim said.
‘I know it wasn’t you Zim! It was another Irk--!’ Zim put a hand over his mouth.
‘YES! ZIM IS SUCCESSFUL!’
Zim looked pretty happy. He smiled.
Then the credits came on.
I was about to turn off the TV when…
‘BZZZZTT!’ The TV screen read ‘TOP SECRET!’
And there was Gir.
He was dancing and jumping. ‘Zim loves Jade! Zim loves Jade!’ he sang.
Then Zim came up on the screen. ‘Do not listen to anything that robot says! Zim loves no one but ZIM!’ he started to blush. ‘This transmission ends!’
‘BZZZZTT!’ now the TV was back to the credits.
I turned the TV off.
‘I think I’m going to bed now!’ I decided fairly quickly.
I hopped into my bed and snuggled my SIR robot plush.
‘It couldn’t have been real…’ I say to myself and soon fell fast asleep.
The next day, I walked to School. I sat in my seat in the classroom.
Everyone was staring at me.
My friend, Sara, leaned over to me and said: ‘Jade! What the heck has happened to you?!’ I had no idea what everyone was on about!
Finally I yelled ‘What’s so STRANGE about me?!’
Sara passed me a small mirror. I had a look at myself…
I had green skin.
No ears and no nose.
Big pinky purple eyes, a wormy tongue and two curly antennas on top of my head.
I started to laugh weakly.
‘It’s a skin condition?’ I whisper.