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Alien Zoo

Alien Zoo

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Alien Zoo

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Jun 4, 2016


When Zirth was a young Xolthie, he lost his father in an aborted mission to Earth to capture more shape-shifting and magical creatures for the their zoo on Xolthus. Before his parent's ship was attacked by pirates he found himself drawn to the hold, entirely fascinated by its strange but frightened occupants. Now he is Head Zookeeper at the long-established tourist destination and life should be good. Unfortunately, Yolaxsus, his bitter 2nd in Command, takes every opportunity to mistreat the specimens.

For the captives, there is a small hope. A crashed spaceship has been placed in the zoo for visitors to climb and play in. Put there by Yolaxus' Admiral father to remind her of her transgressions of which she has not yet repented. As each enclosure with its specialised specimens enters into an escape plan, they must decide who gets one of the limited places in the secretly repaired ship.

Success depends on keeping Yolaxus out of the way and hoping that Zirth will turn a blind eye.

Contributing Authors: Debbbie Richardson, Cat Sheely, Louise Falcioni, Suzanne Newnham, Arlene Liang, Marisol Dunham, Anke Ziergiebel (Dutche), Cassandra Webb and Michaela Paul.

Jun 4, 2016

Über den Autor

Anke loves creativity of any kind (*Creativity is a drug I cannot live without- Cecil DeMille) and has been part in many projects initiated by her writer’s group: the SSOW (Secret Society of Words).Known to surprise friends with rhymes for any occasion she’s now considered venturing into the world of publishing; encouraged, after finishing the first book ‘Deception’ of her sci-fi romance trilogy ‘Unearthly talents’.A graduate with a Doctor of Medicine, she moved from the UK to Australia in 2003 with her husband and two children. She currently works as a part-time GP on the beautiful south coast, when she’s not succumbing to her drug of choice*: writing anything that pops into her head without rhyme or reason.Although sometimes it rhymes; and mostly it has reason.


Alien Zoo - Anke Zet


A novella by the Secret Society of Words

Edited by Cat Sheely & Debbie Richardson

Copyright © 2016 by Secret Society of Words (SSOW).

Published by SSOW, Smashwords Edition June 2016.

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each receipient. If you're reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to your favourite ebook retailer and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of these authors.


Alien Zoo is the Secret Society Of Words’ second publication, but the first to be printed in hard copy as well as available for purchase in eBook form. Like our first, The Seven Little Goatlings, this story started as an idea by the Editor(s) and was given to the group to take wherever they would. It showcases our authors’ varying styles while still being a coherent and fun creation. As Editors we simply made suggestions and comments for authors to consider, fixed grammar and wrote our own chapters to tie it all in. The work was made easier by the wholehearted support of Louise Falcioni and Suzanne Newnham.

We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we all enjoyed writing it for 2015 NaNoWriMo. We, the editors, certainly had fun putting it together.

Cat Sheely & Debbie Richardson

South Coast of NSW

March 2016


PROLOGUE by Cat Sheely

‘Angst’ by Debbie Richardson

‘Penne and the Dragon’ by Suzanne Newnham


‘A Thumbelina Story’ by Anke Dutschke

‘Elemental’ by Marisol Dunham

‘Spiritual Complexity’ by Arlene Liang

‘Which Witch is a Fairy?’ by Michaela Paul


‘The flow of Music’ by Cassandra Webb

‘The Sloths’ by Louise Falcioni

‘A Redemption of Sorts’ by Debbie Richardson

EPILOGUE by Cat Sheely

PROLOGUE by Cat Sheely

The ship hovered amongst the geostationary satellites just above the equator approximately 35,700 kilometres above sea level. It was almost invisible amid Earth’s own satellites and enabled the ship’s occupants to search the landmasses below for shapeshifters without being discovered.

Mama, said the tiny purple alien, its delicate upper tentacle tips pressed against the plexiglass of the ship’s porthole. Why are we here?

Hush, Zirth, his mother said in their whistling speech, Papa has managed to find some specimens. Let him concentrate.

A few hours later, as Zirth was tucked into his resting nest, he asked again. Mama’s purple amour plates began to roil through pink and red in frustration as she answered. I said not to worry about it Zirth. We will be home on Xolthus soon and you can go back to school with your friends. Now rest.

Two days later, as the Xolthian ship hurtled away from the Orion Arm of the Milky Way toward its home world in the Persius Arm, Zirth managed to escape his mother’s oversight to venture into the ship’s hold. He was bored and determined to see what his father had found.

He quietly eased open the cargo hold door and found the odd smell tug his olfactory nerve, crinkling the flesh around his breathing hole. It reminded him of wet plygros pups before they were dipped in saline water to be eaten. Yet these creatures did not live in water. He found them housed in dimly lit four by four metre cages. Their movement ebbed and flowed as they looked for … what? Escape?

Zirth closed the gap to the first cage and tentatively touched the external electromagnetic field. It shimmered with a sharp zap that didn’t hurt him, nor did it let his tentacle through. The trapped creatures made odd noises and it was clear to Zirth these sounds were distress calls. His approach had caused them to crowd in the furthest extent of the cage to avoid him. He hissed a reassuring message that only seemed to distress them further.

Zirth studied the six creatures. They were shorter than he, even though he was under-sized for his age. He noted they only had four tentacles instead of his useful eight and used two to keep them upright. The other two waved around or clutched at themselves or each other. Those two top tentacles had tiny little extensions on their tips that moved around independently. Strange, he thought. The creatures’ noises didn’t make any sense to Zirth, yet he was fascinated. He wanted to hold one to show that he was no threat. But as he moved around the cage to get a better look they moved around to keep as far from him as possible.

One creature in particular, the tallest one, waved his upper tentacles and rumbled soft noises that quieted the others somewhat. Zirth tried to make out what was different about that one. He studied the things, identifying slight protrusions in some and not in others and wondered if that identified

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