Lethal Silence – Kevin Lic

Lethal Silence – Kevin Lic

10 Jun 2012


by Kevin Lic

Kevin came with his class to a writing workshop in July 2011. The class wrote the beginning of Lethal Silence together (in italics below), then finished it on their own.

Kevin came with his class to a writing workshop in July 2011. The class wrote the beginning of Lethal Silence together (in italics below), then finished it on their own.

As the spaceship hurtled towards earth, Gordon let out a terrifying scream. He was about to land in Santa’s workshop. He thought of life back on his home planet, Mars, where he had an endless supply of space candy and life was good.

Gordon was a slug-like Martian with seven eyes and sunglasses.

His irises and body could change colour whenever he liked. He was sent from Mars to brainwash the innocent things who live on earth. Gordon got out of the spaceship and saw lots of elves. He thought they were leprechauns and had already been brainwashed.

Making a joke, he said, ‘I come in pieces.’

The elves stared at him blankly.

He said, ‘Resistance is futile.’

The elves looked at him even more blankly.

He held a piece of space candy and said,‘If you can understand me, you can have this.’

All the elves went to grab the candy. After they started eating it they felt a bit sick. Santa came in and asked, ‘Who is doing this to my elves?’

Suddenly a big ball of fire hurtled through the atmosphere and out of it jumped Bob. Bob had wings and was an alien in disguise. He had come to save the earth and stop Gordon.


Bob was one of the special Martians. He had a human shaped body for flexibility, broad wings for flight and he was able to project fireballs from his mouth. Gordon was always jealous of him because of his special abilities but that never stopped him from brainwashing humans. Gordon was also quite scared of Bob because he tended to have a fear of things that fly.

Bob ordered Gordon to end his malicious plot and go home. Gordon refused, saying, ‘Leave me alone, you flying witch’. He dashed off into the endless snow, knowing that there was a blizzard, but he didn’t know that the North Pole was home to a gang of brutal scientists, who were known to dissect and kill anything that they considered a Martian. They were known as ‘The Red Foxes’.

Gordon was led to his stomach as the blizzard grew stronger and stronger. With zero visibility, navigation seemed impossible but his determination was strong.

‘I will find those germs soon,’ he thought to himself.

The blizzard grew even stronger and Gordon was left with one eyeball barely seeing the surface of the snow. And then there was a noise. Rattle. He followed the sound, hoping he would find a human. The sound grew stronger and stronger. He took a glimpse at the snow floor.

‘A chain?’ he thought to himself. Before he knew it, he was lashed with chains all around his body.

‘Muahahahaha, I’ve got you now, Martian.’

Gordon could only see pitch darkness and felt like he was being moved. He was able to hear a faint sound in the background.

‘Come on, you lot, pick up your pace! This one knows the location of Bob!’

The people carrying Gordon happened to realise that he was wriggling around a lot. ‘Shall we spray him, sir?’ asked one of the carriers.

Another man replied, ‘Go ahead.’

Gordon arrived at the laboratory and was tossed into a glass cell. He instantly began to gasp for air.

‘Do you know why you are here? Do you want to be set free? Are you ready to cooperate?’ A man in a red cape appeared in the shadows. Gordon froze in fear. The man looked Gordon in the eye and said,

‘Tell us the location of Bob.’

Gordon was thinking, ‘Why would they want him?’

He refused to answer the question and pulled out a bionic sledgehammer from his body. The man in the cape said calmly. ‘This glass is reinforced with titanium and has a regeneration system wired to the outer rim of the glass. You can’t just simply smash through it with a sledgehammer.’

Gordon gently dropped his sledgehammer and told the mysterious man that he would cooperate.

Bob was looking out for Gordon. He flew from a great altitude, looking down from an aerial view. He spotted something odd. A dim light coming from a small cave. Bob flew closer to investigate. He realised that it wasn’t just a cave, but a laboratory marked ‘The Red Foxes’.

Bob knew of this gang of scientists and was told by his sensei to be cautious when being near or around them. Bob was a master of Tae Kwon Do and was taught by his sensei, Robin. Robin also taught Bob how to master his flame so he could generate a massive fireball to eliminate his enemies. This made him the ultimate Martian.

Bob was able to take out the guards from of the entrance and enter the laboratory. Two more guards came charging towards him. In half a second, before he became a pancake, he projected an intense fireball the size of a boulder. The guards were taken out by the shockwave. He continued on his investigation until something caught his eye. It was Gordon, being kept in a glass cell.

‘. . . and that is where he is,’ answered Gordon.

‘Are you sure about this?’ asked the mysterious man, and then suddenly, a giant fireball came flying past. An ear-grappling explosion took place in the interrogation room. Gordon realised that it was Bob past the smoke blanket. He was surprisingly relieved that he was being rescued by the Martian he feared most.

The glass cell was destroyed by the fireball and Gordon was set free.

‘Hop onto my back before he wakes up’, yelled Bob.

Gordon did what he had asked. Bob broke through the ceiling of the laboratory with his iron fists. Bob took off and soared across the cloudy sky like a jet. Gordon, who was trying to catch his breath from the smoke in the laboratory, began to appreciate the view from atop. He also overcame his fear of flying objects while being near to Bob. They landed at Santa’s workshed and the first thing Gordon realised was that there were twenty-six elves lying on the ground with a blanket covering their bodies.

Gordon immediately got off Bob’s back to help the elves recover from their illness. He suddenly remembered that he had the medicine in his pocket found in the laboratory labelled ‘Unicorn Blood’ and the memo under it saying

‘Used for healing ill victims. Please wait two minutes for effect.’ Gordon gave a tiny dose to each elf. Gordon thought that it was time to say goodbye to Santa and the elves.

‘We want you to have this’, said one of the elves. The elf gave Gordon a bracelet of Santa and the elves. Gordon said that he would visit Santa and the elves every year to help them make toys.

‘Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho, certainly’, replied Santa in a cheerful manner.

Gordon boarded his space shuttle (which was repaired by the elves), waving back at Santa and the elves. ‘I will miss you all’.

He pushed the manual buttons for blast off. He started the countdown ‘3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . . blast off!’ A cloud of smoke scattered across the atmosphere. Gordon wiped the tears from his face, wishing he had never left.

About the Author – Kevin Lic

Alexandria Park Community School

In his own words: “My name is Kevin Lic and I am a twelve-year-old boy in class 5/6A. I go to Alexandria Park Community School to learn. I enjoy English very much and spending my limited free time at home. I dislike maths (even though I am very good at it). I enjoy writing stories because it is very fun and peaceful and because it helps with my English.”


Kevin’s story was published in I Met a Martian and Other Stories, the Sydney Story Factory’s first official anthology.